Ten years ago, firefighter Pavel had a job transfer to the town of Dej, Romania. He and his wife were Christians, who had already been involved in church youth activities. But with the encouragement of a pastor supported by Blythswood Care they have developed their talents in new areas of service in a local church.
“Initially I invited Pavel to help me in the youth work in our church in Capulna,” says Calin Morar who coordinates the missionary work and projects of Blythswood’s partner organisation, Elpis Foundation, as well as pastoring a small congregation.
“His wife is a trained musician and I asked her to help with the music ministry in our church. At the same time I encouraged him to start preaching and sharing with the congregation from the Word of God.”
Although he did not believe that God was calling him to be a pastor, Pavel had a desire to study theology and Calin has given him every help and encouragement to do so. “I pointed out to him that he could study while still working for the fire department,” Calin says. “God would give him opportunities to listen to his colleagues and to offer them advice, based on Bible teaching.
“Now by the grace of God he is in his final year of theological education by extension. He travels to college just four times a year, for a couple of days, while he continues to work at the fire station. His colleagues tease him and call him ‘the reverend’ but at the same time they look to him for counsel and advice.”
Calin Morar is one of eleven pastors in Eastern Europe to be supported in part by Blythswood Care.
photo above: Romanian fireman Pavel Buzgau and his wife Alina have been encouraged to serve the church in new ways.