Update from Romania – Josh & Melissa Essman, CCC Missionaries on the field!

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Update from Romania – Josh & Melissa Essman, CCC Missionaries on the field!

“Are you a Mila or a Lola?”
Hey guys,
    FYI twice a month we will be sending an email and a blog update.  The blog will give you a look at what we are physically doing here in Romania and prayer requests and the email will be more of a spiritual update and things God has brought up since the last email.
Have you ever watched a believer in Christ who was on fire for God?  It didn’t matter who they were speaking to.  It didn’t matter if that person was African American, Caucasian, Latino, Chinese, African, etc.  Whether or not they were Catholic, Atheist, Unitarian, Buddhist, Orthodox, or Muslim.  The light of Christ was glaringly obvious and it made everything around him or her shine with the light of Christ.  Have you ever seen those people?  Have you ever been that person?  Can you imagine the impact you might have or do have?  How easy or difficult would that be to commit yourself to such joy!?
    On the other hand, have you ever watched a believer in Christ who was struggling with their faith?  I’m not talking about the person who questions what he or she believes, I’m talking about the believer who attends church every Sunday and is critical of what he or she thinks about the sermon or worship time or offering.  Maybe you have seen those people, maybe you were that person at one point?  You see the one who questions is in a better position that the one who criticizes.  The latter does not seek answers and solutions and is therefore luke warm; we all know what the Bible speaks of luke warm people…Which one do you want to be?
    You might be wondering why I titled this email, “Are you a Mila or a Lola?”  As we moved into our new home here in Romania we have two dogs now,  Mila and Lola.  Mila is spit-fire!  She knows no stranger and loves without condition.  Lola is the opposite, she is very critical of everyone until you PROVE to her your intentions.  My challenge to you is simple…(or is it)….to treat others as you would want to be treated and love your neighbors/subdivision/community as yourself.  If you look in the book of Acts, the name Christian was first used.  If you read it carefully you will notice that people didn’t call themselves Christians but outsiders and those who did not know Christ called the believers Christians!
    Jesus says in John 13:34-35, ” A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  They will know us by our love…let this resound like a crashing symbol throughout your week and show the love of Christ at work and to everyone around you!  Be a Mila!!
Josh Essman
Missionary with Heart2Heart International Ministries
www.h2hint.org
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8