It’s been about a month and a half since we arrived in Romania and about three weeks since Baron Howerton left for his nine month furlough in the States. In those three weeks we’ve seen Mr. F, a brother in the church dive downward in a destructive spiral. Thirty-five year old Mr. F’s story begins with his growing up in an orphanage, includes time in prison, the loss of his business, the loss of his wife, and unwise business dealings with gypsy mob families which have resulted in his getting beaten up twice since we’ve been here. In the past three weeks, he’s gotten drunk multiple times, briefly stolen the church van, and is now currently cutting himself. He called Joshua around 8:00 PM. As I write this it’s 9:20 PM, and Joshua is currently with him attempting to convince him to go to the hospital. I’m praying and waiting.
As I wait I can’t help but think of the demoniac of the Gerasenes in Mark 5. This man like Mr. F was held prisoner by something much greater than himself. And like Mr. F, no one could keep him from cutting himself. No one knew what to do with the demonic of the Gerasenes, and we don’t know how to help our Mr. F. But we do know that the same person who helped the demoniac can help Mr. F. Our prayer is that Mr. F. will do what the demoniac did and that is run to Jesus and fall down before him. Please pray with us that Mr. F like the demoniac will be a trophy of Jesus’ grace and that he will be able to proclaim in Lugoj how much Jesus has done for him and that the people of Lugoj will marvel just as those of the Decapolis did.