Mission Trip: Romania

Dear Friends and Family,

We had the signing of the Covenant in Cluj today. Jack Ferlino, Tibor Kiss and a technician/pastor were able to get the skype going but it was 5:00 a.m. your time. The stand did not arrive for the equipment but the team was able to make it work. Joel Scheirer taped the covenant signing ceremony. I am still hoping we can arrange a teleconference even if it is spliced together.

In Cluj a document is not legal without a raised stamp. Their stamp is from the 1600’s.

I’ll write again when I can.

Yours in Christ,
Pat Noga

Dear Friends and Family,

We signed the Covenant Agreement in Cluj today at about 5:00 a.m. your time. It was attended by our team and a large number of pastors and administrators from the Transylvania District. There was a worship service first. Bishop Papp made a gracious and moving speech in English. Jack Ferlino made a moving speech on our behalf and gave a beautiful prayer. Then Bishop Papp, Jack Ferlino, Tibor Kiss and I signed the documents. Joel was able to tape the whole thing. Then the wine corks popped and we celebrated, Reformed style. Bishop Papp gifted each of us with beautiful books with pictures and histories of the churches. I can hardly wait to share them with you.

Afterward we went to lunch with the Bishop, Tibor and the Director of International Mission. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet Bishop Papp. Some of you may have met his son, Akos, when he was here as a global intern. He lives about an hour away now.

We went to the seminary for a Pentecost service. The faculty sang beautifully from the balcony. Then the students sang a cappella from the front of the chapel. Two students who had given us a tour the day before had solos. It was a joy to listen to them and a lovely service.

This afternoon, we toured a reformed university dormitory. Zolta Ballai, the director, gave us a tour. Ester, a past global intern, also works there. The building was returned a few years ago. It had been used as a police station and the securatat tortured prisoners in the basement. The building has been extensively renovated. The former cells are now a lounge called, Club A. Zolta mentioned that one of his professors was attending a student party in the club and said pointing to to holes in the wall where chains had been removed, “I lived there for a few months.”

Thank you so much for your prayers. I have to get to bed now. We are planning to go to Tibor’s village church tomorrow.

Yours in Christ,
Pat Noga

Signed Covenant Transylvania District

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