It was with great delight that in February, 2012 we were pleased to receive a visit from Pal Borzasi, the pastor of the Hungarian Baptist Church, in the village of Luna de Sus.
Pal is the youngest son of the family, and one of his brothers is Istvan, the pastor of the Hungarian Baptist Church, in Pericei. Pal is married to Anna, and they have three children, Emil, Aron and Telma.
From his earliest years Pal was influenced by Christian things, and was converted at a young age. He became convinced of the Lord’s call to serve Him, and so it was that in 1995 he came to England for training. His theological studies took place at the EMF (European Missionary Fellowship) School of Biblical Studies, following which he had a period of practical training at a church in Cambridgeshire. When he returned to Romania, his studies continued at the Theological Seminary, in Cluj.
Pal’s wife, Anna, was brought up in a Christian family, and she also, in 1999 came to England and studied at the EMF School of Biblical Studies. Love, as they say, blossomed, and Pal and Anna were married in July 2000.
Initially, following the completion of his studies, Pal, in September 2000, became the pastor of the Baptist Church at Crasna. The Lord eventually called Pal and Anna to Luna de Sus, near Cluj, in the Romanian region of Transilvania.
Pal Borzasi also has responsibility for the church at Mera, and Sundays will often see him preaching in both churches. Pal, apart from having a pastor’s heart, is also a keen evangelist, and in his latest prayer letter he wrote the following:
Luna de Sus
“Please pray that our evangelistic outreach may be fruitful and God-honouring.
We are so pleased to share with you that four people recently professed faith in Jesus, and they also asked for baptism. This is very good news to us and we would like to thank you for your prayers on their behalf. We praise God for their profession of faith and ask Him to keep them on the way of holiness.
We are planning to organize an evangelistic outreach at Luna de Sus. This will take place on 11th-17th March. We would like to invite as many outsiders as possible and to reach them with the gospel. We pray that this may be fruitful too. Please pray that people may come, listen and believe.
Also, please continue to pray for those regular visitors that come to our church that are as yet unsaved. We are pleased that they still come to our meetings. We just pray that they may come to a saving knowledge of, and faith in, Jesus. We do not know, though, how some truly stand spiritually and in their understanding of faith. Well, the Lord, who knows everybody’s heart, can grant them a clear grasp of the gospel and bring them to faith in Jesus. May it be so!”
For Mera – Pal Borzasi records:
“The outreach before Christmas went on well at Mera, where we had lots of children present. Every Thursday, as I go out there to preach, I also teach the children and after the main service we also have a youth meeting when young (unbelieving) people turn up. These are wonderful occasions for sharing the gospel with quite wild Gypsy youngsters, as they are – unfortunately – unashamedly corrupt and sinful. However, the darker the night, the brighter the Light. So please do uphold these meetings – Thursdays and Sunday afternoons – before the Lord, when I am visiting them.
Speaking about Mera, you perhaps remember that we were praying for one man who was very sick, who had brain cancer. He got baptized just over a year ago (January, 2012). It was uplifting to see the consolidation of his faith and to realize how patiently he bore with his illness, which got worse as the time went on. Since November, he already had special treatment to alleviate his pains. Now we can share with you that it was pleased before the Lord to call him home. He died in the full assurance of salvation and was praying for his wife’s conversion. The funeral gave us a wonderful occasion to preach the gospel to about 200 people, of which only about one quarter were Christians.”
The need of the human heart, and the need for us to repent of our sins is the same, whether you are in Romania, England, or any other place. So we, at Crich, will endeavour to support Pal Borzasi and Anna in whatever way the Lord enables us to do. We solicit your prayers on their behalf, and will trust the Lord to continue to build His Church, in Luna de Sus, Mera, and throughout Romania.