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Missionary Highlight: Tom and Jill Clark

Today's Missionary Highlight: Tom and Jill Clark

Serving in ROMANIA

1. Tell us about your family.

Jill and I have been married for 35 years. We have two great sons Levi and Raymond. They both currently live in the Des Moines area. Both graduated from high school  in Romania. Levi our oldest spent 1 ½ years here from 2000-2002. He is married to Emily and they have two sons, Caleb (4) and Andrew (2). Raymond our younger son was in Romania from 2000-2007. He is married to Elizabeth and they have an 8 month old daughter, Jubilee. We praise God that both families are actively involved in serving with their church families. We are thankful for wonderful sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren! We miss our family and are thankful for Skype!

2. How would you summarize your ministry?

We have been in Bucharest Romania for 16 years and have seen many changes during that time. Good changes in ourselves, changes in the country we live in (Romania) and changes in the country we left (USA). I say that because what we do here has changed many times over the years as well. But God has a plan!

          Tom:  Currently I’m working on the distribution of “Focus on the Family’s” “The Truth Project”. We have subtitled it in Romanian and it is being used by churches and Christian organization to help teach a Biblical Christian World view. I also mentor a Christian publisher with his business. For 4 years we have organized an Outreach Family English Camp where God has used the opportunity of teaching English conversationally using the Bible to transform lives for the Kingdom. Those are three of the current ministries I’m involved in. But I would say it all comes down to taking an interest in people’s lives, seeking the Holy Spirits leading, and asking God to show me what to do.

          Jill: 18 months ago God prompted me to begin anew praying the prayer of Jabez. "Oh that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain. And God granted what he asked." 1 Chronicles 4:10

This is what I have seen God do since I have been praying this:

Making disciples, declaring the gospel. Recently I have begun a new Community Bible Study group in our home. It is a joy to see how God has re-opened this door and the women He has brought and now trained as leaders to be transformed by the study of God’s word.

Life Coaching continues to be transformational in the lives of the women I coach. I describe it as “facilitating discovery * inspiring potential * celebrating process”.

I meet one on one with women in Romania and across the world in this process. Recently I received my certification as a Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

3. Favorite non-ministry activity:

               Tom  -   reading –news and fiction, American baseball

               Jill  - connecting with family : ), reading, kayaking, exercising

4. how you have seen God work recently?

 Last summer’s Outreach Family English Camp was particularly encouraging to us. God put together a great team of people from the US and here in Romania. The love and unity of this team was exceptional. We are confident that each person who attended left  knowing they were loved and we continue to see evidence that lives were transformed into the Kingdom. There is nothing greater than seeing lives changed! If you are interested in being part of an outreach like this please contact us.  tom@tjcmission.org or jill@tjcmission.org

A praise from last summer’s camp:  Cornelia and Raul, a mother and her 7 year old son came to English camp for the first time last summer. Making a last moment 5 hour trip to arrive. Raul had been very sick but was healthy enough to come. Cornelia was a joy to have in the class I (Jill) taught. She was thrilled to be at camp and to learn more about a relationship with Jesus as she also improved her English. Our last lesson was about the sower and the seed. As we read and discussed the parable each woman identified which soil  described themselves.  Cornelia described herself as fertile soil where the seed had been sown while at camp. She chose to place her faith in Christ for salvation. Months later her husband described Cornelia as a transformed woman. Raul also was transformed through the camp children’s program. Praying and asking his mother to read the bible to him before they went to bed at camp. Glory to God for His powerful word that draws individuals to Himself.

Community Bible Study –“Everyone in the world in the word”. God brought together a diverse group of women interested in studying the bible. In a culture where churches rarely meet with different churches this was unique for these women. A love and respect for one another grew amidst the churches represented. Agreeing to focus on the word of God rather than our differences I was excited as the women weekly came with their lessons complete. The women not only shared their wonderful insights into the bible lesson but also could be seen writing down the insights of other women, thrilling to watch! Cristiana, a teachable mother of 4 daughters traveled across the city to come with her 12 year old daughter. Challenging for her to find care for her 3 other daughters, she weekly persevered and participated. As we visited weekly she expressed time and again how much she benefited and needed the bible study and fellowship of the group. The women learned God is at work in other churches and other women in Bucharest! We can love one another. Glory to God for His word.          

5. PRAYER REQUESTS
  • Praise to God for always, always hearing our prayers. Blessing us, His hand being with us, enlarging our territory … 1 Chronicles 4:10
  •  We would love to have one or two more team members, especially children's workers for this year’s camp July 14-25,2016. Training and materials are provided before you arrive at camp!
  •  A continuation of Community Bible Study group for Fall 2016
  •  More Fertile soil on which to sow the gospel daily with those we meet.
  • A strong connection with family though far geographically from family.
  • More Truth Project groups to form and learn of God’s truth.

Thanks so much to Tom and Jill for sharing this brief look into their life on the mission field. More missionary highlights are coming soon!

Posted by Nikki Twedt at 6:42 PM