February 8, 2024
Csaba was drowning in gambling debt. When he was ready for a new life, you were there for him.
Csaba* wanted a new life. He wanted his own life—one that differed from that of his parents. So he sought what he hoped would be a quick path to wealth—gambling. But he quickly learned that nothing quick is worth the trouble. It wasn’t long before he was drowning in gambling debt.
In Romania, where a large part of the population is Orthodox, one Christian center in the countryside stands apart. Your Resonate ministry partner, Bonus Pastor Foundation, operates the Ózd Therapy Center located in a small village surrounded by pastures and forests, ministers with people seeking help with alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions.
Resonate Global Mission has had an ongoing partnership with Bonus Pastor for many years. Steve Michmerhuizen, your Resonate missionary in Romania said, “The ministry of Bonus Pastor has been impacting lives for three decades now. My hope is that together with Bonus Pastor and the other Resonate partners in Romania we can help bring people together, with the end result of more people coming to Christ. People can feel lonely, and we want them to know that there are others in similar situations and that we can help create this safe space through our partners.”
Csaba heard of this Christian therapy program, miles away from his home. And while he didn’t consider himself a Christian, Csaba knew he could go there to get the support, care, and spiritual guidance he needed.
A Home Away from Home
Upon entering the intense six-month program, Csaba learned that he had to attend the counseling sessions but wasn’t required to participate. Even so, he often participated because he wanted to. He was also busy every day. Ózd is a working farm, so Csaba had chores to do, such as tending the garden and feeding the pigs and cows.
The various jobs assigned to residents like Csaba at the center help to keep it running smoothly. Csaba received a new job assignment each week, and he found that his work-time in the kitchen allowed him to reflect on his life while preparing delicious meals for the other men living in residence. Each meal begins and ends with prayer and is served family style so that the residents can come together in fellowship at mealtimes throughout the day.
Csaba also liked the downtime the residents are allowed for leisure activities like ping-pong and basketball as he got to know a few other men in the program.
A New Life
After three weeks, Csaba was released to go home for a period of testing. The program requires each participant to return home to face their struggles head-on. After visiting with his parents, Csaba realized he would gain better results and have a better life if he returned to the center to finish his addiction program.
But that’s not all—Csaba knew that he needed Jesus too.
“With [their] help, I can believe in God,” said Csaba. “I can have a new life.”
Csaba returned to your ministry partner with a renewed conviction to change his life and learn more about God. Throughout his stay, he used the Serenity Prayer to help him with the changes he was making with his decisions, his family, and his life. Now Csaba is only weeks away from leaving the center.
Thank you for helping to make this important ministry in Romania possible!
Éva Adorján, your ministry partner at the Ózd Therapy Center, has been there for over 20 years. She said she never tires of the job—it’s encouraging to see God transform lives! You have helped to make that change possible for Csaba.
Csaba feels like he no longer needs to wear a mask. He can look in the mirror and know that he is on his own two feet. Because of your generosity and the center’s help, Csaba has been able to see his life made new.
*Name changed for privacy