My personal journey on how I got to know and accept Jesus Christ into my heart is an evidence that God works for our salvation since the beginning of our life through learning many life lessons when times are good and circumstances are easy or through seasons of hardship, loss or darkness!
God was so merciful to me that He started to draw me closer to Him when I was 7 years old. You see, when I was 7, I found out from a neighbor in our apartment building that my mom wasn’t my biological mom. This adversity made me start praying for the first time with tears that God will make a way for me to meet her.
After 2 years of trying to convince me not to meet my mom, my dad finally gave up and there I was holding my step mom’s hand knocking at my biological mom’s door! Since that evening, my life took a dramatic turn and I actually made the decision to live with my mom, her husband and my step-brother. The next 7 years were filled with difficult life lessons, and hardships. My mom went through one more marriage and also had a severe car accident that held her in a head-to-toe cast for 6 months. This experience made me pray for her healing and drew me closer to the Lord.
Throughout these years when all of this was happening, my grandmother and I grew very close to each other and were deeply involved in the orthodox church. We went to all of the monasteries, listened to priests, and read all the prayer books and then one day when I was 14 years old, she asked me if I wanted to become a nun. Well, my answer was: Yes! But my mom wasn’t very happy about this! :)
By the time I was a teenager, I became very introverted, became very obsessed with my studies, had eating disorders and was extremely frustrated with my family circumstances. So I decided to move back to my dad’s house in spite of my mixed feelings about him having a Pentecostal background. The reason I had mixed feelings was because in the orthodox church, the priests teach that you commit the biggest sin if you change your religion!
This decision proved to be the best for my life because exactly that summer when I was 18 years old, my step mom gave me this flyer with a Christian Camp advertisement going on at her church. At first, I was reluctant thinking, “how can I play soccer with a long skirt and a scarf?”, this being my idea about a Christian camp!
Finally, I got to the camp location and at first I wanted to leave to go back home because they put me in a room with 13 girls from an orphanage that were behaving “different” than the rest of the campers, so my counselor took me aside and asked me to give it a try at least ‘till the next day.
That Monday night, during Chapel, God broke my heart again and reminded me that if it wasn’t for my dad’s desire to raise me, I would have been raised in an orphanage too since my mom told him so when they divorced and I was one year old! The very next morning, during my quiet time on August the 1st, 2001, I sat down with my counselor and asked her to explain to me how I could have her joy and passion for those girls … and she led me into prayer to receive Jesus into my heart as Lord and Savior. I remember I sang all day “I have joy like a fountain” because that was the only song I knew!
Since then, it’s been an incredible journey in which I strive to grow every day and renew my heart and mind with His Word by volunteering in all the activities I can and serving at church and in camps!
In September 2006, I got married to my precious husband, Iulian Avramescu, who was a strong christian young man who worked with the youth from most of the Baptist churches within Bucharest.
We are now parents of two boys, Julian and Eric, and we share the same vision to reach the youth of Romania through camps just like the ones that God used to reach each of us!
All of this to say that I am a living testimony of the Bible verses found in the book of Jeremiah 29, verses 12 & 13 that says: "Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."