The Ziemer Family - Romania
Gerald and Kristin Ziemer are Word of Life Bible Institute graduates who joined the TITUS International missionary family highly recommended by Word of Life and their commissioning church, Highland Park Baptist Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Both Gerald and Kristin came to Christ at an early age and were reared in godly Christian homes. Gerald graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a BS in Christian Ministries. Kristin grew up on the West coast and attended Western Baptist College in Salem, OR where she graduated with a BS in Intercultural Studies. In 1993 they were accepted as missionaries to Romania with Word of Life International and had over two years of effective youth ministry in the capital, Bucharest. After their first term in Romania, they chose to join the Titus family and continue their ministries among youth and children in Romania.
The Ziemers began an effective discipleship ministry for these young believers. Many have made personal commitments to serve the Lord in full-time ministry and share a special relationship with the Ziemers as they continue to be trained to do the work of the ministry. They get hands on training, working side-by-side with the Ziemers in conducting sports evangelism, Bible club work and Christian youth camps. They coordinate with existing Romanian churches and church planting ministries and missionaries, including Titus co-workers Gerald and Kathy Whitely. Following is evident fruit from their labors in Romania:
Nationals Working With Ziemers Who Attended The August 2003 Field Conference
Testimonies from youth in the Ziemer's discipleship group:
I was raised in a Christian family with 6 brothers and 3 sisters. I am 21 years old and I live in Bucharest ( Romania ). I received a good Christian education from my parents and as a child most of my free time was spent with my brothers. Going to church, praying, and reading the Bible seemed liked normal things I should to do because every good Christian does these things.
When I was thirteen, I went to a Christian high school and I strove to be good in order to be accepted by my friends and to not make God upset. I knew about God but I did not know God, I did not have a personal relationship with Him.
Listening to my pastor in church I understood that I needed to trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and ask forgiveness for my sins. I made that decision and by Gods grace He gave me a new heart with the desire to obey and have fellowship with Him. I became involved with the worship team in my church and the fellowship with the other believers and their testimonies encouraged me to grow spiritually.
In 1999 I was invited to go on a summer ministry with youth from my church that worked with TITUS International. That fall I became involved in the ministry in Fundulea. For one year in that ministry, I saw people coming to know the Lord and His love changing their lives. God worked in my heart as well and brought me to the point where I decided to dedicate my life to him, and to serve him. For the past 18 months I have been serving with the youth in the Hope Baptist Church in Fundulea. My desire is to help these youth to grow spiritually and to share the powerful message of the Gospel to the Romanians in the villages from the South-East part of Romania
I was born in a Christian family twenty years ago. I grew up in Bucharest the capital of Romania and from a young age I received a good Christian education. I was going to church every Sunday, and was very active in Sunday school. Going to church, praying, and reading the Bible seemed liked normal things I should to do, because every "good Christian" does these things. Spending a lot of time with my unchristian friends from school I started to act like them, doing a lot of bad things like drinking, fighting etc. The influence of these friends made me less active in Sunday school and I even stopped going altogether. I knew that there was a big problem in my life but I didn't have the strength or will to change the situation. At age thirteen I went to a Word of Life Bible Club, and from the beginning of the program God started to work in my heart. He helped me understand that with the kind life I was living I was going to hell, but because of Gods love I could receive forgiveness of my sins through Christ's blood. When the Bible club leader gave the invitation I received Jesus in my life as Lord and Savior, and by God's grace I received a new heart with the desire to obey and have fellowship with Him. In the winter of 1998 I got involved with Titus International, in Fundulea, which is our main ministry. After this, our ministry expanded starting new ministries in Jilava and Giurgiu. During this time I saw many people come to know the Lord, His love and power making great changes in their lives. God worked in my heart as well and brought me to the point where I dedicated my life to serve Him. For the past 18 months I was graduated from the Word of Life Bible School in Hungary in August, 2005. Now I'm involved in ministry working with the teens from Fundulea and doing Bible Studies with the men from our church. My desire is to help the youth and the grown people to grow spiritually, to know Christ so that they will reach their friends and relatives with the Word of God.
"Hello! I am 19-years old. I was born into a non-Christian family. My grandparents are Christians however, so I went to church since I was a child, and my dad eventually became a Christian. As I grew I started to love the world with its fun. I became a mean person and cared only about myself. I was very confused, but I didn't want to admit it. I dabbled in some unhealthy psychological practices and studied Hindu doctrine. This material planted in me a deep intellectual thirst that I realized later was actually the desire of being happy. I knew that happiness comes from inside and it means peace with God. My pride kept me from accepting Jesus as Lord of my life until 1997 when I went to a Christian summer camp. There the Holy Spirit moved my heart. I felt sorry for my sins and I asked Jesus to come into my heart as my personal Savior. Since I've received Christ I've been involved in several ministries and I believe that God wants me to a missionary. To be a good missionary I believe I need to go to a Bible Institute where I can learn and apply the Bible."