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Vibrant possessor of hope in a contagious world

In Romania, last month, a 59-year-old engineer came from South Africa and was diagnosed with the new SARS-CoV-2 Omicron. The entire media began to shout and debate. His neighbors are worried that they could become infected with this new strain, especially after they were told that this new mutation of the virus is more contagious. The Romanian man is not allowed by his neighbors to open his window, although he lives upstairs, in a flat. Even the policemen are terrified and when they check on him, the officers are asking him to appear at the window, but without opening it.

It’s hard, it’s confusing, it’s painful, and clearly we are all waiting to see what the future looks like. But it is much more painful to see so many citizens who are alone and ostracized, and to see so much hate between people (even old friends) vaccinated or not vaccinated.

Even though this is not a pleasant view, please allow me to say that it is normal. It is normal to be overwhelmed by solitude, fear, and confusion when there is no hope. It is a normal effect to be hopeless when there is no personal evidence of the “source of hope”. We are all waiting in this dark confusion and expectation that tomorrow will be better, only to realize that for some tomorrow will never come.

Above all that the media and the church pulpit ”profess”, what can we do as possessor of hope? In His honest message, the Lord Jesus told us that in this world we will face trouble (John 16:33). We, His followers, know this, and it shouldn’t surprise us. This would not be a triumphant message except for the fact that Jesus continued by saying: “but take heart! I have overcome the world.
I’ve seen many Christians who lost their hearts: overwhelmed by negative news, social media posts, government regulations and have been caught in useless debates. As Christian, I wonder myself: what should be our attitude? How can our church be a provider of hope?

The Church needs to lift its eyes and realize that we are the possessor of hope. With its passion for Jesus, the church is called to engage in the hopeless world, to open the windows and doors and bring the Good News to its neighbors. The world needs our Good News, right now, and the Church has it because the Church does not lose its heart when trouble comes. We have the promise of our God, which today sounds so real and relevant: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6) May this statement be a reality for His Church today, as we enter the new year 2022, and a light for those who need an open window to hear the Good News of Hope.


Rafael Năstase is a missionary who served with his wife Alice, seven years in Republic of Moldova, being involved with Operation Mobilisation (OM) in church planting, discipleship and mobilizing churches for missions. Now he coordinates the church relation department of OM in Romania and is the national member care facilitator. Rafael is also a board member of Member Care Europe.