Olivet University hosted a lecture open to the community Saturday, Nov. 5, where Dr. Bertil Ekstrom from the Church in Latin America and Dr. Ovidru S Bulzan from the Emmanuel Church in Romania shared what it was like to live were your faith is not welcomed.
Ekstrom finished up his lecture shortly after 5 p.m. and had no comment afterward.
Bulzan spoke about when he was a small child his father was a high ranking Romanian official. His parents were sent to labor camps for seven years. In his youth, his teachers were his mother and grandmother. In 1989 communism collapsed when the Berlin Wall collapsed.
Many went to the west to follow where the jobs were. In that moment 400 million people had freedom that were once captive. Europe transformed greatly then, like it transformed back in the Roman Empire.
“When you are forced out of your country, what do you take with you when you can’t take anything,” Bulzan asked. He referred to a scripture in the Bible, Isaiah 6 when he hears who is willing to go for us, it is important to answer, “Yes Lord.”
Bulzan did some missionary work with Emmanuel Church in Romania. At first he went with his students, but then started to go with his wife. He said they appreciated the way he and his wife loved and respected each other and their love for the Scriptures.
He remarked about taking your love and respect for the Bible’s scriptures to the next level.
The best thing given by the parents to their children is to understand to pass on love, passion for scriptures, education, and respect for authority and elders to your children.
“Out of the roughest ocean also comes the most peaceful seas,” Bulzan said.
Also, “Whoever takes himself too seriously ends up sinning seriously” – a quote from Miguel De Unamuno
Bulzan also said that the difference in the student body is much different now than what he saw in the past few years.
“They are serious about their education and their future but are still able to laugh,” he said.