Romanian Baptist leader chooses Elijah as model
January 24, 2006
JEFFERSON CITY–G.G. Dobrin, pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Medias, Romania, and vice president, Romanian Baptist Union, sees great value in the partnership between Missouri Baptists and Romania Baptists.
Dobrin spoke in the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) chapel service Jan. 18 at the Baptist Building. Listening to him preach on I Kings 17:1-7 was Derek Griggs, pastor, First Baptist Church, Vandalia, which is Bethel’s partner church.
“I discovered when the team from Vandalia came to Medias in September, they had the same passion, the same methods,” Dobrin said. “It was so easy for us to discover the ways we can work together.”
Dobrin preached on the wisdom behind how God took the prophet Elijah to a secret place to protect him and instruct him. The Lord guided the prophet step by step in His will, instructed him in quiet times for a very efficient public ministry, helped him to accept the resources from His hand, and taught him to trust in the Word of God.
Dobrin, 53, left a good job as an engineer in 1986 to become pastor of Bethel Baptist, which is located in a city of 62,000 people in central Romania.
He came to Missouri with his wife, Lavinia, daughter, Miriam, and son, Ruben.