The Pastor of our Church, Elijah Jurca, has a very special relationship with the Lord, and the Lord has chosen to work through Pastor many times and on many different occasions. Pastor’s experiences with the Lord range from simple signs from the Lord to outright miracles the Lord has performed. Through Pastor, the Lord has healed people, exerted His power over people’s minds and hearts, exerted His control over nature, etc. Many people believe the Lord no longer works, but we in this Church, through first hand experience, can attest that the Lord works every single day, and when He does it is awesome. Below are some examples of how the Lord has worked in our Pastor’s life.
God was working in Pastor Elijah’s and his family’s life at a young age; well before Pastor was ever cognizant of it. From the time Pastor was born, Pastor’s mother knew Pastor was special as she received from the Lord that he should be named Elijah. Pastor’s dad always intended to name him Aaron. Pastor’s mom instructed Pastor’s older brother to go to the proper officials in Romania (as was customary in Romania at this time) and notify them that their new born son’s name was Elijah before Pastor’s dad ever had an opportunity to inform them that he was to be named Aaron.
Pastor’s mom, aware of her son’s connection with the Lord, asked him to do something extraordinary when he was just seven years old. At this time where Pastor and his family lived in Romania, it rained for many, many days and the basement of the home that Pastor and his family lived at began to flood. Then it worsened, and water started pouring in. Pastor’s mom came to him and said go outside and pray to God that it stop raining. Pastor, being only a small child, did not know what to do or say and he was very scared. He replied to his mom telling her that he did not even know how to pray. His mom said just go outside and talk to God; that is all. Pastor hesitantly went out in the rain. He looked to the sky and began to cry. Pastor then said: “Father please stop this rain; let the sun come up and make this water stop.” Right then and there clouds began to part, the sun came up, and it stopped raining.
Pastor’s family living under the communist regime in Romania was quite poor. The communist government greatly oppressed Christian people at that time in Romania. No matter how much a family worked, the government would provide them $150 for every child the family had. When picking up this allowance from a government office, the government officials would ask those picking up their allowance their religious and governmental affiliations. For those who the government officials knew were Christian, they would ask them to sign a form acknowledging acceptance of their allowance, and then they would quickly close the window where they issued out the funds. Those who were Christian often did not get any money at all, and it was kept by corrupt government officials. For Pastor’s family, it was very obvious that they were Christian as everyone in Pastor’s family had Biblical names (Elijah, Moses, Cornelius, etc.). The government officials often asked Pastor’s dad why he did not just become communist, and in doing so denounce Christianity, and he would no longer have these problems. Pastor’s dad always refused to do so.
Accordingly, Pastor’s family had to borrow money from most of their family and friends to pay their bills. At one point, after having gone to every family member and friend they could think of, they were out of people they could turn to. However, Pastor’s dad knew of one more place to go to for help – the Lord. Pastor’s dad prayed to the Lord and asked Him for help with their finances. , Pastor’s family was completely out of food and money. Then, at that night, two women (who they later found out were sisters) pulled up in front of Pastor’s family’s house in a taxi. The two sisters had money from the proceeds of the sale of their home, and in addition to their tithing, the Lord revealed to them that they were to give an additional 10% to Pastor’s family. The sisters told the family to pay all their debts and use the remainder of the money as needed. They also told them that once the money was gone, the Lord would reveal to them what they needed to do next. Once the money ran out, the Lord revealed to Pastor’s dad that He would open a door for he and his family to come to the United States.
Before Pastor Elijah was called by God, he was certainly being protected by God. When Pastor was young and still living in Romania, the country was under a communist regime, and it was mandated that all men from ages 20 through 25 must serve in the Romanian army. At age 18 Pastor was placed in the army as a way to punish Pastor’s parents as they had recently escaped from the country. Once in the army, the army leaders sought for a way to have Pastor killed. Once at a shooting range, while men were supposed to be shooting at stationary targets in a field, they were instructed to shoot at Pastor. This happened for several times over several days and bullets were whizzing by Pastor but nothing ever hit him. Pastor never thought anything of it because he assumed they were blanks. After much frustration from the army leaders, an officer tried to shoot Pastor and could not hit him; however, he did accidentally hit another officer and killed him. It remained a mystery to all the army leaders why it seemed impossible for anyone to shoot Pastor.
After their confusion, the army assigned Pastor to an area where they sent soldiers to punish them and do extremely hard labor, namely digging a tunnel. Many soldiers died there. Pastor did his work and remained unharmed by any ailments or injuries. While there, a man named Morowski, who was a Russian leader and in charge of the Romanian officers, visited the area. Many army soldiers and leaders from both Russia and Romania feared Morowski. There were many stories of the punishments Morowski placed on those who disobeyed his orders. There was even a story that he had ripped off a man’s ear who did not listen to him. Morowski was walking through a group of about 4,000 Romanian soldiers and was to choose one man to come and work with him in his office. There work there would be safe and easy office work. After walking through the camp, Morowski chose Pastor to work in his office. There was nothing that any of the Romanian officers could say or do because they all answered to Morowski and they feared him.
Pastor Elijah had part time job, mostly on the weekend, as a night time security guard at a very secure storage facility. The people who operated the facility were extremely thorough and they had all their security guards examined before the start of their shift in order to ensure that they were not drowsy or under any undue influence or substance. One night while Pastor Elijah was making his rounds through the facility, he heard a Voice speaking in Romanian, but there was no one who worked in the facility that spoke Romanian. The Voice said the following: “Elijah, Elijah, how long are you sinning with your own will?” Pastor Elijah was very concerned by what he heard and did not know what to think. After thinking about what had happened that night, Pastor Elijah remembered what his mother had told him several times many years before. She told Pastor Elijah that the Lord has put you on the side to do His work. Pastor Elijah never fully understood what she meant. After remembering this, Pastor Elijah began to understand that God was communicating with him directly. He went to ask the pastor of his church about this incredible experience. The pastor of Pastor Elijah’s church told him that the Lord does not work in that way anymore. He told Pastor Elijah that talking with God is something that happened in the days of the Bible and does not happen anymore. This saddened Pastor Elijah and confused him because he was certain that God was talking to him. After Pastor Elijah’s talk with his pastor, God continued to speak to Pastor Elijah and God revealed to Pastor Elijah that his pastor does not have a connection with Him. God continued to reveal Himself to Pastor Elijah and then Pastor Elijah was certain that the Lord was talking with him, regardless of what anyone had to say. The Lord told Pastor Elijah that He does indeed still talk to those that He chooses to work through and Pastor Elijah was one of those people. Pastor Elijah has followed God since then and he continues to do God’s work to this day. Amen
Before Pastor Elijah was called by the Lord, he was a contractor. After being called by the Lord, Pastor would still occasionally do work for himself when needed. At this time, Pastor was building a room addition on his house in California, and in doing so, he had to remove a portion of the roof. At one point, when the portion of the roof was completely removed and the interior of the home was exposed, the Lord spoke to Pastor and told him that he must go to Romania immediately. The Lord said that there were people there crying out to Him to be set free and that He wanted to work through Pastor out there for their sake. Although Pastor realized that if he left the roof in its current condition it could be a catastrophe; for example, if it rained, the interior of that portion of the house would be ruined, he listened to the Lord and went right away to Romania.
In Romania, Pastor went to the church he was instructed by the Lord to go to. At the church the residing pastor there, not even knowing who Pastor was at this point, asked Pastor to address the congregation. Pastor spoke and explained that the Lord had sent him there and as to why. The people in the congregation realized that Pastor was God’s man and the answer to their prayers. That day, 150 people or so in the congregation did confession and were set free from their sins. After these confessions the Lord began to work with signs and miracles in that church as the parishioners sins were no longer in the way of the Lord working. Pastor ended up being in Romania for six weeks given that there was so much work to be done there by the Lord.
Back in California, Pastor Elijah’s roof on his home was exposed the entire time, but the Lord worked there as well. It did not rain one drop in the area near Pastor’s home in California the entire six weeks Pastor was away. Pastor returned home, there was no damage whatsoever to his home, and he completed the room addition.
After 18 years of being away from Romania, Pastor went back. One of the first people he wanted to see was his best fried named Cornelius. Pastor had not had much contact with Cornelius, but once in Romania and after asking around, Pastor had learned that Cornelius had opened up a bar. Pastor went to the bar and saw Cornelius. They were both ecstatic to see one another again after so long. Cornelius asked Pastor if he wanted a beer or a cigarette and Pastor explained to him that he no longer smoke or drank and he had dedicated his life to the Lord. Pastor went on to talk about the Lord and many people in the bar gathered around Pastor to hear what he was saying. When Cornelius saw all this he was shocked. He was shocked because next to Cornelius’s bar lived another pastor. He and Cornelius did not get along because firstly the pastor did not like a bar being right next to his home and secondly the pastor wanted to preach the Word of God to Cornelius’s patrons and Cornelius refused to allow him to do so for fear that it would hurt his business. The pastor told Cornelius that he would pray to the Lord that someone would come to his bar and preach the Word of God. Pastor was the answer to his prayers.
One night Pastor received a message from the Lord to go to a particular restaurant, so accordingly, Pastor took his wife Victoria out to dinner at that restaurant. After they were seated, three police men came in and sat no more than twenty feet from Pastor and Victoria. The Lord then told Pastor to finish his meal and go and pray for the police officers. The Lord said to pray for them because the Lord must be with them in light of where they had to go later that night. Victoria was a little frustrated by this. She asked Pastor why he must always do this and make a scene everywhere they go. Pastor knew that he must listen to the Lord and asked the Lord that if it is absolutely necessary to pray with these police officers, please empty out the restaurant and spare Victoria the scene. Within minutes the restaurant was empty. People were sitting outside the restaurant, but would not enter. The presence of the Lord was there and kept the restaurant empty just as Pastor asked. Pastor went up to the officers and introduced himself. The women officer put her gun on the table as Pastor introduced himself. Pastor then delivered the message the Lord gave him and they prayed. The two men officers had tears in their eyes, but the woman officer still had her gun on the table as Pastor prayed. After he finished his prayer, he left the restaurant with Victoria, and as they left, people started to enter the restaurant again.