PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF DANIEL TOC
I was born in Romania in 1969 into a family of non-believers. My parents while
Young, chose a military career. Because of the strong communism rule if anyone wanted to get into the military, you have to swear that you have no contact with any Christians and that no one in your friends, family or relatives is a Christian. My parents were willing to swear that in order to get into the military. Truth be told, my grandfather was a Baptist preacher in the mountains of Romania. The Secret Police never found out about him, because he was listed as a cool miner since he was working as a miner during the week. Every summer I was sent by my parents to my grandfather’s village and through the witness of my grandfather I first learned of what the Lord Jesus had done on the cross of Calvary. My grandfather would teach me the scriptures and ask me to memorize whole verses and recite them from memory. But the summer would pass fast and I would go back to the city of Timisoara to live with my parents and to continue school.
One day one of my classmates told me whispering that his parents are Christians and that Sunday they are going to church. He extended an invitation to me and I gladly accepted. I was 16 at that time. I went to the First Baptist Church in Timisoara that first Sunday and I continued to go for two years being involved with the youth group.
During an evangelistic crusade that took place the Lord had touched my heart and spoke to me in a special way and I accepted the Lord as my personal savior. I went home and told my parents and they were not very happy about my decision. Things got worse when I told them that I wanted to be baptized in the summer. Both of my parents were already having problems at work because the Secret Police was keeping an eye on me for two years. Since it was illegal for my parents to have anyone in their family as a Christian, they were threatened to lose their jobs and be convicted for conspiracy against the government. In the following months, my mother was fired and they were preparing to accuse my father of conspiracy.
During this time, I was active in the youth group and went to church every service. One night the preacher was inviting all the young people to dedicate their lives 100% to the Lord without any reservations. I raised my hand and in that moment I felt the Lord’s call into the ministry. I promised the Lord that if He will help me and never leave me I will go and do whatever He would have me do.
Then I followed the Lord in baptism even though my parents did not approve of it. My mother was already without a job and they were getting ready to accuse my father. And that is when the Lord intervened and the revolution took place in Romania. The government collapsed and we were free to go to church without any restrictions. My father was never fired from the military or accused but he knew it was time to get out. He retired and started to come with me to church. Pretty soon my whole family was attending. I began to pray for their salvation. Six months later I had the privilege to see my mother, father, two sisters and a grandmother be saved and baptized.
With the fall of communism the borders opened and I was able to have my passport. God opened the door to come to Tennessee Temple University and in 1995 I graduated with a BA in Missions. Later I followed the TTU Seminary and graduated with an M.Div, in 1998. In all of these years I have been praying for God to show me where He would have me serve to the spread the gospel. The Lord again spoke to me and helped me to clearly understand that He wants me in the country of Romania. As I have prayed over the years I asked the Lord to tell me in what aspects of ministry should I be involved. After getting married in 1995, we as husband and wife began to pray for God’s specific guidance. The Lord had answered that prayer and gave us a mission to fulfill in our lives.
Since 2001, when we returned to Romania, we as a family have been involved in Church planting, evangelism, training the nationals, reaching orphans, medical missions, tracts and bible distribution, The “Jesus Film” crusade, law enforcement outreach, youth ministry, ladies conferences, pastors conference, vacation bible school.
With God’s help we will live, work and die in Romania reaching the people with the good news of the gospel. We have seen people saved and God do many miracles in our behalf. Our long term vision is to reach other Eastern bloc countries with the gospel. By the end of our lives we want to be able to stand before the Lord and say:
Please pray for us.
In His Service,
Personal Testimony of Daniela Toc
I praise God for the privilege to be born into a Christian home. My parents were the best example for me as I have watched them live their lives and be a testimony even during difficult times while communism was ruling with an iron hand.
My father was a deacon in his church and when the secret police found out he lost his job. It was a difficult time for us as a family because he was the only breadwinner in the family. After much prayer and fasting God helped him to find a better job. Through that experience, I learned a valuable life lesson. My parents’ example and their testimony during the harsh communist rule strengthen my faith as a child.
In 1989, the Revolution came to Romania and the government fell. We were able to hold evangelistic crusades in the church and invite friends and family members. In 1990, I had the privilege to be in the church every night during the crusade held that year. Each evening a different preacher talked about what our Lord did for us on the cross. I understood for the first time His perfect love for me, and the Holy Spirit convinced me that I was a sinner and I needed to be saved. When the invitation was given, I was among the first to raise my hand. Soon after that I turned 19 and that same year I followed the Lord in baptism. I realized that it was the most important decision that I could take for my life. New believers’ class has also taught me that now I am part of God’s family and that He is my Father and because of that, I have the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life.
After graduation, I had the privilege to come the States and study more about God and His word at Tennessee Temple University. Ever since I went to the States, I had a desire to return to Romania and to reach the lost in my own country. I began to pray for a husband and God answered that request too. I was married in 1995 to Daniel and a few years later we came to Romania as missionaries to reach men and women that have never heard of our Lord and the salvation He provides for anyone who believes in Him. In the last few years, we have seen young and old people saved and others rededicate their lives. We have much to pray for and much to be thankful for, as we continue our ministry here in Romania. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We could not minister here without your help.
In His Service and yours,