January 2019 Viewpoint
John Baros grew up in the Timis province of Romania, the same area where the Apostolic Faith Church was first launched in that country in 2000. He is the fourth of eleven children born to Christian parents who brought them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Both at home and in church, Brother John heard and recited “The Lord’s Prayer,” a subject he focused on in a recent sermon. His parents carefully taught that the manner in which we approach God matters.
When Brother John was twelve years old, he attended our church youth camp. He had gained a head knowledge of prayer as a child, but during the week of camp, he applied that learning in a manner that resulted in a change of heart.
In 1986, the Baros parents along with their nine children (the two youngest were born later) immigrated to the United States in pursuit of religious freedom. They settled in Sacramento, California, and then in 1989 and began to attend the Apostolic Faith Church there. That year, when Brother John was twelve years old, he attended our church youth camp. He had gained a head knowledge of prayer as a child, but during the week of camp, he applied that learning in a manner that resulted in a change of heart. He testifies, “God began to speak to me in a very special way through the cabin devotions, camp lessons, and chapel services. Most impactful to me was the camp theme song, ‘Behold, What Manner of Love.’ The Lord used that song to convince me of how much the Heavenly Father loved me personally. Though I had been brought up in a Christian home and had attended many church services, I had never before experienced God’s presence and love in such a gripping way as I did during that week of camp.
“On the third night of camp, as I stood in the doorway of the chapel, one of the counselors asked me to pray. At that time, despite my upbringing, I really did not know how to pray, nor did I understand much theology. Nevertheless, as I knelt, the Lord began to melt my heart. I could hear that several people had gathered around, and as I heard them praying, their words became my prayer. That night, it was the grace of God working through those praying with me that helped me to offer a prayer of repentance and total surrender to God. The Lord answered and saved my soul. He changed my heart and my desires in an instant. As I continued to pray that night, God also sanctified me and filled me with His precious Holy Spirit.”
From that time to this, Brother John has proved that when we approach God in the appropriate manner, He answers our prayers. Brother John’s teaching and this entire magazine are designed to inspire you to experience God for yourself. May God bless you and help you put into practice what you read.