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Nick Bejenaru – London Beje Gymnastics
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When God closes a door for us He opens another

Philippians 1:6: For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Nick Bejenaru
One of the consequences of the “information age” and the easy access to the media via the internet is the rise of celebrity culture. Many everyday common people are trying to get attention simply for fame’s sake, and those who have attained celebrity for achievement, or talent, or beauty, are splashed all over our screens continuously. It is odd, then, to find a two-time Olympic gymnast training students at a nearly anonymous gym at the end of North Routledge Park in London.

Beje Gymnastics is run by Nick and Lore Bejenaru. Nick competed in the Olympics for Romania in Seoul in 1988 and in Barcelona in 1992. He also competed in the world championships in 1989, 1991, and won a bronze medal in 1995. Despite having been out of competition for a number of years both he and Lore look like they could still give younger gymnasts a run for their money.

The gym is the culmination of their dream to train young gymnasts, and a lot of faith. While Nick was tabbed to coach in Romania after he ended his career politics intervened and he was not given the position he had been promised. When they moved West to seek greater opportunity they also found a greater level of faith in God.

Lore Bejenaru
“We always loved God, even as children. Our families always went to church,” says Lore. “But we didn’t understand the Bible. We started praying and asking questions because we felt something was missing.”

When they moved to the area the began to attend a Pentecostal church with family members, and began to see God taking care of them in tangible fashion. For instance, one day when they were down to their last $20 and had to use it to get home three children signed up for training to keep the gym open. Another time they were two months behind on their payments and were looking to take out a second mortgage to keep the gym open when a realtor, who happened to be a Christian as well, instead took over their mortgage until they could sell their home. Then the Lord provided an apartment for them through a member of their church.

“We’ve had offers to coach in the US and Dubai, but turned them down as God is taking care of us here. It’s not about the numbers of kids,” says Nick. “God will provide enough kids.”

Living quietly as followers of Christ rather than exploiting Nick’s status as a past Olympian has brought their faith and love of Christ to tremendous depths. Lore tears up with love and gratitude when talking about her Savior, and Nick speaks with the quiet confidence of one whose faith has been tested and found to be true.

“Trust the Lord in everything you do,” says Nick. “If you do not you cannot do anything. When God closes a door for us He opens another. This is how he has guided us.”

Beje Gymnastics is a member of Gymnastics Ontario and is located at 1565 North Routledge Park. You can learn more about Nick and Lore and the gym at