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July 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Romania

Făclia Publishing House publishing good Christian books in Oradea, Romania

Let me tell you my story: I was born into a loving evangelical Christian family in a harshly communist country that suffered for so long under the cruel dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. But, in our town of Oradea in Romania, we had the privilege of attending a fine gospel preaching church, Emanuel Baptist Church, and I came to know Christ as my personal Saviour when I was 15 years old. After school, I was employed as a technician in a tool factory in Oradea. Our church ran a theological course to train a new generation of preachers. It was called ‘The school of the prophets’...

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May 2017
Romania

Emanuel Hospice, Romania

Cancer — the dreaded c-word — is dreadfully common. In 2014 there were 356,860 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK, the equivalent of a new diagnosis every two minutes. Experts state that 50 per cent of people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In 2014, there were 163,444 cancer-related deaths, the equivalent of 450 every day. Ministry Now let’s imagine an award-winning team of health care professionals. This team is specifically committed to final-days palliative care. Let’s say that all staff are evangelical, Bible-believing Christians. And they visit not only to bring...

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May 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Romania

Romania

Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres (92,043 sq mi) and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the EU, with 1,883,425 inhabitants as of 2011. The River Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, rises in Germany and flows in a general southeast direction for 2,857 km (1775 mi), coursing through ten countries before emptying into Romania’s Danube Delta. The Carpathian Mountains, which cross Romania from the north...

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June 2016
Romania

Emanuel University, Romania

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania. Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) has had a long history with Emanuel, which today includes funding scholarships that allow students to attend the university. SGA asked Dr Paul Negrut to reflect on the past 25 years and look forward to what they wish to achieve, with the help of God, in the future. He writes: As we celebrate 25 years since Emanuel University opened its doors, it is obvious that this school is one of the greatest miracles of God for our time. Four hundred years after the Protestant Reformation followed by great revivals, Europe...

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February 2015
Romania

Creation ministry in Romania

In December 2014 I was in Cluj in Transylvania with Traian Todut and Pal Borzasi. I spoke in Manastur Baptist Church to the youth and also at a number of Hungarian Baptist churches. Young people from both communities were keen for the creation literature I brought out and stayed asking questions for a long time after the meetings. And it wasn’t just the young people! On one occasion in Crasna, a kind farmer who was due to milk his cow (to give some milk to Pastor Pal to take back with him), asked many questions, so much so, that it wasn’t until about 11.00pm he...

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August 2013
Romania

Romania – an unfinished mission

Romania? In Eastern Europe somewhere: Ceausescu and Communism; Securitate and informers; poverty, notably orphanages with tormented, sometimes deranged, children that the Romanian state wished to hide; and lorry-loads of aid, old clothes and used equipment, from good Christian people. These rather disparate fragments, I admit with shame, were once all I knew about Romania. They were gleanings from the media blitz of the early 1990s when Romania held the attention of the world, and from missionary meetings I attended. A change was on the horizon, however, in January 2007, when a square-jawed and even squarer-shouldered Romanian by the name of Cornel Pelea joined the church...

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May 2013
Romania

Tent-missioning in south Romania

It is a great joy and privilege to present to you our very important work among local churches in the south of Romania, in the counties of Giurgiu and Teleorman. These counties are about 80 kms south of the capital, Bucharest.      We are a relatively young team of believers who are involved in evangelistic work among children during the summer school holidays. We also work among unsaved adults. In southern Romania there are literally hundreds of villages and larger communities where there is no evangelical church or testimony.      This coming summer will be the third summer that we do gospel outreach work using...

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The Barnabas Company

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July 2012
Romania

The Barnabas Company

The Barnabas Company The Barnabas Company (not to be confused with the Barnabas Fund) is to finish its support for Hungarian Christians in Romania.     This ministry was founded by Stephen and Joan Clifford of Belper, in Derbyshire. Its purpose was to encourage believers who were poverty-stricken but rich in faith, and help them both practically and spiritually.     The work was small but had very large effects. The vision for this ministry came to the Cliffords when they were teaching English in Hungary. At that time, both Hungary and Romania were in the grip of Communism. Stephen and Joan saw a deep need to...

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Missionary Spotlight – New opportunities in Romania

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September 2008
Romania

Missionary Spotlight – New opportunities in Romania

New opportunities in Romania   I first met Raul Costea on a flight from Bucharest to the UK. I had been on an assignment in Romania project-managing for a manufacturing business; Raul was a Baptist pastor from Transylvania in central Romania.      While conversing we discovered a common bond of Christian faith. He told me about his work in the southern part of Olt County, centred on Dragonesti Olt. This particularly poor part of Romania has much social need, but also presents an open door for evangelical Christian witness to a largely rural population of 200,000.      Raul has a vision for starting multiple house...

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Missionary Spotlight-EP Conference, Romania

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February 2006
Romania

Missionary Spotlight-EP Conference, Romania

Evangelical Press’ third Romanian Conference was held on 18-19 November in the city of Oradea. As the date coincided with sessions of the Romanian Baptist Union Assembly in Bucharest, there was uncertainty about the degree of attendance we could expect. In the event fears proved to be groundless, with numbers greater than in previous years – an attendance of over 300, drawn from a wider constituency than before. It was good to meet many Hungarian-speaking delegates and some Gypsy pastors, in addition to the Romanian-speaking majority. Students from the Oradea Pentecostal College came for the first time, several from Brethren assemblies and at least one...

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Missionary Spotlight-Phenomenal growth in Romania

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June 2005
Romania

Missionary Spotlight-Phenomenal growth in Romania

God has done something extraordinary in Romania. Consider Emmanuel Baptist Church in Oradea near the Hungarian border (Oradea has a population of 230,000; Romania, 23 million). With sacrificial giving from inside and generous help from outside, it has played a crucial role in training pastors and church planting, and has experienced phenomenal growth. Behind all this is an amazing story of courage and commitment to Christ. Secret police   Under the dictatorial regime of President Ceaucescu in the 1980s pastors were watched closely by the secret police. Some were even betrayed by close friends who had worked for decades as informers. Pastors were required to...

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Missionary Spotlight – Romanian Encounter

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March 2004
Romania

Missionary Spotlight – Romanian Encounter

I want to share the single most significant event I experienced during a recent trip to Romania. It occurred on a Sunday. I was sent to preach in a village 90 minutes drive west of Iasi, where there has been recent severe persecution of Romanian Baptists by the Orthodox Church. After preaching in the morning at the Baptist church, and having lunch with the pastor and his wife, I was told that I was being taken to meet with a group in a forest in the mountains. I did not know what to expect. I was told I would have just one hour with them,...

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