Spiritually, Europe is becoming very needy. Figures for church attendance and church plants are relatively low. This makes it all the more encouraging to see new workers getting involved in mission in Europe.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of EMF (European Mission Fellowship) at the end of April, three new missionaries were welcomed into the EMF family: Benjamin Pap, Mihai Chisari, and Tamás Moroz.
Benjamin and Tamás (both twenty-five) are pastors of Hungarian Baptist churches in Transylvania (the Hungarian-speaking part of Romania).
Despite their youth, both men are pastoring several churches and mission points, taking services and meetings in different towns and villages almost every day. This is quite common in parts of Romania where the number of churches outstrips the number of pastors.
Benjamin and his wife Debora have just had their first child, Priszilla; Tamás and his fiancée Andreia are due to be married in August. These two humble brothers came to us with the hearty recommendation of our senior missionaries in Transylvania.
Mihai is twenty-nine and married to Irina. They have two young daughters: Delia and Elisa. Mihai is pastoring a small, fairly new Reformed Baptist church in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova and a city of around 650,000 people. He is EMF’s first missionary in that country, whose main languages are Romanian and Russian.
The addition of these three brothers to EMF is in keeping with our desire to support gospel workers who are native to the lands in which they serve. While cross-cultural missionaries are still valued, there are obvious advantages to having gospel workers who already speak the language, know the people, and are aware of cultural mores.
We do thank the Lord for Benjamin, Mihai, and Tamás, and keep praying that God will raise up more gospel labourers for Europe (and beyond).