During the Communist regime very strict restrictions were imposed on building churches. This is why in large cities, of over 200,000 people, there are only a handful of evangelical churches and in many smaller towns or villages there are few or no evangelical church buildings. With the new freedom gained after 1989, there is a tremendous need to build churches.
Due to the specific religious environment of Romania, worship in a private home is perceived as inappropriate and often labeled as “a heretical cult” . A dedicated church building provides legitimacy to the group of believers meeting there and therefore the building itself becomes crucial for outreach.
In addition, the fast pace of growth of many churches has increased the need for expansion and for classroom space for children ministries.
Funding church construction projects faces another burden in Romania since the current banking system does NOT offer loans to churches. This is why some construction projects are stretched over many years, as the church is unable to raise the necessary funds from the local membership (not to mention the low income level of most church members).
If you would like to get involved, here are some ways to do it:
- donate for a specific Church construction project highlighted in our publications (Inside Romania or monthly letters).
- donate to the general Church Construction Fund that allows us to respond to various needs of local churches in Romania.
- travel to Romania to participate directly in a construction project.
For more information and a list of current opportunities, please contact our office (e-mail to RMS@RMSonline.org or call at 630-665-6503).