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
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.
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).
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
- 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
For more information and a list of current opportunities, please contact our
office (e-mail to
or call at 630-665-6503).
Stories of churches (links)