Romania is situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and it is believed that the Apostle Andrew brought the Gospel to the ancient Dacia, to the Greek cities at the Black Sea. A very tumultuous history followed, a constant struggle for survival in the face of migratory people, European Empires, the Turkish Empire, an finally Communism. For much of the second half of the 20th century Romania was part of the Soviet sphere of influence, although sort of a political maverick. But with the fall of Communism in 1989 her focus has shifted towards the West. On January 1, 2007 Romania became a full member of the European Union.
One of Europe‘s Bright Spots
Experts in missions say that there are two spiritually bright spots in Europe today: Romania and the Ukraine. Although the church was persecuted under Communism, it not only survived, it grew and revival swept the land. With the new found freedom and abundance of opportunities, Romania has the potential to influence all of Europe – from the inside!
All of us, who are part of the Romanian Missionary Society (RMS), consider ourselves blessed to be a part of God’s plan for the world as we Reach, Minister, and Send Romanians with the Gospel!
There are many reasons to come to Romania, but the top ones include:
1. Romanians love Americans! (& Canadians, & Australians, and the English, and those from Western Europe). You won’t get a snobby cold shoulder when you meet Romanians.
2. Ministry opportunities abound. You can expect to make a significant impact during your ministry stay.
3. Natural follow-up. Because we’re already working with the local pastors, churches and ministries your efforts will be maximized after you leave.
4. Reasonable expenses. While the exchange rate varies, travelers still find lodging, food and supplies are economical.
5. Life changing. Almost all visits to different cultures dramatically impact visitors, but all the more so when a well-planned trip is executed with enthusiastic concern for participants.
Beautiful country, wonderful people. You’ll fall in love with Romania’s natural beauty and the blending of the old with the new. You’ll enjoy the variety: mountains, plains, streams, nature preserves, wildflowers, caves, medieval castles, old cities, new cities. And people – everywhere – friendly, hospitable, caring.