Mission Mobiliser in Romania
Do you have a heart to mobilise Romanians for cross-cultural mission?
Visit churches to encourage cross-cultural ministry; get involved with youth gatherings; attend or help to organise missions conferences and events, and offer training (eg. Kairos, MomentumYes courses) or form interest groups.
Use social media to help us promote WEC across the country and Eastern Europe in partnership with our WAVE branch.
Follow up enquirers and applicants to encourage and pray with them and their church leadership, then be a mentor while they serve abroad.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
Enthusiastic communicator, with people skills and internet skills.
Passionate about mission and enthusiastic about WEC's ethos. Romanian speaker or studying the language and culture.
You have initiative to find a new audience but happy to work in a team. Willing to travel widely across Romania and Eastern Europe.
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Romania is a southeastern European country known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. It is the 12th largest country in Europe and the 6th most populous member state of the European Union.
Its capital and largest city is Bucharest, the site of the gigantic, Communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building.
Its preserved medieval towns include Sighişoara, and there are many fortified churches and castles, notably clifftop Bran Castle, long associated with the Dracula legend.
Romanians regard themselves as the descendants of the ancient Romans who conquered southern Transylvania under the emperor Trajan in 105 ce and of the Dacians who lived in the mountains north of the Danubian Plain and in the Transylvanian Basin. By the time of the Roman withdrawal under the emperor Aurelian in 271, the Roman settlers and the Dacians had intermarried, resulting in a new nation. Both the Latin roots of the Romanian language and the Eastern Orthodox faith to which most Romanians adhere emerged from the mixture of these two cultures.
In 1859 the principalities of Walachia and Moldavia were united, and in 1877 they proclaimed their independence from the Ottoman Empire as the modern Romania. This was accompanied by a conversion from the use of Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet.
During the nation's communist era, the regime concentrated on the expansion of industry, with priority given to the heavy industries of metallurgy, chemical manufacture, and engineering.
The current President is Klaus Iohannis and the Prime Minister is Nicolae Ciucă. Romania's 2007 entry into the EU has been a significant influence on its domestic policy, and including judicial reforms, increased judicial cooperation with other member states, and measures to combat corruption.
Romania's population is around 19,596,000 comprising 33 different ethnic groups, of which seven are classified as unreached. The largest of these are the Turks, the Tatars and the Jews. About 93% of the country is Christian (mostly Eastern Orthodox, while only 6.3% of these are evangelical).
[sources: Wikipedia, Britannica and Joshua Project]
Pray for Romania
A legacy of brokenness endures from the days of Ceausescu’s regime. Every kind of social evil came to fill the moral space left after Communism ended. People struggle with substance abuse, prostitution, human trafficking, and abuse of children. Deep corruption led to economic instability and widespread unemployment. Membership in the European Union has helped push Romania further along the path of economic progress and stability. Pray for leadership that has wisdom to follow the right path, and integrity to establish right policies.
Romania is one of the world’s most Christian nations by percentage, but it is difficult to see this in society. The atheistic worldview of Communism persists. Weak faith, hypocrisy, and slander of other denominations cause problems for all Christian groups. This does not glorify Christ, and does not build up the Church. Church members and even clergy mix faith with folk religious practices or the occult. Churches neglect many poor people. Pray for a breakthrough of love, holiness, discipleship, and prayer in all denominations.
[source: Operation World]
More about WEC in Europe
Although WEC has not ministered in Romania in the past, our IMM branch are offering training and mobilising in churches across Romania to help equip them to prepare and support individuals, couples and famiies for cross-cultural mission.
Read about these opportunities here: GoIMM.org