romania / europe

Spiritual Climate

Romania is considered one of Europe's most spiritually receptive nations, however most people affiliate with the Orthodox Catholic Church because of tradition, not personal desire or faith. There is needless tension and disconnection between denominations. This lack of unification has also caused a shortage in effective ministries and vision for the lost. It's very common for one pastor to oversee more than one church because of the lack of trained leaders available to churches. It is rare to find youth ministries that are both culturally relevant and appealing to unbelieving young people. Yet aside from all this, there is fertile ground all over Romania waiting for the Gospel to flourish in it!

Ground-Level Perspectives

Romania has a large and growing evangelical population, Europe’s fourth largest. This is despite an overall decline in population. In fact, evangelicals are the only growing major religious group. Romania is considered one of the more spiritually receptive European nations.
— Operation World

Very little practical ministry is being done to address community needs; the Church neglects many poor people. Pray for a breakthrough of love, holiness, discipleship and prayer in all denominations.
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More about Romania

A Couple Raw Facts

Church Plant Illustration

Church planting is still a vital ministry. Over 100 new churches are planted each year, but many more are needed.

Euro Image

Romania hopes to adopt the Euro by 2014.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Romania

After the collapse of Communism, Romania developed a deep need for the training and equipping of church leaders. Additionally, under the former regime it was illegal for churches to work with the "next generation." Ministries to children and youth were practically nonexistent. WorldVenture’s Romanian team focuses on developing a hands-on approach to leadership training using a team ministry model. Education of pastors, Christian workers and leaders are also at the heart of WorldVenture’s work in Romania.

Today &

Romania Team Goals

Romanian churches are growing rapidly and many new churches have been established. One of WorldVenture’s goals is to continue the ministry of teaching through courses at the Baptist Seminary and the University of Bucharest. Workers also continue to train, encourage and guide future Sunday school leaders and camp staff as they begin a ministry for future generations.

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WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here








Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

romania source:bbc - Google News
Transylvania's castle owners sink their teeth into business - BBC News

BBC News

Transylvania's castle owners sink their teeth into business
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In the end it wasn't vampires that the castle owners of Transylvania had to worry about, it was communists. With more than 100 castles, the historic region of central Romania - inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 horror novel Dracula - was for centuries ...

Friday, November 28, 2014 2:49:19 PM

Dragons v Bucharest Wolves: Howells' Romanians raise game - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Dragons v Bucharest Wolves: Howells' Romanians raise game
BBC Sport
... Wolves: Howells' Romanians raise game. By Dafydd Pritchard BBC Wales Sport ... Romania's qualification for the World Cup means Howells will be the only Welshman in charge of a team at the 2015 tournament. And having worked in Italy and Scotland ...

Friday, December 12, 2014 10:18:47 AM

Romania elects president to replace Basescu - BBC News

BBC News

Romania elects president to replace Basescu
BBC News
Romanian voters have taken part in a presidential run-off which pitted the Social Democratic prime minister against a centre-right candidate. Exit polls suggest a tight contest between Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German mayor.
Romania election surprise as Klaus Iohannis wins presidency

Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:49:06 AM

Live Text Commentary - BBC News

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Live Text Commentary
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Claudiu Keseru (Romania) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucian Sanmartean. 86:28 ... Goal! Romania 2, Northern Ireland 0. Paul Papp (Romania) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Friday, November 14, 2014 6:53:21 AM

Romanian election: Presidential run-off vote expected - BBC News

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Romanian election: Presidential run-off vote expected
BBC News
Romania's presidential election looks set for a run-off after partial poll results suggested no candidate had won an overall majority in the first round. With more than 50% of the votes counted, Prime Minister Victor Ponta is leading the race with ...

Sunday, November 02, 2014 11:07:07 PM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Youth Worker3 YearsLifetimeEuropeRomaniaOpportunity is to work with Romanian youth in discipleship, evangelism, shepherding and mentoring. Responsibilities will vary but would include developing relationships with youth, leading Bible studies, prayer groups and eventually youth meetings. There could also be a certain amount of travel in within the country. Male or married couple. Must be flexible and have relational and organizational skills. Must also be involved in ongoing Romanian language acquisition training. 1652
Missions Mobilizer4 YearsLifetimeEuropeRomaniaOpportunity to work alongside a team of Romanians and ex-patriots to mobilize and encourage Romanian youth for missions. Encourage, educate and motivate youth as well as church leadership for missions through small groups, seminars, missions trips, prayer meetings and other activities. Participate in a team of Romanians and missionaries in missions trips both in and outside of Romania. Participate/lead missions groups and studies. Participate/lead short term missions trips with Romanian youth in and outside of Romania. Much travel in Romania is a part of this ministry. Graduated from Perspectives Course. Bible training. Flexibility and relational skills are a must. Must also be involved in ongoing Romanian language acquisition training.1653
Bible Teacher4 YearsLifetimeEuropeRomaniaTrain Bible teachers and ministry leaders in village and small town churches. Teach Bible study methods with lots of practical emphasis, discussion and problem solving in various small churches in villages and small towns in Romania. Be willing to adapt to culture, to learn and to interact with students. Opportunities to mentor and disciple are possible.Male. Bible training with some teaching and ministry experience. Flexibility for various situations. Romanian language study on the field would be a necessary part of the work.1654

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Missionary Team

Mark & Jill Cable

Preparing Christian leaders for ministry at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest, Romania

John & Estera Vatran

Equipping Christian leaders

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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