Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2023
Mediesu Aurit Satu Mare, Romania
Brent & Sara George
Biserica Baptista Mediesu Aurit
Brent and Sara George are repeat MMO hosts for a good reason. Their commitment to the gospel for the most underserved is what missions is all about, and we want to be a part of it. You will enjoy meeting their children, ranging in age from 6 to 21: Jacob, Bethany, Danae, Noah, and Justin.
The Georges first served as part of another ministry in Romania for five years, working in church plants, summer camps, and a Bible institute. It was from a friendship formed at that institute with a Romani named Mircea that the Lord led the Georges to a ministry planting churches to reach his people, a group that is often marginalized and underserved.
Pastor George shares this about the Romani people: “They are amazingly kind and giving. They are extremely poor, but are willing to sacrifice to help others. We are like a big family.”
Can you imagine having to pay a bribe to receive medical care? That is too often the story for Romani people in this area. They are suffering from diabetes, dental problems, and optical needs that are untreated. In Pastor Brent’s words, “Biserica Baptista Mediesu Aurit has the goal to be known as the church who loves people and shows compassion, and wants people to feel comfortable coming to us when they are in need. This helps us shine our light in the community, which in turn gives us the opportunity to share the Gospel and grow the church.” This church is hoping that you will come help them build bridges and relationships with both Romani and Romanians in this community.
Interested in learning more about this incredible ministry in Eastern Europe?
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The church facebook page is Biserica Baptista Mediesu Aurit.
This trip is currently open only to members of the Tribe program and is limited to 20 spots.. For more information about joining the Tribe, click here.
Romania is at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe and is a nation with rolling green hills, vast forests, stunning small towns, and a beautiful people. The country has a storied history that includes Greeks, Romans (the origin of Romania), Goths, Huns, Bulgars, Slavic groups, Magyars (Hungarians), Byzantines, Turks, Mongols, Ottomans, Vlachs, Moldavans, and Habsburgs. As one journalist wrote just prior to World War II:
Two thousand years of severe foreign masters, barbarian invasions, rapacious conquers, wicked princes, cholera, and earthquakes have given Rumanians a superb sense of the temporary and transitory quality of everything. Experience in survival has taught them that each fall may result in unforeseen opportunities and that somehow they always get on their feet again.
Much changed for Romania when Russian troops were stationed there after World War II, leading to a Communist takeover. Nicolae Ceausescu ruled Romania with a rod of iron from 1965 until the sudden collapse of Communism in 1989. Romania then faced a difficult transition from Communism to democracy and a market economy. It experienced rapid economic growth in the early 2000s. Its economy is now based predominantly on services and electric energy.
There are overwhelming needs in Romania. The liberation in 1989 from a generation of oppressive and communist rule prompted a spiritual awakening with a longing for freedom and truth, opening doors for missions and evangelism. Today, more than 93% of Romanians consider themselves to be Christians because they were baptized into the Orthodox Church as infants, but far fewer understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
For more country information, visit the World Factbook.
Our plan is to offer dental and optical care to this community. Every patient who receives care will hear the gospel from a member of this local church.
This trip is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
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What Kelly wants you to know about serving in Romania:
It's been over 30 years since the Iron Curtain fell in Eastern Europe and the Romania Revolution changed the face of the nation. Since then, Christianity has spread slowly, but intentionally throughout the cities and villages of Romania. Churches are small, but mighty in this area, and you will be challenged in your faith as you work alongside quiet, stoic Christians who have survived violence, oppression, famine, and disease.
Photos from our last trip to Romania in 2021!