By Nathan White, VBMB Web Minister
Romania Baptists and Virginia Baptists are at the beginning of a multi-year partnership to get outside the walls of the church and be the story of Jesus for others.
At the Romania Baptist annual meeting in April Craig Waddell, Glenn Maddox and Dane Jackson represented Virginia Baptists.
Before and after that gathering Glenn and Dane facilitated several youth ministry dialogues with Romanian and with Roma leaders.
They also worked out the logistics for IMPACT Romania! which will take place in the city of Arad in July, 2015.
Projects in 2014 and 2015 will concentrate in and around regional hubs in Romania, beginning with Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara/Arad.
The emphases will be:
- youth ministry training and youth group exchanges
- evangelism and church planting
- women’s ministries and combating human trafficking
- local missions in small villages, and
- ministries with the Roma people.
Click here for a full list with ideas for how Virginia Baptists can engage with these emphases and projects.
In addition to meeting pastors and preaching in several churches, Craig, Glenn and Dane worked with associational leaders on a list of concrete ideas and requests for partnership projects in 2014 and 2015.
Also, Dr. Otniel Bunaciu visited Virginia this month, speaking at several churches and at the Resource Center.
“Otie” is the President of the Baptist Union of Romania. While there he met with VBMB staff and Richmond area pastors.