Mihai & Ana Laura Bucur
Word of Life Internationalf Life International
Begun in 1993, Word of Life Romania is led today by Mihai Bucur. The first camps were held in 1994. The missionary team, along with 110 volunteer counselors, ministered to thousands of Romanian young people. 5,000 of them accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Their ministry includes evangelistic campaigns and five weeks of camp, which accommodates over 650 young people. The Children's show, Castle of Grace, has reached thousands of children. The ministry has also started presenting a musical team, Born Again to a Living Hope, in schools and prisons. The future plans of the ministry include establishing a youth camp and Bible Institute facility at a recently purchased track of land in the Transylvania region of the country.
Romania, which is situated on the Black Sea, is one of Europe's poorest nations. Its landscape ranges from the Carpathian Mountains to flat lands with numerous orchards and vineyards. Brutal dictatorships and communist philosophy have destroyed many elements of history, culture and traditions, as well as the identity of the nation. Romanians were robbed of basic human rights and hope for the future until the Revolution of 1989 that ended the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Medieval towns and majestic castles are memorials of the rich historical heritage, but gray, stark apartment blocks and orphanages with starving children are a reminder of the Ceausesu era. Communism controlled all churches and anybody who claimed to profess any religious beliefs suffered persecution. Today Romanians have freedom of worship. About 86 percent of the population belongs to the Romanian Orthodox Church and five percent to the Roman Catholic Church. Only 3.5 percent of Romanians claim to be Christian.
Winter 2021 Update
Mihai and Ana Laura Bucur, February Updates
We want to praise the Lord that even in the midst of the Restrictions with Covid-19, God kept the doors open for the sharing of the Gospel to hundreds of people on the streets and parks and in the same time training around 100 young people how to share their faith in Christ with others.
December was a blessed time, Christmas was a huge opportunity to share Christ in many cities , in church meetings , in the parks, streets and in home youth meetings. One thing what we see very clear is that the people are looking for some responses and solutions for their lives, God is preparing the hearts of the people.
We are enjoying to see new young people attending the church, each one with his own story and circumstance but as they approach Christ and start to live for him , their lives, attitude, behavior and the look on their own face is changing. Please pray for the new convert , young people that trusted Jesus Christ and now they have the need of growing spiritually.
Street Ministry with our youth in Romania.
December and January was quite cold and we wanted to check if we could start a Gospel conversation with people in the street. Well, every single time as we went out in different days of the week and in different location we always had the chance to present a complete Gospel presentation!
In December 500 people heard the a complete Gospel presentation
72 people manifested the desire to trust Jesus as Savior.
In January 200 heard the Gospel in a complete presentation
26 people trusted Jesus as personal Savior
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