Romania’s church passes historic mark.

By October 10, 2005

Romania (MNN)–Twenty years ago, the events taking place in Romania today would not have happened. It was when Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu ruled with an iron fist.

In 1989, the regime fell, and the people began to come out from the shadow of that era. Today, the Gospel has taken hold, and the church is seeing unparalleled growth.

Evangelist Sammy Tippit is on his way home this week after a successful campaign in Romania. While there, he was part of a training conference to help Romanian believers grow into a missions sending force to contend with.

A pastor’s conference saw 300 Romanian church leaders gathered to plant a vision. And, Tippit was part of the dedication of the Baptist Church in Scornicesti, Ceaucescu’s birthplace, and the birthplace of one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history.

Believers, uncowed by the government’s threats, came to Scornicesti anyway and planted the first seeds. Years later, a group of university students, came back and worked in the city, cleaning it and showing love to the people.

Then came the day when a man, named Josif Varan, moved to the town as a church planter. His work resulted in the first Evangelical Church in this historic town. Continue to pray as the missions vision takes root in Romania.

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