Single women were told they would only get to heaven through marrying and having a child. Married men could preach from the pulpit only if they were not wearing jewelry – not even a wedding ring. Lives were impacted in communist Romania by well-meaning Christian leaders who’d never received training in how to handle God’s word with accuracy. Entire doctrines had been built on single verses, taken out of context.
Entrust entered the scene, bringing training in how to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). We continue to equip men and women in ministry with skills like inductive Bible study and exegesis, because we believe the Bible is our authority, the whole Bible and all of its counsel. Pray we remain true to scripture and faithful to its counsel in all we do as we equip church leaders around the world.
Feeling dissatisfied with your job just now? It could be worse. You could have been a policeman under communism in Romania, with a specific task too fierce to describe here. Read Jerry Wells’ story. It might change your outlook on life today!
One of Entrust’s first countries of concentrated ministry. No Entrust staff live in Romania now that national church-based ministry leadership training is led by Romanians under the auspices of EBE-Romania (launched by first- and second-generation Entrust students).
FAMOUS PEOPLE: Nadia Comaneci (first gymnast to score a perfect 10), Nicolae Paulescu (discovered insulin), Petrache Poenaru (invented the fountain pen).
NATURAL BEAUTY: Carpathian Mountains, Danube River, Black Sea. The Danube Delta, where the river flows into the Black Sea, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as the best preserved delta in Europe, home to hundreds of animal and plant species.
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by Jerry Wells
Our family will miss many things in Romania; mountains and lakes, our little apartment, local hospitality, delicious foods. In particular, I will miss men like Octavian Ivanica in Alexandria. I could not leave Romania without seeing him again, though it meant a 14-hour trip to his city close to the Bulgarian border.
With the heart of a shepherd, Octavian faithfully pastors a sizable church. Over the years, co-workers and I led seminars for him and his leaders. But the best times have been the personal times. When he introduced me to his congregation as his mentor, I thought, “He is my mentor.” Octavian’s life and ministry have marked me indelibly as I’ve watched him lead his church through great challenges toward maturity.
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“Living in a new culture often reveals things you’ve never seen in yourself. It’s like you’re in a pressure cooker and you don’t know what may cause a reaction. I’m usually described as a nice person – not so often as a thief. But one time I actually took something that wasn’t mine.
My husband and I lived in Communist Romania in the 1980s. Many things were rationed. We received coupons for basic food items (eggs, meat, oil, sugar). We also had a “subscription” to receive one liter of milk every few days. We’d leave our empty milk bottle, with an identifying tag around the neck, in the foyer of our building in the morning. Sometime during the day, a new bottle of fresh milk was delivered. Only problem: often there wasn’t enough milk available and so someone had to go without. More than once, we were the ‘someone.’
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