It was in those dangerous years too that the seeds of SGA’s invaluable teaching and training ministry were sown. The foundations having been laid in Romania, it then became a springboard from which SGA training programmes were ‘exported’ to neighbouring countries, most notably Moldova where God has used the Mission in a quite remarkable way to advance and reinforce vital evangelical worship and evangelism.
The great majority of Romania’s population of 20 million profess adherence to the Eastern Orthodox Church, but for most of these the connection is only at a superficial level. There is a great deal of religion, but a dearth of real understanding of the Gospel and of true faith.
Operation World estimates that there are about 1 million evangelical believers. That percentage of around 5% is significantly better than many other Eastern European countries, but it remains a challenging and chastening statistic!