During the 1970s Communists, led by dictator Ceaucescu, controlled the Romanian Government and economy, and also the minds of the people, through indoctrination in schools, media, factories, homes and churches.
During that time I met secretly with two strangers from the UK who had a desire and commitment to help us study the Word of God. They were from SGA. This was the beginning of a lifetime partnership and friendship in Christ. We planned to meet in hiding to study the Bible, pray, and be equipped to train others. Mountains, woods, or homes were our classrooms during hot, freezing, rainy and windy days. I remember those meetings. Our minds were opened and our hearts were burning.
In the mid 1980s an underground Bible School in the old 2nd Baptist Church, Oradea. trained young people for ministry. SGA teams came secretly, providing teaching and Bible study books. About 100 young people engaged in this programme. The teaching and example set by SGA teachers greatly influenced our young people and churches.
With the downfall of Communism a new day dawned for Romania.
Together with SGA, we understood the need of the hour - more Bible schools, and an Evangelical University! SGA provided teachers, books and supplies for the training programmes. Now, decades later, we look back with grateful hearts to God and with gratitude to SGA for faithful and consistent support throughout the years in training, equipping and supporting our churches and schools.