Strengthening and expanding the church and contributing to the transformation of society
Annual Goal: $37,400.00
Year to Date Gifts: $24,890.00
Describe the need affecting community
The needs are for: – renting facilities for worship service, activities and an office for the logistic activity of the NGO of the UMC church in Romania. – project’s of the local churches in their community (work with the orphans in the city of Cluj and Sibiu, diaconal and humanitarian work in the poor villages close to the city, evangelism and discipleship project’s). – support for the salaries of the pastor’s and workers. – project’s for planting new UMC churches here is included a building for a community center and a church for Roma in the village of Comsesti (the land is bought but is a financial need for a building).
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
The purpose of this project is to offer financial support for the local UMC churches that was planted in Romania from 2011, the time when the first UMC was established. In 2016 there are three UMC churches, two in the urban area and one in the rural area, all in Transylvania. The second church in the rural area is in the process to be planted in a very poor Roma community from a village, 30 km from the city of Cluj, where it was established the first UMC church. The local churches are very much involved in different social and spiritual work: project’s with teenagers from the orphanage, working with teenagers from the poor villages near the cities, working with Roma children and their families also in the villages, diaconal and humanitarian work in the villages, planting new churches in urban and rural area. All this evangelistic, discipleship or social activities and plan’s for development of UMC church in Romania need financial support. The members of the church are trying to do their part but because it is a new church, there are not so many financial resources. The new pastor’s and the workers also need to be financial supported in order to be able to continue the work.
Describe the primary goal of the project
a) To reach out to everyone by inviting them to events at the church but also by visiting them at home and to allow the Orthodox, Greek Catholics, other Protestants, even Hungarian Reformed Christians to find a home in the UMC and to love them all the same. b) To start home groups, bible study groups, disciple groups, some of them with the purpose of strengthening the local church or the new believers, some with the hope that from this home-groups that will be in different area’s will become new local churches. c) To strengthen the connection with the global Methodist family and particularly with the United Methodist Church in Bulgaria (of which the work in Romania is part of from a structural point of view) and to develop a common vision of what it means to be a United Methodist Church in Romania. d) To continue the village ministry including: evangelism, diaconal activities and humanitarian aid, working with Roma for the purpose of planting a UMC church for Roma. e) To have a church building for a community center and a place for worship services in a Roma village.