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Where BGMC Goes: Europe

Our home missions field is the United States of America. However, when you look at this and other "Where BGMC Goes" regions on this Web page, you'll learn about the various geographic regions our world missionaries minister in.


The regions identified by Assemblies of God World Missions are Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

About Romania

Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Ukraine

Climate: temperate; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow and fog; sunny summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms

Population: 22,246,862

Median (average) Age: 37.3

Ethnic Groups: Romanian (89.5%), Hungarian (6.6%), Roma (2.5%), Ukrainian (0.3%), German (0.3%), Russian (0.2%), Turkish (0.2%), other (0.4%)

Religions: Eastern Orthodox (86.8%), Protestant (7.5%), Roman Catholic (4.7%), other or none (1%)

How BGMC is Helping Romania

BGMC is helping reach the gypsies in Romania. Thanks to kids giving to BGMC, we're helping world missionaries Ian and Sheila Hall reach these people in need of Jesus.

Alesd is a town of 10,000 people in western Romania, 10 percent of whom are Gypsies. The small town is experiencing a sovereign move of God. As a result, many Gypsies are attending the Samaria Gypsy Church and finding Christ.

Currently the Samaria Gypsy Church is meeting in the lunchroom of a kindergarten building. With the large numbers of adults coming to Christ, however, the church has already outgrown this facility. In an attempt to provide for additional space, the children are meeting in separate classrooms.

"The Gypsies are excited about having a church of their own, and we know this will make a big impact on the community," says foreign missionary Ian Hall. "The congregation is also being taught to give, and they are now taking up offerings both for the church and for the poor."

According to Ian and his wife Sheila, the people believe God is blessing them because they are giving and not expecting handouts. The Halls and the leadership of the church are greatly encouraged that God is changing the mentality of the Gypsies in that church, which is a huge step forward from their traditional mindset.

The growing number of members prompted the need for the church's own facilities, and a three-phase expansion is in progress for the entire complex called the Evangelistic and Social Center, says Ian. The facility now under construction is called the Samaria Evangelistic and Social Center, and it is being built among the Gypsy population.

Thank you for helping reach the children of Europe for Christ!


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