Impacting Lives in Romania
by Dr. Randy Smith
It was my pleasure and privilege to spend more than a week with our team in Romania this past March! I had a wonderful inspirational time with both of our missionary families – Phil and Scottie Rice and Mike and Melissa Hinton.
Phil and I taught a youth ministry class at Logos Bible Institute, a Brethren school that is considering incorporating some of our youth courses into their curriculum. We had 15 excited students for a week long modular teaching Biblical principles of youth ministry. The president and academic dean are evaluating our training program and will let us know soon if they wish to partner to train youth leaders in Romania. Please pray for this decision.
The Hinton Family is settling into their home in Bucharest and will be starting language school as they prepare to assist Phil and Scottie with our task of training youth leaders for churches throughout Romania and Europe. Please pray for the Hinton family during this important transition time. What a joy it was to be with these two wonderful missionary families!
Our training program, in partnership with the Bucharest Baptist Theological Seminary and Bible Institute, after only five years is bearing much fruit! We now have several graduates who are serving in churches throughout Romania and other countries, such as Italy, where many Romanians have migrated!
Our courses at the seminary are being taught by Phil and four Romanian youth leaders who have taken all of our Youth Ministry International courses and are now teaching the courses themselves. All four of these national professors have a doctorate degree and are able to teach our courses at the Bachelor and Masters level.
Phil I had a wonderful meeting with the president and dean of the seminary and have some great plans for expanding the youth training program through online courses and developing extension classes throughout Romania, and perhaps even in Italy!
I thank God for our Romanian/European team and am very excited about their progress and future training goals for the next five years!
Please pray for the Rice and Hinton families as they team up to work together to reach the youth of Romania and beyond!