The roots of the current United Methodist work in Romania go back to 1995, when an independent missionary from the United States with United Methodist background went to Cluj-Napoca, a university city in the northwestern part of Romania. For seven years, the missionary and his wife ministered to the people in many villages, setting up home groups, distributing medicines and food, while bringing the Good News by doing all this.
The Romanian leaders of the churches in Micesti and in Cluj kept in touch with the missionary and his family after they returned to the US in 2006. After prayerful consideration, they decided in August 2011 to join the UMC. One month later the UMC in Romania was born and became part of Bulgaria Provisional Annual Conference.
The churches in Cluj and Micesti envision bringing Orthodox Christians the experience of a new birth in Christ and the formation of a personal relationship with God. Leaders are being identified and trained, and ministry includes both diaconal activities and humanitarian aid.
Global Ministries, in partnership with the leaders of the Romanian United Methodist Church, supports church development through a scholarship program, In Mission Together partnerships, work with orphaned children, and programs to help strengthen families.
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