As she hurried after a social worker and away from her father’s violent alcohol-induced abuse, Elena cast a furtive glance over her shoulder at the house as they left. It was the last place they’d seen their mother before she passed away just weeks earlier. Would her father follow and find them?
The Bans share the silver lining in a tough situation they faced in 2017.
Dr. Joseph C. Aldrich is quoted as saying something some might find surprising. Aldrich highlights one of the “weapons” at the church’s disposal for evangelism in Lifestyle Evangelism. Is it training? It is it a certain tract or method? Is it passion? Is it an effusive and charasmatic personality? Caring for orphans and widows? To be sure, these have great value, and are important parts of sharing the Good News, but Aldrich makes a different claim.
GIVE NOW Romania Nestled in the rolling countryside of beautiful but rugged rural Romania is ITMI’s Casa Dorca Orphanage. Casa Dorca is more than an orphanage. Casa Dorca is a family. At Casa Dorca, the older children don’t bully the younger ones, they watch out for them. At Casa Dorca, the children are raised with […]
Things were different before the war broke out in Mironovsk, Ukraine. For 15 years prior to the streets being filled with crumbling structures, a small church of 14 ministered faithfully to their city. For 15 years, there was very little response to the Good News. Then, everything changed.
“Honestly, though, I did not expect to hear Mrs. Lili’s words when she looked me in the eye and said…” ITMI’s Ema Ban was chatting with some Little House of Treasures Preschool mothers when the story unfolded.
Imagine you are an orphan in Romania. Maybe you’ve been begging on the streets in a big city. Maybe you’ve been recently removed from your home because whatever family member you were with couldn’t take care of you anymore. But if you were one of the blessed ones who got to go to ITMI’s Casa Dorca Orphanage in rural Prillipet, Romania, you’d probably…
Though we had less than a month, we gathered the funds needed for our trip and ITMI graciously partnered with us, and we were grateful to the Lord for His provision. Then a swine flu broke out in Ukraine, and we were strongly advised not to go by the Ministry of Health.
“Why do the men sit on one side and the women on the other?”
Years ago, ITMI’s founder, Bill Bathman and his travel companion, Don Christiansen were in a Romanian church. This particular group of believers held long-standing traditions that had gotten them through the persecution of the Communism and the scarcity of the aftermath that followed.
But after the Iron Curtain came down, Don wondered why they sat the way they did. Was it to keep everyone from being distracted? Was it their sense of modesty and propriety?
The couple in front of ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban was the second couple to make the same request. It was 2014. Their Pre-Marital Seminar was wrapping up.