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It was a big month for the Ban family…

Even though it was many years ago – 38, to be exact – I still have vivid memories of that period of my life like it was yesterday. …This was Communist Romania, prior to the Revolution in December 1989, and…

ITMI’s Ema Ban had the opportunity to encourage evangelical women all over Romania as they live out their Christian calling. …

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Family News: Two Weddings and a Doctor of Ministry

It was a big month for the Ban family…

Dr. Nick, Romania, preaching

In 1981, My Dad Received a Phone Call that Changed Our Lives

Even though it was many years ago – 38, to be exact – I still have vivid memories of that period of my life like it was yesterday. …This was Communist Romania, prior to the Revolution in December 1989, and…

Ema Ban, Romania

ITMI’s Ema Ban on National TV!

ITMI’s Ema Ban had the opportunity to encourage evangelical women all over Romania as they live out their Christian calling. …

The preschool was already closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then Adi and Ema got a notice that would change everything.

During this unusual and perhaps fearful, difficult or challenging time of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need daily reminders that we can trust our good and faithful Lord and Savior, no matter what we face. Here’s how three of our partners have seen Him at work, revealing Himself to be more than trustworthy during these unusual times. 

When many of you began supporting the Bans in their important contribution to Romanian society years ago, you probably wouldn’t have guessed what big things the Lord would do with your sincere sacrifices, placed in His hands.

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Adi and Ema get a Notice that Changed Everything for their Preschool Ministry

The preschool was already closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then Adi and Ema got a notice that would change everything.

3 stories of His trustworthiness during the pandemic

3 Stories of His Trustworthiness During the Pandemic

During this unusual and perhaps fearful, difficult or challenging time of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need daily reminders that we can trust our good and faithful Lord and Savior, no matter what we face. Here’s how three of our partners have seen Him at work, revealing Himself to be more than trustworthy during these unusual times. 

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Their Needs Were Met. Now They’re Reaching the Hurting in a War Zone.

When many of you began supporting the Bans in their important contribution to Romanian society years ago, you probably wouldn’t have guessed what big things the Lord would do with your sincere sacrifices, placed in His hands.

THE CONTEXT

As the country of Romania emerged from Communism, things began to change fast. The church that had survived the persecution of those years continues to need to equip believers to live faithfully in a quickly-changing society where Biblical values are undermined by an onslaught of information delivered by technology.

Adi and Ema Ban work to equip the church to live faithfully in the world of today, starting at home as husbands, wives and parents, where living for Jesus can be the hardest.

The Bans equip couples and families to implement Biblical principles in their families and marriages. As these relationships have solidified and grown mature believers, the groups Adi and Ema mentor have turned into people equipped and active in reaching others with the Good News.

 

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Builds Up the Church

Your support of the Bans means these experienced mentors and speakers are available to encourage and teach the church, building it up for its mission.

Reaches Families with Good News

The Bans use their Little House of Treasures Preschool and Family Center to reach families outside the church in their community with Biblical truths and the Gospel.

Provides Discipleship Materials for Romanians, in Romanian

The Bans' ministry makes discipleship materials available for Romanians in their language, through the authorship of books, meetings and conferences.

The Bans lead two groups of couples and families, which began as "Young Couples' Fellowships", but as time has gone by, many of the young couples are now growing families.

Under the Ban's leadership, the couples study the Word of God together and share what they've learned regarding topics such as communication, conflict resolution, and godly intimacy, building families from on Biblical principles from the ground up.

Adi and Ema's ministry aims to prayerfully stand in the cultural gap as a line of defense against affairs, divorces and immorality.  The seek to work alongside the Spirit to build Biblically-based marriages.

This allows believers to live the lives they were saved to live, sacrificially declaring and demonstrating the Gospel to their communities, their churches and beyond.

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Adi and Ema Ban with one of their Young Couples' Fellowship groups. 

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Ema with some ladies she disciples on a retreat.

With the help and support of the families they've discipled, Adi and Ema support outreach in Ukraine by helping faithful, Ukrainian pastors. Many of these pastors could move away from the war-zone, but they know they are called to stay. They endure hardship and lack of income to reach the hurting in these parts of Ukraine with the Gospel.

Adi and Ema's support helps provide for their families so they can stay and minister, or funds outreaches the impoverished believers simply can't raise money for.

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Adi with Ukrainian pastors. 

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A youth camp supported by Adi and Ema and their groups. One of these teenagers, who accepted Christ at camp, was killed later that year when a bomb landed in her backyard.

Authoring, Speaking and Equipping

Adrian personally invests in and encourages all of the Sunday School teachers for the children’s ministry of their church.

Since few of them have been trained to teach a Bible lesson, Adrian organizes leadership sessions empowering teachers to teach in such a way that the next generation experiences the joy of knowing Jesus.

He and Ema are working to develop a Sunday School curriculum that will create continuity between age groups and classes.

In 2007, Adrian and Ema co-authored the book I Want to Get Married with David and Claudia Arp, their mentors and authors of Ten Great Dates. The book has been an instrumental foundation for the Ban's Marriage Preparation Seminars.

The Bans contributed a chapter about Grace to "Apologetics Around the Table", published in 2016.

Adi and Ema make themselves available for training and consulting for churches or other organizations, and both have encouraged many in their walk with the Lord by taking various speaking and sharing opportunities.

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I Want to Get Married!

by Adi and Ema Ban and David and Claudia Arp

 

Adi and Ema manage a pre-school center, "Little House of Treasures" that is open to the community. But it's more than just a preschool. Its the beginning of a community outreach and family support center.

The Bans envision adding counseling services, parenting classes and other family support tools to their community. The school gives them the platform and access point to offer love, support and Jesus to families in the community.

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Adi engages with the students at the preschool.

They've already had opportunities to plant Gospel seeds through their interactions with the preschool families.

Get to Know the Bans and Their Ministry

HISTORY

Ema Ban was the daughter of Dr. Nick Gheorghita, a contemporary of ITMI founder, Bill Bathman. Dr. Nick was a leading doctor in his field in 1981 Communist Romania when he followed the Lord's leading and answered the call to pastor a Baptist Church in Oradea, Romania.

His doctor friends thought he'd lost his mind to give up the respect and security of being a leading doctor during Communist rule to be a pastor and invite the persecution associated with that in Communist Romania.

But Dr. Nick never looked back.

Today, Adi and Ema carry on Dr. Nick's legacy of serving and equipping the church in Romania.

Their highly-sought after Young Couples' Fellowship groups have grown from discipling young couples to follow Jesus in their newly formed marriages to groups of mature families who are sending missionaries and reaching the hurting around them with encouragement and the Gospel.

In part 2 of this interview with ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban, a believer in war-torn Ukraine answers the question, “Why haven’t you left for a better life?”  His answer is inspiring. Plus, Adi and Ema are sharing something strange that happened to Adi in Ukraine, exciting evidences of God’s work through their outreaches in Romania, how expanding their reach outside of the church and reaching unchurched families led to a young boy standing between his parents and their dinner, what their partners’ investment in them over the years has meant to them and inspired them to do!

Adi and Ema Ban share about Adi’s recent visit to the war zone in Ukraine. He brings us news of our brothers and sisters that are under fire and stories of their faith, love and dedication. In this 30 minute interview, Adi shares: A sometimes overlooked intangible that means a whole lot to the believers […]

These 7 photos from Adi Ban’s trip to Donbas, Ukraine reveal:How this trip is actually fruit of the ministry Adi and Ema have been faithfully doing for years with your support, three ways Adi’s team offered valuable aid, both physical and spiritual and an unexpected challenge the team faced.

Romania, Ban

Paying Forward Your Kindness featuring Adi and Ema Ban

In part 2 of this interview with ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban, a believer in war-torn Ukraine answers the question, “Why haven’t you left for a better life?”  His answer is inspiring. Plus, Adi and Ema are sharing something strange that happened to Adi in Ukraine, exciting evidences of God’s work through their outreaches in Romania, how expanding their reach outside of the church and reaching unchurched families led to a young boy standing between his parents and their dinner, what their partners’ investment in them over the years has meant to them and inspired them to do!

Adi and Ema Ban, Podcast

Stories from the War Zone, featuring Adi and Ema Ban

Adi and Ema Ban share about Adi’s recent visit to the war zone in Ukraine. He brings us news of our brothers and sisters that are under fire and stories of their faith, love and dedication. In this 30 minute interview, Adi shares: A sometimes overlooked intangible that means a whole lot to the believers […]

Adi Ban, Ukraine

Seven Photos of Your Impact in War-Torn Ukraine

These 7 photos from Adi Ban’s trip to Donbas, Ukraine reveal:How this trip is actually fruit of the ministry Adi and Ema have been faithfully doing for years with your support, three ways Adi’s team offered valuable aid, both physical and spiritual and an unexpected challenge the team faced.

ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban just completed a long weekend marriage and family conference, not in their home country of Romania, but in a Romanian community in Spain. Adi tells me that there are many thousands of Romanians in Spain. He chuckled as he told me that the neighborhood that he and Ema ministered in felt like a part of Romania as everyone, even those casual bystanders walking down the street, conversed in his mother tongue. What surprised Adi and Ema…

Fifteen-year-old Dasha Kazimirova of Toretsk, Ukraine, was like any other teenager in the world in some respects. Her life lay before her full of promise and potential. But in other ways, she wasn’t at all like your average youth.

Adi and Ema Ban, Steve Evers, Dear Team, Romania

Dear Team: What Surprised Adi and Ema Last Month

ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban just completed a long weekend marriage and family conference, not in their home country of Romania, but in a Romanian community in Spain. Adi tells me that there are many thousands of Romanians in Spain. He chuckled as he told me that the neighborhood that he and Ema ministered in felt like a part of Romania as everyone, even those casual bystanders walking down the street, conversed in his mother tongue. What surprised Adi and Ema…

Ukraine, Ban

Remembering Dasha: A Backyard Bomb Ends a Young Girl’s Life

Fifteen-year-old Dasha Kazimirova of Toretsk, Ukraine, was like any other teenager in the world in some respects. Her life lay before her full of promise and potential. But in other ways, she wasn’t at all like your average youth.