The Need


adi and ema ban, romaniaRomanian society's turn to individualism and consumerism has impacted Romanian families, turning them away from a Biblical model of biological and church family.

People who were so thirsty for Biblical community that they would many times stand for two hours during the a service are now bent on individualism instead.

Families are torn apart as the individual and his or her "needs" are put above the good of the family.

Relationships are used to "take" what the individual needs, rather than to sacrificially encourage and build one another up out of gratefulness for what Jesus did.

As this individualistic culture leads to immorality and doing "whatever is right for you", the consequences are ripping through relationships and children like a hurricane, leaving devastation in their wake.

The impact of the Gospel on relationships and families is foreign and forgotten, taking with it the peace, joy and fulfillment that we experience when we live as we were created to live.

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A street in Romania.


Adi and Ema have a passion to restore Romanian families, leading and discipling them to know and live by God's Word.

Young Couples Fellowship

Young Couples Fellowship, Ban, Romania

The Bans with the Young Couples' Fellowship.

They lead two groups of young couples, which they call Young Couples' Fellowships, discipling Romanian newly-married couples and pre-married couples.

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 and their churches.

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Building Up the Church

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

Since few of them havebeen trained to teach a Bible lesson, Adrian organizes leadership sessions from time to time, teaching himself or inviting guest trainers, empowering teachers to teach in such a way that the next generation experiences the joy of knowing Jesus.

They 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 also makes himself available for training and consulting for churches or other organizations.

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Adi teaches and builds up the church all over Romania.

Pre-school and Family Center Community Outreach

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.

Romanian Village in Ukraine

Adi offers encouragement and support to John and Gabby, a missionary couple he knows who left the comforts of home in Romanian and moved to a remote village in Ukraine.

The people of this village were sequestered when their land became part of Ukraine years ago, though they are Romanian and don't speak Ukrainian.

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The Romanian village sequestered in Ukraine is rustic and isolated.


Adi with a missionary, John, who pastors in a rustic village of Romanian-speakers in Ukraine.

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Adi with a boy from the village in Ukraine.

 Enjoy this 2-minute video of Adi and Ema in action, ministering to families and couples in Romania through the Young Couples' Fellowship, Conferences and other opportunities. 



  • Monthly supporters to allow Adi and Ema to focus on ministry full-time.
  • Financial support to grow their outreaches through the preschool and the Ukrainian village.
  • Prayer for Adi and Ema as they swim upstream in the surrounding secular culture.

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

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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. 

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

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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.

Paying Forward Your Kindness featuring Adi and Ema Ban

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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!

Stories from the War Zone, featuring Adi and Ema Ban

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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 […]

Seven Photos of Your Impact in War-Torn Ukraine

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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.

Dear Team: What Surprised Adi and Ema Last Month

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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…

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

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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.

Dear Team: A Perspective You Won’t Hear from the News

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What do you think of when you hear the name Russia? The images that are created in your mind depend on how old you are, how much news you watch, and where you were born.  

Good and Pure Water for War Victims in Ukraine

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“The moment of the first water toxicity check is hard to describe in words,” ITMI’s Adi Ban reflected. His heart sank as he read results- 801 TDS. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and is a measurement of all sorts of impurities in the water.