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The Ban’s ministry began in Romania, but through your support, the Lord expanded their ministry not only to Ukraine in the last few years, but now to Tanzania!

Before ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban left Romania yesterday for their week ministering in Tanzania, Adi and a team made another quick trip to Ukraine. …

“Our donors are heroes!” ITMI’s Mark Burritt enthusiastically commented. It was a Thursday. …

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The Bans Arrive in Tanzania and Share 3 Ways You Can Pray for Them This Week

The Ban’s ministry began in Romania, but through your support, the Lord expanded their ministry not only to Ukraine in the last few years, but now to Tanzania!

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Ternopil, Ukraine: 4 Days Before Rockets Fall, Adi Ban Delivers Water Filters for Refugee Center

Before ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban left Romania yesterday for their week ministering in Tanzania, Adi and a team made another quick trip to Ukraine. …

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Heroes for Such a Time as This

“Our donors are heroes!” ITMI’s Mark Burritt enthusiastically commented. It was a Thursday. …

Our partner, Adi Ban left over the weekend to take supplies to believers in Ukraine who are operating a refugee center. Adi sent a quick video update before he left…

This is a quick video update from ITMI partner, Adi Ban, before he left to run a van full of vital supplies into Ukraine for a Christian refugee center in Ukraine.

Yesterday, ITMI’s Adi Ban worked from 4am to 11pm to get a truck of supplies to refugee centers inside Ukraine.

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Adi Takes Supplies to Christian Refugee Center in Ukraine

Our partner, Adi Ban left over the weekend to take supplies to believers in Ukraine who are operating a refugee center. Adi sent a quick video update before he left…

A 30-second Video Update from Adi Before Leaving for Ukraine (Video)

This is a quick video update from ITMI partner, Adi Ban, before he left to run a van full of vital supplies into Ukraine for a Christian refugee center in Ukraine.

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ITMI Supporters Send Supplies for Christian Refugee Centers in Ukraine

Yesterday, ITMI’s Adi Ban worked from 4am to 11pm to get a truck of supplies to refugee centers inside Ukraine.

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.

Pastor Anatoly of Ukraine, one of the pastors Adi and Ema Ban have been in contact with for a few years now, was also able to get his family through the frigid process of getting out of Ukraine. …

ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban or their Young Couples Fellowship Group was able to help Maxim get a tank of gas and…

Pastor Maxim and his wife have three school aged children. They live and minister one kilometer from Ukraine’s border with Russia. 

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Pastor’s Family Makes it Across the Border with Help from the Bans

Pastor Anatoly of Ukraine, one of the pastors Adi and Ema Ban have been in contact with for a few years now, was also able to get his family through the frigid process of getting out of Ukraine. …

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Pastor Maxim’s Family Makes it to Romania!

ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban or their Young Couples Fellowship Group was able to help Maxim get a tank of gas and…

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Authorities Say We May Have One Hour to Evacuate, but I Can’t Afford a Full Tank of Gas

Pastor Maxim and his wife have three school aged children. They live and minister one kilometer from Ukraine’s border with Russia. 

Pastor Ilya shepherds a church just a few miles from the battle front in eastern Ukraine.

As Russian troops increase near the border of Ukraine, the political situation seems to be intensifying. Amid circulating rumors of a Russian invasion following the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022, the Bans’ contacts are busily reaching everyone they can with the Good News. …

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Reaching 50 Kids from Unbelieving Families Near Ukrainian Front Lines!

Pastor Ilya shepherds a church just a few miles from the battle front in eastern Ukraine.

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Let’s Help Tell Them About Jesus…While We Still Can!

As Russian troops increase near the border of Ukraine, the political situation seems to be intensifying. Amid circulating rumors of a Russian invasion following the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022, the Bans’ contacts are busily reaching everyone they can with the Good News. …