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“At a time when destruction is pervasive all around, the Lord has planted and is growing something new.”

We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

On July 4, 2022, the Yatskiv family of 6 left Sibiu, Romania, where they took refuge after escaping from their home in Odesa, Ukraine when Russia attacked. …

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Ukraine: Amid Destruction, God Plants Something New

“At a time when destruction is pervasive all around, the Lord has planted and is growing something new.”

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Merry Christmas From Your ITMI Partners!

We asked our partners to share some of the ways Jesus’ kingdom was advanced this year. We hope you are encouraged by their answers and the special messages they have for you!

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Ukrainian Refugees’ Stories

On July 4, 2022, the Yatskiv family of 6 left Sibiu, Romania, where they took refuge after escaping from their home in Odesa, Ukraine when Russia attacked. …

Her name was Molly Hays. She was about 24 years old. The time was late June 1778, and the place was the Plains of Monmouth, New Jersey. The mid-summer heat was oppressive…

“Don’t take pictures of soldiers or border personnel. You can talk normally, but be observant with what’s going on,” ITMI’s Adrian (Adi) Ban was instructing the group of Americans. Adi was in the driver’s seat of the minivan, deftly navigating…

I underestimated the range of emotions that would confront me on my recent trip to Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. …

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Dear Team: Standing Fast

Her name was Molly Hays. She was about 24 years old. The time was late June 1778, and the place was the Plains of Monmouth, New Jersey. The mid-summer heat was oppressive…

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A Trip to Ukraine with ITMI’s Adi Ban

“Don’t take pictures of soldiers or border personnel. You can talk normally, but be observant with what’s going on,” ITMI’s Adrian (Adi) Ban was instructing the group of Americans. Adi was in the driver’s seat of the minivan, deftly navigating…

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Dear Team: The Situation in Eastern Europe

I underestimated the range of emotions that would confront me on my recent trip to Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. …

THE CONTEXT

Adi and Ema Ban work to equip God's people to live faithfully in the world of today, starting at home as husbands, wives, parents, and families.

The Bans equip couples and families to implement Biblical principles in their families and marriages. This preserves the witness of God's people and sets a solid foundation from which to life faithfully to their calling in whatever context they find themselves.

Adi and Ema's expertise and wisdom in this area are sought after by churches and ministries all over the world.

 

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

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. 

Before Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, areas of east Ukraine were being bombed by Russia.

With the help and support of the families they've discipled, Adi and Ema were supporting outreach in this part of Ukraine by helping faithful, Ukrainian pastors with resources and support to help them reach their communities with the Gospel.

Adi and Ema's support provided for the pastors' families, allowing them to stay and minister even as their church numbers dwindled as people left the area, or helped fund outreaches the impoverished believers couldn't raise money for.

Many of these pastors could have moved away from the war zone, but they felt called to stay. They endure hardship and lack of income to reach the hurting in these parts of Ukraine with the Gospel.

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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.

When Ukraine was invaded in 2022, most people left the area, but the pastors Adi and Ema were supporting joined their brothers and sisters in Christ in other parts of Ukraine who were serving the Lord in refugee centers. At these Christian refugee centers, they have many opportunities to offer Jesus to those who come through the center.

Adi played a role in this outreach by organizing logistics of getting supplies to the refugee centers and churches in Ukraine who could use them to meet needs and share Jesus.

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Adi and fellow believers helping the cause at one of the warehouses where supplies are stored to be transported into Ukraine. 

Authoring, Speaking and Equipping

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.

They have spoken in Romanian churches in the US and regularly visit a children's village in Tanzania, discipling the house parents to parent Biblically.

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Adi and Ema sharing on Biblical marriage and parenting.

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Adi teaching on how to apply Biblical concepts in family and marriage life. 

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Adi and Ema Ban with the group of house parents and leaders serving through a children's village in Tanzania. 

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Ema ministering in Tanzania. 

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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.

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.

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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.