Country in Focus: RomaniaRomania is an Eastern European country with a Latin people descended from Romans settled in Dacia. The Latin heritage of the language and culture was preserved and carried through history despite being surrounded by Slavic nations. Placed in the center of Europe, Romania has been necessarily bold and has survived being at the edge of three major European Empires: Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian. More recently, the population of 23 million (81% Romanians, 8% Hungarian, 9% Gypsy, 2% others) survived one of the most cruel and oppressive Communist regimes. In the present time, as European Union member, in the way of development, Romania finds itself again at the gate between two systems: West and East.
The spiritual life of this generation Romanians is marked by the continuous fight between the ghost of the atheistic Communism and the illusion of the prosperous Materialism. The nation has claimed to be a Christian nation for 2000 years mainly because according to tradition the apostle Andrew evangelized southern Romania. However, now it is becoming increasingly secularized and practices basically nominal Christianity.
Throughout the history of Romania, while the Orthodox Church (80% of population)
continually failed to provide spiritual input, the protestant and evangelical churches
(8% of population) grew, even under severe persecution. Now, under relative political
and economical stability and religious freedom, the Church is still growing. CBSI
plays a solid role in the spiritual life of the Church. With a well-developed structure,
CBSI Romania conducts more than 50 Bible studies, enriching hundreds of peoples
lives and impacting many others by revealing the Truth. In doing this for more than
15 years, CBSI has found its place among the respected and appreciated tools of
the Christian spirituality.
Size: 92,043 sq mi (slightly smaller than Oregon)
Regional Director: Glenn Collard
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