Mission to Romania
About The Trip
Activities include working with children, teens, elderly, special needs adults, and victims of domestic violence. Some will focus on sorting and preparing for distribution several truckloads of clothing that has been received from Western Europe. Others will do handyman work for the programs and needy clients. Some activities will include preaching, leading devotions, sharing Bible stories and crafts, and much more. On Tuesdays, the team goes to a poor Roma (Gypsy) village and share in worship, crafts, and meal service.
Other activities include visiting the local market, learning the history of this medieval city, and visiting homes of clients and staff. Most of all we go in Jesus’ name to encourage and equip the staff. In the process, we also learn to know each other better as brothers and sisters in Christ.
At the end of the trip, we typically visit Danes, an outlying village, to view a program that was founded by a previous Veritas staff member and is helping to meet the spiritual and physical needs of that community. In the afternoon we travel on to ALPINIS, which is a Christian retreat center in the Carpathian Mountains. This gives us the opportunity to reflect on our ministry experiences and pray for God’s leading as we return home on Sunday.
Our tentative schedule is as follows:
April 22 -Depart from Charleston Airport
April 23 -Arrive at Sibiu Airport and travel to Sighisoara (2-hour drive)
April 24 -Participate in Veritas’ orientation including their history, community needs, and social programs. There will be a guided tour of the Old City
April 25 -Visit to Outdoor Market and Viscri, a historical village, where we will join in Kids’ Bible Club
April 26 -Worship at Church of the Nazarene, Pastor Karl preaching
April 27-May 1 Participate in staff devotions, ministry programs, and other projects at Veritas and support activities at Tigmandru, an outlying village
May 1 -Travel to Sighetu, Maratiei in Maramures county, Transylvania
May 2 -Visit the home of Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, author of Night, a work based on his experiences as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp
Visit the Sighet Memorial Prison, which was used to hold intellectuals and religious leaders who were opposed to Communism. The Museum tells the story of the heavy punishments for those held in custody which often resulted in death. The experience will leave you thankful for the religious freedom that we enjoy in the US.
May 3 - Learn the history of the Maramures region and visit wooden churches en route to Alpinis where we will stay for 3 nights.
May 4 - Enjoy two days of reflection, hiking, prayer and other activities at this ministry center in the heart of Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains. You will learn about Missio Link International’s programs to abused and trafficked girls and how the Alpinis facility supports various ministries for Romanian pastors, youth, and church groups.
May 6 - Return to the USA
The tentative cost of the trip is as follows:
Flight $1,300 to $1500
Hotel $320 for 8 nights at Central Park Hotel if sharing a room (cost is higher for single room)
Hotel $70 for 2 nights at Sighet Hotel if sharing a room
Alpinis $120 includes meals and lodging
Transportation $100-125 (cost to and from airport, to Sighet, Alpinis and Sibiu)
Donation $500 which may be a personal donation or generated through other sources (funds will be used for ministry projects and programs)
TOTAL without donation is $2020-2270
The deadline for registering for the trip is January 26. Please notify us by December 1 of your interest so rooms can be tentatively reserved. A registration form will be forwarded to you at that time. An organizational meeting will be scheduled at a later date.
The Veritas Family Center is the home of the social service programs of Veritas. Six programs serve hundreds of people each week. Professional program directors are assisted by local and international volunteers. The House on the Rock is the center for the educational programs of Veritas. These include Romanian and English classes, summer camps, teen programs and a Gospel choir. House on the Rock is also the location for the International Café. Veritas is involved in Community Outreach, planning a variety of activities throughout the year. These include events such as the fall Open House.