I praise our Lord that, by his grace, the ministry of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Bucharest has now entered in its third month of existence. Here, in Bucharest, we are deeply thankful for the love and generosity of the URCNA people and churches which help make this mission work possible. Our prayer is that one day we would have a Romanian Reformed denomination that would be a blessing for the generations to come.
Since returning to Romania, I have been preaching through Hebrews on Sunday mornings and through Ecclesiastes on Sunday evenings. The book of Hebrews helps us lay a sound foundation in understanding the work of Christ and the book of Ecclesiastes helps us navigate the absurdity of this fallen world. In order to get the message out, we have been video recording the sermons and posting them on social media. This allows for more people to learn about our church plant and about the Gospel. We had several visitors in the past couple of months, but this last Sunday we had the first walk-in, our first visitor who learned about us through Facebook and YouTube.
On October 31st we plan to organize a Reformation Day meeting to celebrate the 16th century Protestant Reformation and present the important role that the Reformation has also for us today, as an orthodox recovery of the Gospel in the Church. We hope to use this meeting as a means to point people to Christ and introduce them to our church plant. Please pray for our small church plant and for the outreach efforts that are under way. Pray that the Lord would use his Gospel to bring sinners to faith!
Warmly in Christ,
Rev. Mihai Corcea
Evangelical Reformed Church of Bucharest
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In most places in Europe, being a confessional Reformed Christian means being part of a tiny minority which stands as an isolated island among other religious communities. Except for the UK & the Netherlands, in most countries in Europe there are only a few small confessional Reformed churches. These are often struggling church plants separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles.
Planting a confessional Reformed church in Bucharest is no exception to this European experience. But in spite of being far away from the sending church and from other NAPARC missionaries, I have found some comfort in the little communication that is made possible by technology.
This week I was able to address Classis Southwest US of the URCNA through a Facebook video call. I rejoiced seeing the delegates and hearing from them. Although we often complain that modern technology discourages personal relationships, there seem to be cases where it actually connects people who are otherwise separated by thousands of miles.
Just like the alphabet or the printing press, modern technology is a common grace that comes from the providence of God. We are often fascinated by the new gadgets and we see them as purely human creations forgetting that ”all things come not by chance but by his fatherly hand.” (HC 27)
I can’t imagine being a missionary 200 years ago and having to send letters overseas as the only way to communicate with a sending church. Although modern technology, like all other common grace blessings, can be used for sinful purposes because it is in the hands of sinful people, in cases of far away mission fields it can be a valuable lifeline.
Just as the printing press helped our 16th century Reformed churches communicate to people who would not have the chance to step every Sunday in a Reformed church, so also modern technology enables small church plants like ours to communicate to people who didn’t even know that we exist.
Out of the 2 million people who live in Bucharest, 1.2 million of them have a Facebook account. I have been posting ads on Facebook and also video recordings of my sermons on Youtube. Our Romanian website also contains the sermons as well as other Reformed articles and books we have translated over the years.
Please join us in prayer that the Lord would bless our communication efforts and that more people might be introduced to our church plant through these means.