Romania ...  country of contrasts

Modern Supermarkets; BMW's; Cell Phones; Ox-Drawn Carts; Dilapidated Housing and Acute Poverty.  This former Eastern Bloc country brutalized by the Ceausescu dictatorship is rushing towards economic prosperity, leaving the Elderly, Abandoned Mothers, Children, and Disabled behind.  The limited family allowance and old age pensions are far below adequate need.
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CIACOVA (Chock-oh-vah)

Ciacova is a town in Timis County, Western Romania.  It is located  28 km South from the city of Timisoara.  According to the 2002 census, Ciacova had a population of 7282 inhabitants.  It received the status of town in 2004.  Approximately 20,000 people live in the surrounding area who can benefit from Tabita Ministries.   see pictures of people being helped
According to gathered information, more than 54% of Romania's 22 million live in urban areas. Those residing in rural areas often work hard to enjoy a minimal standard of living.  In 1990, all farming land was collective property: agricultural co-operatives or state farms. The end of communism allowed a large number of former owners to get back up to 10 hectares of their land, creating almost four million small private farms.  2005, some 22% of Romanians, including about 80% of Roma (which make up about 2.5% of the total population) lived below the poverty line.  In 2006, the infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births was 25.5 - one of the highest in Europe. The child welfare system, a legacy of the Ceausescu regime, was a serious problem until the end of the 1990s.  The number of children abandoned at hospitals decreased by 50% between 2003 and 2005. Further efforts to improve child welfare laws were made in 2005. The European Commission has praised Romania's progress in tackling human trafficking, improving detention conditions and child protection.  Limited progress has been made regarding the treatment of people with disabilities and the integration of minorities.
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As reported in the U.S. Center for World Missions publication ‘Mission Frontiers’, the World Missionary Conference, Tokyo 2010, took place this May, with 967 delegates from 73 countries.     Almost all top leaders of the largest mission associations were represented, making the following declaration and pledge:  “We set forth this declaration in obedience to Christ’s final command, as a means of calling Christ–followers everywhere to whole–heartedly embrace and earnestly engage in making disciples of every people in our generation”…

The most moving and powerful part of the conference was a lecture from Stefan Gustavsson of Sweden who appealed on behalf of the European delegates: “come over and help us”. (The vast majority of Europeans are turning to secularism, atheism and agnosticism.)  The organizer of the conference, Yong Cho, responded tearfully, inviting all European delegates to come forward.   The entire conference spontaneously prayed for their brothers and sisters in Europe to regain their faith.  Delegates from Korea and Africa, representing two of the strongest centers of Christianity, led the prayers.   Who would have imagined the former birthplace of the Christian faith has now joined the ranks of countries with the least Christians per capita and today needs to be evangelized by the very people they introduced to Christ a century ago.  Perhaps North America needs to take heed.
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