Are you a graduate who is passionate about Jesus? Do you enjoy making new friends and learning about different cultures? Would you like grow in discipling others and sharing your faith in natural every-day contexts?
Romania is the largest country in South-East Europe. Its hospitable and friendly people are spread across the country living in large cities and small communities, on the seashore, plains, hills or mountains. Coming out quite recently from under communism, people love the idea of democracy which they have tried hard to obtain and maintain. Despite the atheist propaganda of communist times, the strong Orthodox religious background, and postmodern influences from the West, young people in Romania are searching for purpose and truth.
The national IFES movement in Romania, Organizaţia Studenţilor Creştini Evanghelici din România (OSCER), was recognized by the government in 1999. But OSCER has a longer history of students sharing the gospel with their friends, even during communism. The main focus over the past years has been on reaching Romanian students with the Gospel and we have a lot of encouraging stories to share. However, with more and more long-term international students coming to the main University Centers to study Medicine, Engineering, Computer Sciences etc., as well as many short-term Erasmus students in our midst, there arose a desire to begin an International Student Ministry (ISM).
In 2017, a small group of Christians in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, gathered to pray and reach out to international students. Over the past few years, the group has continued to grow and transition especially with the arrival of Christian international students. We organise a range of activities from discussions on life’s big questions to games in the park, culture nights to bible studies. Through activities and individual friendships, we aim to make disciples who make disciples and encourage students to be curious, ask questions and grow in their faith journey. Many international students come from countries closed to the Gospel therefore will never have had the opportunity to meet a Christian or hear about Jesus, and yet after studying they will return home. How great to be involved in equipping missionaries to go back home and be ambassadors for Christ, in many places that you could never go.
Being part of a small pioneering team is an exciting way to use your initiative and grow in a variety of skills from leading Bible studies, using social media or planning sports or art activities. There will be an opportunity for theological and personal study in cultural awareness, understanding worldviews and thinking Christianly about your field of study. You will have the opportunity to learn about cultures from across the world as well as engage in the local culture, experiencing new things alongside the international students.
Adaptable to new contexts; student work experience (national as well, not necessarily with Internationals); experience in leading small groups/ Bible studies (evangelistic ones for non-Christians, as well as for discipleship/spiritual growth); enthusiasm and desire to take initiative especially with building friendships