Below is a brief description of some of those serving with EEO
Ioan Onciu ministers in Pascani, a region of Iasi County. He was born in Helesteni, a small village near Pascani, in July, 1946. His parents were believers, but he left home as a teenager and slowly stopped attending church, slowly conforming his life to the ways of the world. In 1965 Ioan started to again read the Holy Scriptures and the Spirit of God kept searching his heart. As Ioan states it, "He helped me to understand that I had taken a wrong way which would have led me to destruction - I was broken in my heart and I came to the awareness that I was a lost sinner and that I would face God’s judgment without the redemptive sacrifice of the Lord Jesus." Ioan has been an elder in the "Christian After the Gospel" assembly in Pascani for many years with the responsibility of teaching and overseeing the village churches surrounding Pascani. Ioan is the latest addition to the EEO team and his commitment to the ministry, the saints and the local churches is an encouragement to the entire team.
Maricel Dubei ministers in Vaslui County. He was born in Romania in 1954. At age 15 Maricel committed his life to serve Jesus Christ. Maricel has twelve children, ten alive today. He serves on the National Council of Elders, an organization that helps to oversee the "Christian After the Gospel" assemblies throughout Romania. He began full time work with EEO in 2000. As Maricel describes his work with EEO: "God opened a large door through this ministry for the spiritual and material assistance of the widows, elderly, sick and needy believers throughout Vaslui County. This ministry has been a great blessing to the local church in Vaslui City as well as the approximately 30 village churches for which the elders in Vaslui City have oversight."
Petrica Gruia also ministers in Vaslui County. He was born in Romania in 1954 in a family of believers, being the oldest of seven children. When he was 10, his mother was called by God to go home, and Petrica took on a great part of the responsibilities of taking care of his younger siblings.
As a young adult he committed his life to the Lord Jesus. With his wife Maria, Petrica
has three children. He has been serving as an elder at Betel Brethren Church No. 1 in Vaslui for the last 30 years. Together with Maricel, they have served with EEO for 18 years, regularly visiting approximately 30 churches and individual believers in those churches throughout Vaslui county. Petrica states "It is my genuine passion to spread the message of the Gospel as well as to provide sound and conservative teaching rooted in Scriptures. It is my desire to remain in a close communion with the Lord Jesus, to be one of His trustworthy and reliable workers, and to help others be grounded and
rooted in God’s truth and to grow into His image."
Neculai Ungureanu ministers in Bacau County. He was born in Romania in 1938. He was not raised in a family of believers, but at age 33 his life was changed through salvation and he immediately experienced suffering for the name of the Lord Jesus. With only a third grade education, it is not schooling that prepared him to serve the Lord. But God sees fit to use those which the world esteems least. Neculai has served as an elder in the local church in the City of Bacau since 1982 and with EEO since 1999. As Neculai describes the ministry: "God put on our hearts the burden of planting new churches in the surrounding villages and to assist them in their spiritual growth. This ministry has been a blessing not only for needy individuals but for the whole church of God in this region."
Stefan Harasemiuc serves in Suceava County. He was born in Negostina, Romania, just a few miles from Ukraine. He was raised in a family of believers and attended church services as a child and faithfully continued in attendance as a teenager. But, as Stefan states, "These facts, nevertheless, did not bring my salvation as faith cannot be inherited from our parents; when I was 19, I personally experienced the miracle of being born again when I decided to give my life, and all that I am, to the Lord Jesus." Stefan has been serving as an elder in Church No. 2 in the City of Suceava since 1995. He has ten children. Stefan has been serving with EEO since 2001. In his words "It is not only that we are comforting and encouraging those we visit every day through this ministry, but we have renewed opportunities to share the Gospel with many people who would never come to church to listen to the good news of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Viorel Daneliuc serves in the Republic of Moldova. He was born in what he describes as a religious family. His grandmother was the superior of the monastery Agata and an uncle was the abbot of the Neamt monastery (a renowned monastery in Eastern Romania). When he graduated primary school he was enrolled in a theological school to become a priest. In the same year, his dad died in a tragic accident. On January 23, 1976, as he was traveling by train, he saw a co-worker shattered by a train. He then heard an inner voice asking “where would you go if that were you?” When he arrived at home, he found a New Testament and began to read. The first Sunday he searched for and found a church of "repenters". As he says - "I heard a voice saying 'go and see.' I will never forget the moment when I stepped in. The congregation was singing: 'Stop from your way and think a moment/Where do you run in such a haste?...' My heart sank. Then a man with a beautiful face stood up and read from Luke 15:11. I could find myself in all the things that he shared. This brother approached me at the end of the service and asked me who I was. With tears in eyes and a love that I had never met before, he told me that God was the Father of the orphan and the Protector of the widow. He encouraged me to open my heart for the Lord Jesus and as I prayed I was born again."
Returning home with joy, the trials did not wait to appear. Facing persecution from his own family, at the place where he worked and in society, he began to understand the plan God had for his life. All these things helped him to grow. God put on his heart a burden for the people from the Republic of Moldova and he has committed his life to serve God in Moldova, joining the EEO team in 2004. As he says "I praise God who uses a humble servant like me and I am grateful for the joy and encouragement He pours on us as we worship Him, and for the comfort He provides through the EEO ministry in this country."
California Support Staff: This ministry is an outreach of Sun Valley Bible Chapel, a church in Lafayette, California. Although several believers at Sun Valley Bible Chapel devote substantial time to this ministry, all the credit belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, who through those on the ministry field in Eastern Europe, do all that has any value, either temporal or eternal. We are happy to provide more information about those involved in this ministry upon request, but we have no desire to speak of ourselves, as though we were anything or anyone. All belongs to our God and King and we desire for all glory to go to Him!