How A Romania Trip Came About
Kitty Rickert and Kim Baker along with a team of ladies traveled to Romania in May of 2017 with the Jesus Film Prayer Journey. Staff from Global Church Movements (GSM) took the prayer team on a tour of ministry work throughout Romania. They visited the village of Uncesti in North Eastern Romania to hear about church planting and be a part of showing the film Magdalena. When Kitty and Kim heard about the particular needs of the village, they immediately thought of Montana On A Mission and our clean water projects.
There is no reliable source of clean water in the Uncesti. There are 3 hand-dug wells that are shallow and therefore are unsafe for normal drinking. One well is private, shared by 6 families. They lock the gate during the dry season, but people often steal water. There is often conflict over lack of water. During the dry season, it forces people to travel 15-20 kilometers by horse and buggy to fetch water.
The primary need is for clean, usable water for drinking, cooking, animals, and gardens. The water that is available is unsafe for drinking without boiling. The poverty level is significant and there are few jobs.
There are other needs (food poverty, education, ministry). Local pastor, Costel, has planted a church in the village and ministers to the entire community regardless of whether or not they are in the church. He is doing an outstanding job of helping with both the physical and spiritual needs. He has a non-profit foundation that is building two large greenhouses to provide work and food for the community.
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