Evangelist - Bucharest, Romania
Dana serves in Bucharest where she is involved in the evangelizing, disciplining and training of university students. Her great desire is to see students come to Christ and grow in their knowledge of Him.
Testimony of Conversion
I was born into a Catholic home in 1974, in Bacau, Romania. It was during the time of communism. My country is Orthodox and most Romanians believe they are Christians because they were born Orthodox. They also have strong prejudices against other Christian denominations. My parents went to church regularly, but did not have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I remember during that period of time praying to God, asking Him questions, and wondering how I came into existence!
When I was about seven years old, my parents started to study the Bible with an evangelical family. Soon afterwards they received Christ as their Lord and Savior and started to go to a Baptist Church. Before the Revolution in 1989, there were difficult times for Christians because of communism and the Orthodox persecution. It was at this time that I also began reading the “Bible for Children.” It helped me to understand the Gospel, and it became the favorite book of my childhood.
I gradually grew in my relationship with God and I was baptized by the age of sixteen, I considered myself to be a Christian, but it was not until my college years that I finally received assurance of salvation. It was then that I began to grow spiritually and to invest in other peoples’ lives.
After graduation, I worked for a year and a half as an auditor for Arthur Andersen Accounting, and was marginally involved with ministry. In December 1998, I began to pray for my future plans. Six months later, God called me to His ministry.
Looking back through the seven years that I have been working with students, I marvel at what God has done in me and through me. God has revealed Himself to me and shaped my character to be more like Jesus. He has taught me to depend on His Holy Spirit, to walk with Him, to share the biblical Gospel, to live my identity in Christ, to fulfill the Great Commission, and so many other things. He also developed me in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership. I am grateful and I praise Him for calling me into His ministry for His glory! Most of all, I praise Him for all the students who have become Christians and have grown spiritually.