"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Free from decades of communist rule, Eastern Europe still struggles to find its footing. For many, freedom hasn’t brought hoped-for prosperity. Instead, it has brought HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol addiction, and increased criminal activity.
Forced secularization left a moral vacuum neither parents nor youth know how to fill. While the Church is attempting to reach out to young people, help is needed, especially since both economic and people resources are scarce in Eastern Europe.
Foraging For A Living
In Romania, poverty has resulted in thousands of abandoned youth foraging for a living on the streets. Teens who age out of orphanages often wind up in the criminal underbelly of East European society, prostituting themselves and selling drugs to survive. These teens often migrate to large cities like Bucharest. The city provides anonymity, the potential for work, and a place to find drugs—temporary relief from pain and hunger. At some point, however, the drugs cease to give relief, and instead become a source of torment.
New Hope Through Jesus
Teen Challenge Romania seeks out these young addicts and invites them to participate in a one-year residential recovery and discipleship program in which they’re introduced to Jesus Christ.
Biblica partners with Teen Challenge, local churches, and donors like you to give these young people their own Bibles when they enter the program.
Biblica’s New Romanian Translation uses easily understandable contemporary language. These Bibles are the teens’ companions and guides through a year of demanding life change. Teen Challenge also gives these Bibles to inmates at a local jail, street people, and to families.
“I never had a Bible at home. Mom and Dad are Muslims, but I come and pray in this church.I have read once from the Bible, right here, at church. Now, I’m going to read from my own Bible.” —11-year-old Romanian
It Takes Team Work
For more than 200 years, Biblica has worked with churches and ministries like Teen Challenge to reach out with God’s Word, which is so essential to life transformation. Thank you for your partnership in bringing the hope of the gospel to the youth of Eastern Europe.