Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
By God's grace, I spent 17 blessed years (2004 - 2021) serving as a missionary to Romania with FGCI, including 12 years (2004-2016) living in Romania. During that time, God opened many doors of ministry as we worked together to share Christ with hundreds of institutionalized and at-risk kids. Many seeds were planted, and lives changed, after hearing the Good News of Jesus!
In 2021, I felt God calling me to start a new ministry focused solely on providing long-term one-on-one discipleship and mentoring to Romanian young adults. I especially felt a strong burden for the hundreds of young adults I know who have left the state-run orphanages and are struggling to transition into adult life, as well as the marginalized Roma (Gypsy) population. Listening to this calling, I joined New International in June of 2021 to begin this new ministry.
I now work with a team of Romanian volunteers to reach over 150 young adults. Since the young adults are scattered throughout Romania and Europe and often move as they search for work, a good portion of this ministry occurs online. Reaching them online allows me and my team of volunteers to follow them wherever they go, ensuring long-term and consistent discipling and mentoring. I am personally in contact with 8-15 young adults and volunteers per day. Some of our online meetings last 15 minutes, and others last up to two hours.
By partnering with local Romanian believers, I do my best to connect the young adults to believers in their area. I also travel to Romania three times a year to meet with the young adults and Romanian volunteers.
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HOW TO HELP
If you would like to send a gift, you can donate either by check or online.
Thank you for your partnership in reaching Romanian young adults with the Good News of Christ!
TO DONATE ONLINE: You may give monthly or one-time donations online (bank account or debit/credit card) by following the instructions below.
TO DONATE BY CHECK: Please make checks payable to: “New International,” and write “Jeremy Befort” in the memo. Please mail to: New International | 2701 Cleveland Avenue | Suite 200 | Fort Myers, Florida 33901