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Bucharest, Romania: Mission and Leadership Team

Destination Overview

Bucharest, in southern Romania, is a cultural melting pot for many European nations; Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, and Sweden. Bucharest in recent years has also seen an influx of expatriates from Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, China, and South Korea. Bucharest is also the country's capital and commercial center. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III (“The Impaler”) once ruled.

Meet Out Missionaries

I (Lewis) am an elementary education graduate of Western Michigan University where my focus was on kindergarten thru eighth grade, with an emphasis on Social Studies, Language Arts as well as a serious side interest in Science. I am first and foremost a believer in Jesus Christ, a devoted husband to my wife Jessica, loving father of three boys (Caeleb, Micah, Joseph), a slow runner and a movie aficionado. This will be my family’s fifth school year serving at Bucharest Christian Academy in Bucharest, Romania where I serve as the 5th & 6th Grade classroom teacher as well as middle school history teacher. Jessica (my wife) is a graduate of Hope College, with an education degree focused on dance education and religion. During our time in Romania Jessica has served our school as youth protection advocate, senior seminar advisor, 3rd & 4th grade classroom teacher and will continue her role this year as our schools’ elementary principal.

Jessica and I began serving on short-term missions together in Hungary in 2013, which ultimately landed our family in Romania in the fall of 2017 with the purpose of teaching and sharing the good news of the gospel with young people. Our school, Bucharest Christian Academy (BCA), provides a quality education from a Biblical worldview seeking to prepare students academically, spiritually and emotionally to face challenges inside and outside of the classroom. Our goal is to equip students to influence the world through Christ-centered thoughts, character and action.

How is this site strategic?

Bucharest Christian Academy was founded a little over 25 years ago to help meet the need of missionaries who came to Romania and were forced to divide their time between homeschooling and ministry work. Our schools’ presence helps ensure parents have the time necessary to focus on the work that God has called them to do. The school also presents opportunity for outreach in our own classrooms as we welcome students from the international community who desire to learn English. Romania sits as a gateway between Europe and Asia.

Trip Overview

How You'll Serve

On part of your mission experience, you will personally serve … On the rest of your mission experience, you will be an “alongsider” modeling, mentoring, encouraging, and serving alongside the US high school students. See the attached ministry description for details. The Bucharest City Team is working to establish a VBS camp, or English camp in the city of Bucharest for Romanian and Chinese, Korean, and students of Middle-Eastern descent. We currently work in educational and outreach ministries at a small Christian school that can accommodate up to 120 students, but also partner with Muslim and Chinese outreach ministries throughout the city, as well as partner with orphange apartments for abandoned children in the city. Some of the ministries you may partner in:
  • VBS
  • English camps - English as Second Language training. This would mainly be conversational English.
  • Service projects at a summer youth camp
  • Orphanages work (Romania does not call them orphanages…but that is practically what they are)

Hybrid Stipend

You will receive a stipend of $1,000.

What’s included in the price:

  • Meals
  • Housing
  • On-site ground transportation
  • Most ministry expenses
  • Orientation and Debrief
  • Travel Agent
  • Apex Shirt (we knew you were wondering!)

Not included in the price:

  • Visa fees
  • Passport fees
  • Plane Tickets
  • Immunizations

Payment Policy

$75 application fee due when you submit your application.
the fee will be put toward your trip when accepted, and returned if not accepted.

First payment of $550 due April 1st, 2022.
Full trip cost is due May 12th, 2022.

Covid Vaccine Mandate

As you know, the Covid-19 matter is ever changing. There are a number of variables that make any ministry decision difficult and somewhat uncertain. At this point, our Bucharest, Romania site is requiring all mission participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. These requirements come from our missionary and ministry partners on the ground. They are in response to a combination of local government, culture, and comfort standards. We recognize that this requirement may be difficult for some and seem unnecessary to others. It is Apex's stance that we value and prioritize the gospel moving from here to everywhere and we will do whatever we can to continue this mission. At the same time, we recognize the complexity of the Covid-19 vaccine decision. As you consider joining us on mission for 2022 International Youth Missions, please prayerfully consider and seek council from your church leadership to affirm alignment with all participants being fully vaccinated well before your mission experience.

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