History of the Work
The Work in Iasi, Romania
Paul and Rachel Holland, Eric and Stephanie Welch, and Daren and Julie Schroeder moved to Iasi, Romania in 2000 in order to establish the Lord's church in this prominent city in the northeastern part of the country. Iasi is a city of around 350,000 people. It is known for its universities, as well as being a cultural center and the heart of Romanian Orthodoxy.
During the first four and a half years of this difficult work, around 14 became Christians (the time that Daren and Julie were there). They returned to the U.S. in December 2004. The other couples continued the work and several more were baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. However, especially in the first several years of the work, more than a few left Romania for other countries for employment. This was a major hindrance to the work. Many who left were of solid character and could have been so very useful to the establishment of a strong church in Iasi. Additionally, a few became unfaithful to the Lord.
In 2008 the other two couples returned to the U.S. Since that time there has not been any regular work done in that region of Romania with the exception of "Apa vie" (Living Water) going out to every resident of the city each quarter. (This was a brief magazine styled after the House to House publication. This work ceased with the death of the man who was providing funds for this good work). However, a band of three men have continued to faithfully meet together (in their apartments) for worship every first day of the week. The men alternate with the teaching responsibilities.
Currently, Paul Holland (and his family) and Daren Schroeder are making occasional trips to Romania to teach in the Northern Romanian Bible School and to encourage the brethren in Iasi.