Charis Foundation – Retreat Center & Ministry, Oradea

Barnabas Bridge, Wednesday August 06‏ 2014

Today we wish to introduce you to Daniel & Mona Ciupe of Charis Foundation in Oradea, Romania, close to the border with Hungary. What a great ministry they have! When we first met it was so obvious they had the gift of hospitality. We were made to feel so loved and welcome. Then we learned of all the various programs! This is so much more than just an excellent retreat centre: there is ministry, teaching and outreach to multiple Roma villages, plus ministry to women, children, and youth. Daniel has developed an extensive educational training program for Roma church pastors/elders/leaders. Daniel and Mona serve and lead in their Oradea church when not busy at Charis. It is a challenge to divide their time between the city and the Charis site and ministry, but they do it so very well. Because of our many years in Christian Camping in Canada and the USA, Yvonne and I could identify with their long work days feeding and programing for guest groups, the ever existing concerns over finances, and the joys of seeing others participate in mission projects. The Charis program of “two cultures, one God” resonates with us as we think about the future of Barnabas Bridge. This is a great place to bring your team, and they offer the leadership experience to assist with a short term mission project. We loved our stay at Charis. Daniel and Mona are an inspiration to us. They would appreciate international encouragement, partnership and support.

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About dougjohns

In 2016 Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work and travel. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they live in Creston, BC. They have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug is a serious runner. Combined with an insatiable passion for geography from his youth, running races around the world has become a gateway for adventure. Doug started distance running at age 60. He has worked, studied, traveled, and run internationally.
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