Why Romania and Why Ten Million for Christ?

Why Romania and Why Ten Million for Christ?

by Gerry Blitz

Gerry with some of the boys from House of Hope

Why TMFC? That’s a question I pondered many times in an abstract sense since I’ve become connected to this ministry. But now, here on the ground in Romania, it took on a singular thrust. Because I was called, because I was sent.

The story of Ten Million for Christ follows a similar fashion. Over 25 years ago, Jeremy Leaman was asked to lead a Youth Evangelism Service team (young adult missions) to Romania, an Eastern European nation in its democratic infancy, after having been liberated from decades of communist tyranny. Over the 15 months that he spent in Romania, Jeremy learned the language and fell in love with the people, the food, and the culture. Having recently spent some time there myself, I must say this isn’t too surprising because the people are warm and friendly and the food is terrific. Yet there was something more that God placed in Jeremy’s heart during that time, a burning desire to evangelize and see the people of Romania enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Orthodox Christianity, in a general sense, permeates the culture; you could even say it is part of the national psyche. It seems that every village, no matter how small, has an Orthodox Church, with spires pointing towards the heavens. However, its personal impact on the day to day lives of the surrounding people is minimal.

The next time Jeremy returned to Romania he fell in love again, this time with Gabriela, who would soon become his wife. During the early years of their marriage, they made several trips back to Romania. Sometimes they went to visit family, but Jeremy also spent time ministering and building kingdom connections. While focusing on raising their four children, they did not return to Romania for about 10 years. That was until several years ago when, in the midst of a life transition, God spoke clearly to Jeremy and Gabriela to engage in international missions and once again called them to minister in Romania! This led to the formation of Ten Million for Christ, as God began orchestrating events and leading Jeremy and Gabriela to step out in faith. The name itself, Ten Million for Christ, is a declaration of faith born out of a desire to see the nation of Romania radically transformed in revival by the work of the Holy Spirit calling lost people to Father God.

So why specifically TMFC? We have been called by God to evangelism and partnership with local Romanian churches and ministries to build relationships and seek revival for their nation. Romania is a unique nation. In some ways it is a developing country operating in the historical framework of an ancient nation that goes back to Roman times. It is not an unreached people, but there is an undeniable spiritual need and yearning. Years of communist oppression have stunted the spiritual and economic landscape of this beautiful country. For that reason, TMFC is committed to evangelizing Romania by proclaiming the gospel, training leaders, impacting the business world with mission-minded coaches and consultants, and sharing the love of Christ by meeting the needs of the marginalized.

Spring Ministry Trip 2019

When asked to share three words to describe their most recent ministry trip to Romania, Jeremy exclaimed, “relationship building, seminar hosting, and super rewarding” and Gerry reiterated, “it was foundational and felt like home away from home.” (It’s good they are in ministry because neither of them count very well!) 

Ten Million for Christ’s Spring Ministry trip to Romania, March 28-April 8, was led by Jeremy Leaman and his travel partner, Gerry Blitz. They ministered in various ways in three cities: Galati, Baru, and Cluj. Each city brought new adventures and experiences.

Their time in Galati was filled with relationship-building opportunities. Jeremy and Gerry were met by a good friend, Eugen, for breakfast their very first morning and were quickly ushered into a full day of activities including a lunch meeting with church leaders, a visit with a bank director, and ministry in a remote village near Moldova to encourage two families through fellowship and some needed groceries. They also had the unique opportunity to witness a cargo ship launched into the Danube River!  Saturday was a great day as they hosted their first business and leadership seminar and had the opportunity to challenge the participants to raise the bar in their lives.  Jeremy also taught at a youth meeting that evening.  The final day in Galati was spent attending a morning and evening church service where Jeremy preached on “The Cry of our Heart.”  In between services, he and Gerry enjoyed a great meal at Eugen’s home with the three families who helped to plan the seminar. 

Jeremy and Gerry at the leadership seminar in Galati
Cargo ship before the launch into the Danube

After a day of travel with a stop to see Castle Bran, the next three days were spent in Baru and included many more relationship building times with the children at the House of Hope and the youth at the House of Joy. Gerry and Jeremy enjoyed sharing some American culture with the kids by playing Dutch Blitz and eating pizza and ice cream together. They took some of the older boys to visit Corvin’s Castle where Gerry taught the boys the art of photography. They enjoyed capturing their perspectives of the castle and taking pictures together. The final day in Baru called for another business seminar where Jeremy challenged the mayor’s leadership team regarding sales and how to “make their engines roar!”

“Raising the Bar” in Baru
Gerry playing Dutch Blitz with the kids

Their final destination was Cluj where they had an exciting business seminar lined up and had the privilege to tell the city about it live on EBS Radio Cluj.  Both Jeremy and Gerry had fun during the interview and marked it down as a first in Romania!  The seminar was a special time of great input, making new friendships, and a Q&A session at the end.  Jeremy and Gerry both spoke, but a big bonus for them and the participants were two special guests: Vlad Mihut, Director of ROMCOM, and Sorin Popa, President of The John Maxwell Team Romania.  They did a great job educating and inspiring the participants on Accessing Financing and Leadership Development.  It was a rewarding day for everyone!

Corina and Jeremy at the EBS radio station
Jeremy with Sorin Popa and Vlad Mihut

Jeremy and Gerry wrapped up their trip with a full day on Sunday as they were blessed by great worship and an inspiring sermon at Caleb Christian Church, witnessed to some university students in Central Park, and caught up with some other friends at McDonald’s.  Another highlight of the day was joining Corina and her family for a traditional Romanian meal prepared by her mother.  Corina is the director of Way of Truth Ministries and she and her husband Doru and their friend Alexandra have become great advocates for Ten Million for Christ.  They all played a vital role in planning the seminar and embraced it as an extension of their ministry.  The meal and fellowship were a delicious and fruitful way to wrap up an amazing trip

Jeremy and Gerry with their new friends in Cluj; Sami and his team at Noodle Pack!
Jeremy at Castle Bran

Thank you for agreeing with us in prayer that these eleven days invested into Romania will become seeds that will bring a great harvest, this year and in the future! 

We continue to believe God for unprecedented revival in Romania and Eastern Europe where millions will turn to Christ as their personal Savior and entire communities will be radically transformed, wonderfully demonstrating the glory of God’s kingdom!

Gerry and Jeremy will be sharing about this trip at the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, May 4 at Petra Church. We appreciate your prayers for this event, for the Ten Million for Christ team as we continue to build prayer, volunteer, and financial partnerships, and for Jeremy as he begins developing the business arm of Ten Million for Christ called MetaGrowth Consulting.  Jeremy is also looking forward to the Summer Ministry Trip to Romania in late July.  Thank you for standing with us!  

Summer Outreach 2018

Ten Million for Christ has had a blessed summer building relationships in Romania.

Gaining Momentum in Romania 

This summer has been a season of victory for Ten Million for Christ as God has been blessing the ministry from many different, exciting directions! And truly, through all of 2018, God has demonstrated another run of his provision and power as he is building Ten Million for Christ and helping us gain momentum in Romania. Here is a brief recap of our time in Romania.

The John Maxwell Team – Cluj, Romania 

One of the long-term strategies of TMFC for impacting communities for Christ is placing coaches, consultants, and chaplains into businesses as a way of building people, building business, and building a platform to share the gospel.

In December of last year, the Board of Directors affirmed that Jeremy should become certified with the John Maxwell Team (JMT) so that he could have ongoing training to improve his skills in business coaching. The Board didn’t know it at the time, but the John Maxwell Team already had a strong presence in Romania – in fact, Romania is #2 in the world in terms of certified members of the John Maxwell Team! After meeting numerous Romanians at the JMT event in Orlando in February, Jeremy had the privilege of attending the John Maxwell event in Cluj, Romania, at the end of June.

It was a networking dream for Jeremy as the event was well run and attended by more than 300 Romanians! The John Maxwell Team in Romania holds significant potential as a talent pool from which TMFC can recruit coaches in the future. Another building block that God has given us!

Adding to our Network in Cluj and Baru

Beyond the John Maxwell event in Cluj, Jeremy and Gabriela and the children spent an additional week in Cluj working with a Christian ministry called The Way of Truth. The Leamans tackled a drywall project, helped at a preschool, and encouraged numerous large families in a neighboring town. Jeremy also spent some time sharing TMFC’s vision with a couple of church leaders. This partnership with The Way of Truth enabled them to befriend a number of families and created great ministry opportunities – plus fun times for the kids!

The Leamans were also able to go back to Baru for a week renewing friendships with the teenagers at the House of Joy and creating new relationships with the children at the House of Hope. Soccer games, a picnic in the valley, a work project, devotions, fun meal times, plus noisy games of Dutch Blitz (called “Ligretto” in Romania) were all part of a great week!

A Testimony from Ten Million for Christ Director, Jeremy Leaman

“As we look back on our time in Romania, we are encouraged because God enabled us to have a significant impact as a family as well as achieve our organizational goals with Ten Million for Christ. Our network in Cluj is growing as we are building with the John Maxwell Team, befriending more families, and planting seeds to partner with churches in the near future. In Baru, we were able to invest into over 20 children and teenagers with Christ’s love and celebrate life with them in many great activities. God was faithful, through our family’s ministry, to advance the mission of Ten Million for Christ!”