Our link with Dragalina, Romania
Five or six years ago St. Peter's, West Row decided to look into having a link with a church overseas, After much prayer and thought Chris Fox from Epic (European Partners in Christ) suggested we should consider a link with a church in Romania in a village called Dragalina,
The founder and pastor of Dragalina Maranatha church, and two other churches in nearby villages, is Virgil Trandifir who with his wife Viorica and their children live in Bucharest, which is a two hour drive away. They travel many miles each week in order to care for the people and to provide teaching and worship. The small churches are very poor and attended by people who have little or no regular work. We are currently committed to sending a regular monthly payment to cover practical needs for the community (such as food, fuel for heating, and clothing plus what ever and where ever Virgil sees a need) we also send an extra payment in December to help see them through the winters, which are very harsh.
In 2005 a group of people from St Peter’s and St. Mary’s visited Dragalina, where they helped convert part of the church into an apartment for a new minister, ( this has failed to attracted anyone due mostly to the poverty and isolation ) join in their worship and forge many new friendships.
Virgil and Viorica and their two daughters visited us in May 2007 and our friendship and partnership relationship was strengthened and encouraged. Sadly Viorica died last year, but we continue to keep our commitment to support Virgil and the congregation there.