Nelu Burcea/ANN staff
Seventh-day Adventists in Romania can use their position as Europe's largest community of believers to positively impact the region, the denomination's top official said during a recent visit.
Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson spoke to an audience of some 4,000 church members last week in Bucharest's Palace Hall, once a landmark of the former Communist regime.
"God has blessed His people here in Romania. He blessed you with an enthusiasm for His work [and] He's blessed you with love for the Adventist message," Wilson said. "Your loyalty to God's church is well-known. What a privilege it is to be part of this great family."
Wilson called on church membership in Romania to continue to embrace the church's "unifying" mission and support it through promotion of church initiatives such as The Great Controversy Project.
Church members there have already distributed more than half a million copies of the classic book by Ellen G. White, a co-founder of the denomination, said Teodor Hutanu, Adventist Church president in Romania.
Hutanu told Wilson that other church initiatives such as Revival and Reformation and Mission to Cities are likewise "well-known by the Romanian Adventist believers."
"It is true that you are the strongest, largest contingent of Seventh-day Adventists in Europe," Wilson said. "Reinforce that wonderful blessing God has given you in reaching out to every village, every city, every town."
Impacting the community can only happen, however, if Adventists are "personally connected to Jesus through faith," Wilson added.
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