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#GivingTuesday – It’s Not Too Late

Emanuel Goicovici is the pastor of Deo Gloria Baptist Church that serves an impoverished area in Transylvania, Romania. Pastor Emy grew up in the small village of Utvin. He was one of the first students at the Baptist High School that started after the Revolution in 1989. After 4 years in High School he felt called to prepare for pastoral ministry. He went to the University in Bucharest at the Baptist Seminary for the next 4 years, and by the age of 22 he was chosen as a pastor in Hunedoara. He moved there with his new wife Fabiola. Hunedoara was a metallurgical single industry town during Communism.  After the fall of communism, the city had the highest rate of unemployed people in Romania.

Most in the culture identify with the Eastern Orthodox Church and view neo-protestant churches as cults. Deo Gloria Church started in the home of Emy and Fabiola and has grown by more than 50%. His mission is to create contexts that will change his city, as people become disciples of Jesus. Emy is graduating this year with a Master of Divinity. The fully online program at Rockbridge Seminary allowed him to remain in his country and yet study with people from around the world. Pastor Emy wrote about his experience with Rockbridge, “Coming in touch with so many people with passion for God’s Kingdom kept me ablaze and I am more passionate now about the ministry than I ever been.”  It was possible for Pastor Emy to attend seminary thanks to the gifts of individuals and Watershed Church in San Antonio, Texas.

You can help leaders like Emy develop ministry skills and impact communities around the world. We have several students who are close to graduation, but had to drop out for a while because of finances. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help such students complete their studies. Would you please help students like Emy?  You may give online or send a check to Rockbridge Seminary, 3111 E. Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804.

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