Transforming Minds and Hearts in Romania
As manager of Grace Christian School in Lagoj, Romania, Emanuel Olariu ’08 has seen the power of lives transformed through Christian education. He helped start the school with just 32 students after graduating from Bethel. Nine years later, the school has grown to 430 students – from preschool to eighth grade – and 80 staff members.
“My dream was to leave a legacy, to leave something after I am gone that can magnify God’s glory in our community and improve the lives of those that come into contact with this project,” Olariu says. “I never dreamed this dream would become a Christian school.”
Olariu grew up on the mission field in Romania, which is still recovering after 50 years of communist oppression. He watched his father, who served as the director of Percept Ministries in Eastern Europe, plant churches, build buildings, start a kindergarten and begin renovations on the old Jewish school that would become Grace Christian School.
“Our main goal is to introduce Jesus to each child and parent that comes our way. Our mission is to create the best environment so that the children that God entrusted to us can grow spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially.”