Sister Mercedes visit to Timisoara.I had a great privilege to meet with brother Tudor and his precious wife in Timisoara Romania. Brother Tudor is the president of Alfa Omega TV in Romania. This is a mighty and powerful Christian media network that our Lord Jesus Christ is using as a great voice at such a time as this.
I have personally meet brother Tudor and his dear wife, they are real and love the Lord dearly, they are contending for the gospel of Jesus Christ, Alfa Omega TV is dedicated to sharing the undiluted truth of the Word of the living God by the way of Holy Spirit.
Please visit Alfa Omega at www.Alfaomega.tv
Also prayerfully support Alfa Omega TV. This is a good and futile ground, the gospel of Jesus Christ have to be preached
Romanian TV Ministry Coming Into its Own after Fifteen YearsBy Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (ANS) -- Fifteen years ago, at the beginning of the Alfa Omega TV ministry in Timisoara, a city in western Romania with a population of 300,000, the fledgling broadcast outreach was involved in distributing pre-packaged video programming resources all over the country.
Tudor Petan of Alfa Omega TV
"Step by step, we extended our ministry area, and ten years ago we started to produce different programs specific to our country, our mentality, our (own) culture, and three years ago we started the first Christian TV channel in Romania which went twenty-four hours a day on satellite covering Romania, Moldavia and the whole of Europe for the Romanian community," said Alfa Omega TV's Tudor Petan in an interview at the 2009 NRB Convention in Nashville, TN.
"So this year will be a special year of celebration, fifteen years of working, serving God in media, and three years on the air with the first Christian satellite in the Romanian language."
What kinds of things is Alfa Omega TV planning for their fifteenth anniversary?
"We want to thank God for all, because He has done a lot of things through us and for us, and we want to be a blessing for our nation. It's a big challenge because all of the programs, everything (we do) has to be translated into the Romanian language.
"We have access to many resources, but we have to translate everything into our (own) language. We want to extend (our ministry), we want to move from a classical TV ministry to a ministry with additional new media tools, (including) the Internet, web online evangelism, video distribution for these resources. Also we want to extend this year the follow up ministry (of) prayer counseling on the air. Everything (will be) combined around our classical TV ministry," said Petan.
I asked Petan what is happening politically in the nation of Romania?
"We don't seem to have had too much on the news here in the West, so can you bring us up to date with the political situation in Rumania?"
"Of course. In the whole of Europe the political challenges are bigger than usual. We all know that Europe is and will be an important mission field. We know that the values of the European community are not any more Christianly-focused values. The humanitarian values, human rights are in the first place, not Christian principles," Petan said.
"So we in Romania are a part of the European community and we are facing this. In fact, it's an anti-Christian spirit (that) is raising up in the whole of Europe and we are a part of this large community. So this is the general atmosphere that we are working with.
"At the same time (with) the recent events in Europe, the tension between East and West, (these things are) making us more aware of the End Times, because we believe that God is coming soon and we have the feeling in Eastern Europe -- more than maybe in other countries -- that we have to use every moment, every resource, every minute to spread the Gospel because we never know when the door will be closed again for Eastern Europe (as a) former Communist area."
ANS wanted to know how the church in Europe or in Romania particularly is responding to this social and political upheaval ?
Petan responded; "In Europe, especially Western Europe, the church attendance or church life is not any more at the same level. But I think I have big hopes for Eastern Europe in countries like Ukraine and Romania, and Bulgaria.
"God is working with power. I think it's the beginning of revival in Eastern Europe. I think God wants to touch the whole of Europe, starting with Eastern Europe. So I have big expectations at the same time (that) maybe we will come (into) a time of oppression or persecution, but still I believe in Romania, in Eastern Europe, God will work where there's an army of prayer and God will continue a revival that has already started."
How can Christians in the West pray for the church in Romania and the Alfa Omega TV ministry specifically?
"So pray that God's plan with our nation and the nations of Eastern Europe will be fulfilled. Pray for revival, for the change of mentality of Eastern Europe, the mentality that we are a poor country, a poor area, that we (think) we can only receive and are not able to give. Pray also for Romania to became a spiritual a Bread Basket of Europe in a natural way.
"During the First and Second World Wars, Romania was called the Bread Basket of Europe, because of the agricultural land. Now we believe that Romania will once again become the Bread Basket for Europe, but this time with spiritual resources.
"So, for our ministry, we are independent ministry we work with all the churches in Romanian nation, it's hard to do this. But God spoke us to be in the middle of Christian life in Romania, to assist all the churches and to be His voice for His coming, and (for) this time in Romania in our region of South Eastern Europe.
"Specifically, we need prayer for us to fulfill our media center -- we're building three floors -- and we want to accomplish this building as a media platform for many media projects in Romania and south east Europe. And also for our satellite, we want to keep the satellite live on the air and also to extend it to help other ministries in other countries around us to know what we have done in Romania."
Petan said Alfa Omega TV has a very large Internet operation at www.alfaomega.TV
He added: "People can see there what they can download, (access) resources, and they can pray for us, (and) be in touch with us. They can also give online."
ANS would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing this interview.