BUZAU, Romania (BP)--Giving up a starting position on a professional soccer team didn't make sense to the parents of Mihail Stoica, a talented young Roma Gypsy believer from the mountains near Buzau, Romania.
Photo courtesy of the International Mission Board
For the Roma -- an ostracized, poverty-stricken people group -- Stoica's chance to rise above his status was a rare opportunity too good to pass up. Yet, the influence of the professional sports lifestyle came at too great a cost to stay in the game.
"I was playing soccer, my personal idol," Stoica said. "I didn't think it was a sin to play soccer, but then I realized the price that came with that. So I left playing soccer and just followed Jesus Christ."
In the summer of 2006, Stoica obeyed God by joining eight other young believers from across Romania to travel to a foreign city to tell others about Jesus Christ. These growing disciples are the result of the International Mission Board's most developed work with the Roma. Read More