Garrett and Alissa moved full-time to Cluj-Napoca at the beginning of September in 2022 to head up AJM’s missionary base. They are helping to oversee the team of both long-term and short-term members by stewarding dedicated prayer and Bible-reading times, along with frequent meal and social gatherings. The team is hoping to expand local outreach opportunities through international groups and volunteering opportunities.
Garrett and Alissa are also working with Deo Gloria, a local church in Cluj, on their worship team and helping fulfil their pastor’s dream of an international church for refugees. Cluj-Napoca is the second-largest city in Romania and houses an immigration office that is visited by dozens of people daily, with no churches that speak a language other than Romanian. They hope to start a church that meets on Sundays and several times throughout the week where people can learn about God and be discipled in a language they understand. They want to include times of fun, like game nights, to build relationships and help people improve their English.
Along with church planting and evangelism, Garrett and Alissa are starting a family. They recently welcomed their baby Jemma Ileana and are looking forward to her being a part of building connections and planting roots for long-term ministry in Romania.