Humble Beginnings

Reaching Romania began to relieve the physical and spiritual suffering of the Romanian people by providing "Food for Body and Soul."

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Reaching Romania is an international ministry birthed out of The Union Mission in Norfolk, Virginia. Located in the city of Lugoj, Romania, it was the vision of Dr. Ted Bashford, former Executive Director of The Union Mission and founder of The Bashford Foundation. His desire was to relieve the physical and spiritual suffering of the Romanian people by “Feeding Body and Soul.”

Dr. Bashford served as the Executive Director of The Union Mission for 53 years. A man of vision, faith, and compassion, he had a deep love for the poor and needy — especially for children and the elderly. In l993, he saw a segment on the television program 20/20, concerning the orphaned children in Romania. His heart was deeply touched and in October 2000, at the age of 81, he made his first trip to Romania. The Bashford Foundation was established in 2004 to provide a means for The Union Mission to officially begin making a difference in the lives of these hurting people. Since then mission teams have traveled each year to minister to the people of Romania through Vacation Bible Schools, medical and wellness clinics, and training conferences for men and women. Land was purchased, a building was constructed and is providing children with a loving Christian home.

View the Timeline of Past Mission Trips …

Project Romania changed its name to Reaching Romania in 2017. The word project made this ministry sound temporary, whereas it is an ongoing ministry. The needs of the Romanian people are great and it is our desire to serve them and teach them to serve one another. We hope that Reaching Romania expresses our partnership with, and love for the people of Romania.


God’s Plan for Children is a Family!

children playingFifty percent of children in Romania suffer from severe deprivation due to poverty, neglect, and domestic violence. The abandonment rate of children in Romania has not changed in the past 20 years. To help these children, The Bashford Foundation opened it’s very first loving Christian home in 2017 to care for children in Lugoj, Romania. The first five children received nutritious meals, Christian training, clothing, education, and experience the joys of being a child. The Children’s Home plans to expand to include more children in the years to come.

The Lord promises to be a … “Father of the fatherless … God setteth the solitary in families.”     Psalm 68:5-6a

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Your support will provide the Romanian people with “Food for Body and Soul.”

Our Goal

To relieve the physical suffering of the Romanian people by providing a message of hope through feeding, clothing, shelter and the Gospel of Christ.

To provide training to equip the Romanian people to invest in the lives of others and to learn the joy of helping others.

Reaching Romania

Feeding Body & Soul

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Give Now

Your support will provide the Romanian people with “Food for Body and Soul.”

Our Vision

To enable the Romanian people to fulfill the Biblical mandate to preach the Gospel, care for the poor and downtrodden, and minister to the widows and orphans.

To help the Romanians learn the joy of a servant heart and to train the younger generation.


Ministries include:

  • Preaching the Gospel
  • Training of pastors in lay leadership and church planting
  • Development of women for leadership roles in the church
  • Vocational Training
  • Medical and Vision Clinics
  • Caring for the poor with food, clothes, and shelter
  • Children’s Home
  • Summer Camp / Retreats

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