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 providing “Food for 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.
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.