But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
My name is Costea Raul and I am a pastor coordinator at Hope Church from Draganesti-Olt. I am married to Ana Costea, and together we have 3 children: Veronica, who has been a part of our family since she was 12 years old, Samuel, and Jonathan.
In 1994, God granted me the understanding of His love for me and I received Him in my life. The next year, God called me to work for His Kingdom as a missionary. I studied at Bible College Betania from Sibiu for 4 years and from 1995 until 1998 I worked together with a team from a church in the Alba-lulia neighborhood.
In 1998, I moved with my family to Olt county and I served in Perieti village and other villages around the area with Grace Church from Slatina. In 2003, with a missionary team we planted Hope Church in Draganesti-Olt. Currently, I coordinate the mission and church activities alongside other servants and workers.
Vision: To be a community of believers that spread the hope of Christ starting from Draganesti-Olt to the end of the world. Our impact is at a local level in the town of Draganesti-Olt with 12,000 people, at a regional level to plant churches in Dolj County and Olt County, and also at an international level assisting churches in the Balkan countries.
Mission: We fulfill spiritual needs through evangelism and discipleship and use different social projects to fulfill physical needs.
Equip to Equip: The purpose of this program is to raise new national’s potential and equip them to be evangelists and church planters. The program will fulfill our vision to saturate the southern part of Romania with churches and expose every single person to Christ. The program is a year long for students and involves teaching (being discipled and participating in bibles studies) and practicing (street evangelism, leading bible studies, etc). The cost per student per year is $4,500-$5,000, which includes housing, food, transportation, ministry supplies, etc.
New Testament for Every Home: There are approximately 700,000 in Oltenia Region who do not have Bibles. God has placed the desire in our hearts to provide each household with a copy of the New Testament. This ministry goes out into the surrounding villages and hands out copies of the New Testament with Hope Church’s address and phone number. We trust that the Holy Spirit changes hearts and brings revival through this ministry.