For the past 56 years Ron and Nancy George have been working to serve the few Christians in Central Asia and the Muslim world. This has ranged over 30 countries, allowing local expressions of faith to emerge. Currently they are board members of the Divitia Gratiae University (UDG) in Moldova where God is doing something very new.
The first graduation of students took place in the spring, with 21 students receiving diplomas in Theology, 16 in Christian Pedagogy, two in Music and 16 in Extramural Studies. That summer it was decided to start a new programme in Social Work, to be taught in Romanian.
Under God’s guidance and backed by prayer, a section was established to train missionaries to Turkic-speaking people living in the Gagauzia region of Moldova and for students from Central Asia. The then college also applied for accreditation from the Euro-Asian Accreditation Association (EAAA) for the theological programmes.
The first graduates received certificates authorised by the EAAA, confirming international recognition of the studies.
The College of Theology and Education completed the process of reorganisation, resulting in a new status as a university and a new name. The Latin name ‘Divitia Gratiae‘ translates as ‘the riches of His grace’. In the same year, the faculty of Management and Foreign Languages was launched.
Ron George started visiting the university to add an Islamic dimension to its missions programmes and to help lecturers in understanding cultural expressions in the Bible. Back in the UK, the Romanian Aid Fund was rebranded and named Eurasia Education Foundation, to raise funds and help the university. New directors were appointed as part of that transfer.