Abstinence Training Symposium Results in Many Teachers Becoming Christians

  • by Jennifer Abegg

Romania has the highest abortion rate in Europe, and the average Romanian woman will have three or four abortions in her life, according to the British Medical Journal.

Because of this social crisis, Youth at the Threshold of Life, a character-training ministry of Cru (often known as CrossRoads), held a symposium in Romania. The purpose was to persuade teachers to teach their students abstinence, and also to point them to Jesus.

"This message was so radical," says Cru staff member Matt Jackson, who talked at the symposium, "that I was interviewed both on local TV and radio after I spoke."

Not only did the educators learn about abstinence and abortion, but of the 45 teachers in attendance, 16 accepted Christ, and 12 recommitted their lives to Him. Pastor Tóth Zoltán, who later mentored some of the teachers, said they are going back to the schools and teaching the YTL lessons to their students.