Reach Romania is a ministry birthed out of The Union Mission in Norfolk, Virginia. Located in the City of Lugoj, Romania, the ministry was the vision of the late Dr. Ted Bashford, former Executive Director of The Union Mission for 53 years. His desire was to relieve the physical and spiritual suffering of the Romanian people by “feeding body and soul.”
A man of vision, faith, and compassion, Dr. Bashford had a deep love for the poor and needy—especially for children and the elderly. In 1993, he watched 20/20’s news segment exposing the conditions of orphaned children in Romania and his heart was deeply moved. After years of prayer, in October 2000 at the age of 80, he made his first trip to Romania.