Transforming Minds and Hearts in Romania

  • Alumni
Lissa (Grashorn) Diaz '07

As manager of Grace Christian School in Lagoj, Romania, Emanuel Olariu ’08 has seen the power of lives transformed through Christian education. He helped start the school with just 32 students after graduating from Bethel. Nine years later, the school has grown to 430 students – from preschool to eighth grade – and 80 staff members.

“My dream was to leave a legacy, to leave something after I am gone that can magnify God’s glory in our community and improve the lives of those that come into contact with this project,” Olariu says. “I never dreamed this dream would become a Christian school.”

Olariu came to Bethel to study business administration, but added another major in economics and finance because of the impact Associate Professor Aaron Schavey, Ph.D., had on him.

“Studying business, I realized the importance of a long-term investment and I understood that this is what a school really is …a long-term investment in the community where God has placed us to live.”

  • Alumni Award 2017
  • business management