Our Romanian Partner

With a common bond of Christian values, Missio Link International works alongside churches, organizations, and individuals from Romania, the U.S., and Europe in a partnership ministry based on trust and accountability, sharing resources, prayer, and work together in Christian witness and action.

Missio Link International Leadership

Emil Toader

MLI President

My name is Emil Toader, I was born and raised in Timisoara (1971), western Romania, I am married to Adriana since 1995 and we have two
daughters: Melissa (born 1996) and Evelyn (born 2001). I was raised in a Christian family; my father was involved in planting Bethany Baptist Church in Timisoara and served in underground Christian ministry.

Lorena Rusovan

MLI Executive Director

Lorena was born and raised with her younger brother in a family of evangelical Christians in a mining town at the entrance of the Danube in Romania, in the southwest of the country.

After graduating high school, Lorena attends the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Faculty of Electro-energetics. She graduated in June 1989 and returned to her hometown as an engineer at the copper mine. At the beginning of 1991, she returned to Timisoara as a design engineer at the Institute for Energy Studies and Design. Shortly after returning to Timisoara, she joined a group of young people from the church who delivered food and clothing to street children and then joined as a volunteer the team of the first center for street children in Romania, Onesimus’ Brothers Home (OBH), founded by Jesus Hope of Romania (JHOR). In May 1993, at the invitation and challenge of pastor Eugen Groza, she gave up her career as an engineer and joined the JHOR team full-time.

In the fall of 1997, accompanying the OBH social worker in a social investigation, Lorena and her colleague discovered a 5-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother with strangers, neglected and abused by one of the adults in the house, and that Romania did not have a legal system to protect a child in situations of abuse. God puts it on their hearts to open a center for girls victims of abuse, understanding at the same time that this requires legislative changes. This was moment zero for what would become the Deborah House. God directs her to people and organizations that help in researching the phenomenon of child abuse, legislative changes, and last but not least financial resources. At the beginning of 2001, Lorena joined Eugen Groza and Emil Toader, and together, they founded the Missio Link International Foundation, for which the establishment of Deborah House became a priority project. In MLI, Lorena has served as CAR coordinator and, since 2017, as Executive Director.

In May 1996, Lorena married Daniel Rusovan, and together they had a son Paul-Daniel. For Daniel and Paul, MLI has not been just their wife and mother’s workplace. It has become the extended family where they serve and are served.

Sebastian Patlaescu


Bio coming soon.

Fivi Danalache

Children at Risk, Coordinator

My name is Fivi Gabriela Danalache, and I joined the MLI team in September 2022 as a legal advisor and ministry coordinator. My mission to serve the children at risk started at the beginning of this year, first as part of the Deborah House decision team and then working alongside wonderful and faithful people on the other CAR programs: Aspirations, Back to School, and Harmony.

I love being surrounded by children, and that makes me feel more comfortable. I don’t see my work as a job, but as special time spent with the people I like the most: the children. My day-to-day mission is to serve the children at risk and be a support for the team. As part of my duties, I supervise and coordinate the activities carried out through the CAR programs, liaise with public institutions and other partner organizations, and when necessary and requested, represent the interests of the Foundation in matters strictly related to the CAR programs.

Lori Erbatu

Alpinis Leadership Center, Coordinator

1. Fulfilling the purpose of the ALC vision 2. The MLI representative, in relation to the beneficiaries who come to the ALC and the local authorities 3. Training, coordination and supervision of the team 4. Internal communication with MLI office 5. Planning, organization and activity supervision 6. Administrative-operational coordination and supervision 7. Presentation of the financial situation

Florin Iosub

Church in Mission, Coordinator

My name is Florin losub, I’m a pastor serving at MLI as a Church in Mission Coordinator. I joined MLI in 2002 helping Eugen Groza with the Church Partnerships program (conferences, Christian camps, keeping in touch with the Romanian partners). In 2007, Leadership Development was created, since then I have worked developing new small groups, organizing regional training, short-term mission visits, etc. The job that I have at MLI is like an extension to my ministry calling. Under close supervision of Emil Toader, Church Partnerships and Leadership Development got a new name all together: Church in Mission.