The founders of Pathway to Joy Ministries, Cornel and Karen Bucur, have been involved in missions in Romania since 1995. Their ministry to Romania began with Cornel helping to develop a network of 6 FM radio stations that now blanket Romania with 24-hour Christian radio. He and Karen also led summer camp programs for children from state orphanages.

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In the course of these activities, they discovered a large population of abandoned children living in institutions and on the streets, their lives often cut short by hunger, illness, neglect and exploitation. They founded Pathway to Joy Ministries (PTJM) in 1997 with the vision of seeing these broken hearted children healed and restored in the name of Jesus!

Cornel and Karen have been married for 25 years. They met at Moody Bible Institute in 1987 while completing their undergraduate degrees. They graduated from Moody in 1990, and then went on to complete their graduate degrees from Wheaton college in 1992. They have 4 children, Philip, Victoria, Benjamin & Alexandra, ages 33, 21, 14, and 11.