It is the morning of our third day here in Moldova! We have already had so many opportunities to serve here. What a blessing it has been. Saturday we drove north to the town of Balti and visited an anti-trafficking center that has opened recently. This center provides cooking and sewing classes for girls in order to teach them skills but also an opportunity to be educated on the dangers of the trafficking that is taking place in their country. This center is located at a local church so it is also a way for the teens to reach out to unchurched friends and invite them in. It is a great ministry opportunity for this town! While visiting I participated in a cooking class and had the opportunity to share my testimony and where our self worth is found.
Sunday morning we got up and drove a little further north to a village in Alexander’s city. Here we attended the church in the village where Rush had the opportunity to preach again and I also shared my testimony. Although the faith of the believers here is rich they live in what we would consider extreme poverty and have very primitive living conditions. The ladies at the church prepared a meal for us to share following the service. During the meal we were blessed to hear the testimony of the pastor and the rich heritage he has! The rock solid faith of his parents and grandparents who endured severe persecution for their beliefs is like no other. To hear a grown man share such stories of persecution with tears streaming down his face and still declare the goodness and faithfulness of the God we serve will be a moment I will never forget. I hope to have the opportunity to share his testimony with you!
This same pastor and church has a deep desire to serve the children of this village that are considered orphans or street children. This means they have been left while there parents are working in other countries. Some live with grandparents and friends while others do not have a place to call home. Through the ministry Vitaly and Oleg have here this church feeds these children a hot meal once a week while teaching them scripture. Yesterday they came and ate at the church and Rush and I shared encouragement on what it looks like to live a Christian life as a teenager. It’s amazing that some of the difficulties they face are very similar to those of the teenagers in the US. We also gave them bibles of their own to have. It was a great time together!
We ended our time in this village by delivering groceries to some who were facing such extremely difficult circumstances. I still stand
amazed that in spite of such grim circumstances, the ones who are believers have the deepest joy and faith in Christ. Their faith will humble you to the core. Because there just wasn’t enough time in the day we left many more bags of groceries for the pastor to deliver to other families in need!
We look forward today to visiting with one of the guys we were able to provide a motor bike for! He also ministers to street children in another village!