I watched her fingers as the paper was slowly being torn off the package. These were the fingers that belonged to Jania, an abandoned girl whose parents had left her home alone at 6 years old to care for her 2 other younger siblings. The story was that they had been found in a room in their decrepit house badly malnourished and taken to an orphanage. Now she appeared to be full of life and was so excited to be getting a package—inside was some candy and a book. The book was clutched tightly by those little fingers right up to her heart as she smiled and then began to look at the candy. I will never forget it because I had been watching her while the Christmas story had been shared. I could see her eyes and understood that she wanted to be loved by God and our team had shared that the book we were giving them would tell them more about how much God loved them. Continue reading “A Present for Jania”
In Straseni, Moldova our partners work with an orphanage through Project $5 for 5. This family has been visiting the kids for the past 2 years, they go twice a week, do a Bible lesson and bring food for dinner, sweets, small birthday presents or clothes that are needed. During weekends and over holidays, they take their 2 daughters with them to do ministry and to let the orphans feel more like part of the family. On Sundays. all the kids are invited to church with the family and then back to their home for lunch with the family.
Please keep them in your prayers, for endurance, for wisdom and that they continually show Christ to the kids they minister to.
This family was truly given a heart for the children of Moldova. These kids are usually forgotten and thought of as a nuisance, but this family loves them and wants to know the love of God’s family.
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“No, I cannot see anything!” I think I heard it about 400 times last week and I always smiled knowing what was coming next. As the men and women had the New Testament open to John 3:16 placed in their hands and the glasses testing instruments resting on the bridge of their nose, their raised eyebrows told a different story—they were seeing something for the first time in a long time. After a couple of flips of the lenses, they were seeing and reading. I told them it was the most important piece of God’s word they would ever read. Most had never read the Bible, and very few had one in their home. Everyone we could provide glasses for left with at least two things. Continue reading “Once was Blind but Now I See”
“No, I can’t read that” the woman said as I put the New Testament opened up to John 3:16 in her hands. “No problem, I just want to know if you can see the letters clearly—can you see them better now?” Yes, with a shake of her head I added still another test lens to the one that was already setting on the bridge of her nose. With raised eyebrows she began to read…
I could go on and on about what happens next as that is the whole point of doing what we do with glasses. It not only allows people to see to read, but allows them to have hope and then allows us to introduce them to the Hope of the world. We do that by Continue reading “When Parents Abandon Their Children”
When they were all setting down with their eyes focused on the bag in my hand I knew they were going to be amazed. The kids always are and the adults are just too bashful to admit it. As the story began to unfold in front of them about creation and about how God created all of it, their eyes widened just a bit more with each change of the color of the story bag. By the time we arrived at Adam being shaped and breathed into by God everyone was riveted to the bag– it was really an intense moment. Why? Continue reading “Bringing Good News to the Vulnerable”
Yesterday the weatherman said it would rain all day. We prayed for sunshine and the Lord answered. One of the volunteers asked, did you know it wouldn’t rain? No, I just asked our Father to give us what we needed to accomplish his plans.
And His plan is amazing–now it is late Friday night and all the team is asleep here in Moldova while I write this letter. What has transpired this week in this corner of the country nestled between Romania and Ukraine is really beyond amazing. Over 400 people stopped by the pastor’s garage across from the church to get free glasses along with a New Testament and a clear gospel presentation. All this was done Continue reading “Yesterday the Weatherman Said it Would Rain”
Angela lives in a small Moldovan village, her husband, Mihai, has to live in the capitol for work. They don’t get to see each other often. They have 3 kids, the oldest being 2 years old. Through the local church we are able to provide them with a food bag and a Bible. God is using us to remind her that He is taking care of her and her family.
Summer is upon us, vacations are happening, the schedules are packed, people are traveling, the camp registrations are coming in, the gospel literature is ready, the glasses are sorted, and the teams are in training. Wow! A year ago we were transitioning opportunities and not sure exactly what was in store, but now we find ourselves in the midst of new relationships and new ministry opportunities.