Give the Gifts of Hope and Help
This Christmas give a gift that can transform a life in the Eastern European country most affected by poverty, the country of Moldova. Give the gifts of Hope and Help. You can participate by selecting gifts listed on this Summit Missions’ “Christmas Wish List.” Click here to download it.
The team participated in a five-day English club in partnership with CRU, Campus Crusade for Christ. It was a high-energy event and it was a great way to connect with university students. They are very bright, creative and speak English very well. The program was discussion based, and the students conversed about everything from hobbies to relationships. At the end of every evening, a team member would give a short devotional related to the theme of the evening. Each student had the opportunity to clearly hear the Gospel. Pray for the follow-up meetings that will take place over the next four weeks that the Gospel seed would take root in the hearts and lives of these young people.
Summer of 2014, SMI will be participating in an English Camp outreach in Moldova with high school and university students. The camp will be held during the last two weeks in July. Click here to view the video from last summer. If you are interested in joining us contact us at (330) 896-9300.
Today the team of four leaves for Moldova. Pray for God’s protective hand to be over them and for a peaceful and restful flight. Also, pray their luggage is handled properly and arrives with them intact.
The team arrives in Chisinau, Moldova today at 3:15pm, Moldovan time. They will have a two-hour drive to Tiraspol where they will begin teaching English in the evening at New Life’s English club. Pray for open hearts and a good rapport with the students.
We will be visiting the construction project for the family with ten adopted children that was started earlier this year by SMI. Pray that we will be an encouragement to this family and rejoice in what God has provided for them.
Today we will present a Bible program at the Parcani orphanage. Pray that the team will be able to clearly communicate the Word of God and that the orphans will have open minds and hearts.
The team will be traveling to Grigoriopol to visit Andrej, the pastor of the Baptist church. We partner with his church by sponsoring a Bible Club and feeding program for children in his community. Pray for clear communication as we fellowship, encourage and partner together.
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The team participated in 3 blanket distributions in Bendary, Suclaya and Kolosova. The evening started with a carnival for the children. In Bendary, the parents gathered in a small room, where the church meets for Sunday morning services, to learn and ask questions about the church with the pastor. Then, there was a puppet show that presented the Gospel to the children and after this the blankets were distributed.
The children loved the blankets. In the bag there was a blanket, a letter to the child explaining the Gospel and a Beanie Baby. We do not tell them that the Bean Baby is in the bag and when they discover it, the children’s expressions are priceless.
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Mark Fashevsky | Director Help the Children
Giving out shoes and toys at the orphanage was joyous and sad. It was joyous be-cause kids were happy when receiving the shoes and toys. It was sad because the toys and shoes were received from the hands of strangers and not from the hands of their mothers and fathers.
My neighbor’s 19 year-old daughter, Victoria, came along as a volunteer. When she returned home I was told she burst into tears. It seemed strange because we Transnistrians are not surprised by the scenes of deprivation and need. These scenes are quite commonplace in our day-to-day life, but one can hardly control himself when it comes to the most vulnerable – the children.
We did very little by giving out the shoes, toys and hygiene packs. As I write these lines I think of Tanya, Natasha, Victor, Sasha – underprivileged children of Transnis-tria. I want to believe that the help that was given was one brick of kindness which will be followed by another brick. And brick by brick we will do more to make the lives of the children happy. Thank you to all who took part in this project which was provided and distributed by the HTC Canadian partners.
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