Monday, November 3, 2008

I Will Never Forget Moldova

Posted by Leona Bergstrom

Those words are printed on the front of a t-shirt given to me by our short-term missions team that went to Moldova last spring. The words are so true. Some days I blaze through my merry, prosperous, American schedule in such a flurry that the memories of Moldova are just a blur. But God does not let that last for long. Moldova and its people are emblazoned on my heart and etched in my memory - forever.

A group of us have committed to praying fervently every day for the next 30 days for God’s direction regarding our ministry in Moldova. We want to be open to taking another team in 2009 if that is what God would want us to do. Our brothers and sisters in Moldova and at Bethany Church have invited us with open arms and hearts to return.

This week I received a glorious picture and report from the pastors at Bethany. Amazingly, through the hard work of the congregation and generous donations of their partnering friends here in the U.S. and Scotland, they have finished the kitchen in their basement! This is awesome because it means they can serve the hot lunch program to the elderly and to the street children right in their own church! Ministry can now flow from the heart of their community to the people around them rather than from a rented “cantina.” Now they are praying for a cook!

I will never forget Moldova, and I would ask you to also remember them this month. We continue to send funds to Bethany to provide food for elders who otherwise would not have much to eat at all. Donations are processed through CRISTA Senior Living Community and sent directly to Bethany Church in Chisinau, Moldova. If you want to help, you can send donations to Chaplain Dave Passey, CRISTA Senior Community, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.
(See Leona's prior posts here, here, here and here!)

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