One of the important steps in a life of the believer in Moldova is a decision to be baptized. Often this is a very difficult decision as many are baptized in infancy according tot eh tradition of the Eastern Orthodox church. When one makes a public statement this influences their families and even social standing. It is always an honor to see the brave believers stand up for the Lord in obedience to Christ's command.
During this service there were two families (mother and daughter) who were baptized. The gils came to one of KBC camps where they met Christ. They invited their parents and both mothers came to know the Lord. There are other family members and friends who came to know the Lord as the result. It was joy for us to see the Lord at work in such an amazing way.
For the last three years KBC has been serving seventy to ninety elderly on regular basis. Our team is dedicated to sharing the good news of the Gospel as well as provide for physically, emotional and spiritual needs of widows, veteran and just elderly in need. Socialist system of the USSR promised them "bright future" but when the system failed elderly were left to fend for themselves. With meager means for survival many are destitute and fall prey of hunger, hopelessness or at times evil men looking to take away the little they have left. Over the following several months we would like to introduce some of them to you and share their stories. We pray that you would be encouraged to see the Lord's hands and feet at work and even might join in.
Elena Constantinovna was born ninth town of Kilia in Odessa Region in 1945. She was hoping to become a doctor, but since she was from a very poor family she was only able to enroll into a Tiraspol Pedagogical Institute. While there she net her husband and had two sons while still in school. She was working as math teacher and studying at night. After graduating she was sent by the Communist party to Leova in Western Moldova. Her husband was prominent in the communist party and eventually was transferred to Chisinau. She has worked in the Institute for Teacher Quality Improvement. Travelled across the country with inspections. Now she is a widow. One son left as migrant worker outside of Moldova. Another tries to earn a living as taxi driver.
When KBC came to visit her for the first time she was in deep depression. She ate uncontrollably the cheap food she could get. She had no one to speak with and this even worsened her depression. KBC Elderly ministry worker shared with her about God's love and invited her to church. Since she accepted Christ the depression is now gone. Moreover she is very active in fellowship with others at Kishinev Bible Church.
During the second week of September a team of seven joined together with staff and volunteers from Kishinev Bible Church to build from scratch six new cabins for the summer camp. Our team and ministry are grateful to all who sacrificed financially to provide for the cabins materials and team travel to Moldova. This camp serves over five hundred children per year and with new cabins we will be able to be even more efficient in sharing the good news as well and provide discipleship and training to young people. Below is a video report of the week.
Anatoly G., serves in Moldova with Kishinev Bible Church as minister in prisons. He visits four prisons weekly as a chaplain leading Bible studies as well as work with individuals released from incarceration helping them adjust to life of freedom.
For the lest several years Anatoly has traveled to Russia to work in various rehabilitation centers for former inmates who also struggle with addictions. During this time the men work on the fields and spend time studying God's word as well as undergo individual and group counseling.
During forty days this summer Anatoly has spent in southern Russia in Krasnodar Kray working in the rehabilitation center with a group of ten men. Anatoly lived among them, worked among them and led them through the study of the book of John. In addition Anatoly provided counseling and guidance in effort to help these men get rid of their alcoholic addictions well as to get integrated into the local church and everyday life.
Please click the PLAY below to see the slideshow providing a perspective on this mission outreach.
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