KBC children ministry team traveled to the southernmost town of Vulcanesti (Gagauz, Moldova) to help one of the church plants in connection with the days center for children. They hosted over five dozen kids every day for the Bible Day camps. Most of these children come from broken homes as many parents are forced to leave for Russia and Turkey in search for jobs. As for the second summer we are not able to host teams form USA helping our church plants, the volunteers from Kishinev Bible Church committed to serve in various locations throughout the summer. The video below is a short report form one of these outreaches.
It was exciting to be a part of the graduation ceremony for Moldova Bible Seminary. We saw ten students graduate from two programs. These young people have competed the course of study and are headed to serve in various organizations and churches.
After a three-year-long candidacy status the Batchelor of Arts in Theology program at Moldova Bible Seminary has been upgraded to fully accredited.
It is no longer a strange occurrence that many meeting would be conducted over Zoom. The accrediting visit was conducted in a hybrid format with five representatives from Moscow, Kherson, Lviv, Odessa and Chisinau over the web and in person. Numerous meetings were conducted to evaluate the administrative, academic and student live dimensions. As the result the full accreditation status was recommended in April and conformed in May of 2021.
Our team has been working hard and we are really glad to celebrate such major milestone. We are now accredited by the professional accrediting agency (EAAA) that is responsible for former USSR and Slavic languages speaking schools.
This accreditation helped us improve the overall quality of the programs. We are able to reach more people through:
(1) One-year gap-year style certificate in Russian and Romanian that allows for faster preparation of lay-ministers and young people to enter the secular academia with Christian worldview.
(2) Three year B.A. in Theology in Pastoral Ministry or Christian Education to help prepare pastors and ministers for the expanding work of the church in Europe and Asia.
In addition to this our students are able continue their education on the next level across the world as EAAA is also a member of a larger global organization that has mutual accreditation recognition.
KBC team is active and working hard to respond to the needs of the most affected. As I shared, the limits on how many people can gather in Moldova is very narrow. Our team came in the groups of three and focused on providing groceries to the elderly who are stuck at home and are not able to to even go an buy groceries. We built large packages to help provide for the basic needs and will continue to serve the growing number as we face this world-wide challenge. Just yesterday our team delivered thirty-three bags of grocery care packages.
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Anastasia is a well known Russian name. It has been made known in the west through a Disney cartoon abou the Romanoff princess. In February it was also the name of three young women who gave their lives to Christ and chose to be baptized and declare their faith before their friends and family. These are truly three daughters of the King of Kings.
One of the strategic traits of our ministry is the after school program offered through our ministries and church plans. The Alinarea Church, a church plant of KBC, is very creative in offering various classes. The total foot traffic of the church per week is close to a hundred and fifty. There are at least two groups that meet for Bible study weekly. There are English classes offered to those needing help in homework preparation.
Children are taught spiritual disciplines as prayer is offered at every class and event.
Every activity, from Bible Studies to ESL to Art-school, includes a spiritual dimension. In the country with some of the highest migration per capita in the world, our ministry provides the very much needed adult presence in these kids lives. The time spent with the kids is an investment in their future.
The ministry is constantly developing creative ways to teach and impact the upcoming generation with the Good News and help shape the future of Moldova and former USSR.
The plan was to try to reach out to forty-sixty kids that the church made an initial connection to in June. It was the last location left, and there were 125 gifts left. As we drove to the site with severity gifts, our team was wondering what to do with the leftovers. As time began to draw near to start the program, the room was full to its capacity with over seventy kids. In Moldovan culture, though, it is commonplace to be late. The place kept filling up with kids walking in. So, we decided to call the office, and one of the pastors loaded his car with all the remaining gifts. He arrived just in time by the end of the program. The room was packed. The presentation, songs, and Gospel presentation went very well. By the time we gave the care packages away in the end, we had only two left-over in our hands. God provided more care packages than that we thought was possible, and then He gave us just the right number of kids to share with and impact with the Good News.
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