by Dr. Royce Smith, San Antonio, TX
My time at the Moldova Seminary was a real eye opener. Coming from friendly Texas, I was surprised by the lack of response I received from many residents as I made my way around the community. When I smiled or waved at them, they would look at me and then keep on walking. I asked the students why this was happening and they explained to me that for adults who had lived almost their entire lives under Soviet oppression, there was little to smile about. Anyone who smiled was obviously 'not from around here' or was probably untrustworthy. Added to this, I learned that evangelical Christians were considered far outside the norm and are often treated as a cult. It would seem that evangelism would be nearly impossible... and then I saw the genius of what the Seminary is doing.
They are preparing the best and brightest of young hearts and minds toward reaching the children and youth of Moldova, the only generation that is readily open to the Gospel. As the children and youth are reached, they can more easily share with their skeptical parents, and the Gospel can break through many decades of oppression, persecution and darkness. The Seminary and its associated ministries offer a wide variety of worship venues in multiple languages, through several church plants. It also offers after school and weekend clubs for children and youth that engage them in many fun and educational ways. When parents see others investing in and loving their children, hearts begin to soften and doors for spiritual conversations begin to open.
Through the teaching of the ministry staff, and visiting pastors and professors, the students are challenged and prepared for real world ministry. My week in Moldova has opened my heart and eyes to the great work being done here and the need for continued prayer and financial support. I encourage you to get behind this movement in whatever way God impresses on your heart. These are godly, committed men and women who want to reach their country for Jesus, and your support can help them further this biblical mandate.
16010 University Oaks
San Antonio, TX 78249