Sunday, March 22, 2009
Well, it has been a week since I have returned from my trip, and I think I am falling more and more in love with Moldova with each passing day! My experience was something that I will never forget!
It is hard to express this experience in words- whenever I think about it, I become overwhelmed and speechless. As soon as I arrived in Moldova, I remember thinking, “Where have I been my whole life? What have I been doing?” I knew right away that I was made for this- this is what God has created me for. Meeting those kids and bringing joy and hope into their lives made my heart swell more than it ever has in my whole life! Leaving was very hard to do, but what I am learning now is something that is very important. When I got back to the States, I almost felt displaced because I felt like my heart was still in Moldova, but my body was here! I am learning that it’s OK to leave part of my heart there- and I know that it will always remain there.
We had some incredible opportunities to minister during our week. Being able to work at two different orphanages was amazing! All of the children were incredibly sweet, and one little boy- Lilian- especially stole my heart. You might remember me talking about him in previous blogs :)
Lilian is six years old, and the result of a mom and dad who were addicted to drugs. His mom died when she was 19 (she had Lilian when she was 16) of a drug overdose. By this time, his dad was nonexistent, so his grandmother put both Lilian and his older sister into orphanages, and he has been there ever since. I could not completely tell what conditions he has, but I could tell that he understood when we talked to him. He even tried responding a couple times. His speech is slow and quiet, but our translator was able to understand a few times. Whenever I would touch Lilian, he would get this look on his face and he would lean into my touch. I know that he does not get touched and loved like he should, and it breaks my heart! I have included a picture of my precious Lilian, and I ask that you pray for him and the other orphans. My heart’s cry is that they experience the love that they deserve and so greatly want!
After the trip was over, I knew that it was the end of the beginning for me. The excitement for the future is evident in my everyday thoughts! I am so excited to see what God has for me, and where He will lead me. I’m not sure what exactly He is calling me to, but I know that my work with orphans will continue. For now, please pray that I remain content in finishing school and that I don’t try to jump ahead of God.
Isaiah 55:9 says, “Your ways are higher than my ways- your thoughts higher than my thoughts.”
This is my continual prayer- to live for my Jesus, and to remember that He is always beside me! God knows what I need much more than I do, and I want Him to be in control! I remember one time I was talking to my dad, and he said, “If you could see what God sees, you would pick His way every time!” That is so true, and I pray that you implement that not only in your decisions, but into your daily life.
Even though this particular trip to Moldova is over, the work there is far from being finished! The blog below is about Moldova’s upcoming elections, and specific things to pray for. During my week there, I learned a lot about the corrupt government and the horrible things that the communists do to stay in control. At the beginning of April, they will be holding elections for a new Parliament. It is VERY important that the communists do not have majority in Parliament because Parliament elects the new President! Included is a note from Valeriu Ghiletchi asking for your prayer. His son, Eugen, was one of our translators for the week and they are an amazing family! Please be praying for them. :) These elections are very important, and I ask that you continue to pray for Moldova and its people.
If you (or anyone you know) would be interested in going on a Sweet Sleep trip, there is an upcoming trip to Moldova in May and another to Africa in July. I greatly encourage and promote these trips because I have seen first hand the amazing ways that God uses those who are faithful to Him. If you step out in faith, and follow God’s plan for you, your life will never be the same!
To God be all the glory and all the praise!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thanks for praying for Val and this country we love!
Greetings from Moldova. My second term as the Bishop of the Baptist Union comes to an end this summer. About two years ago I started to pray for my future ministry. After this time of prayer and reflection, I have decided to run for the upcoming Parliament elections, that will take place on April 05.
In spite of many difficulties and obstacles I see how God is blessing this campaign. At the same time there many challenges. At the end of last week I was attacked by the mass media controlled by the Christian Democratic Party as well as two of our pastors who went on a TV show broadcast from this party accusing me that as a minister I am involved in dirty politics.
- for fair elections, for a victory in these elections, for a change in the government (we have a communist government now),
- for the protection of myself and my family during this campaign and recent attacks,
- for me to be salt and light in the midst of a dark political realm,
- for God's wisdom to give a correct and godly answer,
- for the unity among evangelicals,
- for a spiritual and material well-being of the country,
- for strength to continue in spite of all the challenges,
- for the financial support of the campaign.
I will try to keep you updated of how things go with the campaign. I am very thankful for your prayer support.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
This is what I felt like this morning- Ha!
Yesterday and today have been some amazing two days! We spent all yesterday at Casa de Copii in Orhei, which is a special needs school for boys. Some of the boys are orphans (most were brought by their parents or family to receive treatment, and then never got picked up!), while others have families but they can’t take care of them. Sweet Sleep has been working with them for 3 years now, and in the past two days we were able to give them ALL THEIR BEDS!!
Yesterday was the “work-as-fast-and-as-hard-as-you-can” day! After we got back from lunch, we were told that the rest of the boys that were to receive beds had gotten so excited they had cleared their rooms out. Which meant that unless we gave them all beds, they wouldn’t have anything to sleep on!! Oh, goodness! So everyone had to move super fast and work super hard. With the help of LOTS of volunteers, we built 107 beds!! Holy smokers! That a record : ) Yah, you know. That’s how we do it here in
So yesterday was great fun, and so much so because the famous MARTIN GOT HIS BED!! See below blog for tons of pics : ) Yay for staying up until 1:15 AM to get those puppies up!
Today we went back to mainly just hang out with kids. Jon, Eugen and I walked around and took some fun pictures of some kids! These children are just so amazing, and such a blessing. I think it was yesterday- some of us were talking about the salvation of these children. I believe that God has claimed these children and raised them up in His name! I am so thankful for their loving and caring hearts! It is so hard to see some of them in these conditions. Some of them were even born typical, but something happened to handicap them. I love that we can make their everyday life better by giving them beds! : )
(This dude was also funny- he loved getting his pic taken. He would come up to me and make act like he was taking a picture- hilar!)
(This picture makes me want to cry just remembering him! This boy was put in the middle of this circular foam thing. His sweatshirt and pants are tied at the bottoms. I guess so he doesn't bite his hands and feet! But he LOVED human interaction, and you can tell that he doesn't get even close to what he needs)
(Back to Lilian! I am so in love with this boy! I did NOT want to leave him there- he loved human touch. Whenever you would touch him, he would lean into your touch. SO CUTE!)
(Saying bye to Martin! So sad to do, but we are so happy that they all have beds!)
Thank you Jesus for that opportunity! Please protect them and keep them safe. Wrap them in your loving arms and show them how much you love and care about them. Thank you for these wonderful beds that they can feel warm and comfortable in! You are the only one worth living for!!
It was so sad leaving these children, but I feel so much better knowing that they all have a new Sweet Sleep bed, and they all have a comfy pillow to lay their head on! : )
We headed to lunch at KFC at mallDOVA (that is their new mall here in
After, we headed to another Monastery that was so beautiful! It was a little rainy, so the pictures aren’t as pretty as they could be, but I think it actually kind of added to the mood.
Right now we are playing Phase 10 (best game EVER!), and just hanging out. Tomorrow we are going to the Art Market again and then to the church in Orhei that has been helping us all week. They are making us lunch! So exciting. Hope everyone is having a fabulous day : ) I am still weirded out that it is almost 10:00 pm here, but almost 3:00 pm Central Time. Craziness!
To God be all the glory!