Ecclesiastes 3:1-8- "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to umroot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time tokeep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speek, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."
(Josh and Brianna's post)
Today was a very challenging day for everyone. In case you do not know, today was our last day at the orphanage. God's work that we came to do is now finished. Some of our hearts will be connected to the children and the team. For right now, we believe that our job here is completed, but that does not mean that God will not call us back to Moldova. It was VERY hard to say good-bye to the children, since we had became very close to these wonderful cildren. Our hearts were bonded because they saw the love and joy of God and from the gifts God sent us to give in his glory. So on monday, we will leave to come home, But our hearts will never leave this wonderful place. And will always remember what we did, but most of all, remember the children. When we leave, we will continue to pray for the hearts of the children, and everyone we came to know through our stay here.
We want to thank Lucia for everything she did, she organized everything we did, and she put a lot of time and effort into making this trip the most meaningful trip ever. We want to thank C.J. and Connie for opening their home to us and driving us all over Chisinau and Straseni, Moldova. And giving us words of encouragement. We would also like to thank Lilia, the cook, for all of the wonderful meals that were provided. The translators, Anastasia, Tanya, Iliusha, and Alexei for helping us understand what the children's needs were. We want to thank the team: Tony, Katie, Tessa, and Kelsey. We especially want to thank Dean for giving up his time and being patient with us.
Andre was a man who we all became to know and love. He is a pastor at a local church in Straseni. He is a man of great faith. Pray for his wife, Elena, as she is pregnant with their first child, a boy. His wife is a nurse. In Moldova, the maternity leave is three years.
We would like to thank our families for allowing us to go and helping in various ways. Also our church and especially our pastor for prayers and support. The person that gave the anynomous gift to finish what we could not raise, you really did help us out, and those who gave financially and supplies that we needed; we really could not have done it without you. Finally, we want to thank Lauren Bing and Sweet Sleep for talking to us and allowing us the opportunity to go.
(Luba's story)- Josh telling
Where can I start. We bonded from the moment I stepped off the bus. For the first couple of day all we did was play sports together. On day three, the bond became closer. I told her that we were there because we love her and that God loves her. Today was a very special day for Luba and I. Before we left today, I was telling her that I was going to miss her and that I would never forget her. I told her that we would see each other in heaven. I asked her then if she was a Christian. She said, "No I am not." so I asked, "Do you want to become a Christian?" She said, "yes." so I had her pray a prayer to become a Christian. I believe this was the reason I was to Come to Moldova.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Posted by: Joshua McMullan and Brianna Williams