It'll be a great week…here is Lindsey with our "See it, sense it, live it" banner. She's on it with some kids from a refugee camp in El Salvador.
So I’m on the road again, meeting up with the team soon in Armenia. I’m looking forward to blogging more about that…
I told the team when I last saw them to let me know what they wanted, and I’d try and bring it to them when I meet up with them later this week.
Here’s the list of what they requested:
- Dove Dark Chocolate Promises
- Tazo Green Tea
- Burts Bees Chapstick (the regular kind, either comes in a tin or a tube)
- Dove Milk Chocolate Promises (in the bag)
- Excedrin Migrain
- Diet Mountain Dew
- A coat left in the boys room in the intern house
- Reduced Fat Skippy Peanut Butter
- Guitar Strings (I guess Chad needs more strings)
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Some of those things are for individuals, and some are for the whole team. Don’t tell them (or do they read this? we’ll see…) but I also brought some pumpkin pie filling and stove top stuffing…they’ll celebrate Thanksgiving in this part of the world, gotta have some taste of home.
If you were in a place like Moldova or something for a month, what would you want from home?
Here, Claire gives us a bit of a tour and her thoughts…
Then, we went back to the small church building (it’s actually more of a home) where they fed us and we had a service for about 25 kids. What a wonderful time. There’s a family from the main church in Sarata that’s sees this village as their mission…we loved partnering with them for this day. (We also provided a lot of groceries for the church and food for the ministry.)
While there, I met Maria (not her real name…). We were sitting down, and there were balloons on the floor and we, not knowing each other’s language, got in a mild balloon fight. Fun. We palled around for the rest of the afternoon.
I then learned her story. She’s 10-years-old and has a little sister. Her father has been gone for years and her mother left last year as well. She’s taken care of her little sister for months now. This church found her, and has been helping her. In fact, the couple pastoring the church are letting Maria and her sister move in with them. She’s now well fed, warm and has some adults who love her and are telling her about Jesus.
The larger church is working towards perhaps starting an orphanage to help children such as Maria and her sister.
Great girl, fun afternoon, honor for Convoy of Hope and our interns to partner with churches like this.
Today we're about an hour from the capital of Moldova in Sarata Galbena. I'm sitting in the first Pentecostal Church sanctioned by the Soviet Union…a miracle story (blogged it in June).
Tomorrow we'll work with this church to host a Convoy of Hope outreach. We're finishing the bagging of 500 bags of groceries, we'll soon set up and then pass out even more invitations in this village.
Clear and beautiful day.
Virtually all people in the villages and even many in the cities use wells with buckets for their water. They’re quaint, decorated wells, often near an Orthodox cross or small building which they build to help bless their water and land.
There are many horses/wagons in the villages, and again even some in the cities. People can use the horses in more locations than the land, and they’re better on snowy roads. Most don’t need to travel very far and a horse will get them there just fine. Also, the wagons can be filled with vegetables, wheat, corn, etc. to bring in from the fields.
People bring their cows home about 6:30 p.m. If you’re driving then, you’ll have to slow down for the cows. If you’re talking with someone, they’ll need to leave to go bring them in.
The fruits/vegetables are very, very good and very, very big here. The soil and climate are great for growing things. Virtually everyone has a garden where they get much (most?) of their food. Many have beehives, lambs for cheese, cows for milk/cheese, chickens for eggs, etc.
The people we’ve met have been very hospitable. They’ve prepared amazing food, have welcomed us in their churches and even homes, and they’ve gone out of their way to show us kindness. It’s been fun getting to know them.
Not sure how to process that kind of poverty, but I know that God smiles on a young lady going out of her way to help. I know he really smiles on a young couple in the church that have commited to keeping in touch with the kids and doing whatever they can possibly do to help. Igor said, “I didn’t know that poverty like this exists in my village.”
Here are the kids devouring the food…
Is there poverty like that where you live? What can be done? I realize some soup, chicken and toys won’t change their lives…but in combination with a caring couple from a caring church who walks with those kids as they get older…I think it could.
Proud of Zach, Mikellah, Karen, Claire and the team. Here are Zach’s thoughts about the day… http://zachfornerministries.blogspot.com/.
Thanks for keeping Lena and Dani in prayer.
I've been a lot of places, but few of them are like the home of Andre, Lena and Dani. These three siblings don't know where their father is and their mother has gone to another country for work. She left some money at the local market for her kids to have food. That was last summer and she hasn't returned.
There are older siblings who help watch them but they're in the fields all day. The kids stay home…when it's hot and when it's cold.
We got their information from the mayor. He said they were in desperate need.
Igor is a local pastor's son. He and his wife went with us to their home yesterday and today. Igor said he didn't know poverty like this existed in his village. They were moved.
More photos and video later…
Still sitting in the O’Hare airport with time to share some thoughts…
Me: “It’s a country called Moldova”
Me: “No…it’s a country in Europe.”
Her: “What country is Armenia in?”
Me: It’s in Europe, between Romania and Ukraine near the Black Sea.
You can also read more about Moldova here.
They’re a wonderful and hard working team. Our fall ’08 interns will serve in the areas affected by Ike, Moldova and Armenia.
As part of our training, we stopped by Project Rescue, an organization that helps those affected by human trafficking. Here we are with David and Beth Grant. The team will plant a garden and do more to help a Home of Hope (through Project Rescue) in Moldova.
I look forward to sharing more about this great team of 13.