On our last trip to Moldova in July of 2022 our team partnered with Victory Church in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova to work with the refugees from Ukraine.
Ever since the war between Russia and Ukraine started in February of 2022, Victory Church became involved in hosting, feeding and helping the Ukrainians find shelter and travel to other countries in Europe if they chose to do so. Many of them found Jesus because they were overwhelmed by the kindness and love they found in the church. WMA team hosted a summer camp for over 60 kids, most of them were Ukrainians, others Moldovan, but over 90% of the kids heard the Gospel message for the first time. At the end of the camp 20 kids prayed the salvation prayer and all of them said this was the best camp they had ever been to.
We provided packed and distributed substantial grocery supply packs for 100 refugee families (over 300 people), who packed the church on the day of distribution. Before the food bags were given out, WMA team shared testimonies and a short Gospel message.
They were also invited to attend a free medical clinic hosted by our team and the women’s conference. While several of the refugees accepted Jesus right there, many signed up for the clinic and the conference. WMA nurses distributed vitamins and supplements. At the women’s conference we focused on the emotional needs of the women and how Jesus meets them right where they are. We provided special gifts for every woman, sang songs with them and taught them worship dances. Many of them responded to the Gospel message and connected with the Pastor and his wife for attending future services and events. Most of the refugees are women and children because men are not allowed to leave Ukraine.
It was incredible to know that the people whose lives were touched by our team will receive a follow up and care from our partners in Victory Church . Building lives in Christ is a slow process and we plan to continue to remain involved in the lives of these newly saved families and let them know that they have brothers and sisters in Christ who care for them on a regular basis.
Our team also ministered to men in the drug rehabilitation center started by Victory Church. We poured encouragement into the lives of men who were rejected by society and deemed hopeless. It was faith in Christ alone that helped them set aside decades of heroin addiction. It was a great testament of Christ’s power to completely renew lives.
Due to many urgent needs and ministry opportunities in Moldova we will return to Chisinau May 5-15, 2023. If you have a heart for the Ukrainian refugees, children’s and youth ministry and outreach for people with addictions we need you on this team!