July 23 – August 2 we are going to Transnistria, Moldova, a “country that does not exist”. About 500,000 people live in this small sliver of land, which borders Ukraine and seceded from Moldova as the Soviet Union was collapsing. Due to the high population of the Russian people, this land sought separation from Moldova. It remains politically and economically independent from Moldova but is not recognized by other countries except Russia. We have partnered with the local Church of Christ the Savior for many years.
When the war between Russia and Ukraine started at the end of February, WMA immediately sent support to the church to equip them to serve the Ukrainian refugees who poured across the border. The volunteer teams from the church were able to provide transportation, food, clothing, housing and counseling. The church is currently housing over 50 families from Ukraine and continues to help others who were displaced by the war.
Though it is unsure if the refugees will remain in Tiraspol by the time WMA team arrives, we are preparing to incorporate this outreach into the schedule by offering a medical clinic, counseling and other support. If you feel called to serve the Ukrainian refugees, this will be a great mission to join.
We plan to partner with the church in Tiraspol in two main projects. One will target the adults through: Bible distribution, training leaders, preaching and teaching, and praying for the sick. and evangelism. The other project is to serve the children and youth in a very impoverished area outside of the city Tiraspol. We will partner with a local church to host a summer camp for them and minister to their spiritual and physical needs. These young people have grown up in a generational poverty with parents who are unable to take care of them. The church under the leadership of pastors Alexei and Natalia Velikiy have been faithfully serving this community in providing food, clothing, helping to find housing and above all, loving them with patience and forgiveness. If ministering to the hurting people and doing youth outreach is your calling, this is a perfect ministry opportunity for you.
vitally important mission!
Moldova is a beautiful country known for its rich soils, beautiful landscapes, abundant vineyards and warm hospitable people. During this mission you will have the opportunity to minister to the Russian, Moldovan and the Ukrainian people. This is what the Great Commission is all about! We still have spots open on this team. If your heart is stirred for this mission, please contact our office ASAP.