Today was much slower pace and I got a full night’s rest! Soon after waking up, Vladik was here and just after him came Natalia and her daughter Sofia. Natalia has been a part of the Deaf camp since the beginning in 2007. She is amazing with the children, a heart after God and a calling to teach! We spent 4 hours discussing camp leaders, Bible lessons, verses and other plans for camp. Natalia is a vital part of the leadership and we are blessed to have her work with us every year.
Another thing we spent a great deal discussing, and something you can be praying about is that there are two Deaf churches in Chisinau and we use leaders from both churches. However, the church that Natalia attends gives them an awful time about attending the camp. Without going into a lot of detail, there is a lot of ‘religion’ happening and no ‘freedom in Christ’. She feels like she is between a rock and a hard place. Please pray to change the heart of their pastor, to not give all those who want to volunteer at the camp a difficult time. I know it seems very vague, but I want to still be respectful, just know there NEEDS to be prayer there.
Our plan was to go to the Chisinau Deaf school this afternoon, but Vladik spoke with his mother who works there and she suggested it was not in our best interest. She mentioned it to the director who said she would not accept us, regardless if we were to come to talk about camp, or simply to visit. She knows we are Christians and will not accept us there. We will find another way to pass out the invitations to the kids. Sad we couldn’t see them!
Tomorrow we will journey to a far- far away land, Cahul. This is where the director did not accept us last year and refused some of the children the ability to go to camp. Vladik and I will go to the school (without Natasha and Vitaly, since director knows them) and hope she does not remember me and allow me in! We shall see, please be in prayer about this!
“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” [Even to Moldova] – Isaiah 55:11