Yesterday, Natalia, who is Deaf, Sofia, Vladik, Natasha, Vitally and myself traveled 3 hours in the snow to Cahul. It is far south, a border town to Romania. By the time we got there the snow had turned to rain. Still a beautiful drive. Car rides in Moldova are on the top 5 of my list of scariest things I have experienced. Thankfully, I had conversation to keep my eyes occupied, other than the roads!
In Cahul, we met at a married couples home who both work at the Deaf school and have been leaders at the camp in the past. I haven’t seen them in 2 years, plus they have a new baby, so it was great visit! Also there were 2 Deaf leaders, Ivan and Maria. We fellowship with a traditional lunch, tea and memories. Times like these are precious. These people are precious. Being surrounded by like-minded Christian people always lead to positive, encouraging conversations. I was sad to leave, but we had a meeting in Chisinau with potential leaders, so it had to come to an end.
Once in Chisinau, Natasha and Vitally dropped the three of us off at a church for the meeting. There were 10 who came, and multiple who committed to being leaders. The rest are waiting to hear from their work if they can get off for 10-12 days. Vladik and I were talking and we may have more leaders than ever. So many have children as well.. we will have camp and day care 🙂
I would like to as for prayer for Maria. She is a deaf woman, 21, who was working here in Chisinau, when at some point she was unable to keep the job and find another one. She was forced to move back to a village further south than Cahul, isolated at home with no one who signs. She isn’t able to go to church either since there is no interpreter and all are orthodox. She is normally high spirited and happy, but while we were with her she seemed down and discouraged, if you can only imagine. So please lift her up.
God is so good. He is flaming the fire in my heart for this country and these people. “By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading the Good news.” [Eph. 3:7] It’s late here, so I apologize if anything was unclear… Goodnight world!