Be still and know that I am God

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us…” Psalm 46:10-11

Camp is still going strong. Wanted to send a short update and pictures. We have had more sickness than usual, but each person is pushing through and we are believing in healing in their bodies. The group played a fun game yesterday where they were challenged to take a variety of pictures. I have included some of them here! Today they will learn about Esther and tomorrow Ruth. We have had the opportunity to split the group by boys and girls, to have more intimate conversations about purity, relationships etc. Last night we all watched a cartoon cause it was chilly outside! God has been good to us. There is not much new to share except that we are all still going strong. Please continue to pray for these last 3 days. We are starting to prepare to teach the message of salvation, so please be in prayer with us! Much love to you all and blessings!!

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A few days later

“We have this hope as an anchor for my soul…” Hebrews 6:19

DSC_0513Here we are, half way through camp! I won’t lie and say we aren’t all tired, but as leaders, we have been praying for energy, patience and anything else the Lord can give us to get us through to the end strong! We seriously have an amazing group of kids. All of them are obedient, respectful, participate and are full of joy. It is unlike any other group I have seen in the last 8 years. The weather has been in the 80’s, making it ideal for outdoor games. The pool is just cold enough to have a love/hate relationship with it. We have changed up theDSC_0518 schedule than usual and allowed more free time. This gives the children opportunity to work on skits that relate to the Bible lesson they learned in the morning. It also gives more time for fellowship with each other.

DSC_0580Natasha has the kids making canvas’ with an anchor made with glue and paint and today a picture frame that the kids will get to put a photo of the whole group to take home and remember. Games outside are a BLAST. The kids have 2-3 rotations of different games. It keeps them busy and interested, meaning more kids play instead of sitting out. Yesterday Angel taught on Moses and today the leapers that Jesus healed. They do a great job reenacting the Bible stories. I love to see their creativeness. We all have blast doing Zumba in the mornings!DSC_0751

A boy named Gregory accepted Christ 2 nights ago! He was outside with Daniel and one other leader, Michael, and he began to talking about not wanting to sin anymore and believing in Jesus. After some conversation and prayer, Gregory gave his life to Jesus, asked him to forgive his sins. Tears swelled his eyes as he felt the burdens lift off of him. It was beautiful. THAT is the reason why we are here! Sometimes it is hard, as an American coming here because we cannot speak the language fluently. Daniel and I are pretty fluent, but when it comes to the deep conversations on their level, we can only go so DSC_0717far. But to see that all the work we put into to get to that point where he said, “Yes” to Jesus, makes it all worth it.

WHILE I was writing this, another boy, Sorin, accepted Christ!! AMEN!     DSC_0678 DSC_0641DSC_0762 DSC_0766 DSC_0841 DSC_0858 DSC_0913DSC_0386_2

There is a little boy here named Catalin. We have seen him change dramatically in just 5 days. All due to a little attention, discipline and love. He is an orphan, 6 years old and has the mind of a 2-3 year old, due to lack of teaching and interaction. The first day we couldn’t keep him from hitting, spitting, throwing, stealing, climbing.. (you name it) with anything. Daniel took him under his wing and he has been his shadow. We has begun to sign with us [the teachers said he doesn’t understand or know signs]. He isn’t running away, stealing or being disrespectful. Yesterday, when he hit Natasha, Daniel played Dad and gave him what looked like his first lesson in discipline. Bless his heart, DSC_0362_2it took different tactics and about 30 minutes and lots of crying but he apologized to Natasha. As soon as he did, he looked at Daniel, grabbed him around the neck and kissed him. It is amazing what just a little love can do for someone who seems impossible. Please pray there will be someone who can love him and discipline him the way he needs it. I wish it could be us, but it doesn’t look possible at this time.

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Moldova Deaf Camp First couple days

IMG_4987IMG_5319Camp has begun! The first two days have already flown by! Total we have 88 people, plus 3-6 more who will come later this week. The numbers each year grow and grow. Majority of the children are 15 and younger. So the dynamic is different than in the past. This group is sweet as can be. So far, the children have learned about Adam and Eve. Each color group is responsible for creating a skit to show the Bible story that they perform in front of the whole group in the evenings [You can see from the pictures]. Angel, a Deaf Moldovan, will be teaching the older kids, while Adriana and Maria teach the younger kids IMG_5108separately. Today they will be learning about Joseph and how he kept his hope throughout all the trials of his life and how God lifted him up because he never lost that hope!

Natasha is in charge of crafts. The children did their own designs on a tshirt. They had fun with it! Hahn and Shaq, along with 2 Moldovan leaders played games in the morning. The weather is in the 80’s so it’s not too hot, meaning more of the kids are wanting to play!  In the afternoon kids swam, did more crafts, and kept themselves entertained with cards, puzzles, balls and more. Looking forward to using the zip line soon!

We have one little boy name Catalin, he is 6 and an orphan. From a gypsy family, whoIMG_5290 gave up their rights to him, he has the mind of a 2-3 year old. We wouldn’t normally let a child that young come to camp, but due to his situation, we knew he needed to be here. Right now he has no permanent home. He is going between teachers at the Deaf school until they find somewhere for him. We would so love to adopt him, but he has a hearing sister, and adopting in Moldova is an incredibly difficult process.  Daniel has been ‘daddy’ to him, taking him under his wing for the week. He needs attention and love. The amount of energy this boy has is beyond anything I’ve ever seen 🙂 Please IMG_5340pray for a good family for him. A family of believers who can train him and teach him the right way!

God is awesome. Our leaders are awesome. Weather is awesome. We have everything we need. Awesome. Awesome. Thank you for your prayers.

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A Time to Celebrate

There are always reasons to celebrate! Here in Moldova, even in the hardest of times for most people there is room for celebration! Vladik and Adriana are two of our Deaf vladleaders and have been apart of the camps since it’s very beginning! Last night Vladik asked Adrianna [after 2 years of dating] to be his bride! The plot thickens… he found out this week he won a green card to move to the United States! So, not only was he asking for her hand in marriage but to also take a leap of faith and make a great move! She said, “DA!” [‘yes’ in Romanian] Her reaction was priceless. She was quite overwhelmed. Wouldn’t you be? Everything you thought your life would be is now completely changed in a matter of one question! Praise God for provision. He loves and treasures those who follow after him! We are so happy for you both and look forward to spending time with you stateside in a year! Good news is, they will be allowed to come back and forth for camps every year and to be apart of The Woodall Foundation ministry. Prayers are needed for new leaders to come forth and take their place in areas of church leadership, ministry, etc.

More reasons to celebrate! Daniel will be the first to tell you that the last thing he everIMG_4895 wanted to do was be a pastor. So much so, that he made it clear to God one night while praying years ago. It’s funny how God’s plans always trump our own. We don’t always see whats best for ourselves. God sees the whole picture! Daniel bravely got up in front of a Deaf congregation and gave his first sermon in ASL. [Thank you Vladik for interpreting to RSL]. He spoke on our identity in Christ. How to defeat the enemy with the Word and encouraged a group of young people to rise up and spend time with God daily to make a change in their community. He did it with God’s authority and I couldn’t be more proud!

This week we visited 2 elderly couples. Both homes, the woman were bedridden due to stroke and the other has bad arthritis. Good news is that the only true need they had was food. Both couples are clean and taken care of. One prayer need.. we are waiting to hear back from one couple whose husband went to court on Thursday. Based on what the judge decides the husband could be sent to jail, leaving his bedridden wife all alone. I do believe in justice and fairness in the law, but I also believe in mercy in a situation where she would have no one to take care of her, the government would do nothing to intercede and have no other option.

Lastly, the Americans arrived today!! Whooray! With no luggage, but it was expected because they didn’t have a lay over longer than 30 minutes either time. Hopeful the luggage will arrive tomorrow! Until then, we will all sleep cozily together in our small flat til Sunday! Camp is in 2 days!! WHOO HOO! We have children signing up daily!!!

PRAYER NEEDS:

1. Children’s transportation to camp Monday, leader’s transportation to camp Sunday

2. All the other needs listed above in the blog

If you would like to give towards any of our ministries you can do so at http://www.deafmoldovafoundation.org a little bit goes a long way!!!

-thewoodalls

Vladimir

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This is Vladimir. We visited is 8×8 sq ft apartment, brought him groceries and learned a little about his life. He shares a bathroom and shower with the family in the apartment next door. They are hearing, who physically abuse and take advantage of him. Often come in while he is sleeping and steal. It’s to the point where he takes the light bulb in and out each time he uses the bathroom, cause they will take it if he leaves it there. We have been to Vladimir’s apartment twice this week to update. People poured out blessing on us so that we could do the following: plaster walls, prime & paint walls, install a toilet, fix heater for heat in the winter, blankets for bed, lock for door and a light fixture. On top of that, we are able to promise him a weeks worth of groceries once a month for the WHOLE year!! Praise God!

“Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that he may run with it.’ ” Habakkuk 2:2

IMG_4834This scripture has always been an encouragement to me! I am a very motived, goal-oriented person so I like to know the “plan”. I was taught at a young age to keep track of my goals and accomplish them. Over time, I have brought that into my spiritual life. Most of you know, I write scripture verses on canvas to sell for people’s homes. We have scripture all over our home as well. Habakkuk 2:2 instructs plainly what to do with our revelations and instructions. Write them down.

With that being said, I have been praying about how I could bless Vladimir with one of my gifts. So I began to pray about what verse I could write for him. This is what the Lord gave me.

“Show me the right path, O Lord. Point the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth, teach me, you are the God who saves. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:5

Natasha and I wrote this scripture on his walls [in Russian]. The instruction for his life, written on tablets so that he can run with it!! IMG_4835

One of the purposes of The Woodall Foundation is to reach the Deaf and empower them. We took a stab by extending the invitation to help us paint his apartment. We had 5 Deaf young adults come ready to serve!! God calls us to serve and to love others! I was filled with joy to see them reaching out to their community.

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IMG_4880This week we also went to Transnistria [pro-Russian territory] visiting the Deaf church and sharing about The Woodall Foundation and its purpose to serve the Deaf in community and about working together to lift up the name of Jesus in doing so! They are a great group of people who ready to get their hands dirty, and make a change!

Lastly, we visited the Deaf pre-school in Chisinau. They have 20 Deaf and 30 others with special needs or speech problems. We spent 2 hours playing with them! The director made it clear all the needs they had. We had to insist we were there to simply love and play with the kids and in the future if we are able to help with other needs we would do our best. The government is only providing food and shelter. All diapers, daily needs, clothing, toys etc. are brought in by the teachers.

This week we will be visiting 2 more families in need. As well looking for an apartment to purchase as The Woodall Foundation office [which is almost officially a Moldovan organization]. It will be used to house all the ministries, hold Deaf meetings, trainings, church. A place for the Deaf to come and hang out and be free to feel comfortable. A place for ministry and growth!

If you would like to give towards the families in need or towards the Deaf preschools, you can do so at our website! A little goes a long way!

-thewoodalls

http://www.deafmoldovamission.org

ps: Here is the fixed toilet for Vlad!

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Before

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After

to hate or to love.. that is the question.

It’s been two weeks since the Jenner news went out and I am no longer seeing posts of war between Christians and non-Christians. Maybe the dust has settled, giving me time to pray about how I should react as a known Christian. Of course, I could keep quiet and let my brothers and sisters fall into a battle of hate. I could sit back and let the Christian name get slandered and watch people turn their backs further from God because of how Christians are responding.

I have gone back and forth about publicizing my belief, with fear of being rejected or slandered myself. Then I was reminded what the Word says, “You will be hated by everyone because of me [Jesus], but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” [Matthew 10:22].

What is a Christian? A follower of Jesus Christ. One who believes that the Bible is the one and only Word of God and all that is in it is true. 

Of course, that is the most basic definition. As a missionary [and a Christian] it is my job to lift up the name of Jesus in everything that I do. My actions, thoughts and words must match what Jesus did, based on the one and only Word of God.

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With that being said, here is Q&A on my belief and what the Word says:

Did he sin against God by changing his sex? It’s not my place to say,  God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12

Should I hate him? No,  So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-25

Do you think it’s ok? No, “So God created mankind in his own image..” Genesis 1:27 We are perfect just as we are, no need to make changes.

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There are many other questions people have asked throughout blogs to Christians but these three are recurring.

Hey Christians, the most important thing Jesus taught us by His life is that he LOVED. We can’t go around hating people and expecting them to turn to God. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8  Loving people does not mean that you condone their actions. It simply means you are following Christ’s example.

One last reference, said by Jesus himself, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” John 8:7

God is our judge, not each other.

Amen.

Various Ministries

IMG_7388It has been a few days since we sent an update! Moldova has kept us busy! The Lord has opened up door after door for ministry. We are serving in ways we never even considered! But one by one, God has opened the doors and provided for all we need.

The last I wrote you, we were asking for prayer for various needs. One of our desires was to minister for the very young Deaf. Up  on arrival were still unsure how we would make it happen. The first door to open was the number for the Deaf preschool in a city 2 hours away. The first time we called the director, she wanted nothing to do with us. After praying for wisdom, we called with a different approach. Long story short, they welcomed us with open arms! We played, sang, danced, and chalked for 2 hoIMG_4573urs. The facility is beautiful! The director takes good care of the children and you truly cares for their future. It is everything you would imagine for a preschool in the states. Which blows our mind, because the Deaf schools are the opposite. At the preschool, the teachers knew sign, every item was labeled clearly, it was clean and a friendly environment! I am so impressed and cannot wait to go back this week again! There are 32 students in all, age 3-7. At 7, they move to the Deaf schools. We were thinking of a way we could bless them, even when we are not there all year. Many of their windows are broken, so we began praying about replacing 1-2 windows for them. Three days later, without asking anyone, an AmIMG_4572erican family donated and said we could use it for any purpose! It is enough to replace one window! We will give them the good news this week. God is good, he cares about the young.IMG_7380

“No I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18

Another door God opened was reaching the Deaf who are poor and elderly. After contacting the Deaf agency and telling them them what our desire was, they gave us names and addresses of those in need, but with caution that it may not be well accepted. Regardless, it is what we felt God was leading us to do. IMG_4620We decided to use $100, to bless 5 families with a weeks worth of food. The other families on the list we would go to their homes and see what help was needed. It was a door to door adventure as we drove all around the city in hopes that someone would be home! Our first try, failed. No answer. The second home, we struggled to get in the building, but finally there was an answer. It was a couple married 54 years, the wife bedridden and husband who does all he can to take great care of her. You could see how much he loved her, spent all his time meeting her needs, while neglecting his own, like cleaning the house, cooking and other things. There was a great need to fix IMG_4617varies things in their home, help the woman etc. We promised to come back in 2 days. They were grateful for the food, and locked it up in a private cabinet so their daughter’s boyfriend wouldn’t steal it [very sad, side story].  Friday, with cleaning supplies in hand, a group of us cleaned their home top to bottom! Daniel fixed some broken furniture and doors. Natasha and helped wash the woman’s feet, change her clothes and bed sheets. She had not sat up in months. We were determined. As soon as she sat up, with joy she reached for husband with an joyful embrace. I spent time talking with her. She kept calling me ‘mama’. It was very sweet. Later we brought groceries to a woman who is partially blind, no job, with a hearing son who is trying to provide for the both of them. We will be reaching out to the other 3 families this week as well as others to do whatever errands need to be done! God is good, he loves the old.

“Love each other…” John 14:34

The meetings with the pastors of the Deaf churches went well. We are hopeful the cooperation between the two will one day be successful. One step at a time.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. If you feel led to give towards any of the ministries, let me know.

Poor/Elderly: Our desire is to provide food for 5 families once a month at $20/family.

Preschool: Windows start at $100 each or any amount for us to bring cookies and juice and gas to send Deaf adults once we are gone to go and spend time with the kids.

Summer Deaf Youth Camp: $120/person for 10 days.

Prayer needs: An orphan, 6 years old, is in need of a family to live with for the summer.

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