Since the last letter near the end of May, much has changed here in Soroca. Our city’s strict quarantine was lifted, and while there were and still are, many restrictions in place, near the end of May, we were able to visit those within our church and hold short, individual Bible studies with them. After several months completely cut off, it was so sweet to see these dear souls again.
At the end of May and beginning of June, we as a team made plans to paint and do repairs within our Soroca church building during this time that we could now legally be out and about, outside of our homes, but while services were still not permitted indoors. Just after we began our project, the government stated that churches could begin meeting in their buildings that coming Sunday. We worked with a will all week, and on June 7th, were able to hold church services for the first time since the beginning of March.
Services are a little different than they used to be, with seating arranged for 2-meter social distancing, temperature checks at the door, and hand sanitizer and mask usage required. The typical Moldovan hugs, kisses, and handshake greetings are on hold, but we are ever so thankful to be meeting together again.
All summer camps and children’s programs were canceled by the government, which affects the largest portion of my ministry here. With plans for vacation Bible school and Bible club canceled, other plans were changed. I trust and pray that you have already been informed of the news, but for those who may not have heard, the LORD has been directing me to a new mode of service for Him, no longer in Moldova. While I had planned to return to the States early this fall, with little ministry work here, I will be heading stateside in just over a month.
The words of Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, as he speaks to Rebekah, have been increasingly upon my heart for several years: “I being in the way, the LORD led me.” My prayer has been to be in the way, ready and willing to be led by the LORD, wherever He leads, even if that means leaving the comfort and stability of a ministry that has grown on my heart.
The LORD has worked marvelously here in northern Moldova. So many seeds have been planted, and we are on the cusp of harvest. But the LORD has also worked marvelously in my own life, and has directed me to continue serving Him stateside.
Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation I feel for each one of you, and the part you have played in the ministry here. It has been a privilege to partner with you in the work of the LORD here in Moldova. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you, and am thankful for this bond we have in the LORD, our gracious Savior.
Praise – This last week, after a nearly six-month process, I was able to finally obtain my residency permit. It gives me my last month here as a legal resident, but also now, it enables me to fly out of the country. My plan was to fly out on August 10, but that flight has been canceled, and I am in the process of rescheduling. LORD willing, I will still be able to fly out that week. There is still much to do within the ministry, and with preparations for leaving, and I covet your prayers for these last few weeks.
I am still working on the Sunday School curriculum project, and much progress has been made on that. The end is in sight, and I am happily sending books to the printer as they are finished. With church services resumed, I am also teaching Sunday School to the children who come each week. I ask for your prayers for strength and health as I provide daily health care for one of the ladies within our church community. Please keep these projects, as well as “I’s” serious health needs in your prayers.
More news will come your way once I am back in the States, but again I thank you so much for the role that you have played in the ministry here in Moldova these last four and a half years. It has truly been an honor to partner with you to reach the people of Moldova. May God richly bless you in His service.