|Natasha and Olga (right) together with|
Tatyana, Christian worker from
Karpineny, Moldova. Oven range and
fabric for sewing project have been
brought to the centre for teens.
On May 2-18, 2015, I traveled on mission to Moldova with my little daughter Victoria. Moldova is a country where I was born and that is close to my heart. I love the people of Moldova and long to help those that are trafficked, poor and disabled. Many of you know that my heart is in helping women -- victims of human trafficking -- and also children with Autism and mental disabilities. This trip to Moldova focused around these two important areas of ministry.
Teens-at-risk. While in Moldova, I visited a centre for teenage girls-at-risk in Karpineny, Western Moldova. We started ministering to girls there in 2013 by providing to them sewing machines so that they could learn a trade. Over time, we developed good
|Teens at risk that are studying sewing|
It gave me much joy to spend a lot of time with girls, seeing how they love to learn sewing and listening to their stories. I am grateful to Christians from Canada for providing fabric and other supplies for teens in Karpineny and to friends in America for provision of sewing machines.
Families with Autistic Children. My other engagement related to ministry to families of children with Autism. We started this ministry in 2012 by providing to children and families food baskets, educational supplies (video-materials and books) and tablet PCs.
While meeting with moms of children with Autism, I showed to them some of the “ropes” of working with autistic child. I played to them videos of my one-on-one sessions with Roman. I communicated to women, who find themselves in a situation very similar to mine, that there is hope and that they should continue pressing on.
|Meeting moms of children with Autism in Chisinau, Moldova|
I would like to share with you that these visits to Moldova mean so much to families with children with Autism who otherwise do not find support from the local government and surrounding society, which tries to avoid facing grim reality of human disability. Mothers of boys and girls with disabilities are happy when I bring to them food baskets and tablet computers. But what means to them much more is the caring attitude and love that we all show to them.
|Alla (left) and Oxana (right) with Samsung Tablets presented|
to their children that have Autism
This is love of God in action indeed. This is why we live — to help others in the name of Jesus, to forget about ourselves and follow in the footsteps of our Saviour, striving to do what He did and showing the suffering world around us that in spite of all difficulties there is hope. In the Gospel of John we read, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (15:13, NIV).
Thank you, my dear friends, for your prayers and generous support! I count on you as we continue this important work of helping the people of Moldova and former Communist lands!
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