Thursday, May 28, 2015

Natasha About Moldova Trip: "I am Excited about Missions!"

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.
I am always excited about going on a mission trip! Missions is about reaching others for Christ. It is not about us but about people created in God's image. It brings a great joy of giving, which is much more rewarding than receiving something. For me it is more than just excitement about changing the routine. It is an opportunity to help people in need.

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
and alterations
relationship with the girls themselves as well as with counsellors and warden of the centre. With me, this time I brought an oven range as well as several water filters to be used by teens. Girls will use the oven to learn to cook. Filters will be put top a good use  since in Karpineny people do not access to clean water.

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
With me, I brought two tablet PCs, which I gladly presented to two families with autistic children. Alla, mom of a 6-year old Artem, was grateful that her son now has a tablet computer. She is a single mom. Her husband abandoned the family after learning that Artem had Autism. Alla struggles to provide for herself and her son. She and her son often face rejection from people around because Artem is “different.” She, understandably, cannot afford to buy a tablet for Artem. This is why she was so grateful for this unexpected gift.

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
Helping people — this is what Jesus did. He touched so many with His love and care. The gospels tell us that He fill of compassion and healed those that came to Him. I am happy that as His follower, with your help, dear friends, I am able to show the love of Jesus to one person at a time. Even now, while writing about my trip, I cannot help but see in my mind faces of teen girls who have been saved from traffickers because you cared. I see happy faces of children with Autism and their moms who feel that they are loved and cared for.

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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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Turlac Mission Supports Russian Baptist Encyclopedia Project

For nearly 70 years Russia and other now independent republics of the former Soviet Union were under Communist oppression. Christian Church in Russia was oppressed and thousands of Baptist pastors, deacons and church members were murdered and imprisoned because they professed Jesus Christ.

Several years ago, a group of enthusiasts -- believers from Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, started an on-line project called "Russian Baptist Encyclopedia." Its aim was to preserve history of Baptists in formerly Communist lands. We at Turlac Mission decided to extend our helping hand and support this project financially.

Our involvement in preservation of Baptist history in the former USSR was possible because of your generous participation in supporting Turlac Mission. We count on you as we continue to support ministries in formerly Communist land at this important time in history.

You can support Turlac Mission by making your donation on-line here.