Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Israel and Moldova Trip: An Opportunity for Spiritual Reflection and Meaningful Action

Western Wall in Jerusalem. Place where Jews and visitors to
Jerusalem pray for peace.
On September 5-24, 2015, Vitali and I (Oleg) were on an exploratory trip to Israel. We also did mission work in Moldova.

In Israel, we made contact with leaders of Russian-speaking Jewish believers in Jesus, with whom we explored an avenue of helping them train church leaders through our Leadership College program. Russian-speaking Jews that immigrated to Israel from the former USSR account for about 15 percent of Israeli population.

Water purifiers delivered to Moldova
We also had a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the places dear to hearts of all Christians -- the site of Calvary, old city in Jerusalem as well as Bethlehem, Nazareth and Capernaum. We dived into the ancient biblical history of chosen people of God as well as gained a good understanding of contemporary issues related to Israel and the Arab world.

The visit to Israel left a life-long imprint in our hearts and will find its outlet in future sermons and written reflections.

In Moldova, we delivered financial aid to families with Autistic children and visited our partners at two centres for Autistic persons in the capital city of Chisinau and Western Moldavian town of Krasnoarmeiskoe.

Meeting leaders of the newly founded
centre for helping children with Autism
in Moldova.
During our Moldova trip, we provided water purifiers and New Testaments for families in Western part of Moldova through the "Water of Life Project". By this time, we are close to reaching our goal for 2015, which is distribution of 200 filters and water purifiers of different capacity to individuals, families and centres through which we help poor, disabled people and women-victims of human trafficking.

Thank you so much, dear friends and ministry partners, for your faithful support of mission work and for prayers that lifted us up and helped us reach one person at a time in the name of Jesus.

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