#teammoldova #operationorphan #keepachildwarm 2015

Mission to clothe a child Moldova

This will be our second year involved with Operation orphan and what a privilege it is to be part of this mission.

Brad leads up the team and we help on the ground in Moldova with the preparations of receiving the good ,organising the schools to distribute, translation and hosting.

victor left to Moldova a week ahead of the team to ensure the schools were notified of the days we would come and to notify to all the pupils to come to the school during half term to receive a coat. The lorry arrived 2 days before the team flew out and victor was able to arrange help to unload the boxes to the appropriate places. Vasile Dinca from the charity Pro Lumina is amazing and he organises al the paperwork for the vama (customs)           He himself is on mission in |Moldova originally Romanian serving the Lord in Moldova and running a place for children to come to hear about Jesus, play games and have a place warm to play at weekends, clothes distribution,shoe boxes , running summer camps and for the future running food kitchens. He has teamed up with Operation Orphan to make this possible ,with the paperwork been the most important aspect to be able to receive goods into Moldova, he does a great job of it

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Myself and Charisse set off to Stansted on the Friday on the train ,struggling with cases through the underground (no lifts !) and arriving at Stansted Airport for the shuttle bus to take us to the Hotel for the evening. The hotel was comfy ,a tad expensive for meals so

Mc Donalds was the meal for the evening.

we woke at 04.30 to meet the team for 5.30 at the check in area, having never met the team before it’s always a little strange at first how the team will gel and how prepared they are for the up and coming mission. Charisse was happy to meet a girls close to her age  , and they soon became friends. There were 3 adults who had brought their own children brads and his daughter Bethan aged  9 , Edward 13 and his dad Chris and Lucy 20 and her mum Judith.

It was nice to have a varied age range and for younger members to experience mission for themselves some for the first time.The team seemed really nice and I was looking forward to getting to know them, included in the team was Harriet,Nicki, Heather and Julia charisse2


The flight was uneventful and safely arriving in Chisinau 2 hours 40 minutes later, unsure of the weather has last year it was very cold we were greeted with warm sunshine. Victor met us with our usual minibus which we hire and Brad hired a car to drive ensuring the younger ones were in the car has they have seatbelts which the minibus doesnt!  The drive to Cahul is not for the faint hearted , a 3 hour drive , 1 winding road for miles before heading through many villages it does drag. The start of the drive was pretty hairy as a lorry in front of us drove swaying from side to side for miles, unsure if it would topple over or not we looked on tensely finding the right opportunity to take it over in a safe place . Having taken over the lorry it wasn’t long before the police stopped us , apparently speeding ! The law in Moldova is to drive at 50 km Hr once in a village but the sign to slow down is way before you enter the village and gives you time to slow down ,however we had not slowed down quickly enough and the police were on our cases. Victor got out to talk to the officer on the other side of the road and I went to talk to the officer who was approaching brads car. The police wanted to fine us and give us points on our license I was able to translate to The officer why we were in the country and that we had slowed down but not enough and that we would accept we had to pay a fine, The officer did not want us to pay the fine , he had another option instead of a fine?   a bribe a cash in the hand and he would let us go! Victor of course understood this and challenged the officers telling them as Christians this would be a sin and we would be making the police officers sin my accepting the bribe. Thank God the police felt convicted and replied that we were  doing a good deed for our Country and he let us all go! Praise God phew!! Corruption is everywhere in the country and it is very difficult to escape the grasps of it you have to be really strong to refuse and accept the consequences that may be ahead.

Safely arriving at Cahul the team headed for the hotel Azalia and our evening meal was of course at the one and only ….. Andy’s pizza, of course the food is safe and everyone enjoyed a warm meal before heading to bed. We of course are staying with my parent in-laws and it was nice to catch up with them again and feel at home in the comfort of the house we know well. The peace and darkness are amazing and woken up to the cocks crowing is a familiar sound, the bed not so comfy but in all a good night.

Sunday was the teams day of rest so they were able to go round the market and shops in the morning and see local people doing their shopping and take in the

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we met for lunch and we took the team to Pascani to meet my parent in laws and enjoy the local taste of Moldavian home-made food; stuffed vine leaves and peppers( Sarmali,and Piper (Ciper) umpluti) . lamb stew with potatoes (Tocanita) and homemade juice (Compot) cherry and raspberry.everyone ravished it up ,it was so tasty and homely no one left hungry.

Obviously to burn it off as a tradition we take people round the village to see a bit of real Moldavian life, first letting them look round victors parents home before heading off through the village. It was nice to see people out and say hello to people I know and enjoy the familiarity of the place. People are so interested in life that is different from theirs ,everyone took photos. We also drove to manta and Crihana village to show the team where we would be distributing weekly clothes.

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An evening meal at Rafaelos then to bed up early for breakfast before  distribution 9 am sharp


The plan was to give out clothing in manta school and nursery day 1 and 2 , day 3 and 4 in Crihana schools in nursery and day 5 to go to Cotihana school. The distribution was planned methodically  and organised so that we have an hour to prepare the room laying out tables and makeshift tables out of empty cardboard boxes and organising coats into ages 7-8.9-10,10-11 13 upward and in nursery 2-3 ,-4-5, 5-6 .The Moldavian volunteers are the young people who Victor and discipled they go to the churches in manta and Pascani ,  other volunteers came from the local church in Crihana . This however makes communication difficult and every instruction had to be repeated in English and Romanian so everyone was doing the same thing.We did have two moldavian young people who had recently moved back from America to Pascani who helped out with communicationjust as well as it   can be very tiring for Victor and myself , though victor did the main translating ,I translated on a 1-1 basis which makes it less stressful than to a whole group.

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Children on half term leave came and lined up patiently for coats hats scarves and gloves and if there were a jumper, trousers they could choose them, each child was taking with a member of the team round to choose their own coats,   we were given 10 minutes per child in order for us to get through the vast amount of children we had. You didn’t stop and it was very satisfying seeing a child’s face light up when they took their bag loaded with clothes home, some children especially in nursery were petrified as they was taken out of class down the corridor with a stranger to take a coat, it was traumatic for them and many cried, this everyone found difficult. There were many needy children and we had a social worker with us who was able to determine which family were especially needy and we were able to give extra clothing as they were lacking and very poor. Family sizes range from 1 child to 10 children in a family! these were from the poorest of backgrounds. many Children had very thin layers on and were unkempt. Some children were well dressed and were more particular with which coat they wanted and some refused coats but none left with nothing ,some just took hats and gloves, one lad in particular wanted a cap and another wanted fingerless gloves as they were the fashion ! teenagers seemed more picky and took a long time debating what scarves and gloves to choose, people have been so generous in England hundreds even a thousand hats were available there was a great choice of hats !! The biggest fashion craze for the primary age was the Gillet (sleeveless padded jacket) if you have any please donate to operation orphan the kids love them !

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The team work very well together and soon built up relationships with the moldavian team and everyone had fun. trying on silly hats and scarves was a must and they must of tried on dozens of hats on.

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 lunch time was a joint effort and couple of the team every day would use the nursery or school facilities to make sandwiches and put out crisps and make drinks. This would include the Moldavian team so making sandwiches for up to 20 or more people ham and cheese for all around. The schools and nurseries were very accommodating allowing us to not only use their facilities but they were kind enough to serve us with cheese pie they had baked and presented us with a colac an specially prepared bread from the local bakery and a basket of local fruit. this is a very special thing to do we were very honoured, it was nice to share with the teachers a little about ourselves as well.

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distribution finished between 1pm -2.30 pm depending on the amount of clearing after .we never had too much spare time on our hands and Brad always found something for us to do, for instance delivering boxes of clothes to the nurseries, taking clothing to poor families who may not be in the nursery allocated .  we had the opportunity to meet with the head of social services and donate boxes of clothes which are needed to clothe foster family children ,children who are taking into care and need clothing or for abandoned children found on the streets. we looked round the childrens special needs school which has basic facilities but it is warm and broght and the children are well cared for. we visited the mother and baby unit which homes mums in need who have given birth recently who may ne underage ,vulnerable or abused. as well as older mums who are escaping violent relationships, this was a another wellestablished set up and funded by people abroad. keep a child warm The mission is developing at a fast speed and Brad would like to look at distribution further afield, in August we did an evangelistic event in Nicolaivca and Gavanoasa 20 -25 minutes away from Cahul.These villages are very near and all children attend one school, this will be our project to distribute clothing and warm coats for next year and will include surrounding villages. It was nice to go back to where we had been in the summer and to be able to build a link and knowledge of who we are and what we stand for. We , victor and I are serving God and our vision for Moldova is  evangelism, giving to the needy and showing love which in cooperation with Operation Orphan is their goal and that  is to clothe a child and keep them warm and that is exactly what we as a team are doing . Who is ready for next year !??

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Evening meals were always eaten out in either Andy’s pizza or Rafaelo, as the menus are in Moldavian or Russian Victor and I would have to translate the whole menu,a little tiring and tedious at times. Menus are long and they give you 2 menus between 13 people so you are shouting across tables and one person decides not to listen and asks you to explain again what I had just said or what does cheesecake mean !!! by the 3rd day people have got a gist of the menu and can manage it themselves, majority of people are adventurous and try different things on the menu, others just play safe and its Marguerite pizza again ! Mountain dew was a popular luminous fizzy drink and pizza Diabolo Andy’s favourite pizza spicy hot. we attempted Rafaelos one evening and they gave us a private room to ourselves no smoking and spacious ,the 2nd time the room upstairs was full of people smoking pipes of vapour something they had promised would not happen! so we spent the rest of the week at Andy’s Pizza ,gets a little boring after a bit but everyone loves the fact it has WiFi !

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The Moldavian people are very proud people and they would manage without support but the increasingly high cost of living in Moldova puts many people under the poverty line and hundreds or more families live with one family member working abroad to bring money in to feed the family and build a home for them and fund an education. Others do not want to leave their country and struggle on with a measly salary from 1000 lei a month for a job in a cafe or cleaner to a Director of school whose salary is around 5000 lei in our money this is £166 a month ! heating, fuel and clothing cost the same as England food slightly cheaper,still to feed a large family, clothe them give them a roof on their heads is very expensive. They have 500 lei from the government for a child and unemployment benefit does not exist . We as a team came to the realisation of how much it cost when the head of Social services asked for our assistance to clothe a child in need orphaned with complex disabilities who had only the clothes on his back.  Brad organised this and new clothes were bought for the boy. A coat ,hat, underwear,night-clothes socks and boots and trainers, all cost £130 or more, if a parent had to clothe 2 children the cost would be double and if they had more ………. If an average salary is between 1000 and 5000 lei them to fully clothe one child would be one families monthly or 2 -3 months salary !

the highs and lows of the trip were many. I would assume looking over the week the highlights have been the great bonding that formed very early on with the English team and the Moldavian team ,that was established early, even with some language barriers. The fact that each child received a  hat gloves scarf and no one was left out. the weather was good ,last year it was minus 5 and it proved difficult , when it rains the villages are a mud bath so we had dry weather. The food was excellent, no one was ill, the positive response from parents ,teachers and children ,one teacher thanked us as her daughter had found clothes for what she needed, even teachers struggle to clothe their children. The mayor of Manta thanked us all for the help and support to the community and ministers rang to thanks us in helping the needy people of Moldova. The promise that next year we can do it all again and keep a child warm.

The things to consider from the trip not lows , the police stopping us and the corruption that is so obvious in Moldova, The sheer desperation of teachers and staff who wanted to choose clothing for their families before we had distributed to the school children as they also had a need, and the fact that it is so expensive to clothe a child that some children would have been without this year if Operation Orphan had not intervened. That children are abandoned and are in a desperate state and need a home or a foster family.  Toilets is an issue, majority of loos are outdoor hole in the ground toilets as sanitation is poor. they come in different conditions, from very clean to hold your nose ,don’t breath (bad toilet), learning to squat and hold tissues in your hand was a challenge for the ladies. I do believe they got the knack of it by the end of the week.

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I thank all the English team for their sheer hard work and dedication and for giving up their time and money to come out and help the children of Moldova, for the young people of Moldova, Manta,Pascani ,Crihana who gave their time do Gods work and help, the future generation. you did fantastically well and I hope and pray that some of you may consider another year to come and help with the distribution, carry on the work tell people about the charity and lets encourage more and more people to donate coats, donate money and support the work of Operation Orphan.

More photos of the schools and nurseries

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Crihana nursery

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Moldova Evangelistic Mission 2015


It has took several months to prepare and plan, but we did it ! an evangelistic mission trip. This time our vision involved driving into villages and speaking to everyone including adults and children , inviting them to an event in the evening. This event provided games, songs craft prayer and a preach.

The team we took include 4 members of our church from Bury fellowship  Ruth,Ian Rod and Ron and Kelly From the upper Room. Ron had a refurbished camper van which he drove through Europe with Victor to Moldova, and returning to the uk with Ian. It took 4 days travelling by ferry to Calais, Holland, Germany, Hungary and Romania.I have wrote a small write up about each day for you to get a picture of what was involved.

Friday evening day 1

The journey began on a late evening in Manchester coach station, the team came together and we travelled to Stansted on a coach for a 5 ½ hr journey and an hour stop in Birmingham station. With very little sleep we arrive at Stansted at 4 am, trying to find seats were we can have rest. We however decided to go into the airports prayer room for so that we could pray together in the quiet. The prayer room was a tiny room with a few chairs surrounding the room and prayer mats in a corner and a few Koran’s and bibles on a shelf. It was an interesting moment praying in a small group whilst someone was in the background praying on the floor on their mat. God hears our prayers in whatever place we are whatever circumstance.

Saturday day 2

The flight was a uneventful 3 hours full of Moldavians who work and live in England and were travelling back to their home towns or villages to be reunited with families for a short while. Safely on ground the whole plane cheered and clapped being thankful and grateful for a safe flight and landing.

Victor had set off to Moldova on the Monday the week before in a campervan and met us at the airport with a minibus, it was great to be reunited with him and also to see My Nephew Roman who guided us out of Chisinau. The heat hit you as you got off the plane , good job I warned people to put something cooler  in the bag to change into. We arrived 3 and a half hours later in Cahul were the team will be staying for the next 12 nights. We however do not get the comfort of the hotel and are staying with our parent in laws in Pascani. It was fantastic to be reunited with and see my mother and father in law whom we love very much.

The main eatery in Cahul is Andy,s pizza and this is where the majority of our evening meals will be at, including Rafaelo and Bistro bar. Pizza, burgers and salad on the menu which should be satisfying enough.

Sunday day 3

This was a resting day and a preparation day ,the team came to Pascani and we went to the local Baptist church and worshipped there. As you know it is very different from England and women sit on one side and the men on the other. The congregation sang hymns and even if we did not understand the songs the music touched our spirit and we were able to follow some of the tunes. Victor and Rod was able to say a few words and Kelly shared a word as well, we were welcomed by the congregation and said the peace with everyone.

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We walked to the other end of the village so we could show the team the schools nursery and the lake and a trip to the local shop for ice cream. The weather was so hot we couldn’t walk too far and returned to the shade of a very welcomed gazebo.



Planning and practising the songs was the itinery for the rest of the evening and meeting lots of young people of Pascani and Manta and a man who reaches out to people in the community called Grisha a wonderfull man of God


Day 4 Monday

The plan for the day was to drive to the village and split into groups and went to each house giving out leaflets and inviting people to come to the meeting for 5 pm. People were prayed for in their homes and the teams talked to them about Jesus. Ruth and I had to do a lot  of gardening to clear the long grass, rubbish and spikey thorns that covered the ground we wanted to use, in very hot weather we cleared the mess closely observed by a few neighbours who enquired as why we would come from England to clear their mess and preach to them. We explained we were Christians and we wanted to share the love of Jesus to them. IMG_6834


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The children’s ministry was planned for 5 pm and I organised a parachute game based on creation and the fall of Adam and Eve. Some of the children had never used or seen   a parachute so we practised moves of high an d low and balancing a ball around the chute. The children absolutely loved it and most of the team were involved in the story of creation. We sang songs with a lot of improvisation and help from Rod and Ian who played guitar, Ruth on the keyboards and Moldavian people to help with the singing. It was a challenge to mix the two together but God worked in the situation and the children listened, each child  received sweets , ice-cream and a drink .

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The adult service was led in worship by Ian rod ,Ruth and a little help from Viorel who plays the keyboard as well and songs were sang in English and then the moldavians sang in Moldavian, a few ladies came and sat and listened and Rod gave a short testimony and word as well as Grisha. The people listened attently and the team were able to pray for each one of them and minister to the sick, especially to those who needed a healing touch for their husbands as the village has a big problem with alcoholism. The people that came were some of the ones that were invited in the morning so it was nice to know they wanted to come and listen to the word. People were then invited to ask Jesus into their hearts , very little responded but allowed us to pray for their families. Each team member ministered and prayed, it was fantastic to see everyone working together. The people were invited to come again and invite others for the 2nd day as well

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Day 5 Tuesday

Change can be difficult sometimes and some people felt they hadn’t done as well as they could, but each person had done a fantastic job in sharing, playing music and been involved in the activities and however they felt God had been with us and had touched people’s lives. Working with foreign people in a different country and very hot conditions can put a strain on a team, but we have to work with what we have planned or unplanned. I felt that everyone had done amazingly well, considering we had been travelling 40 minutes to a village and staying out in the heat of the sun and ministering for hours. The village has had evangelist in there before and the people would never come to any of the sessions, Grisha said this had been a miracle and a big achievement to get people to the meeting. So Praise God for his grace and Mercy and for the work he is doing in the people.  Up to 6 adults  were prayed for and gave their lives to Christ. Many alcoholics were prayed for and people had also asked for bibles.it was a fantastic achievement. Teatime was late we planned to eat around 9 but after showering and getting to the restaurant we were eating at 10.00pm














Day 6 Wednesday

This was a day off; ministering in sweltering heat can be exhausting so a day out to a swimming pool which was a special treats for us. It is designed for families and more affluent people who can afford the price of 120 lei per person which is around £5 each. The pool was situated on the edge of a village in a random place, not what you would expect at all, a contrast from the rich and the poor, the pool was amazing and cool but the music was a little loud. Being hot for so long made this trip to the pool more worthwhile unfortunately The heat and the change of water have made people’s stomaches a little delicate so Kelly and Ron missed out on this trip to rest.

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in the  evening the team were invited to meet the pastor of the Pentecostal church he told us how God provided the money for the church to be built and how he had faith that it would be done. We told him about our mission trip and we had the opportunity to pray for the minister as well as a man and his wife whom are struggling to conceive. The church was amazing and we prayed it would bring many people in to know Jesus Christ.

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Day 7 Thursday

The trip today is to Gavanoasa with a few different people Sergiu,Doinita, Grisha, viorel and Dima, all Christians wanting to serve the Lord. The campervan parked up and we found a spot in the middle of the village where two big trees made a fantastic shade and a great opportunity for children to congregate.


In the  morning half the team walked round the village in the scorching heat for 2 hours and spoke to people and children inviting them to the evening events. The rest of the team stayed behind praying and preparing lunch fresh salad so the whole team could eat together.

The children were very slow to come and at 5.30 only a small handful of children had arrived, we got the parachute out to play and this made children curious and more children came and joined in the fun. The children enjoyed the creation story and games as well as making salvation bracelets and singing songs. Many children have never been to church so they were introduced for the first time to bible songs which they eventually began to join in singing . All the children again had fun with the parachute and bracelet making.




The adults came and a few listened, one woman in particular came who had lost her husband a while back and he had given his life to Christ got baptised and soon after died. The woman had found this difficult but wanted to hear from us and what God had to say. A young man in his wheelchair was prayed for and several others.


Day 8 Friday

The second day again more children came up to 26 of them , they began joining in the song’s , played a fun game splat the rat which you have to catch a rat down a drainpipes it comes out. The (wooden rat )represents sin, and how easy it slips past us without realising.. and Kelly did balloon modelling which the kids loved.

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In the adult meeting I managed to pray for a lady and victor helped pray for the husband and both of them accepted Jesus into their hearts and we prayed for change in their lives which they had requested. In fact the whole team have had opportunities every day to pray for people or lay hands on people for healings.

People are seeking and wanting some Hope in their life, Jesus can give this hope and we are here to send that message to people


The meetings end fairly late what should be an hour usually is 2 hours so by 9 pm we are leaving the village, that includes packing the musical equipment away dishes, clearing rubbish . the journey takes between 30-40 minutes and we are fairly tired and hungry. Looking forward to a meal we drive to a restaurant and realise the whole town is dark ! there is a power cut and the manager tells us it should come on in 10 minutes as it happened yesterday as well. The power does not come on and we are wondering what to do eat in the dark (no ) or wait a little longer ……… we eventually decide on a 24 hr shop that sells pastries ,pies and cakes. So we pile in the shop which is in darkness and using light from our phones we fumble around choosing food and Ian rifling through the fridge in the dark for drinks. So this evening is spent in the only place that has a little light left and that is in the open park sat on a bench surrounding by mosquitoes!! it was an interesting evening .. However no one went to bed hungry the pumpkin pies potato pies and cakes were delicious and made a change from again Andy,s or Rafaelos.

Day 9 Saturday ( Day Off)

Today is another day of rest and especially those suffering the side affects of Diarrhoea . those who can will wander round the market , especially Ruth and Kelly who enjoy a daily browse round the market place looking for interesting stalls. With it been so hot the treat for the afternoon was a swim in the local lake in Cahul. With this heat and dust it makes people feel very tired and lack energy, so a swim to cool us down was the plan for the afternoon. To the locals it’s a man made beach and families gather with their vans,cars and bring out their barbecues and have a fun day out. This is a treat for them. The water was amazingly cool and if you shut your eyes and nose you would actually forgets you were swimming in a lake

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Our evening meal was finally at a new place called the bistro ,the food was a change from pizza and was amazing!

Chicken in sauce with traditional mamaliga (polenta) and sour cream

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Day 10 Sunday

Today as it was Sunday we went to Grisha,s house church in Manta, it looks like a garage outside but inside it was a lovely little place for people to congregate and worship.

Rod gave a word ,Grisha and Victor translated, our team did English worship songs and we joined in with Moldavian hymns, It was a nice contrast. Grishas wife after the service brought out homemade stuffed peppers and vine leaves, and they humblled themselves and served all our team with food first and they waited to eat after us. People are very generous, welcoming and humbling .

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Day 11 Monday

Today we went to the last village of the mission trip and this is called Cocoara. There are other Christian people who are from another village who have been trying to evangelise here and be involved in childrens camps. They had shown an interest in helping us and had planned to meet us in the morning. This plan however did not happen and the lady was too busy with summer camps to help ,so we carried on as planned without these groups of people. Again with it been so hot in the morning by 9.30 10.00 groups of us split and walked through the villages speaking to ebery household inviting them to either childrens group or the adult service which would be held in the evening.

Rod and Victor went together and me and Grishs wife Catea came with me. The Moldavian’s took the lead in discussion with the neighbours and English people would initiate a converstion if we could ot praying for people if they wanted to. I spoke to people who were open to listen and were very friendly, especially when they knew you were Ebglish. people said they believed in God and showed some interest and would try to come to the meetings. All the children’s eyed lit up when they heard there would be childrens activities. .IMG_6991 IMG_6990 IMG_6988 IMG_6987 IMG_6986 IMG_6984 IMG_6983 IMG_6992


The houses were so mixed from each other, you could have a house all done up with a Mercedes outside in the garden and others were so poor and basic that they looked like they didn’t have enough many or food to manage, such a contrast. Having spoken to many of the people myself this day you realise that the majority of families have one or more members of family who have left home to work abroad and bring money back to clothe feed their families and this is what you see when you look at a house that looks wealthy. People have brought money in from Europe to build their lives up otherwise they would never be able to afford such luxuries as brand new cars and new roofs etc. Other people spoke of their loss of families and how one man told me his wife went to work in Israel 5 years ago and had never come back. This man had lost his children and all work in France and now he rarely sees them. He is alone and felt really sad and bitter about been abandoned. That Gentleman later we were able to pray for.

Today approximately 30 children came to the activities understandably it is a bigger village ,again we played games and used the parachute as a basis to talk about creation and the fall of Adam and Eve, we used the bracelets to talk about salvation and why Jesus died for us. Most children recognised who Jesus was and why he died on the cross each child was asked to write sins down on a paper and we talked about putting them on the cross on which Jesus carried our sins forgave us and died for our sins so we may have eternal life. This was a practical way of saying sorry and then I asked everyone to pray with me for Jesus to enter into their hearts. Each child wanted to know Jesus and have him be with them forever.IMG_7022 IMG_6994 IMG_7000 IMG_7004 IMG_7007 IMG_7016 IMG_7019


Day 12 Tuesday

Rod ,Ian and Victor met back at the Pentecostal church earlier with a group of missionaries from America, interestingly they were all from European countries but had lived or been brought up in America, there were Romanians, Russians, Slovakians or Croatians as well. They had wanted to know what we have been doing in, mission as they had come to do mission in Cahul and wanted some advice and tips.


The second day in Cucoara we anticipated more children would come so we increased our craft activities to include parachute games,and stories, Kelly did a story using her doll Anna and how she found happiness and peace with Jesus, splat the rat , the crosses and prayer hands. We did not expect so many children to come and Ruth had made up 40 bags of toys, sweets and biscuits . we had to make up more because in total 55 children came to the activities, it was brilliant. I used the parachute to tell the story of the lost sheep and children thoroughly enjoyed running round when they heard the word sheep, shepherd or hill. Each child received juice and ice cream as well .It was a fantastic end to the mission having known we had reached over 100 children in Moldova, and they had heard the message of Jesus on the cross received prayer and had fun at the same time.

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People from the Pentecostal church came to see what we were doing and a young girl from the seventh day Adventist church came ,her dad had asked if she could share a song with us. She borrowed the guitar and sang a beautiful song the splendour of the king and young girls came round and listened to her sing, it was so nice.



One of the men from America  named Robert came out to Cocoara village to experience and see what we did so he could feed back to his team. He played the clarinet and joined in with worship towards the end of our last night.


I was able to pray with Rod and a Moldavian man for a gentleman who wanted the baptism of the holy spirit so we prayed ,but rebuked him shouting out begging God to come in so that he was able to listen and receive from the Lord. People do not expect from The Lord and they beg and cry out and don’t feel worthy to receive. We spent a lot of time encouraging Christians to pray boldly and to receive from God.

This was the final evening of the mission ,the last village we would be going to and it felt sad really. The support from the Moldavian team was amazing, Grisha and his wife Catea, Viorel and Larisa, and Grishas disciples Dima and Dima and the others who,s names I can’t remember ! . We worked as a team, all barriers came down despite cultural differences, language barriers the heat and the differences we have. God used all things to work together, even when things didn’t go as planned ,the main thing is peoples lives were touched, they heard testimony from each person in the English team, people gave their lives to Jesus. Moldavian Christians learnt from us and us from them how to reach people and how to communicate with a living God.

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Day 13 Wednesday

The next day was a time to go and buy presents chocolates etc . This  is Ruths favourite morning walking in Cahul  market, where she enjoyed exploring the stalls along with Kelly

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we then went to victors parents to relax, eat  then clean the campervan which has been an amazing asset, especially for  using the toilet, handwashing facilities and food preparation ,(especially preparing salad Ruth )

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time to thank them and say goodbye from our team

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we invited our Moldavian friend to come and eat with us at the restaurant as it was our last evening together,time to say goodbye to everyone.

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Day 14 Thursday

It was an early journey back to Chisinau, only for me it wasn’t !

Victor and I will stay behind and the rest of the team go home and we will try and enjoy a few days with my parent in laws and sister and brother in law. Fortunately for us we had some surplus money and we was able to use it to continue the mission to whatever we felt the need for. So Victor arrives back from Chisinau with boxes of bibles for Adults in Russian writing but Romanian text, these are to give to the people in the villages were we had been on mission and they needed them. The mayor in Pascani and Manta said there was a need to help the elderly and poor with food packages, so we bought food and delivered food parcels to some of the poorest people I had met and vulnerable and sick.

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With the help of 2 social workers we delivered in 2 days food to people in Manta and Pascani. God has his plans as well and we did not realise that one of the social workers was a member of the Baptist church in Manta and the other lady we had been involved with 4 years ago when we had taken a team from England to paint homes. This lady was inspired by what we were doing and we were able to minister to her and she gave her life to Christ ,just as we sat at a table eating water melon, how amazing is that !!


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These photos show a small amount of the people we gave food to, we managed to give food packages to over 20 people in the villages. We as a team would like to thank everyone who has supported this mission trip with all your prayers and financial support you have given. God has truly blessed this trip.

so you see our last few days turned into continuing mission, in fact mission never stops it’s a part of our daily lives with the people we meet every day.












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Our last evening with the young people and the team

Before we left for Chishinau we spent our last evening in the company of some amazing young Moldavian people. We were able to share about who we are and our family and they all shared about who they are and what they are doing. it was nice to enjoy cake and tea and sing worship songs both in English and Moldavian. It was like we had never been away from the place and loved fellowshipping with some great people . Again it was sad to say goodbye to everyone .

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We had an amazing time in Moldova especially with the team that came out, They were absolutely brilliant, nobody moaned and complained and everyone got on well, ate the food that was put in front of them ,even attempted all the Moldavian dishes I prepared and some tried the fried fish with head  and tail ! ,

Diane, Lucy, Gail, Gill, Richard,Heather and Brad Thankyou you so much for embracing the mission and enjoying Moldovan village  life and making us feel at ease hosting you all. You did an amazing job and it would be great to have a team like you again here, who knows ??



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The last chapter to our Moldovan trip

The last few days in Moldova were extremely busy. Tuesday we gave coats and clothing to the nursery children , these were from the ages of 2 to 7 . They were so cute , with approximately 15-25  children in each  class,

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we visited casa Speranta the house of Hope which houses 17 children  and Impreuna “together” which provides a home for up to 40 children all children are  orphaned through many social circumstances. Many of the children have parents but sadly have abandoned them due to parents who have lack of finances, through poverty, parents with  drug and alcohol addiction, some children have been abused themselves  or parents remarry have other children and abandon the other child. All  these  children are given a home, an opportunity to continue an education and they are shown love. The people that run this place have dedicated their lives to start the project up many years ago and they rely on financial support from the government and surrounding businesses and projects that will help these children receive food, shelter and clothing. Giving winter clothing to these projects helps to keep the costs down financially as the money they save from not having to buy new coats  can be  used to pay for heating the building for the winter and help towards food bills.  The team visited a mother and baby unit which provides shelter, protection and educates very young mothers  from the ages of 14 , and also mothers who have faced domestic violence a place of security for them and  their baby. Each family received clothes for mum and baby and nappies for the babies. It was an emotional time listening to stories of abandonment of families torn apart through abuse and neglect. It was wonderful to see so many childrens lives touched by receiving a coat sent with love from all those amazing children in England.

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Full on mission !

These last few days have been very busy and I have not managed to get to an internet connection. Friday was a day of waiting, the lorry waited hours at the border waiting for documents to be finished to allow the goods to get through the customs . The phone call eventually came at 3 -4 pm and victor went to Cahul to receive the lorry and together guided it into Pascani Village. The young people came and helped unload and store the boxes in to the school Gymnasium.

receiving the boxes from the lorry

receiving the boxes from the lorry

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Saturday afternoon Victor went to Chisinau airport and met the team from Operation Orphan, took them to a comfortable hotel until the morning. I on the other hand stayed in Pascani and went to a church on the Sunday with the young people to a church called speranta and they sang and led the worship in the church. The preaching was excellent and we enjoyed spending time together just like we had done before. Victor and the team travelled back to Pascani Sunday morning in a minibus and arrived safely in Pascani village. Moldova is so different from England and the culture and the team had a lot to take in in the first hour as they walked round Victor’s parent garden, taking photos and taking everything all in. Obviously the team were welcomed with a warm meal of traditional Stuffed peppers and Sarmali and homemade compot (juice).

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Sunday Evening was spent at our local restaurant Andy’s Pizza, two things happened, we ordered coffees only to be told that there was no water so we could only have tea? !! strange thing to tell you ,but we found out that the water in the town had been cut off and that the restaurant was using bottled water to serve tea. Then we were told we could only order 2 pots of tea!!! Why well because all the teapots were in use! So all night the waiter spent running up and down refilling our pots of tea with fresh hot water so 7 of us could have a drink. It was so funny. But nothing surprises me these days.

Monday morning was a very busy but fruitful day, all the clothes were set out in ages and types of clothing ready for us to open up the school at 11 am , however there were so many children already there by 10.30 we let them in. Each child was carefully directed to their age group and they had to choose a coat, hat scarves and gloves and they could have tights, t shirts skirts and trousers. It was amazing each child came out with a pile of clothes and a big smile on their faces. Many children’s lives were touched today by the goodness of people in England who donated their own clothes for the children Of Moldova. The whole school from the ages 7 to 15 and the teachers received clothing. It was an awesome feeling to see so many people, many who wouldn’t be able to afford to buy these themselves, be blessed with these gifts.20141027_094709 20141027_094745 20141027_094812 20141027_103658 20141027_110756 20141027_113502 20141027_123258 20141027_124913 20141027_125544 20141027_094812 20141027_102457 20141027_094644

We finally sat down to eat at 3pm and enjoy a nice meal prepared by my mother in law of the tastiest Borscht or (sour soup) to those who don’t understand. Then a taste of the most amazing, sweetest organic pears picked from my mother in laws trees. What a feast. Praise God for a very amazing and fruitful day x




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Yesterday was a day spent in the market buying food to prepare ready for the team. Shopping in the town of Cahul is an experience. As you walk down the main street where the shops are each peach of pavement is surrounded by people on stools selling everything you could imagine, food products to shoes and toys. At the beginning of the street ladies old and young sit there with buckets and baskets of fish to sell which they or family members have caught either from the local Balta (lake) or as far as from the Ukraine, Cray fish crawl around in a plastic bag waiting to be taken home and eaten, another lady sells legs of lamb cut up ready to buy lay out on the top of a bucket. The street is filled with local fruit, vegetables; Potatoes carrots, pears grapes tomatoes and cabbages. And old ladies trying to make a small wage sell their own chickens slaughtered and plucked and lay in plastic bags on display. This is not ASDA or TESCO or your local ALDI, however every product has been home reared, home grown and the majority of it is totally organic with bruises on apples and all. You at least know where it has come from and the people have worked hard to rear the animal or carefully tendered to their crops. This is Homely food! It tastes better by far and you feel that at least you are trying to support the local community in making ends meet. By winter all the vegetables will have disappeared and imported vegetables will fill the spaces in the street, but for now taste and see what the Lord has bestowed upon us !!!

Whilst in England while preparing to return to Moldova a member of staff asked me what they could do to support the young people whom we are in contact with in Moldova. There are so many needs including finance, however for the time that we would be there I felt that spending time with people and socialising with the young people is a very important part of discipling people. Many families do not have money spare to go out and eat pizza and others do, however this is at the expense of losing a member of family that works probably 9 months in a year abroad away from their loved ones to bring food and clothes to their tables, to educate their children and to complete their part built houses or renovations.

I asked for money and we were able to take 18 people out for pizza to a nice restaurant Raffaello . The restaurant was beautifully decorated and tables laid out nicely, this made each one of them feel special and cared for. As I’ve said many times things don’t always go to plan in Moldova and victor faced that when we ordered 20 pizzas and the waitress said it could take a very long time. This was because the chef had only started 4 days before and he had little practise in making so many pizzas. However, when I first met Victor he had learnt to be a pizza chef in Bristol, and this came in very useful this night. Now this probably wouldn’t happen in England but Victor offered his services and he would help make the pizzas to make the orders quicker. Victor made out all the pizza bases by hand and the chef put all the toppings on, they made a team and worked together. What an amazing night to say you had eaten pizza made victors own fair hands!!!

The young people were absolutely amazed, also thankful that so many people in England would donate their money for them to enjoy an evening out, so to ward 83 staff at Royal Manchester Children’s hospital, THANKYOU !!!!

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An evening with the young people

We arrived on Moldavian soil at 12.55 pm , Roman our nephew , who always devotes his time to be with us met us at the airport and took us to his home. We managed to get a few hours sleep before continuing our journey to Pascani another 3 hour journey. It was a nice feeling been back in the village and it felt like we had never been away. Victors parents were there to greet us ,a warm welcome before siting down to a homely meal of my favourite borscht ( sour soup), sarmali ( stuffed vine leaves and placinta, (cheese pie). In bunica and bunelaus back garden BUNICA AND MUMMY bunicas front yard BUNICAS GARDEN AND TOILET - Copy bunicas outside kitchen CHICKENS IN THE BACK GARDEN DADDY AND BUNELU FRONT YARD GEESE IN bUNICAS GARDEN we then fell into bed after an exhausting couple of days to catch up on a few hours sleep before meeting up with the young people. We arranged to meet them at Ela and Sergius’ house, what we didn’t expect was a full house of young people greeting us with hugs and tears and a welcome song created by the young people themselves. an emotional and overwhelming time full of joy and reminiscing and catching up on the last few months passed. This was not a time of just socialising but, a time of encouragement to them to continue the work we began, to read Gods word, disciple others and to encourage one another in their walk with God. We had an amazing prayer time, praying for those who feel the calling to disciple, young people to have boldness and to be empowered to spread Gods message of love. we were encouraged by what God has been doing in each individuals life and building them up to continue in their walk. it was a blessed evening. P1030459 P1030460 P1030461 P1030462 P1030463 P1030464 P1030465 P1030466 Wednesday Today we met with the director of the school and nursery organising the place where all the clothing for the children will be distributed and planning times for children to come and receive their clothing. We are expecting the lorry “God willing ” to arrive Friday and for the clothing to be distributed Monday and Tuesday.  now we wait in anticipation for the red light for the lorry to arrive. victor will be busy Saturday travelling to chishinau to meet the director Brad Moore and the rest of the  team from Operation Orphan, all 7 of them,and briging them back to Pascani,where distribution will start Monday.

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Another chapter to our travels and mission in Moldova.

We have been back in England for 6 months now after spending a year living in pascani, in a little village in Moldova, sharing the love of Jesus and discipling young people in the local church.

We have got back in to our old Jobs I working on the children’s ward and Victor continuing with his joinery. In march Brad Moore came to Moldova to propose a mission to deliver warm coats and clothing to orphaned children in Moldova ,Pascani. That was a vision and a proposal for Victor and I to pray about and to be involved in, here we are 6 months down the line stuck in an airport waiting for yet anther connecting flight. we have 2 more flights before we touch Moldovan soil, so tiring yet so worth it. But we are ready to meet the lorries arriving in the next couple of days and preparing the distribution team and place before the England “operation orphan team arrive on Saturday.  We asked for safe travels and patience throughout the journey and that is what we have had, God pushes us to test our patience and give us more patience. Today has been just that, waiting around airports, queuing and hoping that a flight would be available to get to our destination. Today Lufthansa decided to strike therefore cancelling 100,s of flights affecting not just us but many peoples Journeys. whilst at the airport The bible verse that comes through my phone gave me Phillipians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything but in everything by Prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your request to God.   This means for us today to trust rely and lean on the promise of God and praise him in all situations as you have already received the answer. He is an awesome God.

I have set up emails to Charisses school teacher so that she does not have increased anxiety as we have left her behind in England, she went to school today carrying one of my tshirt. Bless her ,she prayed for us as we left and we continue to pray for her. Please continue to pray for our 2 weeks as we embark on a new adventure .

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The last and long weekend

Jesus has risen ! Easter Sunday

Easter Morning service starts at 6am for those people who can get up at that time it’s great, but for people who struggle and have children it’s difficult. Victor and some of the young people sang some worship songs and everyone sang and thanked God for his son Jesus. Boris and Iosef preached and we all greeted each other with a hug.

Roman  (our nephew),and his wife with their baby and Lorina our niece spent the Easter together with us, including victors parents. Easter breakfast as always is painted boiled eggs and Cozonac or known as (pasca) a sweet bread, we knock the eggs with a component and say “Hristos a Inviat”( “Jesus is risen”) and the egg that cracks the least is the winner.one of the family traditions is to buy a lamb and cook it outside. The lamb was bought from a neighbour who raises lambs/sheep and he slaughtered it for us, the meat was cooked in a big cauldron pan on wood burning over a grill. We ate with salad and ate outside in the lovely sunshine. This would be our last meal with our niece and nephew and parent in laws together, so we made the most of it.


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The young people wanted to see us again for the last time and after Easter on the Monday we organised a BBQ were we would meet together and eat. We met in the woods just outside Manta and we were surrounded by grass thistles and bushes , not many trees !! And thank God the weather was very nice, in fact very hot. Everyone sizzled in the sun as temperatures rose to 27 degrees, it didn’t stop everyone playing ballgames and the belt game which can be very painful (you have to chase your opponent with a belt and catch them). We enjoyed pork meat and burgers on the barbeque bread and homemade compote. We had a lovely time and spent the whole day out, nobody wanted t to end and we weren’t looking forward to saying goodbye L. Everyone stood round as victor said his goodbyes and hugged everyone, then it was my turn to say goodbye. Seeing all the young people together 24 of them and knowing what a great relationship victor had built up with them, reality kicked in that we were leaving and I began to cry and couldn’t stop. It was very sad .


Goodbye Pascani , Moldova , we love you and will miss you xxx

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