The prayer team: Sandy, Margaret, Judith, Yolanda, Elena, Francine with the women in Pascani
“Seeds of Hope” was the message taken to Moldova by a ladies prayer team from Missionary Ventures from 8th – 14th June this year. The team led by Francine Millar the office manager had an interesting international flavour. Francine originally from the south of England now lives in Bury. Margaret Lloyd is local girl from Rochdale, Judith Platt is a New Zealander, Sandy Meier a director of Missionary Ventures is an American and Elena is a Romanian living in St. Anne’s, who discovered her gift for translating during this trip to Moldova.
Victor, Yolanda with Charisse
This mission was a response to an invitation from a vibrant young couple Victor and Yolanda Neagu. In April this year they obediently returned from the UK to Victor’s home village of Pascani with their young daughter Charisse. They are passionate about their God given vision to raise up and encourage Youth Leaders and Mentors to leave a legacy of hope for the future of this poor Eastern European Country.
The team were warmly welcomed into Victor’s family home where his father Ion and mother Natalia still live. Their gracious hospitality accommodated the needs of the team who have nothing but thanks and admiration for the hard work and standard of provision given to them. Delicious homemade cherry compote and fresh eggs and bread are but 3 tasty examples.
From this base in Pascani the team were able to offer appropriate support to Victor, Yolanda and daughter Charisse. Preparations had been made in view of the visit and the ladies were able to cast their ‘seeds of hope’ in a variety of contexts. Prayer walking in Pascani and 2 other local villages Crehana and Manta were undertaken. Connections have already been made with the schools in these locations so it was fitting to underpin these plans with prayer and intercession for the land and the people.
Sandy minstering in song
As women opportunities to minister to the local ladies became available where gifts of songs, testimonies and words of encouragement proved to be uplifting for these Moldavan women. Prayers for healing, prodigal family members and the baptism of the Holy Spirit were requested in the church services.
Also the team marvelled at the outpouring of God’s love and power in people’s homes. A lady called Nina had been waiting for the team to arrive as she desperately wanted prayer for a physical condition that the doctors could no longer help with. The team ministered and prayed from Psalm 103 for strength and restoration. Her mother was able to report later in the week that she was feeling much better.
Victor praying over the seeds of God Word
Spending times of devotion with Victor and Yolanda as pioneers in this land was an important aspect of the trip. We all benefitted from these sweet times of worship and refreshing from God’s word looking to what lies ahead for them and their vision. They are hoping that a young team will be following the prayer team in August to work with and encourage the young people of Moldova.
The hall mark of this team was unity with each other and with Victor and Yolanda. Psalm 133 describes the Godly outcome of such unity – please join us as we continue to pray that here in Moldova God will command HIS BLESSING over the vision He has planted in the obedient hearts of the Neagu family.
Wild Poppies everywhere