Moldova

How Covid-19 is affecting our work in Moldova

All educational institutions, restaurants, and commercial centres remain closed and all schools have been closed for the academic year.  Masks are compulsory in all enclosed public spaces including public transportation, and starting this week, in all open-air public spaces.  Parks are open, except the playgrounds and exercise spaces, but groups larger than three people are not permitted.  Even though many restrictions have been lifted, the number of infected people is on the increase with 300-400 new cases daily.  The authorities have officially announced that no Summer Camps will be allowed this season.

Travel is not restricted, but family visitation is not recommended.  Open air meetings are allowed with a maximum of 50 people.  Many churches have resumed Sunday meetings; however, others have decided against it.

We continue to distribute food parcels to all F2F families, and to Senior Care beneficiaries. GIK is distributed to F2F and CRI Community members.  Our Coordinators and communications departments continue with their work on updates, and gather and present stories from the field to the International office.  Coordinators regularly communicate with beneficiaries, and continue to visit families and children to make GIK deliveries, updates, food deliveries, medicine and urgent needs deliveries, at all times taking all the recommended precautions.  Community Centers are not functioning, consequently no meetings are held.  Coordinators continue to conduct Bible studies with families individually via phone calls.  Soup kitchen, After School and Street Mercy continue to provide daily meals and carry-away bags with tinned/dry products

Angela Corcimari, our BCC coordinator says: “Bible Correspondence Courses remain an encouragement even in these hard conditions.  As the post offices slowed down, or have been closed, and Church centres can’t operate, we have been looking for solutions to keep in touch with the children and parents, so that the Word of God could continue to reach their homes.  Coordinators searched for new methods for the distribution the letters, and virtual correspondence has now become the new tool.”  

Spiridon Cozaru, F2F coordinator: “These past weeks I have visited the villages we work in at least 2-3 days every week.  I visit families to see how they are doing and to pray for them. Schinoasa is a small poor village of exclusively Roma people, located in the woods, remote from other villages.  I have met with several families, who said that they are so thankful to God and to the Mission for all that we do for them.

The Rusu family, both the husband Vitalie, and his wife said: “In these days of crisis and pandemic, when nobody accepts us and we are kept closed in our homes, you (MWB) are the only ones that truly shows care for us, you visit us and bring us food and seeds to sow, which we need so much.  We thank God and the Mission for what you do.” – “I hope that God will help us to be that support for people’s needs as long as we have to,” said Spiridon.

Our Christian Input department continues to communicate and supply volunteers with online resources for children’s lessons.  Since they now have more time, they are more involved in the Bible Correspondence Courses.  We are presently considering setting up a Christian book club for parents and children.  Also, Christian literature is purchased and is distributed to CRI/F2F.  Even though BCC overall has decreased (the post offices literally do not work) there is still increased interest from parents and children to correspond with MWB in order to get Bible lessons, Christian materials, etc.  We are finding new, practical ways to organise the correspondence between beneficiaries and MWB.  We have now completed School supplies purchases and are busy packing ready for distribution which we plan for July, once we have completed the updates.

For the moment Summer Camps are not possible as the authorities have officially cancelled all summer camps for the whole season.

Greetings from Tudor

Field country manager Tudor Lungu said, "There has been political and economic uncertainty and turmoil in Moldova, and people are tired of the seemingly hopeless trend of a lack of jobs, expensive living costs and the never ceasing experience of poverty. Young people stop having dreams for tomorrow and they are fleeing the country in great numbers. Rural regions are most affected by all these factors.

"In a society where many dream of becoming someone important, we are granted by God's grace  the opportunity to be part of something important and valuable - and to truly have an impact on the lives of many people in desperate need of help.

"Our biggest joy is the opportunity to connect those who feel hopeless to the Source of hope, love, joy, peace and life –  Jesus Christ – and to share with them Christ's love in action.

"We at Mission Without Borders in Moldova find ourselves filled with hope and good expectations, praying that the Mission will continue to be a blessing and a guiding light to the living Christ for many more people in the years to come. Please pray that our ministry would be relevant and effective for our beneficiaries."

The poorest country in Europe

Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Corruption remains widespread, jobs are scarce, and poverty is concentrated in rural areas, where many people lack adequate sanitation and other basic amenities.

Moldova has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in Europe as people are lured into slavery with promises of paid work.

To many, the future looks hopeless and migration seems the only way to a better life: an estimated one in three working individuals have left Moldova to go overseas for work. As a result of migration, more than half of children grow up without the care of their mother or father at some point. Alcoholism and domestic violence are frequent problems, and three-quarters of children have experienced violent disciplining methods.

We work in towns and villages in southern Moldova, supporting vulnerable children both in their communities and in institutions, helping them to know they are loved and giving them educational support. We also run a women’s ministry serving women affected by domestic violence, and we work with families, helping them to break out of poverty and access training and employment.

In Chisinau, we reach out to homeless people with hot food, warm clothing and friendship.

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100 students in Moldova were supported with a scholarship so that they can continue their studies

510 families are supported in Moldova through our sponsorship programme

1,000 children in Moldova had the chance to go to our summer camps

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