Our next couple of days

It has been a busy couple of days here, prepping for our distribution and time at Tocuz. We are so excited to see these kids. For those of you all who are praying, I just wanted to send another update b/c our schedule just keeps changing:)
We are headed to Tocuz Monday! We will be there until Wednesday morning.  Our tentative schedule for Tocuz looks like this:
Monday: distribution of FOAC bags; Creation lesson and craft; games
Tuesday: cooking breakfast; baking cookies; Jesus film.  At some point we will meet with the older girls and talk to them about discernment for when they leave the orphanage.
PRAY for us:) We are so excited to see what the Lord is going to in the lives of these kids.
Wednesday morning, when we leave Tocuz, we are heading right over to Suhat.  We are still waiting for the second container to be released from the Ukranian port~ we praying in faith that it will be released so we will be able to distribute the bags to Suhat and another orphanage in Visoca. ( I have been to Visoca twice…these children are 100% orphans and are mentally handicapped.  It would be a real joy to be able to visit these kids again!)
Overall, our team is doing well. We have seen probably every Moldavian grocery store in Chisinau, buying all the necessary ingredients for the breakfast, and have been able to see some of the downtown area. But, we are excited for the real work to begin and see the children.
I keep coming back to Isaiah 1:17~ “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Our prayer is that these kids will come to know the Lord and that they can experience love from their Heavenly Father.

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Pictures 10/17

Moldova Team leaving Boston 10/14
Here we are filling candy bags to give to the kids throughout the week.      We filled over 300 Bags!
Our team in dowtown Chisinau.
Robin, Ala,Me, Jenny
Me and Adam downtown Chisinau.

First day down!

Our team arrived in Moldova without a hitch on Friday afternoon. We were met by our friends: Kate, Valentina, Ala, and George. They took us out for lunch at a traditional Moldavian restaurant and we had a great time catching up over the last year. Altho, we have found that Facebook has made the world a much smaller place..we have all been able to keep in touch on a regular basis.
Ironically we ended up having dinner at McDonalds, which was hilarious because Ala said we must feel right at home here…haha:)
This morning we were able to arrange a visit at a baby orphanage, where babies,toddlers, and children up to 7 years old are taken care of. There are 150 children in this particular place; 40 of the children are physically handicapped, some bound to wheelchairs. A small number of the kids are waiting to be adopted or placed into foster care. Pray, pray, pray for willing and capable families to take these precious children in.
We weren’t able to see all the children but did see two groups of the smaller children and they did a small performance for us by reciting poems. We bought the children bananas as a small gift…you would have thought we had given them chocolate…they were so thrilled. We also were able to see the infants:)…one of the highlights.:)
A great part of this orphanage is that they try to encourage the mothers to care for their kids and have special housing for them if they need it.Currently, they are helping 8 young women in caring for their babies.
We also took over the “Metro”..Moldova’s version of Sam’s club or BJ’s. We did all our shopping for the breakfast we are making for the kids at Tocuz. We are a little overwhelmed that we are cooking for about 125 people..pray for us..haha:) So 10 dozen eggs and 10 lbs of flour later, we are good to go.
If you could pray that we get sleep, we would greatly appreciate it..none of us slept well the night before.
Our schedule has changed again..we are heading to Tocuz on Monday and staying til Wednesday. The schedule has been a bit crazy b/c the 2nd container that has all of the other gifts is being held at the Ukranian port, waiting for inspection. It is supposed to be released any day now.
So we are looking forward to Monday to see the kids in Tocuz…it will be the highlight of the week, being reunited with these precious children.

For Those Of You Praying…

Just a couple of things:

1. For those of you praying for us each day, just wanted to update you that our schedule MAY get switched…..we may be going to the village of SUHAT on MONDAY instead of Saturday.

2. Pray for Adam~ he’s not feeling well..ahh…gotta love the timing!

We read this passage at our last team meeting on Monday. We are so excited to see the work God is doing in Moldova.

Isaiah 55:8-13
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
12 You will live in joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song,
and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

Moldova Itinerary and Prayer Sheet

It’s hard to believe that our trip has come up so fast! Below is our itinerary of where we will be and what we will be doing. We have included specific prayer requests for each day. We appreciate your prayers. We will be updating as much as we can:)

ITINERARY FOR MOLDOVA MISSIONS TEAM
OCTOBER 14-23

Thursday, October 14– Flight departs Boston at 5:05PM

Friday, October 15
– Arrive in Moldova at 12:30PM (5:30AM Eastern time)

Saturday, October 16-Face of a Child Distribution in SUHAT
Please pray for:
1. The Gospel message to be clearly delivered to each child and adult we meet.
2. Relationships to continue to deepen between our team and the residents of Suhat. (This is our 4th time returning to this village)
3. Our team is specifically praying that at least one person will come to know the Lord so he/she can continue to disciple this village year round.

Sunday, October 17– Attend Church in Chisinau or possible FOACP distribution in another location (depending on arrival of 2nd container in Moldova) This has not been verified yet.

Monday, October 18– FOACP Distribution at LALOVENI
Please pray for:
1. The Gospel message to be clearly delivered to each child and adult we meet.
2. Safety traveling to and from the village.

Tuesday, October 19– FOACP Distribution at TOCUZ. On this day we will be giving out the bags with the gifts as well as playing games and baking cookies with the children. We will also be teaching them John 3:16 in English. We will be sleeping over this evening.

Wednesday, October 20– TOCUZ. We will be cooking breakfast for all 100 children; teaching them the story of creation, do a craft to go with the lesson, play games, bake, speak to the older girls about discernment as they prepare to leave the orphanage, and in the evening show the “Jesus” movie in Romanian. We will be sleeping over this evening.
Please pray for:
1. The children and staff to be receptive to the Gospel message, especially during the movie.
2. That our relationship with the orphanage director will continue to deepen. Please also pray that she becomes receptive to the Gospel.
3. For one of the boys to come to know the Lord and help disciple his peers.
4. That a Christian male role model will come on staff that can minister and be a positive example to the boys.

Thursday, October 21– Leave Tocuz; head back to Chisinau in the afternoon.

Friday, October 22-Leave Moldova and spend the night in Bucharest, Romania.

Saturday, October 23– Arrive in Boston at 8:15PM.

General Prayer requests for our team:
1. Safety traveling to Moldova, as well as when we are in country. We spend a great deal of time in the vans getting from orphanage to orphanage.
2. Good health
3. Team unity- grace and compassion for one another especially as the week goes on.
4. That each of us will have our eyes and ears open to how the Holy Spirit is moving in deepening GracePoint’s work in Moldova.

“Now all glory to GOD, who is able, through HIS mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)