The first person I saw coming to the front was an older woman wearing a blue head covering. Wrinkles covered her face and she came slowly, shuffling her feet as she made her way closer to the front. Others joined her and quickly a crowd gathered. Men, women, teenagers and senior adults all stood in front of me.
Then they began to pray. Milton Hollifield, our executive director-treasurer, led them in a prayer of salvation. All around me and throughout the auditorium I heard prayers being lifted up; prayers unto God for salvation. Milton preached from John 3:16 and he shared the truth of the gospel. As our team went from village to village this week we met people who had never heard the name of Jesus. – but all who gathered on this night heard that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. The gospel brings hope to this life and the assurance of an eternity with Jesus Christ. We are praying that this hope will spread throughout Moldova and that people will come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The service that night was held in a building that was used during the former Soviet Union days to teach and rally the people around Communist principles. Now, years later, in this same building that is now run down and in need of some upkeep, the gospel is being proclaimed and Moldovans are hearing, some for the first time, that they can experience freedom in Jesus Christ.
The Moldovan believers we met this week have encouraged us so much. Though they may not have much money, they rejoice in Christ. Though they may not have good health, they rejoice in Christ. Though they may have family members working in other parts of the world, trying to earn a living so they can send money back home and one day return to Moldova, they rejoice in Christ. Though many have lived through a time of religious persecution, they rejoice in Christ. And when God saves someone they rejoice and give Him all the glory. The believers in this country have fixed their hearts on the eternal and are seeking to make a difference in God’s Kingdom. Their joy in the Lord is undeniable.
I pray that we never forget the power of the gospel, and I pray that our hearts would never be content with the things of this world. I pray that, like our Moldovan brothers and sisters in Christ, we will always keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Our team is thankful for all your prayers. We have seen God work and we are humbled that He has allowed us to serve him this week in Moldova.