Bird's Eye-View of Ministry in Moldova

By Evangeline Vergo

Cultural Environment

Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Moldavians abroad earn an average of $800 a month -- a small fortune compared to $120 -- the average monthly salary in Moldova, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Many adults move to other countries looking for jobs, often separating families. It is not unusual for mom to live in one country, dad in another, while grandparents, aunts or uncles take care of the children.

Campus Ministry

40 staff members split into 5 teams on the 9 most prestigious universities in the country. Currently, there are 79 college students involved.

Current Campus Outreaches

Movement Building

The staff members in Moldova are focusing on challenging students to live out their faith. For example, instead of just telling students how to do evangelism, staff members are now responsible for taking students they mentor one-on-one or in small groups to tell people how to know God. Also, they are asking students to help plan retreats and summer camps.

Obstacles to Ministry

Dreams for the Future

In 2008, Moldova would like to send staff members to Russia and Trans-Dniester, a communist region in Moldova. If God provides enough money, staff members are prepared to go this September.

People in Trans-Dniester consider it a separate country although it is within Moldova's boundary. It is very difficult to share the gospel in that region. However, there is a big university there.