The final exam was today. What an outstanding group of students. Highly motivated, intelligent, living out their faith…and very hungry! I celebrated the closure of the class by treating them to pizza. Certainly not to Chicago standards, but 30 pizzas were consumed pretty rapidly.
Going out to a restaurant is a rare treat for them. They deserved it.
I have been humbled by these young men and women. Course assignments and class discussions were at times sobering to read and difficult to hear. Many of them grew up in orphanages. Not that they didn’t have parents…but their parents could not or would not take care of them.
One of the girls wrote that the moment she received Christ as her Savior (her family is Russian Orthodox), her father told her to get out and never come back…she was 12 years old.
Many have grown up without a father in the home or had one who was an alcoholic or physically abusive. Accepting God as Father was a hard reach for them. And yet, the love of Christ is written all over their faces. Every one of them are actively involved in ministry…street evangelism, visiting the elderly and orphanages, conducting basketball camps, youth ministry, and teaching English and art classes.
I will miss them.
Later that afternoon, I met with Compass supported missionary Dennis Bowen, who just happened to be in Chisinau teaching a counseling course at the University Divitia Gratiae. We had a very informative and insightful discussion with the Academic Dean and Professor of Islamic Studies at the University, Dr. Mihail Malancea concerning the spread of Islam and the current refugee crisis in Europe. We also discussed human trafficking in Europe with a graduate research assistant who is writing a paper on the subject.
At the end of the day, I attended the prayer meeting at Kishinev Bible Church. It began with an exciting announcement…the contract for rental of a new facility was signed today! I had a tour earlier in the week. This facility will be the new home of the church, the seminary, ministry offices, a Romanian speaking service and a launch pad for new outreach ministries for at least the next five years.
Their prayers were exciting, passionate and thankful. That comes through in any language!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
A very meaningful way to close out the week and my time here in Moldova. Dasvidaniya…for now.