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Moldova - They do it for the children

 

They peek in through windows at free medical clinics where their parents hear the gospel while waiting for treatment. They stretch to look over pews to catch a glimpse of the foreign speaker in the worship service. And others are cradled in a parent's arms as the entire family hears the gospel during a concert of Christian music.

They range in age from newborns to early teens and they have little say in matters large and small, but they are the treasures of every country. And in Moldova, they are the eventual beneficiaries of the partnership between their nation and Georgia Baptists.

Moldovan pastors and parents who were interviewed during the past year stressed that they are working hard to build a better spiritual environment and to bring Christ to their countrymen. They know that they are building a better world, not just for themselves today but for their children to inherit tomorrow.

They work overtime to share the gospel without fear. They do it for those who have never heard the name of Jesus.

And they do it for the children.

The economy has never recovered from the collapse of the Soviet Union, jobs are scarce, and winter means cold months with little fuel. But for Christians in Moldova, Christ is the solution to complicated social and economic problems. They know that in all things Christ is the answer, and they freely share Him with those who know daily suffering.

And they do it for the children.

They know that a changed heart in a government leader can cascade into the larger public arena as Christian values begin to replace personal ambition. They know that new priorities bring about change and can usher in a better society in tomorrow's world.

And they do it for the children.

They visit the sick and the infirmed, bringing hope to the hopeless and rebuilding families around the love of Christ. They travel dangerous roads late at night, over mountain passes and into small villages to bring the Light into darkened lives.

And they do it for the children.

They know that a better world will not come to pass through wishful thinking. They understand that for Christ to reign in a heart, self must be dethroned. They realize that when adults are born again, they treat those around them with new respect.

And when mothers and fathers are newly born, they find new respect for their children - children who can run in the streets without fear of predatory adults, who can rise up from the table without hunger, who can read and write and understand scripture for themselves.

They understand that when the parents sacrifice, their children become the winners. And they know that the best Christmas gift to their children is a life - and a society - that has been changed by the love of Christ.

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury

Joe Westbury