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- Posted: October 24, 2016
Why Church Planting?
Moldova is considered the poorest country in Europe. Innumerable amounts of young people have immigrated to other countries, sometimes leaving their children with a relative, neighbor or in the orphanage. Some of these parents go away and never return. Because of the desperation to leave the country, many young people are either sex or labor trafficked. The government isn’t doing much to help its citizens and corruption is widespread. Just look at the Moldovan Bank Fraud Scandal as an example (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_bank_fraud_scandal).
With our love for Moldova and its people, it is tempting to go in to the country and try and bring relief efforts. There are a variety of social projects we could engage in. Nationals and missionaries have some wonderful projects to support the neediest people in Moldova and are really furthering the gospel. But we have chosen church-planting. Why? Our beliefs are best described in the book Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley. The authors say that the challenges of the poor, like in Moldova, may never change in this life but…
…the gospel comes to a poor person with news of a loving God who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up freely for the salvation of sinners. The gospel comes to a poor person with the promise of the power of the Holy Spirit to change and sanctify us, breaking those long-standing patterns of self-destructive behaviors. The gospel comes to a poor person with the call to repent of the futile way of life handed down to him from his forefathers (1 Pet. 1:18). The gospel comes to a poor person with the message that he can be fabulously wealthy even if his economic circumstances stay the same (Rev. 2:9). The gospel comes to a poor person with a message of hope for a world that will be made new, where sickness and poverty and fear will be put away (Rev. 21:4). It is our conviction that the one thing that poor people need most is the gospel message. Other things seem very important, but they are still secondary. (Pg. 28)
So, we will go to Moldova with the gospel of Jesus in our hearts and on our lips. And we will gather people together, who believe, so that we may share the gospel which promises a freedom and power and wealth and hope that the people of Moldova may not otherwise know exists. “God has designed the church to be the vehicle that takes his saving message to the world” (McConnell and McKinley 31).
Partner with us as we church plant in Moldova. Simply fill out the form under the ‘worker’ column. https://us.worldteam.org