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I’m Home!

I am glad to be home! Yes, it has been a week since I’ve posted because I wanted to take some time off before I jumped right back into the madness. I arrived home Saturday night on time, but without my luggage.

Once we were on board in Frankfurt, we sat at the gate for an hour before we took off. That left me with less than 50 minutes to make my way through customs and get to my flight in Cincinnati. I made it, but my luggage didn’t. It arrived the next day in good condition. I’ve yet to finish unpacking and sorting through tons of e-mail, but I am working through it. I’ll post my final journal once finish writing it. It is good to be home!

Moldova Journal # 10

A couple of days ago I received a comment on my Moldova Journal # 7 blog from an American who is here in the city of Kishinev. Justin and his wife Joni are here for five months working with a Christian agency. They, “are working with the Christian Agency for Micro Enterprise Development (CAMED) in Moldova. This agency provides micro and larger loans to small and medium-sized enterprises there, as well as provides Biblically-principled training for aspiring entrepreneurs. The agency sponsoring us is Business Professional Network, an international group of Christian businesspeople who desire to help local economies grow through business development. “

I just got off the phone with Justin and it is too bad that we were not able to connect earlier because they have many of good things to say on their blog, The Tapps to Moldova! They have been here a month already and have learned a lot about the country and its culture. I will be keeping up with their blog while back in the US and encourage you to do the same. I pray that they are able to make a great impact for Christ in this country.

Moldova Journal # 9

Here is a picture of some Jehovah’s Witnesses distributing Watchtower literature on a public sidewalk. They are everywhere in this country. I do not have the statistics available to me right now, but I do know that there is a greater ratio of JWs here in the country of Moldova than there are in the United States.

Notice what is in the background. Do you recognize those colors and that flag? They are right in front of the McDonald’s which is across the street from my apartment. McDonald’s! They’re in front of McDonald’s? Is there nothing sacred anymore?
“I’ll have a Watchtower burger with a side order of LIES, please.”

Moldova Journal # 8

On Sunday I had the privilege of hearing one of my former students preach. Serghei Moraru is one of the pastors at Kishinev Bible Church and has numerous responsibilities both at the church and at Moldova Bible Seminary. He preached a good sermon on having vision and what kinds of things that God dreams for us.

After church we had lunch at their flat and then I traveled out of the city to visit some other former students of mine. Pasha and Snejana live in an apartment attached to the
house that Snejana’s parents own. As you can see, the driveway is covered with grape vines with tons of tiny grapes. We had a good time of food and fellowship.

Moldova Journal # 7

Serghei is a friend of mine who is one of the pastors at Kishinev Bible Church and is also the dean of students at Moldova Bible Seminary. He was also one of my students four years ago. He called me Saturday morning to see if I wanted to go down town to do some shopping.

While we were walking down the sidewalk, we saw this woman begging. Usually people just stand on the street and beg, but this woman was going all out. Serghei explained to me that she was probably working for someone. It seems that beggars have defined territories and a hierarchy of sorts. One beggar often works for another. If a beggar is working in someone else’s territory, the one who “owns” the territory will either kick them out, let them work there for a percentage of their donations or let them work all day and then kick them out… after they have taken all of the money.
The gap between the rich and the poor is growing here in Moldova. Clothes are often times more expensive than in the US and rent is outrageous. Most people who are moving to Kishinev from the villages move in with other family members who have previously moved here or rent single rooms from other people who have their own apartments.