Team Moldova Update – Part 3

16 Jul

Wow!  What an incredible past two weeks this team has had!  God is so amazing!  In spite of the language barrier, God used us to be His hands and feet to the orphans at orphan camp, and we were able to communicate through our actions how much we loved and cared about them, and the children responded!  The camp was an overwhelming success, and the kids enjoyed the games, seminars, and activities with enthusiasm, as did we!  We were able to see God work on their hearts in a very tangible way.  Every team member got the chance to share their testimony with the kids through an interpreter, and not only did many of them respond to the invitation to accept Christ on the last day of camp, we also shared many stories of kids who, at the beginning of the camp, were stand-offish or unresponsive, and by the last day were totally engaged:  smiling, waving, and hugging us goodbye!  It was a very humbling and powerful experience.  Imagine having a child sob in your arms because you are leaving them and hearing through an interpreter that meeting you has been the best thing that has ever happened to them.  Even though we didn’t speak the same language or share the same culture, God had formed a bond of His love between the two of us that words could not express.  One of children told me in sign language that I shouldn’t cry because we would see each other in heaven!  The morning the orphans left the camp, there were a lot of hugs and a few tears, but God’s presence was much in evidence as pictures were taken and goodbyes were said.  My favorite memory of that day is the children on the buses pressing their hands to the window as our team members pressed theirs to the window from the outside, one last connection before the final wave goodbye, many of the children forming hearts or crosses with their fingers.  It made me realize that perhaps in His wisdom, God knew that not speaking the language would be the best thing that could have happened.  That it would remove our human flaws from the equation and allow our actions to communicate love in a manner we could not possibly have imagined.

Please pray that this will only be the beginning, not the end of our journey towards seeking God’s plan for our lives as we continue to strive to be His hands and feet.


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