FIA in Moldova
Accelerating the Gospel in hard to reach areas of the world…This theme permeates all we do here at Friends In Action (FIA), and it defines the work at the University Divitia Gratiae (UDG). Typically, our mission involves sending a work crew with equipment on the edge of the grid to assist a mission agency with construction tasks.
Learn About Moldova
3.552 million (2016, World Bank)
The state language of Moldova is Romanian, locally known as Moldovan, which is the native language of 80.2% of the population. As in many post-soviet countries, Russian is considered the “language of inter-ethnic communication”. Russian-Romanian bilingualism is characteristic for Moldova. Other ethnic minorities speak Gagauz (a Turkish dialect) or Ukrainian.
Most of Moldova would consider themselves Christian with over 90% of the population claiming Eastern Orthodox Catholic. Much of the population celebrate religious holidays, cross themselves, and even light candles and kiss icons if local tradition and the occasion demand. The concepts of salvation by grace and a relational approach to Jesus are not often taught.
This is a stark contrast to the biblical worldview taught at UDG. When asked how UDG has impacted her life, a student responded that although she had accepted Christ as her savior at a camp, she did not know much about the Bible. Her parents had joined a group that did not have an accurate understanding of Scripture. Through studying the Bible herself at UDG, as well as experiencing the sound teaching of the professors there, she now clearly sees the truths of the Bible. This experience has helped her to know how to understand the Bible correctly and be able to share effectively with others. She is excited to return to her family and pass along her newly discovered knowledge.
Moldova is the poorest country in Europe due to governmental corruption at the state level.
The current average monthly salary is on the increase to about $250, or $3,500 annually.
A largely agricultural society, its fruit and vegetable industry was negatively impacted by Russian bans on imported produce in 2014. Industry is concentrated in the food-processing sector, wine making, and tobacco. Other fields include electronic equipment, machinery, textiles, and shoes.
Moldova is the largest exporter of wine in the world. Almost half of the population is involved in the process of making wine and viticulture.
Moldovians consume the highest amount of alcohol in the world per capital. Total recorded adult alcohol consumption is approximately evenly split between spirits, beer and wine.
Mamaliga, a hard corn porridge, is regarded as the national dish. It is poured onto a flat surface in the shape of a big cake and is served mainly with cheese, sour cream, or milk. The main foods in daily life are a mixture of vegetables and meat (chicken, goose, duck, pork, and lamb), but the availability of vegetables depends on the season. Filled cabbage and grape leaves as well as soups such as zama and the Russian borsch also form part of daily meals. Plăcintă is a pastry filled mainly with cheese, potatoes, or cabbage that often is sold on the streets.
Pray for wisdom as we seek to demonstrate God’s love to the students in Moldova, and pray for their courage and wisdom as they share the Gospel in the professional world.
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You can volunteer and get engaged in the work that God is doing in Moldova. For more information and future dates, email Paul Brosey.