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.

In Moldova, instead of building roads or buildings, we are building into the lives of young people who come from, and are returning to, cultures where western personnel are not always welcomed. Most indigenous churches in Central Asia exist in the form of underground churches, with the greatest religious oppression found in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. UDG provides an opportunity for students from these countries to receive a biblical education, equipping them to return home to share God’s love in areas “closed” to western outreach.

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Since UDG’s inception, its ministry has greatly expanded over the last decade. A 70+ dormitory was just dedicated this year to accommodate more students who want to be equipped to reach their own people with God’s Word. Students from Moldova are excited to return to their homeland churches to assist discipling others. Approximately half of the students come from Central Asia, where being a Christian can be dangerous. Some know that persecution awaits their return, and have seen their families face hardships because of their faith. They come to UDG be better prepared to live and lead others from their own spheres of influence to maturity in Christ. Friends In Action continues to sponsor students to provide for their tuition, books, and study materials. Although Moldova is not considered a remote location, we know our investment into these students’ lives will take the Gospel behind doors that are closed to the rest of the world. FIA’s involvement with UDG enables the Good News to reach many more of the unreached nations in our world.
Friends in Action, Intl. has been involved in Moldova since 2009 raising funds for students at The University of Divine Grace. After three years of waiting for building permits, additions to classrooms, a dormitory, and an auditorium were completed. FIA team leaders also taught leadership and financial stewardship lessons to students at UDG in 2016.
Our field leaders are passionate about the cause in Moldova.

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Moldova is a land-locked Eastern European country and former Soviet republic (prior to 1991). Known as the poorest country in Eastern Europe, many Moldovans lead simple lives producing wine and agriculture. A religiously free country, accessible by bus to Turkey as well as many other Central Asian nations, Moldova’s location is well-suited to host The University of Divine Grace’s international students. The low cost of living enables tuition as well as room and board to be affordable. The biblical worldview and personal relationship with Jesus that are taught can be a stark contrast for the over 90% of the population who practice the Eastern Orthodox religion based on traditions and works.

Location

Located in Eastern Europe
Bordered W and SW by Romania
Bordered on N, S, E by Ukraine

Area

33,851 sq. km.
Slightly larger than Maryland, USA
Slightly larger than Vancouver Island, Canada

Population

3.552 million (2016, World Bank)

Languages

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.

Religions

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.

Economics

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.

Trade

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.

Vices

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.

Food

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.

Sources: Wikipedia and Everyculture.com

 

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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

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