A post from Jesse Blaine:
Recently, a friend of mine sent over a link for me to watch a YouTube video titled “Stella’s Voice”. Based on what he heard about our church’s involvement in a far off land called Moldova, he thought that his video was worth the watch. He was right.
The short set of clips tells the story of what happening in Moldova from the point of view of those who have been affected by the conditions the most. Because I work for a ministry that has been drawn into these types of situations I spend a lot of time trying to understand and explains situations like those portrayed in the clip. I think from now on, I’m just going to play this clip and end with, “any questions?”
While there are a few things in this video people might not call “best practices”, it’s amazing to see the impact that God has when He uses His disciples to be a part of changing lives.
I count it a privilege to be a part of a congregation that displays its values by real involvement with real issues that exist both in the immediate vicinity and those found in a forgotten former Soviet Republic.
It’s hard sometimes to be a few levels removed from the specific lives our congregation is touching….which is precisely why we wanted this video on our website. The project that we – that is, you and me – are involved with in Moldova is making a real impact in the lives of girls just like these. They have come to know protection, love, job skills, and most importantly the one who makes all things new!
Here’s a quick video of our own. Not as cool, I know, but it’s of me walking through the tailoring shop we all helped to fund. This shop is going to provide these girls with job skills, and some income!