Restoration’ers! Two and half years ago, we, as a congregation, began supporting a group of teenage girls in the small Eastern European country of Moldova as they made the transition from orphanage-based care to young adulthood. We sent a team to visit the home in fall 2010.
Our goals were straightforward—introduce the girls to the love of Christ, give them a safe, familial environment where they could develop meaningful relationships, and provide them with valuable skills that would enable them to be self-sufficient. God has been very faithful to these girls. They have all come to know the Lord. Each has developed confidence and a relational aptitude that will serve as a valuable foundation for the rest of their lives. And each girl is either developing vocational skills or pursuing higher education! Praise God for their personal and spiritual growth and for their promising futures!
To support these girls, Restoration worked with World Orphans and two local Moldovan partners. As a congregation, we set out to partner with this ministry for three years, and then scale back as our Moldovan partners developed the ability to sustain the project on their own. They have recently managed to get funding from other sources (mainly their denomination) and so we are no longer going to be supporting the home financially.
Please continue to pray for the girls regularly and we will post updates as we hear from them from time to time. Restoration will remain open to supporting the project on an as-needed basis. Thank you all for your interest and ongoing care for the project and the girls. As mentioned in the beginning, God has done a great work in the lives of these girls, and for that we can celebrate. We are content to know that care for the girls will continue – and are grateful to be part of a global body of Christ!