Monday, May 20, 2013

Missions Monday! Mission Without Borders in Moldova

CRI (Child Rescue International) is the child sponsorship arm of Mission Without Borders.  They assist state run homes in Eastern Europe where children are placed because they are orphaned or their parents are unable to care for them.  They also assist in situations like the one in this video- a family has children (in this case grandchildren) but lacks the resources to care for them.  Volunteers and staff from MWB would bring food parcels on a monthly basis but also assist with other necessities- such as school supplies, clothing, winter fuel.  Sponsors can even assist with special projects as they are able- things such as new windows to replace old drafty ones.  Even a new washing machine, quality seeds for a vegetable garden, a pig or poultry to raise and breed may be needed.  All these things are possible but the program is geared toward the individual need and long term sustainability.

I was given a tour of the Mission Without Borders office and saw their work firsthand in Moldova when I visited in 2010.  They have a dedicated local staff and volunteers from churches that visit each family and children's home personally.  This allows them to form relationships and determine the best use of resources- from perceived needs to actual ones that will be beneficial for the long term.

You can read one story how sponsorship changed the Darii's family's future here.  Keep this family and the many needy families in Moldova in your prayers.  And be thankful- knowing that God hears our prayers and that He is good.

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