Two more days left in Moldova. It's been a good trip so far. We spent three days in the southern part of the country... very poor, war-torn area. I got to preach twice through an interpreter (their typical Sunday service
consists of at least TWO messages, so we've had plenty of opportunities to preach). Last night, all five of us had the opportunity to preach (three by surprise invitation) and it was nice to see the sermons get very, very short
by the end!!! Constant flexibility is a key here.
We visited an orphanage and home for the mentally challenged and elderly (possibly one of the toughest things I've ever experienced). The poverty here is devasting and this was particularly clear in both of these
visits.... tremendous need.
The most amazing part of the visit thus far has been the soil (I know this will sound strange to some). It reminds me of the rich black farm soil of central Illinois and northern Indiana. This is the bread basket and
fruitbasket of the country. The food has been pretty good, although I've ate some things that I'd never would have tried in the states.
We had a bit of a disappointment today... drove 3 hours north to hold our second seminar. There were supposed to be 200-300 in attendance, no promotion was done in that area and so no one showed up. We packed up and
drove three hours back to Chisnau. We will hold our final seminar tomorrow night and fly out Thursday afternoon.
Thanks for all your prayers and kind words via email. I'm enjoying my trip, but looking forward to getting home. I'd also give my right arm for a mountain dew right now!!!!!
I hope you are all doing well. Sorry for the mass e-mail approach, but the internet time has been limited here.
Take care, Lance
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Lance from Moldova Part II