One of my best friends, Lance Finley, flew yesterday (I think) to Moldova.
Formerly ruled by Romania, Moldova became part of the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a 'Transnistria' republic. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.
He flew with a couple of other Churches of God leaders to do some leadership training. Wow.
Lance has become a world traveler. I know that he has been in several African nations and Haiti. Maybe others. Lance underestimates his leadership abilities. This guy is one of the really exceptional people in my life.