Chișinău – Moldova
The Moldova team will fly into Chișinău, Moldova’s beautiful capital before getting a train up to Ocnița in the north of the country, near the Ukrainian border. There you will be serving a pastor and his wife called Andre and Larissa, and staying at their house. The majority of this time will be taken up with helping to staff a kids camp alongside the locals there. This involves a lot of time just playing with the kids, face painting, making balloon animals, singing songs, doing crafts, leading dramas and some casual sports. It’s an amazing opportunity to bring God’s love and joy into the lives of the kids there. For the rest of the time in Ocnița, you’ll visit Andre’s church, and get a chance to lead worship or share a testimony, to pray with the believers there, and to serve the pastors in some practical ways.
On your day off, you can take in the scenic views of the country’s beautiful sunflower fields, go swimming, or just soak up some of Moldova’s unique culture and fascinating history!
For the last few days you will travel back to the capital, Chișinău. This bustling city is a change of scenery from the quiet farming village of Ocnița. There you will spend time purposefully worshipping and praying for the country before packing up to head home.
Facts About Moldova
Population: About 2.9 million
Official language: Romanian
Capital City: Chișinău
Bordered by: Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is a landlocked country
Interesting fact: The name “Moldova” derives from the Moldova River; the valley of this river served as a political centre at the time of the foundation of the Principality of Moldavia in 1359. The origin of the name of the river remains unclear. According to a legend recounted by Moldavian chroniclers Dimitrie Cantemir and Grigore Ureche, prince Dragoș named the river after hunting an aurochs: following the chase, the prince’s exhausted hound Molda drowned in the river. The dog’s name, given to the river, extended to the Principality.