Valleydale Church recently sent a team of seventeen people to serve in Holercani, Moldova for seven days. “Our mission was to spread The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His love to the people of Moldova by serving their physical needs and spiritual needs,” explains volunteer James Sansom. “We accomplished this by dividing the team into two groups. One as a children’s team to conduct a Vacation Bible School program and the other as a medical team to address health issues and give medication.”
Two physicians and pharmacist from Moldova worked alongside the Valleydale medical team to see and care for about 350 people. “We shared the Gospel with each person prior to them entering the clinic,” says Sansom adding, “Several people of Holercani prayed to accept Christ as their Savior.” The team also distributed reading glasses, Bibles and hand-made scarves provided by the women at Valleydale. Packages containing tooth paste and tooth brushes donated by Birmingham area dentists and orthodontists were also handed out.
The Valleydale children’s team shared the Gospel through Vacation Bible School. The largest number in one day was 109 children. “The children really came out to embrace the team and share in the love of Jesus,” remembers Sansom. “It was a blessing to see the smiles and hear their laughter.”
During the trip, under the leadership of Valleydale Serve Pastor Ross Robinson and David Edge, the team also partnered with the Baptist Union of Moldova to help plant an evangelical church in the village. Both Robinson and Edge have been leading groups from Valleydale on mission trips to Moldova for many years. To learn more visit www.valleydale.org. †