Good Bye Moldova
Today we said good bye to our new friends at the church in Orhei where we worked at the first part of the week. There were a lot of hug, tears, and kisses. Our time here has gone by quickly in one sense, and in another, it seems like we have been here forever. It is very mixed emotions since we long for home, our church, and our own beds, but in another way, we are saddened to leave our very good friends that we have worked with, prayed with, ate with, and lived with.
We had some time in the after noon free so Carol and I (John) went down to the open market that is about a block away from the Pentecostal Union, and were utterly amazed. I had in my mind that it would be kind of like the straw market in the Bahamas where people would be selling their crafts, and touristy stuff. This was not so here. This was the Wal-Mart of Moldova. There are hundreds of little shelters that open up for business everyday selling anything from car parts, to toiletries, to food, to clothing of every kind, and believe it or not, furniture like beds, and couches, to plumbing, to custom kitchen cabinets. Each one puts everything in their little box at night and locks it up. In the morning, they haul everything out again. We spent a couple of hours there and barely scratched the surface.
This evening, we had church service here at the Pentecostal Union. It was called, International Church and was in English. People from all over the area attend, some from the American Embasy, Convoy of Hope, Missionaries from different denominations, to visitors in the area that speak English. It was nice to worship in English again.
We are now packing up to leave. We leave at 5:30 tomorrow morning and will take a day to fly back home. Thanks to all who have been praying for us and the team, and for your notes of encouragement. We appreciate them. Tomorrow, we will have to say good bye to the rest of our friends. It has been a good trip, and the more we tried to bless others, the more we got blessed. Good bye Moldova, we will miss you!
P.S. I did not have time to edit the photos because we were busy packing. What you see is what you get. When I get back home, I will clear out the junkie ones, delete duplicates, and take sideways ones and put them upright. 🙂