I like what I am doing here in Moldova! When one feels like God has put him in a strategic place where he can utilize the gifts He has graciously granted to help build His Kingdom here on earth, it is a good and a rewarding feeling. As a Chief Operating Officer for the Moldovan ministry I always try to see how what I am doing contributes to the overall picture. Day in and day out I am privileged to serve 50+ missionaries providing infrastructure and (hopefully:) making their staff lives easier. If every staff member can spend even one extra hour a week on the field not having to worry about where his next paycheck is going to come from or about other administrative details so many more people will get to hear the gospel and then get discipled. This is what keeps me going even when times are tough and I have to dodge some bullets.
We had some changes on the Operations team which I am leading. Some people whose heart was in a different place have left and then some others came on board with us. Pruning is a good thing and is God's idea. As we are learning to work together and to adjust to one another we are very excited about the work we do and about the progress we are making. Please be in prayer for us. We truly would like to be in a position to lay a good foundation for the spiritual movement in Moldova. We are very committed to seeing more and more people in Moldova saved. When I am praying for someone it always helps me to put the name by the face, so here is our group pic. Top row left to right: Tanya (staff development), Olga (legal), Ana (bookkeeping), Vera (HR), Tanya (accounting), Marica (accounting); bottom row: Radu (office management), Valera (IT), me.
Because Olga is currently taking care of Rebecca and David at home full time she cannot work at the office like she used to do it before, but she still does her best to find some meaningful deployment. One of the critical needs in our culture is child education. Back in USSR moms had to work outside the house full time and could be imprisoned for not complying, so all the kids would end up in day care being raised by the state. (I ended up in kindergarten when I was 6 months old). Things are somewhat different now, but the culture does not change easily. In many cases kids end up being dumped on grandparents, on some babysitters or, again, end up in day care. The concept of parents being intentional about godly, Christ and Bible centered child education is really not there. Olga has initiated with 2 young couples where both wives are expecting to get together at our place and go through the Christian child education material. I “crashed the lesson” once to take a picture.
Speaking of kids, our 2 little bundles of joy (aka 2 little energy suckers:) are doing well. David is growing leaps and bounds. He cut 2 teeth at 4 months! I chip in also helping Olga as much as I can so she could get out of the house every once in awhile. We got her a membership at the fitness club, something she thoroughly enjoys and then I started taking Rebecca to the drawing, music and dancing lessons several times a week. She seems to enjoy school and so do I. It gives me some more time with my daughter and then gives her a chance to begin getting used to being around other kids.
Our growing family is so thankful to have you as friends!!! We truly are! From Moldova with love,
Olga, Yuri, Rebecca and David Boldirev
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