Oh, what a summer! I think the word "crazy" was redefined. As we already shared with you, our leadership asked us to take another trip to US to set up 3 more additional support bases for our ministry. We tried to see where God was opening doors for us to speak in churches, meet more Christians whom we could share our ministry with, and then we hit the road, that is... a lot of roads. From I-10 to I-90 and from I-5 to I-95.
Because renting a car for such a long trip would have been flat cost prohibitive, we asked our special friends in Houston, TX blessed by God by an extra car to loan us one. Oh, did I mention the 3 bases would be Salem, OR; Chicago, IL and Washington, DC? America looks nice and compact on Google maps (especially when you zoom out enough, but it ended up being bigger than we thought. Primarily because we did not want to take any chances with someone else’s (expensive) asset, we decided it would be best for me to do all the driving, Olga being such a young driver. I discovered that holding the steering wheel for 2 months going half way around the globe will give you blisters. Rebecca saw the Pacific Ocean by Roads End, OR (talk about being creative in assigning names!), and then the Atlantic Ocean by VA Beach. She only swam in one, though.
Praise the Lord for helping us find new friends and supporters in these new places! Also praise Him for protecting us on our odyssey which literally took us from sea to shining sea, for bringing wonderful people in our lives, people who opened their houses to us, helped us with Rebecca and blessed us in so many ways. Speaking of Rebecca, when we returned home in the beginning of August she only spoke English. By now her Russian came back, but she kept the English up!
Our descent and reentry into the Moldovan atmosphere was quick and rough. I was involved in our national leadership team meeting 12 hours after coming home and then a few days later both Olga and I went out of town to take an Institute of Biblical Studies course (something all the Campus Crusade staff are expected to do to make sure we are well grounded theologically). This time around we studied Church History. We both enjoyed the course very much and also learned new things.
Within a day or two after coming back my summer pollen allergies kicked in. I jokingly say that I must be allergic to Moldova or something. So, I have been on the miserable side, having a box of Kleenex’s on me at all times. What is adding to the fun is the fact that the medicine that was helping me in the past does not anymore. The big 4 — 0 mark is on the horizon and as my good friends said, once you hit 40 your body starts acting up. Maybe that should explain things?
I got back from the training and went to the office for the very first time just to have my laptop stolen in the middle of the day with 4(!) other people being at the 1.500 sq. ft office! I am hoping to find the ... (better not say it, lest my prayer letter comes out R-rated for the very first time) to share the good news of Christ with him... and then also share Eph. 4:28 ("Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour"), well and then finally kindly inquire where in the world my computer is right now! I have been checking back with police, but they suggested I do not bother them and should they find the laptop they will call me themselves. Yea, right. Such attitude really fills you up with enthusiasm to keep paying those crazy taxes.
As you can see there is never a dull moment, BUT we know our God is in control and NOTHING happens to us which He would not allow for some reason. We know He will see us through!
From Moldova with love,
Yuri, Olga, Rebecca Boldirev
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