This morning we went to visit a mother and daughter team (Olga and Irena) who help girls with “problem pregnancies.” In other words, they help girls who find themselves unhappily pregnant to make the right decision about their babies and their lives. Irena pointed out how unusual their partnership is in Moldova, where mothers and daughters are frequently at odds with each other. The generation gap in Moldova is wider than the Grand Canyon. But through Jesus Christ, they are as much sisters as they are mother and daughter.
Besides helping young girls, they also help married women who find themselves pregnant with a baby they can’t afford to keep (most Moldovan families who cannot afford to care for their children either abort or abandon them). They also help fathers and at-risk families, and do post-abortion counseling. And they help the children born as a result of their efforts with a daycare program.
Irena, the daughter, translated for her mother, who told us about how she became involved with this ministry. Olga had been working in an important, high-paying job when God called her to this work. She was able to do both for a while and then the director of the ministry left, and she was asked to take over the directorship. Olga thought and prayed long and hard about it because it would mean giving up her apartment (owned by her company), and taking a dramatic cut in pay. She asked four people to pray about it, and all four came back with the same answer as she had gotten: that she must take the directorship. Then Olga asked God for four very specific signs, and she got all four signs. So she made a deal with God: “If I do my part, then You’ve got to do Your part and help me out.” I laughed at that point and told her what my pastor in Texas says: “If your ministry doesn’t scare you, then it’s not from God.” She laughed and said, “Then it was definitely from God.”
So Olga took over the directorship, and the money came in as needed. Of course, the most important thing that they do is to introduce each person that enters the center to Jesus. Only Jesus can help them to have a better life.
Now they have bigger needs. Olga has big dreams: to open a house for unwed mothers, with a training center in which they can teach job skills as well as baby care. In addition there would be a day care center and counseling center. They would also like to open a school for the children, the first of whom are now almost school aged. I love the faith to dream big like that, and I pray that they will find the funding to make their dream a reality.
If you have it in your heart to help this ministry, please make a donation. Any amount would be so greatly appreciated! You can make a tax-deductible donation on the European Faith Missions website. At the same time, please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know that you want your donation to go to the Pregnancy Crisis Center of Chisinau in Moldova. Do good because God is good!