God has His plans
In many ways Moldova is a unique country. It is one of the smallest countries in Eastern Europe, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. There are constant struggles because the population’s allegiances are divided between Russia and Europe. Unfortunately, it also has the dubious title of being the poorest country in Europe.
However, what makes Moldova unique in the world today, is the great openness that exists for the Gospel message. Despite its Soviet past, a period in which every effort was made by communist authorities to remove all references to God from society, people are very open to speak and hear about the Bible.
The work of CMIAID was established in Moldova in 2009. In the lead up to this, many short-term visits were made. During these visits it was evident that there was much need in the southern part and that very little was being done there.
In 2009 the Lord opened up the possibility of buying property in the village of Zirnesti; this has since been developed into the CMIAID Base. A few years later, in 2012, a five-storey apartment block, also in the village, was purchased. The objective was to establish a Christian Centre which could minister to the needs in the community and which could become a place for various Gospel outreach activities. The building was in a state of disrepair because many years earlier it has been abandoned after the fall of communism. Everything had been taken from the building: wires, pipes, windows, doors. Attempts had even been made to take tiles off the walls!
In 2013 work began in earnest to renovate the building which was later named Bethesda Centre. We thank the Lord for providing amazing teams of volunteers who, over the next four years, renovated the building and transformed it into a modern, cheerful, and warm base for the many ministries that the Lord had opened up.
It has often been remarked in relation to the Lord’s work that we have our plans and God has His! This was certainly the case with Bethesda Centre. When the building was purchased in 2012 we had a very clear vision of how it was going to be used. Now, seven years later, we often look back with amazement and see how very few of the things we planned for the building have happened, yet God has opened doors that we could never have imagined possible! What a great Master we have!