Grayczyk: Mission Moldova

Written by: Shari Grayczyk

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Today, I am writing with a heavy heart.

 

The ministry of Stella’s Voice is the last cry that remains from an orphaned girl who was sold, used, and dead from AIDS by 19. There is no one in the entire world more vulnerable to sex trafficking than orphaned girls; no one knows or cares when they disappear into the night. And there is no country that fuels the engine of sex trafficking in all of Europe more than Moldova.

 

Given the current situation in the Baltic, the small country of Moldova has been in the news. Fears are being voiced that Moldova may soon become Europe’s next crisis point. Wedged between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the east, Moldova, with 3.5 million people, is the poorest country in Europe, with a per capital income of $2,037 US, in

2012, according to the World Bank. <Wikipedia>

If Moldova becomes the next victim of Russian aggression, it would negate their entire constitution, and it could be disastrous for them as a country.

 

Moldova wants to, however, become part of the European Union. In order to do so, all 21 of her remaining orphanages must be closed by 2015. In less than a year, nearly 2,000 children will no longer have roofs over their heads.

 

These orphans primarily live in State Run orphanages under mostly deplorable conditions. mapThey are considered second class citizens in Moldova, and little, if anything, is done to support them. The State run orphanages close between June 1st and September 1st every year. The orphans are then sent home to relatives, but if none are available, they are rented out to people for 11 cents a day by the State. As you can imagine, this places them in hard labor or worse physical harm. That means 2,000 little boys and girls will no longer know where they will sleep at night, or when—if—they will get their next bit of food. That’s to say nothing about the predators who lurk in the streets.

Stella’s Voice, provides a home for poverty-ridden girls in Moldova after they are aged out of the state-run orphanages at the young age of 16. This ministry also has the only Christian orphanage in the country, as well as a separate home for boys.

Stella’s Voice is more than a cry for help and rescue. It is also a beacon of help and hope, making an eternal difference in the lives of desperate children.

I have been called to minister to the people of Moldova this June. My mission will be simple: to bring love and hope to the orphans of Moldova. While hope can be found by constructing buildings and repairing roofs, such things can be attained with a price tag. Receiving motherly love, on the other hand, cannot be bought at any price. To hear an orphan or a young girl who has been rescued from human trafficking, tell a story to the first person who has ever cared enough to listen, is priceless.

James 1:27 reveals that religion that is pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

I don’t have the financial resources. I questioned God, saying that I didn’t feel qualified.

But when I learned that nearly 100,000 young people (mostly girls) disappeared from Moldova, in 2012, I couldn’t not go.

I felt as though I didn’t have any choice in the matter.

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Either I was going to listen to God.

Or I wasn’t.

I then realized that God qualifies the called.

And I remembered.

The Bible is full of examples of otherwise unqualified people changing the world. Noah was a drunk, and Abraham was too old. Jacob was a liar, and Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Samson was a womanizer, and Rahab was a prostitute. David was an adulterer and a murderer, and Jonah ran from God.

And yet.

They were world changers.

In a world of apathy and nay sayers.

Wow, I knew if God could use them, He truly use someone like me.

 

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 I am excited about the opportunity to serve and to minister, and I ask anyone and everyone who is reading this to join me in preparing for this trip. Presently, I am currently assembling my personal ministry team—a group of ministry partners who will join with my church and myself in this massive effort of serving the Moldovan orphans through construction, discipleship, leadership training and evangelism.

What does being a part of a personal ministry team mean?

It merely means I need some diligent, persistent prayer partners. If you remember to do nothing else on my behalf, please remember to pray. This is critical as we begin making preparations for our trip this June and then, as we actually arrive on site to minister to the orphans of Moldova. Please add me to your daily prayer list.

My extreme faith is the one and only reason I am humbly seeking your prayers.

Thank you, again, for your time and interest in this awesome project of serving the hurting in a foreign land. I will keep you posted on our progress in Moldova.

You can follow NewHope Moldova on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newhope.moldova?fref=ts

“I asked one of the girls who had been rescued by Stella’s Voice and has the brightest of futures, now extremely well-spoken, elegant, educated, beautiful, and ironically named Stella, what word best describes being an orphan. “Alone,” she said, “No mother, no father, no one. But praise God! I am not alone anymore. Jesus cares for me and God has given me the opportunity to care for others. I am blessed.” Then she chokes back tears for the others she wants to reach too. I join her.”

In Moldova, at age 16, the orphans will be put into the streets on their own. With total unemployment, they can’t hope to get a job before age 18. What do they do for the two years? What would you do? They do anything they can to survive. They usually end up being kidnapped and sex-trafficked to other nations. Most die within two years after being human trafficked.

That’s where Stella’s Voice comes to the rescue.

Stella’s Voice rescues as many of these youth as they can house, giving them excellence in every way, a wonderful family environment, education, friendships, love, and giving them faith in God (that rivals any faith commitment I have seen anywhere). These youth turn around and help other orphans, and when given opportunities to move to America, choose rather to stay in Moldova and teach summer camps for orphans, visit orphanages, write children’s curriculum and nurture dreams to start their own Stella’s House when they grow up.

Yes.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

But we need to do more. When the last orphanage closes its doors, I want to be waiting with open arms.

With your prayers, I will be able to do just that.

“God’s work done in God’s ways will never lack God’s supplies.” Hudson Taylor

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” Matthew 25:45

 

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Hi. I’m Shari. I’m a Grants Accountant at UT, Missionary to Jamaica, Christ-follower, High School and College girls mentor, writer, author, and the owner of many dogs. I will be traveling to Modolva in June, 2014, as a Missionary, as well. I adore single parenting my three young adult children—Joy (22) is a Senior Majoring in Special Education at UT; Bethany (21) is a 4th year student Double Majoring in Bio-Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at UT. Jonathan (18) recently graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School and is getting ready to Play Soccer for and Double Major in Chemistry/Physics and Education in the Fall, 2014, at Bluffton University. I love the Lord, my family, my boyfriend and friends—in that order. I am passionate about writing, homeschooling, mentoring, saving unborn babies, helping struggling young moms, and Jesus.

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