Eastern Europe Outreach workers daily go out in the cities and villages (primarily in the counties of Bacau, Botosani, Iasi, Suceava and Vaslui, Romania and in select areas in the Republic of Moldova) ministering to the ones in need and bringing them comfort and encouragement and attending to their material needs as God leads. As funds or goods are distributed, friends, relatives and neighbors often gather around to see and hear. In so doing, they witness both an immediate proof of God's providence and the eternal message of God's love. Every humble house, street, courtyard, hospital room or church can become a mission field, and a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Some of those visited receive help on a regular basis. These are mainly older widows who have no ability to provide for themselves. For others, funds are distributed for special situations, such as injuries, natural calamities, sicknesses or other circumstances. No formula can adequately weigh needs. Rather we investigate, pray, and provide as our Father leads. For some it is better to leave funds. For others it is better to provide food, firewood for winter time, medicine or other specific necessities. After providing assistance, we follow up, continuing to minister from the Word of God and continuing to look for further opportunities to share the Gospel wherever they arise.
We have been offering assistance in eastern Europe since 1997. The needs we encounter today, in 2021, are vastly different than what we first encountered in 1997. As our hearts and eyes have opened, we have become even more aware of the multitudes who need help - families, widows, orphans, injured, sick, old and weak.
The assistance we offer generally ranges from $20 to $200, according to the difficulty of the situations we encounter. The smaller gifts are directed to provide minimal funding for food. The larger ones are directed towards other specific needs such as firewood for heating and cooking. In the United States and western Europe, many programs exist to provide both emergency and long term assistance to individuals in great need. But the struggling governments in the poorer countries in eastern Europe do not generate the resources to provide direct assistance to the many individuals in serious need.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and, most of all, may you be found in Him: "Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again."