During David’s freshman year of college, he began to see God directing his steps towards foreign missions. At the end of that school year, he spent three months in Moldova working in Dr. Eric Chapman’s evangelistic camp ministry. Two years later, he returned for another three months, gaining a greater burden for the people of Moldova. That same fall, Stephanie visited Moldova for six-weeks, to catch the burden of which David had spoken so much. In the summer of 2006, after being married almost two years, they both went back for 9 weeks as a family to solidify our calling to Moldova.
Less than 1% of the population is considered “Baptist.” Currently, the majority of independent Baptist missionaries live and work within an hour of the capital. The most densely populated areas are around the capitol and in the northern part of Moldova, but there is a great need for the northern part of Moldova to be reached with the Gospel. We plan to begin church planting in the city of Soroca and surrounding areas with missionaries Jacob and Viola Hughes. The city has about 38,000 people but not established Baptist church. The entire region of Soroca is without a Baptist church, and the region just south of Soroca has only three.
During our first term in Moldova, we have learned the Romanian language and are currently working on Russian. During our language studies, we had the privilege to participate in the work of missionary Daniel Ford in Hîncești. We were involved in Bible Club, Teen Club, evangelizations, VBS, teaching English ministry, music ministry, and helped in any way we could. This time was priceless in learning the culture and ways to minister to the people here in Moldova before stepping out on our own.
We will be taking a 7 to 8 month furlough this year before starting the work in Soroca with the Hughes. Please pray for our family and the Hughes family as we venture out to see God do a great work.