On 24th February Moldovan President Maia Sandu announced that Moldova would introduce a state of emergency and was ready to accept tens of thousands of people fleeing neighbouring Ukraine after the Russian invasion earlier in the week. There are currently around 83,000 refugees in Moldova, most of the placement centres and churches are now full and many families throughout the country are hosting refugees in their own homes.
Psalm 46 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” It is our privilege and responsibility to act as the hands and feet of Jesus in these difficult times.
Our ministry partner Beginning of Life, based in the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, has done just that, responding both quickly and intentionally. 27 staff members and an additional 50 volunteers are refocusing their energy on responding to the crisis. They have been working together to care for the vulnerable by: