On Thursday November 2nd, Mom, Mary, and I went to the village of Lozova to help with a Vacation Bible School program. The om Moldova team has a family that lives and serves in Lozova, their names are Spiridon and Stefanie Cozaru. Stefanie planned a space themed program for the kids of Lozova much like an American VBS . The day we went she planned for the kids to experience traveling around the world. There were six countries represented there, as well as an airport that was used to travel to these countries. Mary worked in the airport, and Mom and I set up the American country station.
The kids began their journey by making passports for themselves. Then the kids went to the airport and had their passports stamped for country they would go too. The kids would run from the airport to their destination, because they were so excited. At the destination for 15 minutes they were listening to what the Leader was saying about each country. After that they had a snack from that country. At our station we had vegetables, Ranch Dressing, Pringles, and Coke…that’s about as American as you can get. After their snack, we took their individual picture and printed each for them to take home. They were happy to have a photo of themselves.
As I reflect on this day here are a few of my thought. As a child growing up in America my family and I were active in church. I attended many VBS programs. VBS became a regular part of summer time activities at the church. My friends and I were always excited about a new and exciting VBS theme each summer, but as I look back now it seems as if it was a great tradition that we knew would happen year after year. The kids here in Moldova were excited because a group of people came to the village to do a program with them that was completely different from any program they have experienced before. It made me happy to see the joy on the kids’ faces and the excitement they showed us. I am praying this will help the church in Lozova to grow and these people will begin to trust God as their savior.