Situated in Eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine and often times called the “Africa of Europe,” Moldova is a former republic of the Soviet Union and a previously a part of Romania. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe with a population of 3.5 million people who are mostly senior citizens and children.
Moldova’s main export is wine and is renowned for having the biggest wine cellars in the world. Unfortunately, Moldova is also the biggest alcohol consumer in Europe.
The youth is leaving Moldova for Russia, Italy, France, and the USA, for survival and in search of a brighter future for themselves and their families. Because many parents leave, children are abandoned on somebody’s porch step, in an orphanage, and on the streets.
Kids are abandoned, beaten, abused, starved, and killed. In many cases parents lose their rights due to abuse and cruelty. Teen girls are sold into slavery and prostitution abroad. Human traffic is still very prevalent in Moldova and not much is being done to stop it.
Devastatingly, 90% of teens coming out of the orphanage become trapped in a life of drugs, alcohol, crime, and many commit suicide. Only a miniscule 10% of orphans go on to lead normal lives.
The bottom line is that Moldova is losing it’s next generation and we are all called to not only listen but to do something about it.
A young christian organization «Heart for Moldova» was established in 2011 by a young couple Eugen and Katie Potorac to interfere and start helping those kids in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. With a long term goal of opening up the first Christian orphanage in Moldova, they want to spend each summer in Moldova to work in transition homes, make Christian camps, and bring presents to the orphans.
They believe that the light of Jesus Christ will fill the hearts of orphans with true love, happiness, joy, and peace that only He can give.
Being a native Moldovan and a missionary trip director for several years Eugen has a burning desire to help those kids in their need and to tell them that even if their earthly parents will abandon them, God in heaven will never forsake them :
Hebrews 13:5-6 «Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you,’ so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.‘»
WHAT CAN YOU DO? HOW CAN YOU HELP?
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.» Luke 6:38
The ambitious work that this organization will undertake needs to be supported by generous donors. Help Moldovan children to become the future that we want to be proud of. Donate today!
• Skip McDonald’s once and send that money to children who could only dream to eat there.
• Make a latté at home instead of going to Starbucks and save starving children.
• Skip those Dove indulgences. Look slimmer and save lives.
We need you. Every donation makes a difference. Let’s save Moldovan orphans, one child at a time!
Together we can do everything in Christ who strengthens us!
We’re back from Moldova, and would like to share with you how it went with the kids.
We arrived in the middle of a very mild winter in Chisinau (the capital) and immediately had to take off our warm closes for the 50 degree weather which thankfully for the kids stayed with us the entire visit. This meant we also had no problems with transportation which was crucial since we visited over 500 children spread out over orphanages, kindergartens, homes and assorted schools. The program, consisted of a presentation on the true joy of Christmas and then we handed out the presents which was always a special moment. You could feel the excitement in the little children.
We did some work with the poor families and provided presents for their children in the good cheer of Christmas. We also visited several retirement homes who welcomed us and enjoyed the attention and excitement. On the last day we had a very good meeting with children with physical disabilities who, in a poor country, tend to be forgotten. They responded to the program and REALLY enjoyed the presents. In fact the local government was so impressed with our work they sent the local TV station to videotape the event.
And this was all thanks to your generosity…to a poor country halfway across the world. And it was more than just 500 presents but a day camp for forty children and aid to our foster care family (7 children) and another family who have adopted 15 boys. The new orphanage you all sponsored is up and running and an exciting investment for all.
My wife and I, and all the people we work with, thank you for giving us the opportunity to reach out to these special children. What you have done…means so much to them.
We had two memorable weeks working with hundreds of orphan children. The visit started with an 8 day extreme sports camp, in tents, with lots of action and over 80 kids who had signed up. We included children from ‘distressed’ families…all gathered together to spend time on life lessons, making new friends, and to just have a good time. A rare experience for many of these kids.
Outside of games and activities we visited various villages and tried to include many of the less fortunate in fun activities…something I love to do. Over two weeks we got to work with about 250 kids teaching them about obedience, forgiveness, strength, and love.
MOST importantly…you have made it possible to purchase our first orphanage!! It may not seem like much, but we have to remember that these kids have nothing. Now 9 girls have a place that they can call home and know that someone cares. When you are alone and afraid, this means the world.
So I would like to take this opportunity to again thank you for your support! When you see those little faces break out in joy it makes your heart burst. We would not be able to do this without your support!
Our winter trip was awesome! Despite the super cold weather, lack of conditions, and only 1 week to go, we managed to stay very productive and be very fruitful. This year winter was very cold like never before, 2 feet of snow and temperature below 0 F. Statistics say that several hundreds of people died from freezing.
But we knew that God is with us, so we started our mission. Every day we visited 2 orphanages in the poorest villages of the country, where we presented our Christmas program along with games, skits, songs, Word of God and of course presents. Parents also heard the gospel and the amazing story of Christmas.
Kids were so amazed that somebody came all away from US to spend time with them and to give away presents. We tell them that it’s because God loves them and so do we!
Moldova is planning to close its all the state run orphanages by 2014, so we feel that Moldovan situation is urgent.
Our other goal was to buy a house and to remodel it into a transition home, where the orphans will have shelter without getting kicked out on the streets at any moment. We found one house for sale, right by the pastor’s house (which makes it easier to supervise the children) so after praying we decided to negotiate and the seller decided to reduce the price. Originally the price was $35,000, we agreed on $26,000. With God’s help and your care we were able to raise half of the money for this house with the agreement to pay it off by the end of next year.
I wanted to conclude by saying that we have an amazing God who provides and cares about His children all over the world!
Please keep praying for Moldova, that the kids could see God’s love through our work.
We just came back from our trip and would like to share with you all the joy that we have experienced in working with amazing kids.
During our stay, we had the pleasure of organizing two weeks of extreme summer camp. 150 teens lived in military-style tents, took showers from a bucket, and ate their daily ration of tomatoes, bread, and rice. Conditions were a bit tough, but in this simplicity, we were able to connect with the kids on a whole new level. Many opened up about their abusive families and their tragic past. At the end of the camp 24 of them accepted the Lord! Amen!! They listened to daily practical lessons against alcohol abuse, drugs, and domestic violence. One boy completely stopped smoking after a week of camp!
Our wild activities included hiking, soccer, volleyball, team competitions, wall-climbing, and shooting from a bow-and-arrow. Each team also was responsible for preparing an evening program for the rest of the campers. They were challenged to act in skits, lead group games, and even learn songs in English!
Through all of these activities, we really wanted for the kids to feel loved and appreciated. Many of them could not believe that anyone cares enough to put together a free week of camp. At the end, we gave out t-shirts to every teen with the inscription, “God loves you”. Several were even crying.
Thank you very much for all you help and support, without you we wouldn’t be able to do it!!!!
It was a wonderful time together and we wish we could stay more, but we had to return home. We are planing to come back at the end of the year and to share with them the joy of Christmas!
Happy New Year! We are back and I would like to take a moment of your time to tell you about our trip to Moldova. The kids were more then just happy to see us with our gifts of shoes, clothes, toys, and lots of candy. You see for many of them it was their first experience with generosity.
But it was not only the Christmas presents and the fun times together. It was more then that. You brought them hope. You made them realize that there is more out there, that they are not forgotten. To see their little faces light up with happiness and their voices bubble over with joy is a sight I will never forget. A few simple gifts transformed their lives in a way that is difficult to describe. When you have so little, even the ‘thought’ has a special meaning. It’s something they will never forget.
Thank you all for participating and donating to this project that has helped change so many lives. May God bless you!