We’ve been told this will be the coldest Moldova winter in 100 years. Today that proved to be true! Beautiful Moldova greeted us with cloudy skies and brisk temps as Jen, on her 32nd visit and I on my second, drove south across the small Eastern European countryside to meet Pastor Ion Groza, our Country Director.
It all began here ten years ago. The mission was simple: to show God’s love through the gift of a bed and a bible. Over the years, we’ve learned so much. We’ve learned there’s more that God requires of us and, in fact, is calling us to do. We believe that God did not create children to be orphans; He created them to be sons and daughters. He did not intend for children to grow up in orphanages, but in a home with a mom and dad to tuck them into bed at night.
We are humbled and honored to announce the birth of Heart For 1, a new ministry extension of Sweet Sleep. Heart For 1 focuses entirely on family preservation. We desire to keep children in their native country and in families as God intended. Our vision is simple, we dream of a world in which there are no more orphans.
We are in Moldova this week to participate in the Moldova: Heart For Orphans event. Over the next eight days, more than 120 meetings will be held throughout Moldova around tables, in government offices, and local churches. We will meet with families and visit orphanages, with the goal to motivate and sensitize the Church and country to a greater openness for orphans, and activate Christian families to get involved and take these children into their homes.
Please pray for this effort as Moldova: Heart For Orphans works to encourage and equip the Church in Moldova to rise up and care for the local orphan population. Pray for how you can be involved to ensure every child in Moldova is tucked into bed by their mom and dad.
This week, our goal is to raise $20,000 to support this inaugural Heart For 1 effort in Moldova. The solution is clear, but we cannot do it without your help. Please consider making a tax deductible gift to support Sweet Sleep’s ministry extension Heart For 1 and our work to educate and advocate for the orphan population of Moldova. Go to www.sweetsleep.org, click donate, and select “Moldova: Heart For Orphans” to ensure your gift will be used to make a family whole.