A Weekend in Anini Noi, Moldova

Scott and I finished teaching two 3-day conferences on Pre-Marriage and Marriage Biblical Counseling in two locations in Moldova.  We began in churches in Cahul in southern Moldova last Sunday, followed by 3 days of teaching to a group of about 70 hosted in Emanuel Baptist Church.  Then we drove 3-4 hours to the village of Anotonest (Ahn-to-nesht) where we taught a group of 35 people for three days.  Saturday afternoon we drove to Anini Noi where Igor and Mariana live and pastor a church.

We spend the night in a guest room at the church. The accommodations were simple but nice. The church is in an excellent location, very central to the activities of the town and surrounded by hundreds of apartments and thousands of people.  The story of how God provided the property is interesting, but too lengthy for this post.

The highlight of our weekend was to share a meal in Igor and Mariana’s home Saturday night.  they are wonderful servants of the Lord and Mariana prepared a wonderful Moldovan meal for us with fresh salad greens and other wonderful foods.  With internet connection at the guest room where we spent the night we learned about the terrible earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan.

Sunday morning Mariana prepared breakfast at the church for us and Igor described their ministry and remodeling plans for us.  They hope to finish the rooms upstairs so that they can host teams that may visit and also to host church-planing trainees.  He wants to have a church planting school where Moldovan missionaries can come for a period of months and learn how to evangelize and how to plant churches.  He also has plans to expand their ministries to families and children as well as their outreach to the poor in their area.

After our time together at breakfast and our tour of the property, we attended their church service where Scott shared a greeting on behalf of our church to theirs and I preached to the group of about 40.  Immediately after the sermon, we left with Igor for the airport in Chisinau where we began our travel back home arriving at home about 18 hours later. 

We thank God for your prayers and support.

In the service of the King,
David Selvey & Scott Meinema

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David is the pastor of global outreach at Faith Church and the executive director of Faith Global Missions. He serves as a counselor in Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaches in and plans international conferences. David has served as a missionary and worked as a small business owner. He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Indiana since 1995 and have been members of Faith Church since 1996.