In just a few days, we have a team from the U.S. headed to Moldova to serve at Risipeni Village, where they will hold day camp with orphaned and vulnerable children there. Then, next week, a second team from the Nashville area heads out to conduct camp at Carpineni Orphanage.
Summer is such an exciting time for JMI, because we have so many teams on the ground, caring for the vulnerable and speaking the truth of the Gospel to the forgotten.In Moldova, one of the best ways we can do this is to invite our Transitional Living teenagers to join with our teams to serve as translators and helping hands at camp. Each year, we see these transitional living kids connect with orphaned and vulnerable children in a way that the average American team member simply can’t. These teens understand the stories of these orphans in a very real way, because they, too have been there. There are few things more beautiful than seeing this deeply personal ministry happen.
One example is Nina. She was a very quiet, very reserved girl growing up in a Chisinau orphanage. We didn’t realize her creative energy and affinity for communicating with children until we put her in a leadership position at last year’s summer camps. We were delighted to discover there was a vibrant, expressive communicator hiding inside her who could capture the attention of the children with her dramatic presentations and engaging smile. The support of the JMI advocates in funding her opportunity to give back has opened a new life up to the service of God in Moldova.
However, adding these vital members to our team is not without cost! With each Transitional Living team member that joins us, there are added costs for food, transportation, and lodging. We need your help to get these kids to camp with us! It costs us about an additional $41 per day for each teenager that joins us; that’s an extra $205 for the week. Would you partner with us in making sure these teens have the opportunity to serve and lead in this way? You can give an amount of your choice by clicking here:
https://justiceandmercy.org/donations/, choosing the first option, and selecting Moldova from the drop down menu.
Your giving will help make it possible for teens to minister to the most vulnerable, and for the Gospel to go forth in a more effective way. Thank you for your continued partnership as we seek to care for the vulnerable of Moldova!