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Sustaining Grace

Rich Davis on December 22, 2020

IMG_6308 Group activity with some of the Russian speaking students

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).

"Fear not!" said the missionaries. We are not going to give a treatise on grace or on the Incarnation. We simply desire to express our gratitude to the Lord for His sustaining grace and to many of you who make it possible for us serve the Lord via your prayers and financial support.

Both Jo Ann and I experienced a wonderful semester teaching at the Christian University (UDG) during this fall semester. Each week we were developing new material for the courses we were teaching which was a blessing in itself. This was the most fruitful and enjoyable semester as we connected with the students and watched them grow in Christ.

Jo Ann at Imago Dei Jo Ann loves teaching!

Planning, preparing, and then teaching requires discipline. Add to that, translating visual aids and student handouts. This would not have been possible had the Lord not given us grace, strength, focus, the love of making disciples and resources to carry out this ministry.

Jo Ann created new and interesting material for her English students and the reward is that her students at the church and UDG are begging her to please continue teaching them next semester. Because of God's grace, we are able to be here during the pandemic while many others who might desire to come cannot. We can only be grateful to be here and stand in the gap so to speak.

For several reasons, the Central Asian students cannot return to their families during the Christmas break. We are hoping to invite some of them to celebrate with us in our home. These are the types of ministries we have desired to have since arriving in Moldova.

IMG_6348 Narnia Children's Group Christmas Presentation

Christianity has been the primary faith in Moldova for centuries and the celebration of Christmas is a normal part of the culture. One interesting difference is that we get to celebrate Christmas twice a year here! We have the "old tradition" celebrated January 6 and 7, 2021 as well as the "new tradition" which is celebrated on December 25, 2020.

At the Imago Dei Baptist Church, we enjoyed the beginning of our celebration with the Narnia Children's Ministry singing some traditional carols. To see more pictures captured at this presentation, please click here. In the days before Christmas (the December 25th date) the Narnia group will visit homes and sing Christmas carols and share Christ which is another tradition here. When a group arrives to sing, the home that has been blessed will treat the carollers with gifts like oranges, apples, candy, or panettoni.

131930212_10221749795208070_579573960139091097_n Delia - in an angelic moment!

Following the temptation of Christ in the wilderness and again the night before the crucifiction the angels encouraged, sustained, and ministered to Jesus. Here in Moldova we have probable angels who encourage us as well. What a blessing to see what God is doing here in Moldova with the children, the young men who are a part of the Strong Foundation group, and also among the adults at Imago Dei Baptist Church. We are so thankful for what He is doing among the students at the Christian College (UDG) too. We cannot forget that God is still on the Throne and by His grace drawing souls unto Himself despite irritations like a pandemic or political and cultural divisions all over the world.

It has been repeated far too many times about the year 2020 being quite a "different year." We do not need to be reminded of that again. But, God is still working and He wants us to see that He is doing amazing things through the turmoil. We saw what might be an interesting slogan for this moment in history - "Get Used to Different." We are laborers together with Him and He is doing something new.

Thank you once again for all of your love, prayers, and support during this amazing year. The Lord allowed us to get our visas renewed and we are excited to see what He will do as we dive deeper into different. Even so, come Lord Jesus!