Impoverished Believers in Moldova, Europe’s Poorest Country, Care for the Most Ukrainian Refugees

Image depicts a center for Ukrainian refugees set up in the “Manej” athletics center of Chișinău, Moldova. Refugees began arriving in Moldova in early March. (Wikimedia Commons)

Europe’s poorest country faces a few Goliath-size problems.

Officials from the United States and Ukraine say Moldova could be Russia’s next target. Additionally, in two months, the “war next door” has sent hundreds of thousands of refugees into or through Moldova – a country roughly the size of Maryland.

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, a Gospel worker told FARMS International:

“I can see some panic here in Moldova; chaos at the markets where people are going out and buying food, but so far, we are well. I may have to get some reserves for the house and the elderly people we feed. Please pray that God will keep us safe and protect us.”

In the weeks since, Western nations have rallied to support Moldova as it welcomed a flood of refugees from Ukraine. The European Union recently set up a humanitarian warehouse in the capital city.

Even though it’s Europe’s poorest country, Moldova cares for the most Ukraine refugees per capita. “They are already a people in poverty; people who are oppressed,” FARMS International’s Tim Landis says.

“With the Ukrainian crisis, the need’s even greater.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for believers in Moldova. Pray specifically for their lives and hearts to be continually tuned to God’s will.
  • Pray the Lord would use these believers to be supportive and loving to their neighbors from Ukraine.
  • Pray for the people of Ukraine to come to a saving knowledge of Christ, and for believers to be strengthened in their faith. Pray that under such pressure they would look to a God who is sovereign over all and that He would bring about peace.

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