As I listened to the wonderful musicians and waited for the time in the program when I would preach, I couldn’t help but marvel at this unique opportunity. This very stage where I sat, in this very building, was used during the Soviet Union days as a place where Communist principles were taught.
Although it is now run down, I can’t imagine what this building looked like in its prime. I imagine it sparkled and shined and looked pristine. I imagine it was a sight to behold as people poured in for rallies and special events.
But just a few weeks ago I watched as people packed the auditorium not to hear Communist propaganda, but to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed. For two evenings, on a Saturday and a Sunday, I had the privilege of preaching the gospel to people from villages throughout the Moldovan district of Ungheni.
On Saturday night the Lord impressed upon my heart to preach from John 3:16. I knew God wanted these people to know how much He loved them and how much He wanted a personal relationship with them.
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Milton Hollifield, left, was part of a team of Baptist State Convention employees who recently went on a mission trip to Moldova. Team members worked with Moldovan leaders to build plans for the future of its partnership. For more stories, see pages 1 and 9. Visit flickr.com/photos/ncbaptist.
I want you to know that I approached these services with a great sense of responsibility. Perhaps more than any time in my life, I felt such a dependence upon God; a total dependence on Him for every thought and every word I shared during those messages.
I cannot tell you the overwhelming burden I had as I looked out into the crowd and realized that most of the faces staring back at me did not know Jesus Christ. God reminded me that He loves every single person on this earth and that He died to save people in Moldova just like He died to save me. What a joy it was to see many of them accept Christ as their Savior.
I was preaching in Moldova because I was on a mission trip with 10 other members of your Baptist State Convention staff. In addition to preaching during the two evangelistic services, Chuck Register and I were blessed to teach during pastors’ conferences throughout Moldova.
Other members of our mission team faithfully served each day in different villages in Ungheni. They helped with food distribution, children’s camps and shared the gospel with people in the villages.
I want you to know how blessed I am to have been granted this opportunity from God to serve Him in Moldova. I was blessed to serve alongside our Convention staff, and I was blessed to see God work in the hearts of Moldovans.
Our Convention’s Office of Great Commission Partnerships is coordinating this Moldova partnership, and you can learn more by visiting ncbaptist.org/moldova.
Your Convention staff has a desire to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ – this is why we went to Moldova. My prayer is that North Carolina Baptist churches all across this state will join the work God is doing in Moldova.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16