Day of Prayer for Moldova: Sunday, March 13
BSC Communications
March 09, 2011

Day of Prayer for Moldova: Sunday, March 13

Day of Prayer for Moldova: Sunday, March 13
BSC Communications
March 09, 2011

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) begins

its new Great

Commission Partnership with the Baptist Union of Moldova in March.

The Baptist Union of Moldova is asking its partnering

churches to participate in a day of prayer and fasting on Sunday, March

13, in preparation for the events of the following week. The focus of the

day of prayer and fasting will be for God to prepare the hearts of the Moldovan

people for revival and spiritual renewal.

North Carolina Baptist churches

are encouraged to join with Moldovans March 13 in prayer and fasting

as well.

Moldova is a former communist country surrounded by Romania

and Ukraine. The partnership is an opportunity for North Carolina Baptists to

impact one of the unreached people groups in the world today. About 96.4

percent of the people in Moldova do not have a personal relationship with Jesus


“God has opened the door for the gospel of Jesus Christ to penetrate

the lostness that is still so great in Moldova,” said Michael Sowers, senior

consultant for Great Commission Partnerships.

The launch of this partnership begins with a series of three

Great Commission Partnership conferences March 16-19 in Moldova. These

conferences will be for pastors and church leaders, women and youth. These

events will take place in five venues in three cities across Moldova and will

directly impact about 1,400 attendees and many more people indirectly in the

years to come.

The pastors’ and church leaders’ conference will focus on

Revelation 3:8 in which Jesus reminds the church in Philadelphia that He has

opened a door that no one can shut.

This timely conference for the nation of

Moldova will be led by: Allan Blume, pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in

Boone and chairman of the BSC Vision Fulfillment Committee; Bobby Welch,

strategist for global evangelical relations for the Southern Baptist

Convention; and John Ewart, associate vice president of project development

and director of doctor of ministry studies at Southeastern Baptist

Theological Seminary.

The womens’ conference, which will serve as an encouragement

and time of equipping for pastors’ and deacons’ wives, will be held in three

locations throughout Moldova. The conferences will be led by Bobbye Rankin,

wife of Jerry Rankin who is president emeritus of the International Mission

Board (IMB) of the SBC; Pam Blume, who has served on the IMB Board of Trustees

and various BSC committees; and Ashley Allen, director of Embrace women’s

missions and ministries for the BSC.

John Miron, executive director of the

Baptist Union of Moldova, shared that this is the first time that women in the

Baptist Union have had a conference that will focus on their needs.

The youth conference will focus on the last command of Jesus

and will serve as a challenge for students to go to the unengaged and

unreached people groups of the world. Sowers and Chuck Register, executive

leader for church planting and missions development at the BSC,

will lead the youth conference Saturday, March 19.

Students in

Moldova have the opportunity to go to parts of the world where others have no

access. It is the hope of the Baptist Union and the BSC that this conference

will inspire a generation to take the name of Jesus to those who have not heard

of His gospel.

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