Visiting Transnistria

One of the things we did was visit a pastor and his family in Transnistria, which is a region across the River Dniester of Moldova and just west of the Ukraine.  The Russians have taken over this region and made it an underground training base for their army.  Because we were foreigners, they would only allow us to stay for less than 24 hours.  We did not wish to find out what would happen if we overstayed our welcome!   As my hubby was unloading the van, a large group of Russian soldiers came marching down the little street.  The oppression of that area was strongly felt, but the Lord is still doing a vibrant work there.

DSC_0963A real Russian military tank guarding the entrance to their barracks.  We weren’t allowed to take any pictures of the boarder, and there were tanks there and Russian soldiers with machine guns with their dogs.  You did not want to make one wrong move!DSC_0891   DSC_0912On our way to visit the rehabilitation center that our brother started, we drove past Bender Fortress, a fortress that was built in the early 1400’s.   We also passed this man sitting outside his little shack, drinking a large bottle of vodka.  What a sorrowful sight.  The mayor of this region said that they entire village needs to be rehabilitated.

IMG_3872Here we are with the changed men at the rehabilitation center.  All of these men and the two woman were former drug addicts and alcoholics whose lives have been transformed by the power of Christ.  The only reform program they have here is to give them the gospel, the Bible and lots of work.  There is no other physiological counseling or anything of that nature.  They have daily Bible studies and receive guidance  and prayer from a local pastor who ministers there. The men work to raise all their own meat, have milk cows, and a huge garden.  They also have a ministry to the village people by providing them with the extra food that they raise.   IMG_3813     IMG_3811The men singing praises to God in Russian.  They all asked for prayer that they can be reunited with their families.

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DSC_0913                                                       The way the men workout.

IMG_3857  DSC_0947 The milk calf and meat rabbit.

It was exciting to see what God is doing in the hearts and lives of these men and women in that depressingly dark region.

DSC_0922This woman was addicted to drugs for 12 years and has been set free through the blood of Jesus.  She loves the Lord so very much and has such a huge heart for many other women who are addicted to substances and need to know the love and forgiveness of Christ.  She prays everyday for a way to minister and reach them.

” Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”                                                                                                    ~2 Corinthians 5:17-18

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