Slightly larger than Maryland in size, landlocked Moldova is squeezed between Romania and Ukraine near the Black Sea. Moldova was part of Romania between the world wars, then was incorporated into the Soviet Union after WWII.
It is now one of the poorest nations in Europe. With 21% of the population below the poverty line, it’s safe to say Bread of Life can find many to serve who fit the bill as the poorest of the poor.
Moldova is squeezed between Romania and Ukraine near the Black Sea.
Bread of Life Moldova
Bread of Life Moldova is currently the only evangelical organization reaching out to the homeless in the entire country.
Bread of Life Moldova’s director, John, is a Moldovan himself. He is one of the many nationals Bread of Life has equipped and empowered to make an impact in his own country. It is because of quality nationals like John that Bread of Life can even exist outside of the city of Poznan, Poland.
John and his wife, Oxen have two children, Adeline and Joseph.
Bread of Life Moldova Director, John, and his family.
Not long ago, this family went through a traumatic time when Adeline was sick to the point of death unless she received emergency surgery. Thankfully, they were able to raise the necessary funds and the surgery was a success.
ITMI partner and Bread of Life Co-founder, Richard Nungesser, who learned about the crisis on his recent visit to Moldova, says, “It was amazing the difficulties they had to go through. It was very similar to what we went through in regards to having a child on the verge of life or death.”
National leaders, like John, face trials every day working and serving the poor. They desperately need our prayer.
Investing in People
Richard and his wife, Brooke Nungesser founded Bread of Life to serve the poorest of the poor. They have been able to empower and enable many nationals to serve their own countrymen in need. Now there are many national leaders serving in their own countries under the Bread of Life banner.
Of his recent visit, Richard says, “Our partners are soldiers for Jesus. I think the best investment that we can make is not in material items such as land but into people – especially our partners.”
Bread of Life Co-founder and International Developer, Richard Nungesser with a homeless man who received supplies from Bread of Life.
One of Bread of Life’s current biggest challenges, is to pay those quality nationals serving the poor for their full-time work a fair salary. When a national is freed up to lead Bread of Life, they return many dividends in lives changed as advocates for the needy on their own already established contacts and networks.
¹CIA World Factbook. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/md.html. Updated 2013 July 10. Accessed 2013 August 5.