in September of this year we had this high honor – all sisters of the
European Committee arrived to Moldova, to Chisinau, to conduct a
mini-conference, where two sisters from all CIS countries were invited
(Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan,
Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Moldova).
Even the nature seemed to rejoiced because of this event. The weather
was warm, the bright Moldovian sun awaited the guests. The theme of the
conference was "Trust in the Lord, and do good". In the morning on the
13th of September everyone gathered in the spacious hall and the
President of EBWU Ewa Gutkowska, opened the Conference greating the
honored guest was the Bishop of the Union of Evangelical Baptist
Churches of Moldova, Valeriu Ghiletchi. He wished all the participants
to do everything for God's glory in this event. It was touching to
listen to testimonies of the speakers – sisters from the above
They one by one were talking about their ministry among the women,
about their joys and hardships of their work in their countries.
Especially moving stories we have heard from the sisters from Muslim
On Friday, September 14, at 2p.m. we joined to the large Moldovian
Conference, which had started that morning. Beginning with 1991 –
in our country, Moldova, there are annual conferences with different
themes. Our Union counts about 400 churches. We invite sisters from
every church to attend these annual conferences. There were more than
400 sisters at this time. All of them with great interest were watching
slides and listening to the information about the ministry of sisters
all over Europe. Janny Kingma, the Secretary of the EBWU presented
involved, sisters participated in Bible study lessons which Livija
Lame, Vice President, and Ewa Gutkowska, President, conducted in
harmony with the conference theme. Livija showed on the basis of the
Word of God, what a Great, All-Mighty, Omnipresent God we have, calling
all of us to trust in him! Ewa taught us to do the good. This topic was
especially essential. In our country the summer was very dry, many
villagers have no crop in their gardens. We think, that is why the Lord
takes a special care of us and sent us sisters, who were encouraging us
and taught us deeply trust in him! He will never forsake us.
On Saturday, in the morning the testimony of sister Elisabeth Vekas,
Treasurer, about her life appeared to be a great blessing for all the
sisters. After that we prayed in groups, then – we prayed all
together for the needs, which sisters-participants of the conference
had written and collected in baskets.
It was very interesting for all the sisters to listen to Margun Warem
about her missionary trip to Africa. It was a special meeting, and the
Lord blessed that joint communication of sisters from Europe and Asia.
We say thanks all the sisters in Europe, due to whose help the Lord
made this meeting possible. Thank you, dear sisters! May the Lord
reward you all!