Earlier this month, missionary David Gross and I visited a city in the north to consider it for church planting. We drove to Edineti one morning, spent a day exploring the city, and came back the next day. There are some things we could have done better, but we figure the best way to learn is just to get out and do it. This summer, we are planning two future scouting trips to Soroca and Comrat.
Our trip showed me the confusion that surrounds many people here in Moldova. When we first came here, I thought that most cities and villages had just the Orthodox Church. I am learning that there are more groups than I thought. Unfortunately, these groups are bringing with them sundry false doctrines. In addition to the Orthodox Church in Edineti, there is a strong Jehovah’s Witness presence, a Salvation Army Church, and two Pentecostal churches. Some Moldovans have never heard the Gospel. Many others have heard a false Gospel. There is much work to do!
We are so thankful to be able to continue our Russian lessons this summer. We cannot say enough about how blessed we are to have Svetlana as our teacher. She is always on time (in fact, 15 minutes early), dependable, experienced, and quite patient with our frequent mistakes.
More opportunities to minister have opened up in the church we are attending. We are both enjoying singing in the choir. I have preached once and will do so again soon.
In His service,Jacob and Viola Hughes
For Prayer:1. Two more scouting trips planned this summer
2. Continued progress learning Russian
3. A family with which to team up
For Praise:1. More opportunities to minister in our church
2. Consistent support and better exchange rates
3. Celebration of Viola’s ??st birthday earlier this week
“Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes”