Friday, May 13, 2022

Hughes News #94

 
"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"
 
Dear Friends,  
 
Greetings from Egoreni!  It feels like so much has happened since our last update.  Though things haven’t always gone as we planned or envisioned, the Lord has blessed us in so many ways and given opportunities to minister. 
 
One huge blessing is that we are finally living in our house!  We are really enjoying our home and living there has made it easier to work on projects a little at a time. Our next big projects are winterizing the house and finishing out our bedroom. 
 

Another huge blessing is getting our car back from Kiev! We know many of you were concerned and praying about this with us.  It is a long story of how the Lord worked out all the details but a brother in Christ was able to bring it with a convoy of refugees to western Ukraine where Jacob met him. 
 

It has been a blessing to have V and his mother, N, regularly attending Sunday morning services in Soroca. N is from Kiev and will be staying in Soroca until things calm down in Ukraine. V has attended off and on over the years but his mom’s visit seems to have encouraged him to be more faithful. Please pray that God will use this time to draw this family to Himself. Other attendees to Sunday mornings are from a village in our region.  Though they have professed faith in Christ, they lack a strong Biblical foundation. The afternoon services in Bulboci have gone well also.  We feel like people are finally opening up to us and sharing their lives and hearts with us.  Please pray that we can help them grow in their walk with the Lord. 
 
Our Easter services were a blessing.  We had a time for food and fellowship in both Soroca and Bulboci.  In Bulboci, one of our ladies has been staying with her brother some distance away but they both were able to come for our Easter Sunday. We also had a special evangelistic service in Bulboci, the Monday after Easter. Though only our church people came, we were all encouraged by the sweet time of fellowship. 
 



Our ministry at the children’s center has been both a challenge and a blessing. We have had more kids overall and some newer ones. E and P came to the center last fall. They are used to roaming the streets, doing as they please and have issues with drugs and smoking.  Their presence at the center has very negatively affected the other kids as well as the workers. Please pray for us to have wisdom as we try to minister to these kids. 
 

  
Another big part of each week has been buying, assembling and distributing bags of dry goods, toiletries and Christian literature for the Ukrainians in Soroca. We have handed out some 90 bags so far and plan to continue as long as there is a need. While some have just taken their bag and left, others have been fairly emotional and nearly all have expressed their deep appreciation. Many have taken a Bible or children’s Bible. Though we would like to have more contact with them many are moving on to other parts. E is one who is staying in the area and we have invited her and her son for a visit.  Up to this point we have worked through the social services office in our region. Since their funds are extremely limited and run out far too quickly, the director was so appreciative of the help we offered. She has invited us to go with her to a nearby camp where several Ukrainians are staying.  We plan to go and see what doors the Lord may open through that. We have received many gifts to help with these projects and at this point, we still have extra funds to help meet Ukrainian’s needs. 
 

  
Though there are concerns about the war in Ukraine coming to Moldova, daily life hasn’t changed too much. There are a lot of mixed feelings about the war, even among believers. Some from Russian families are hurt by the anti-Russia sentiments. Others have family or friends still in Ukraine or living with them here in Moldova and are grieved and concerned about the situation in Ukraine. Our friend, N, is in the latter group. Please pray for her and others with whom we have contact. Also pray for us to have wisdom how best to minister to each person’s need. 
 
In His service, 
Jacob and Viola Hughes 
 
For Prayer: 
1. Ukraine – the fighting to cease, refugees to find safety 
2. Wisdom to best minister to people and their various needs 
3. The specific individuals we’ve mentioned in this letter 
 
For Praise: 
1. We are moved into our house! 
2. We have our car back from Kiev. 
3. Many opportunities to minister to others
 
 

Friday, April 1, 2022

Hughes News #93

 
"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"
 
Dear Friends, 
 
Greetings from Soroca!  Furlough was wonderful, but it is so good to be back in our little corner of the world!  Reporting to two churches, Viola speaking at a ladies’ Bible study and I preaching at a pastor’s fellowship finished our ministry in the States.  There were also special moments with family before we left: our nephew and niece’s music festival, attending a play, family movies from the 1950s, as well as not quite as interesting but helpful tasks- shopping, eye appointments, packing, etc. 
 
With the fighting in Ukraine, we wondered if we would have to delay our return, but very quickly the Lord settled in each of our hearts that we should head back.  The airline changed our tickets to Romania at no charge.  Our flights went well and we spent a night in Iasi before crossing the border into Moldova.  Our coworker drove us to the border where another missionary friend met us and brought us into the country.  Other friends have given us the use of their car for the time being.  Jet lag is usually more noticeable going east, but this may have been the easiest overall transition that we have experienced.  We thank the Lord for His care – within each of these stories are little details where we saw God’s goodness and that were an encouragement to us!
 
We have enjoyed reconnecting with several acquaintances whom the Lord has allowed us to bump into while out and about in the city.  It was also a blessing to both us and our people as we returned to services in Soroca and Bulboci.  On Tuesday we visited the director and kids at the children’s center.  We left with a heavy burden on our hearts after hearing of some of the kids’ struggles.  Please pray for God to work in their lives.  From a social worker, we found out that there are about 350 Ukrainian refugees in Soroca.  With her help and gifts from the States, we donated a small bag containing food items and toiletries to ten family units.  We offered Bibles and children’s Bibles and gave them an invitation to our services.  Although our time to interact was brief, they seemed to genuinely appreciate the gift.  Since there are others who have yet to receive material help, we plan to prepare some more packets to distribute as soon as we can.  Would you pray with us that the Lord will open more doors to minister to them physically and spiritually? 
 
In His service, 
Jacob and Viola Hughes 
 
For Prayer
1. Ukraine – the fighting to cease, refugees to find safety 
2. Big needs in the lives of the kids at the children’s center 
3. Ukrainians and former attendees to come to services in Soroca 
 
For Praise
1. Many blessings and memories from a wonderful furlough 
2. The Lord’s direction and care in getting us back to Moldova 
3. Good first services and seeing several acquaintances
 

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Hughes News #92

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"
Dear Friends, 
 
We send you this letter from the Hughes farm in Illinois.  Since our last prayer letter we have reported to eleven more supporting churches and have visited two new churches.  We have also ministered in four school chapels.  The Lord has given us travel mercies and has encouraged us through times of fellowship with His people.  We love to inform others about  Moldova and it means so much when believers show interest in our lives and ministry.
 
The times between services have been filled with a number of things: office work, time with friends and family (including our nephew and niece’s music festival!), a sweetheart banquet, historical sites, research into family history and preparations for our return.  We have concluded the majority of our travels and have just three more meetings scheduled. 
 
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Tea party with sister-in-law and nieces

As you probably would guess, Ukraine has captivated our attention the last several days.  None of the fighting has yet crossed the border into Moldova, but thousands of refugees have.  Moldovans have done much to provide food and lodging for these displaced souls.  If the conflict is not resolved before our return (our prayer), we hope to get involved in ministering to the refugees.  If you are interested in helping, please contact me and I will forward you more information.  Currently our departure date is still set for the middle of March, but some changes will need to be made to our flight itinerary.  Would you please pray as we sort out these questions and head back to the field?
 
In His service, 
Jacob and Viola Hughes
  
For Prayer: 
1. Ukraine – the fighting to cease, refugees to find safety
2. Logistics to be able to return to Moldova 
3. Final meetings, packing, traveling
 
For Praise: 
1. Encouraging Christian fellowship during furlough
2. Safety traveling many miles 
3. The privilege to preach God’s Word in churches and chapels