Tucked between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is little known to much of the world. Moldova has a long and turbulent history, having been repeatedly fought over and dominated by its neighbors. The fall of the Soviet empire in 1991 brought independence, but power struggles and economic trouble continue to plague the nation. Moldova is the smallest and poorest of the former Soviet Union states.

It is a land-locked nation that is struggling to keep unity and maintain independence. Ranked as the poorest European country, life is hard for most Moldovans. Communism and Orthodox Christianity offer little relief for people’s daily needs or hope for their future. And yet, Moldovans are spiritually open and we have opportunities to help grow the church by investing in its church leaders.