Blankets for Orphanages
Because Moldovan winters are cold, several people at National have
sought ways to improve the living situation for children of Moldova. There has
been a special focus on orphanages, especially given that the Bethany
Church in Belts has been involved with orphanages in its community.
|Blankets were sent to Moldova from 2002-2005 through Keys
Ministries and Missions Without Borders, International (MWBI). From
2006-2009, shipments went directly through Keys (headquartered in
Liverpool, PA) to the College of Theology and Education (CTE) in
Chisinau, where personnel from the Belts church would pick up the
blankets for preparation and distribution. Because of changes in
funding support from the U.S. Government, beginning in 2009, shipments
go through the Little Samaritan Mission (headquartered in Granite
Falls, NC) to Chisinau, and on to Belts.
Leila Pisnamazova, former MWBI Chisenau coordinator of the blanket
For the first shipment, the blankets were donated by American
Airlines. In order for the project to serve also as a way to reach
children with the news of the Gospel, arrangements were made for people in
Moldova to sew blocks of color into the blankets corresponding to the colors of
the Wordless Book, the well-known tool Child Evangelism Fellowship
developed to help missionaries tell children about
Jesus regardless of their language (the book has the colors of black
for sin, red for Jesus’ cleansing blood, white for purity, gold for heaven
and righteousness, and green for spiritual growth). The plan was for
the colors to be sewn into the blankets, then when the blankets were
the children could be told the story of Jesus so that they could pass
it on themselves to their friends.
The first shipment of blankets went to
about 34 orphans in Belts Special Home 209-4 for Deaf Children and 31
orphans at Belts Special Home 209-6 for Children with Locomotor Deficiencies
(numerical designators are MWBI’s). Orphanage administrators and children both
expressed their appreciation for the blankets, and MWBI, which is primarily
involved with orphanages in Moldova, was glad that the children could get warm
blankets and also hear about Jesus..Slavik Keptea, the MWBI Coordinator for
Moldova, helped get the materials from Chisenau to Belts and manage the
preparation phase for the Wordless Book addition and arranged for the
distribution of the blankets.
Gabrielle, a volunteer from Bethany Church who helped prepare the
for distribution. Note the Wordless Book materials on the table.
Slavik Keptea shows the boys at Special Home 209-4 their new blankets.
Slavik attends Emmanuel Baptist Church in Belts.
Children at Special Home 209-4 learn about the Wordless Book colors
as they receive their blankets.
The children show their new blankets.
Children at the Special Home 209-4 express their thanks for their new
Administrative Staff from Special Home 209-4 convey their thanks for
the blankets. From left to right are Zinaida (responsible for the
warehouse), a medical assistant for the home, Director Valentina
and volunteer Gabriela.
|The second shipment went to about 25 children in
the Belts Special Home for Children with Physical Handicaps and about 73 children
in the nearby Sculeni Home 217-2 for Slow Learners. This shipment
provided components for quilts—muslin backing, batting, and tops which the
Moldovans assembled with clear instructions provided by the Working Group.
The most special part of the quits for this shipment--the
quilt tops--were donated by a quilting expert who attended National. This individual
volunteered to donate the materials and—most importantly—her time to sew all the
tops herself. The children and staff were very grateful for the quilts and
commented about the beautiful bright colors and pictures of animals and nature
scenes which adorned the tops.
Boxes with blankets are loaded into the container in Pennsylvania.
Keys Ministries kindly let National have some space in their container
for the blanket materials.
Keys Ministries workers relax after loading the container.
The Keys container pulls away from the Pennsylvania warehouse, bound
Students from the Pedagogical College in Chisenau help unload the Keys
“Many hands make ‘light’ work”: seminary students receive the Keys
shipment and hand off the blanket materials to MWBI.
Quilt materials are unloaded after arriving in Belts.
Stacks of quilts ready for distribution to the orphanages.
Volunteer Vasiliy Voluschak helps Slavik with preparation of the
for the inside of the quilts.
Vasiliy sews the three parts of the quilts together and stitches in
the Wordless Book colors.
Children at the Sculeni home display their new quilts.
Toddlers and caregivers at the Belts Special Home, with their new
Children enjoy their new blankets in their cribs at the Belts Special
Boys at the Sculeni home give the “thumbs up” sign upon receiving their
Girls at the Sculeni home wave in thanks for the quilts they have
|A thank-you Christmas note from the Belts
Special Home: “We send you
greetings! We wish you health, joy, happiness, and peace to your heart
|The shipment sent in 2006 went to about 130
children at the Soci Noi Orphanage near Belts. The fourth shipment will
go to the orphanage with about 100 children at Albenetsy. Bethany
Church sends teams each week to these orphanages and runs summer camps and
special Christmas programs for children there.
Packing the blankets in Washington, DC for the Marculeshty home.
|(above left and right, and below
left) Volunteers prepare and load the blanket boxes
into the Keys Ministries shipping container in Liverpool, PA (near
Keys Ministries ships the containers to the Evangelical Theological
in Chisinau, where they are picked up and taken to the Bethany Church
Balti. The blanket portion for this shipment went to the Marchuleshty
NPC member Callie Harman, show here, second from left with parents
John and Donna Harman, donates blankets for the Soci Noi orphanage
her Girl Scout Troop. Europe Working Group member Howard Frost receives
them on behalf of the Moldovan beneficiaries.
Six boxes of blankets were shipped to the 120 children at the Albenetsy
A Suntex employee displays a blanket for the Albenetsy orphanage.
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