The 4th of November 2018 was a day to remember in Hirtop (Taraclia), as Oleg and Victor were ordained as Pastor and Deacon of the local church.
A packed church witnessed their ordination as Pastor and Deacon of the new church building. It has been many years since Pastor Oleg had the dream of building the new church. Being an excellent vegetable farmer, Oleg is a very resourceful man and it is that resourcefulness that has enabled them to complete the new church building. Oleg's vision has finally now come true.
When we visited earlier this year they had already made great strides with the new building, in fact, we had held an agricultural meeting in the building, which was a great success, drawing crowds from far and near.
The Children's room, at that time, was not finished but we are pleased now hear that it is now finished and it looks fantastic. This was down to a huge amount of work from Oleg and other local people in Hirtop. Together with funds raised by CEEM and contributions from St Neots Evangelical Church and the Baptist Church in Over, Cambridgeshire and other organisations.
It is particularly important as the new Children's room enables them to provide a Meal-Deal for the local children, which means a much-needed hot meal as well as activities that help them understand the Gospel.
And if that wasn't enough, they've recently had three people baptised in the new church!
Above: Pastor Andrei, from the church in Burlacu, talking about baptism.