Day of Prayer for Moldova: Sunday, March 13
    March 9 2011 by BSC Communications

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) begins its new Great Commission Partnership with the Baptist Union of Moldova in March.

    The Baptist Union of Moldova is asking its partnering churches to participate in a day of prayer and fasting on Sunday, March 13, in preparation for the events of the following week. The focus of the day of prayer and fasting will be for God to prepare the hearts of the Moldovan people for revival and spiritual renewal.

    North Carolina Baptist churches are encouraged to join with Moldovans March 13 in prayer and fasting as well. 

    Moldova is a former communist country surrounded by Romania and Ukraine. The partnership is an opportunity for North Carolina Baptists to impact one of the unreached people groups in the world today. About 96.4 percent of the people in Moldova do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

    “God has opened the door for the gospel of Jesus Christ to penetrate the lostness that is still so great in Moldova,” said Michael Sowers, senior consultant for Great Commission Partnerships.   

    The launch of this partnership begins with a series of three Great Commission Partnership conferences March 16-19 in Moldova. These conferences will be for pastors and church leaders, women and youth. These events will take place in five venues in three cities across Moldova and will directly impact about 1,400 attendees and many more people indirectly in the years to come. 

    The pastors’ and church leaders’ conference will focus on Revelation 3:8 in which Jesus reminds the church in Philadelphia that He has opened a door that no one can shut.

    This timely conference for the nation of Moldova will be led by: Allan Blume, pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Boone and chairman of the BSC Vision Fulfillment Committee; Bobby Welch, strategist for global evangelical relations for the Southern Baptist Convention; and John Ewart, associate vice president of project development and director of doctor of ministry studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    The womens’ conference, which will serve as an encouragement and time of equipping for pastors’ and deacons’ wives, will be held in three locations throughout Moldova. The conferences will be led by Bobbye Rankin, wife of Jerry Rankin who is president emeritus of the International Mission Board (IMB) of the SBC; Pam Blume, who has served on the IMB Board of Trustees and various BSC committees; and Ashley Allen, director of Embrace women’s missions and ministries for the BSC.

    John Miron, executive director of the Baptist Union of Moldova, shared that this is the first time that women in the Baptist Union have had a conference that will focus on their needs.

    The youth conference will focus on the last command of Jesus and will serve as a challenge for students to go to the unengaged and unreached people groups of the world. Sowers and Chuck Register, executive leader for church planting and missions development at the BSC, will lead the youth conference Saturday, March 19. 

    Students in Moldova have the opportunity to go to parts of the world where others have no access. It is the hope of the Baptist Union and the BSC that this conference will inspire a generation to take the name of Jesus to those who have not heard of His gospel.

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