Photo gallery: Moldova
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Children attend classes at the Christian community center for children whose parents have left the country to find work. The center offers recreation and help with schoolwork in a Bible-based environment.
In Moldova you often find men and children playing board games such as backgammon, chess and checkers in parks after school.
Come to Jesus
Almost 1,000 women from across Moldova attended the national Women's Ministry Conference at Bethany Baptist Church in Chisinau.
Door to door
Larry and Dianne Martin, International Mission Board missionaries, work with youth from Holy Trinity Church in Chisinau, Moldova, to visit families and hand out Bibles in Hirtopul village.
Father and son
A Moldovan father holds one of his five children. In a country where the monthly average wage is just $120, many families find it difficult to afford basic necessities.
Handful of hope
The hands of a Moldovan man in Hirtopul village show proof he's a farmer. He holds tight to his hat and Bible during prayer.
Kids at play
Children play in the dirt paths of Hirtopul village in Moldova
Larry and Dianne Martin
IMB missionaries to Moldova, Larry and Dianne Martin
Light a candle
Orthodox Christianity is Moldova's "official" religion. The government builds churches, supports priests and constructs elaborate icons of Jesus on the cross. Moldovan Orthodoxy associates Christianity with heritage.
Portrait of an artist
A Moldovan artist laughs and jokes with passing tourists, trying to entice them to buy his artwork.
Prayer of a child
Children listen and pray in Sunday school at Jesus the Savior Church in Chisinau, Moldova. The church was the first Romanian-speaking church in Chisinau.
Ripe for sale
A feast for the eyes and mouth, pomegranates are displayed for sale in an open market in Moldova.
Tae Kwon Do champ
Marika Sofianu is a Moldovan Tae Kwon Do champion. She learned tae kwon do through classes at a Baptist church. She also accepted Christ there and is now the only evangelical Christian in her immediate family.
Moldovan teenagers hang out on the street of downtown Chisinau, smoking and drinking large bottles of beer at 11 a.m. "It's no big deal," said one of the teens. Alcoholism is a major problem among men of all ages in Moldova.
Portrait of a wedding guest at an Orthodox wedding in Moldova
A Moldovan woman clutches a Bible given to her by International Mission Board missionaries and youth from Holy Trinity Church in Chisinau.