Posted by: Redcliffe | June 22, 2009

Celebrating Children’s Day in Moldova

Chris and Helen are working in Moldova. They studied at Redcliffe between 2005 and 2007, and Chris is currently studying for the MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission in flexible-learning mode. As part of their work, they raised money for a new children’s play area – which was opened at the beginning of June.

Children's DayMonday 1st June was Children’s Day in Moldova and we opened the play area with a special day of activities, games and fun. We had an official opening ceremony led by Pastor Dumitru, together with the village mayor, and the regional President. After some short speeches and songs from kindergarten children, the park was opened by two local children cutting the ribbon.

Over 750 children (and more than 250 adults) joined in the fun, with face-painting, family photos, ice cream, competitions and the chance to try out the new swings, slide, helter-skelter, seesaws, sandpit, inflatable trampoline and climbing frame, as well as volleyball and basketball. Many of the children worPicture3e their special “Sunday clothes” for this special occasion.

It was a very beautiful day, with temperatures topping 30 degrees, and the biggest coming-together of the village that anyone could remember. For us, it was wonderful to see the vision come to life, and for the church to be able to bless its community with this tangible gift of love. The happy faces of so many children made the months of planning worthwhile. Thanks again to everyone who helped us raise the final total of £8000 – which paid for the play area, the opening ceremony, and a thank you BBQ for everyone in the village who had helped us.

Picture1We’re now back in the UK for a few weeks, so we may see you very soon!

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