June updateThursday 19th July, 2018
Dear Praying Friends
We last wrote to you at the end of March with reference to a proposal Peter had received from Dr Ron
George, Director of the Eurasia Education Foundation. Among the points Ron proposed were:
That Peter and Maureen partner as members of EEF whilst not making any changes with their own
present charity setup including being answerable to their own board.
That EEF introduces Peter’s valuable ministry in training Sunday school teachers and evangelistic
ministers in Divitia Gratiae University and their graduates in Central Asia. (Turkish and Persian
That Peter is available to teach at the annual Camp held in Moldova and any other DGU linked churches
in Central Asia.
With this in mind, our CFM Trustees met on the 16th March and made the decision that Peter should
travel to Moldova in June, taking up an invitation to visit the Summer school, where a camp for
children is running concurrently. They would like to have evening meetings and ask me to speak and
lead many of those. This will give me the chance to assess the opportunities for ministry there, and
then report back to the Trustees when I return (This will take place on Thursday next week, please
pray for our meeting). Here follows an account of my visit:
I travelled to Chisinau in Moldova on Saturday July 16th, via Frankfurt in Germany. Were it not for the
assistance of a Russian lady also travelling to Chisinau I would never have made my connection. Never
have I seen such a large number of people waiting to pass through security in Frankfurt. I estimate
well over 300 in my group, plus an equal number from the opposite direction. The lady said, follow me
and keep up! She forced her way through the crowds crying, ‘our plane is leaving, our plane is leaving!’
The lines parted like the Red Sea. A customs officer then noticed that my International Police
Association wallet in the tray had fallen open revealing my badge, he said, ‘Police?’ and passed me
through giving me specific directions as to where to go for my flight. The Russian lady in white pushed
me ahead up the steps onto the plane saying, ‘I’ll follow you.’ That was the last I saw of her, I couldn’t
see her anywhere on the plane, or at Chisinau when I arrived! Was she a Russian angel?
On arriving at the University was greeted by Mihai Malancea, the Principal, and related to him the
details of my journey. When he heard the details he asked to see my badge and said that there was a
meeting of the Christian Police Association of Moldova that week. I told him that I was a member of
the CPA too, at which point he said, ‘wait!’ pulled out his phone, and spoke to someone (in Romanian)
for a couple of minutes, before informing me that he’d been talking to a senior Police Officer (a
member of his church), who was the secretary to the Christian Police Association of Moldova and that
I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Conference!
The following day we went to the Summer School Conference at the Christian Camp in Vatici (about
45km from Chisinau) where the training sessions for the Pastors and Christian Workers would be
held. I had only been allotted an hour each evening for my sessions, meaning that I had spent many
hours preparing materials which were never used. The time was somewhat redeemed by the
opportunity to speak at a couple of camps for around 20 minutes each morning, one for children and
the other for teens, which were held at the same as the conference. I was also pulled aside quite a few
times during the two weeks by a few of the conference delegates who were eager to learn more. I have
also received some very encouraging emails of thanks from a couple of the delegates from Russian
republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucasus.
Half way through the training Conference, Mihai took me to the other Conference for the Christian
Police Association. He told me that the Baptists were the largest Christian groups comprising around
20%, the others were members of the Orthodox Church, and so there would probably be a large
number of delegates who needed to hear the Gospel preached. You never have to tell an Evangelist
something like that twice! So, in addition to sharing my past experiences of working with the Police I
was able to use some of my Illusions to share a short Gospel message. My contribution was very well
received and will probably result in further work with the Police, and the Alfred Films that we made
being dubbed into Romanian for use in schools with the Police in Moldova!
Please keep us in your prayers during the coming days.
Every sincere blessing