Sometime in December 2011-January 2012 there was a bulletin at church announcing a trip to Moldova. To be completely honest, I thought Moldova was in South America. I literally had no idea where Moldova was. I googled it. Turns out it was in Eastern Europe. It was a trip to teach English and at the time I wanted to be a teacher so I called the contact information provided.
I contacted Elizabeth Hartzog (who is now one of my mentors) and talked to her about the details of the trip. I was really interested so I signed up and went to an informational meeting. I started fundraising because the trip was going to cost around $2000. I didn’t have that money. I fundraised a lot of money but a few days before the deadline I was still $1125 short. Ms. Elizabeth calls while I’m laying on the couch, sick with the flu, and tells me I just received a $1000 check for my trip. I almost jumped off that couch ecstatic! Later I received a check for $125 from my friend’s parents. I was fully funded!
Fast forward a few months…It’s now July 2012. We are making our way to Moldova. The summer camp (English for New Life) was amazing. I loved the people! On the plane ride home I wrote a blog post of what happened. I said “Lord willing, I will go back.” I returned in June 2013.
The second time I went I did two different camps. First I worked with Operation Mobilization in Moldova and did an outreach called Love Moldova. We went into 2 different villages and did summer camps for children. I also returned to the English for New Life camp.
Rewind to March 2013…I had just researched and found out about the awful orphan + human trafficking situation in Moldova. I went to an anti-trafficking 5k race and there the idea for Mission: Hope for Moldova was born. I wanted to open a home for the aged-out orphans in order to prevent them from being trafficked. Ultimately, I wanted these orphans to know Jesus Christ and His love for them.
We incorporated in the state of Louisiana in June 2013. We submitted our request for tax-exemption status in February 2014 (still waiting on that).
Currently we are fundraising to send 100+ orphans to camp in Moldova. We are trying to raise $15,000 in order to do this. We need to raise a minimum of $4000 by May 1.
If you are interested in giving please do so here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mission-hope-for-moldova/
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