Joni's dad works in the electronics department of Wal-Mart. Last night, a woman who was visiting from Moscow came by and they chatted about life in the former USSR (Joni's parents lived in Poland for years). The woman said "I hate Moscow. Everyone there is a crook and a criminal." John told her that we were going to Moldova. She said "Oh, there are even more crooks and criminals there!"
Many of the "crooks and criminals" live in an area called Transnistria, which we will be unlikely to visit, but makes for an interesting read. The goal of our work is to create jobs so that the law-abiding, educated populace with strong work ethic won't have to leave the country in order to make a living. That is very essential to keeping social structures in place for law and order.
We're 2 days away, and trying to get our suitcases under the weight limit (we shed 43 pounds of stuff yesterday!). We'll hopefully be able to give a funding update tomorrow.
Prayer requests: Pray for us to make our very tight connection (55 minutes) in Rome. That would mean our flight leaving on time from Cincinnati, and ease of transition through the airport in Rome. (This is so we don't have to spend the night in Rome and pay whatever that would cost).
Pray also that we would remember to tie up all the loose ends we need to tie up here!
Thanks so much!