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« on: June 24, 2007, 02:56:05 PM »

I am going to post this in parts, starting with the first journal of a good friend of mine that isn't a monkey (yet Wink ) but that does amazing work as a missionary to orphanages in Moldva (Russia).  She tells me that at the age of 16 these children are no longer allowed to live at the orphanage, and once they are "released" they fall prey to so many ills.  One of the largest comodities out of Moldova is sex slaves...at the age of 16.  I am hoping that we can do an interview with her.. so as you read these journals, please ask any question you wish and I will get her to sit down with me and answer our questions - I am sure she would love to share even more information than can be contained in the journals she shared.... it is her passion to save these kids. She makes this trip twice a year and this is from last year's trip.  We will have this year's trip when she returns.  Everything in italics is hers.


Marilyn's Moldova Summer - Part 1

Here are my journals from last summer.
I hope you enjoy them!
 
There are so many fun things that happened during my time in Moldova.
 
We had a 30 foot bonfire/weenie roast, and we had a Moldova karaoke polka.
The Government showed up one day to entertain the kids, and on the last day
the Mafia (yes, "the Mafia") came by to use the soccer field! It was all
great fun!  But what I really need to tell you about are the children. My
children of Moldova!
 
We arrived at camp in Chisinau on Monday June 12.  The first 2 kids to come
and greet the Americans were my boys, Slavic and Petru.  Of course I jumped
off the bus and gave them big hugs and kisses.  Then I saw other kids I meet
at Christmas.  It is amazing how these kids look forward to familiar faces.
I would love to tell you that the week was just perfect and the boys who
share space in my heart with my own children are perfect little angels, but
this is not the case.  It seems that out of an orphanage of 600 children I
picked 2 of the most troubled boys there.  Well, all the kids have awful
stories, but some handle it better then the 2 boys I sponsor.
 
Slavic Filipovici (Filapovich)... When I met him at Christmas he had an
older brother, Eugen, who watched over him but made sure to not get too
close to the Americans.  After 3 days he slowly warmed up to me.
Eugen went to prison in February.  This broke my heart.  I know that this
poor boy has no hope, no chance, and no one to ever care whether he lives or
dies.  No one except his brother Slavic and myself.  Back in February I
naively thought that only big-brother Eugen got into trouble and not the
younger boy, Slavic.  I was wrong.
 
On Tuesday I sat down with the Director of the orphanage Miss Galena.  She
is just an amazing woman who knows every thing about every child there.
Just imagine a giant, loving, but firm Eastern European woman. I sat down
with Miss Galena and ask her about Slavic and his brother.  The story that
followed was quite a blow.  These are 2 boys she does not like.
 
Eugen, the older brother, committed 16 robberies in one day.  She her self
called the police on Eugen because he was teaching  other kids to how to
sniff glue.  She told me that the only reason Slavic is not in jail is
because of his age (13).  Clearly she is giving him a second chance, but she
does not hold any hope for him. It seems that they were street kids and
stealing is just a way of life for them.
 
Slavic's whole family  is in prison.  His dad committed a bank robbery, his
mother attacked a man and robbed him, and now his brother is incarcerated.
This poor boy does not know of any other way.  So my job for this week was
clear.  I had to sit down with Slavic and have a very serious talk.  This
talk came on Friday.
 
I sat down with Slavic and an excellent translator named Dima. I must have
talked for a good 45 minutes.  We talked about his life and my love for him
- how God brought us together and that God cares what happens to him, and
about how in Moldovan prisons most men die of Tuberculosis or are murdered.
We talked about how his brothers life is basically over and how his will be
too if he follows down the same path.
I told him how our childhood is very short and our adult life can be very
long. He must use this time to decide what would become of his life.  I also
addressed the glue sniffing (which he denied).  Just like any 13 year old
boy in trouble with his mother-type friend, he kept his head down and stared
at the floor.  I can only pray that he opens his heart to my words.  I told
him that if I lose him to prison it would cause me great pain.  I know that
God put me in his life and I will never stop loving him no matter what
happens.  He really is a wonderful person.  I just hope he will find his
greatness before it is too late!
 
Unfortunately I am afraid that it will most likely come down to him
remembering my words while he is sitting in prison.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2007, 08:07:12 PM »

I am going to go ahead and post the other three journals.... seriously y'all if you think of anything you want to ask, even about the orphans or the sex slave industry, this is a woman who is up-front on the battle lines.

One of my favorite movies is "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore.  In one
scene Danielle says to the prince, "Those who are thieves cannot help
themselves."
 
"If you suffer your people to be ill-educated and their manners
corrupted from infancy, then punish them for those crimes to which
their first education disposed them. What else is to be
concluded but that you first make thieves and then punish them?"
 
Thieves, beggars, drunks, prostitutes, child sex slaves.
This is what most Moldova orphans become.
 
Petru Nighiti... I call him Peter.  Slavic and Peter are best friends,
but they could not be more different.  Slavic will give me a hug and a
kiss and then he is gone.  Most likely off to find trouble.  Peter is
super-glued to my side.  He does not let me out of his sight.  While
Slavic is stoic and even tempered, Peter is moody and easily upset.
When I spoke to Miss Galena I asked her about Peter.  She said that
his Mother is dead and his father is a disgusting alcoholic who would
beat Peter and his brother mercilessly.  She said their home is horribly
filthy, and Peter has to be reminded and even begged to bathe - that
even for me he could not be convinced to bathe.
 
When I first got to camp I told Peter I had some things for him
(clothes, shoes, a basketball).  This was a big mistake. Every time he saw
me he would ask, "When will you bring me MY shoes?  When will you bring me MY
ball? When will you bring me MY clothes?"
 
I asked him, "aren't I enough for you?  Do you care to see me or the
stuff I bring you?"  He said he wanted to see me AND the stuff.
He was always around me ready to give me a hug and a kiss.  And to say
"I love you."  Until Friday, that is.
 
Friday was our last day at camp and Peter avoided me all day.  I
wasn't sure what I had done to make him mad at me.  Maybe I was out of
gifts.  Maybe I had spent too much time with other boys.  Maybe I told
him no when he asked for something he wanted.  I could not hide my tears
that day.  Some of the other kids could tell I was upset. They thought
it was because of Peter. One girl keep telling him "Petru you are
making Marleen cry!" Peter could not be persuaded to come around me.
 
Just moments before I got on the bus to leave camp for the last time
in Chisinau, Peter ran up and gave me a great big hug and a kiss, and
one last I Love You!  I saw tears in his eyes. I  realized that he was
not upset with me, he just simply could not be around me on our last day.
It was just too much for him to bear.
 
I was not hurt by Peter!  I understand him very well.  My
tears were for all the children I had fallen in love with.  I cried for
the lack of value placed on their very precious lives.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2007, 08:07:58 PM »

There's some thing most people don't know about me.  I like basket
ball.  I discovered  that I can play well enough to impress the
teenage boys in Moldova.
I'm not saying I could play a competitive game but I can shot hoops.
 
This is how I meet Sergiu Bitca (Sergio)...  Sergiu is 14 and an absolute cutie.
He never came around the Americans.  He mostly stayed on the basketball court.
A lot of the older boy wont join the bible study or the crafts or what
ever else the Americans are doing with all the kids.   I guess it is
just to juvenile for the older boys.
When I spoke to Miss Galena about Sergiu she said that he was a pretty
good boy and that he didn't get into too much trouble.  His mother was
very sick and the reason why he was at the orphanage was because she
had no place to live. ( She is homeless.)  But because he has a mother
who seams to be in her right mind he had to go home for the summer.
"Where will he go?" I ask  "Where ever his mother is staying"  Miss
Galena told me.  Sergiu's mother called him on Friday morning.  He
left before we got to camp.  I never got to say goodbye.  I pray that
he is safe this summer.
 
Dima is an other 14 year old boy who I became very good friends with.
He enjoyed trying to help me with my Romanian.  Dima has a younger
brother named Mihai.  I meet them both at Christmas.  When I got to
camp I saw Dima but not Mihai.
"Where is Mihai?" I ask Dima.  "At home"  It seem that his family can
only afford to have one of the brothers come home for the summer so
they always chose Mihai.
Every summer Mihai goes home for the summer and Dima stays at the orphanage.
 
This boy is not like the other kids.  He is... well... cool.  He never
begs for things and he does not let the older kids pick on the younger
kids.  Dima became a christian 2 years ago and you can truly see
Christ in his life!
 
We had a special surprise for the kids that were sponsored by the
Americans who were on the trip.  We would take them out for dinner on
Saturday.
We had to turn in a list of names to Miss Galena.  My 2 boys were
scratched from the list right off the bat.  She could not trust them
out in the real world.  So I took Dima.
Dima has a sponsor, and I took pride in giving him some extra attention for her.
 
He told me this was only his second time to ever eat in a restaurant.
First time being last summer with his sponsor at the same restaurant.
They served us an appetizer of raw veggies set in the middle of the
table.  Then we were each served 3 meats and a lg serving of french
fries.  Dima ate all the veggies all the food on his plate and all of
my fries.  For desert he got 2 bowls of ice cream with chocolate
sauce.  Some people ask me why I let him have 2 ice creams.  If an
orphan wants 2 ice creams, an orphan get 2 ice creams!
Sweet dreams Dima!
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2007, 08:08:58 PM »

This will be my last letter on my Moldova summer of fun.
I have only told you about the first week and one orphanage.  I was in
Moldova for 2 weeks and I went to 2 orphanages.
 
For some reason God has burdened my heart for the older boys.
Maybe it is because of Jonathan, or maybe it is because they are on
the edge of manhood, and I can see that they are starting to lose
their balance.  I desperately want them to take my hand, so I pull
them back, before they fall off the cliff.
 
I truly love these kids and I want to do more for them.  I miss them
and I long to be with them.
For now the best thing I can do for them is to pray and to write to them.
I decided to get the names of a few more boy I had meet so I could
write to them as well.
 
Sasa (Sasha) Nemteanu age 15 - A very sweet boy who spoke a little
English, and enjoyed making beaded cross necklaces with me.  His
mother is an alcohol and is homeless.  She wont work and she eats out
of garbage cans.
I was told he had been left off the list for sponsorship because he
drinks and smokes and my be getting into drugs.
I wrote him a letter yesterday!  I pray that he will grab my hand!
 
The children ask me if I would come for Christmas. (They have
Christmas in January)  I told them I would try but it would be up to
God.
God please be with my children in Moldova.
Marilyn
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 12:47:27 AM »

What an amazing woman.  To read about these children is heart wrenching.  Is there a website that explains the process on how to sponsor a child?
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007, 12:23:10 PM »

Marlee, I will ask her.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 10:21:14 PM »

Thank you Mrs. Red
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2007, 05:31:22 PM »

Marlee and everyone...
 
She is going back to the orphanage in week... she will be back in 2 weeks and will have updates.

Marlee, she said she will get info for you.

Be sure and check out the updates.
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