The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked state in Eastern Europe located between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. It declared itself an independent state with the same boundaries as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Eric and Stephanie Chapman moved to Eastern Europe in the mid-1990’s with their four daughters. For over 20 years they have directed youth camps each summer in Moldova. Now God has opened doors for them to equip young men as teachers of the Word; they have started a Bible Institute and trade school. They have eager students and a few teachers; this school does not follow a standard structure: the students help with summer camps or work the fields in the summers with their families and villages, then school terms start again after harvest; most of the teachers are Moldovan nationals. The economy does not allow for ministers to be supported by their congregations, so the students learn a trade so they can earn their livelihood.
We continue to communicate with and encourage the Chapmans as their ministries evolve. The Moldovan camp and Bible Institute are now connected to University Divine Grace , a Christian university in Moldova. WordWalk continues to consult on the strategies these kinds of partnerships require, as God leads the Chapmans into expanding their ministry network from Eastern Europe [Moldova] to Southern Africa [Malawi] and now to Central Asia [Kyrgyzstan]. Their energy is now focused in establishing pastoral mentorships for UDG scholarship graduates returning to their home countries.