Graeme and Bequi serve at Oastea Domnului, an evangelical church in Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova.
Most of the Moldovan population regard themselves as Orthodox Christians and are largely unaware of the true gospel message. There has been significant gospel growth in recent years and Oastea Domnului is a church family made up of born-again Orthodox believers.
Graeme and Bequi are passionate about equipping and discipling believers to be those who can rightly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Graeme’s role involves preaching, leading bible studies, leading one-to-ones and evangelistic outreach. Bequi's primary ministry is to support Graeme and look after their three children, Iona, Joshua and Ella. She is also involved with evangelism and discipleship among women and children.
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‘But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.’ Galatians 4:4 (Graeme’s Christmas sermon text)
Did you know that many Moldovans are fasting at the moment? The Nativity fast began this year on 28 November and will continue until Wednesday 6 January, the day before Moldova’s main (and second) celebration of Christmas. The Nativity fast is one of the biggest in the Orthodox calendar but it isn’t as strict as the fast leading up to Easter. For 40 days people give up meat, dairy products and eggs but they are allowed to eat fish, olive oil and drink wine at the weekends. Fasting is a really important thing for Orthodox people. Devout Orthodoxs will fast for 180-200 days each year, including every Wednesday (remembering Christ’s betrayal) and Friday (to remember his death and resurrection). If you visit restaurants or pizza chains, you’ll often find there is a special fasting menu and it is also something we have to be mindful of when inviting guests over for meals.
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