What We Do
“Our aim is to stand alongside the poor as friends and help them through a life-giving process of transformation.”
Mike Kirkwood, Founder of Breadline
Our partner churches determine the direction and pace of their work while we provide the external help needed to get started. In this process we encourage them to work together and share their expertise. Furthermore, we deeply respect their need to develop their ministries in the context of their God-given calling and local culture. We also respect their need to network and develop relationships with other partners/agencies as God leads them.
Mike Kirkwood, Founder of Breadline
Who We Support
Dancu Baptist Church
Dancu Baptist Church & Tabita Association – Location: rural Dancu (population 1800). Church has 70 members. Ministries include: numerous evangelical activities, a luncheon club and meals on wheels for the elderly, a life skills club for girls, an after school support for children with special learning needs and outreach to prisons and orphanages.
Dancu church also founded the Tabita Agricultural Association which in recent years has helped hundreds of poor farmers to become self sufficient and has also helped many of the poorest in the community with emergency supplies of grain. Tabita’s vision is to support sustainable businesses such as a dairy for cheese making, a bakery, a woodworking enterprise and car tyre/repair workshop, the profits of which will eventually enable them to eventually support their own social care projects
Mobile Training Team
Mobile Training Team – We are supporting a Moldovan Mobile Training Team comprising, 3 highly experienced pastors, to provide ministry training for these churches, many of which are in remote rural settings and all of which have leaders who are self supporting.
We are very grateful for the partnership and help of Maghull Baptist Church in Liverpool and the Stuart Hine Trust in this process. We also thank Stephen Gaukroger of Clarion Trust International for the encouragement he gave the leaders of this network on his visit to Moldova in November 2009 and his continuing interest in their work.
Our partner since June 2011, Emanuel Clinic was founded in 1992 by 15 Christian doctors from a variety of denominational backgrounds, with a vision to provide the poor and needy with reliable and corruption free medical treatment. They provide 18,000 consultations a year. The UK Charity Medical Missionary News (MMN) and Breadline are working together to help Emanuel Clinic to develop its Mobile Clinic which provides free treatment for over 1,000 people a year who live in remote, impoverished rural communities. MMN also support training and medical conferences, and their Step by Step program, which aims to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS by educating young people and supporting those who have become infected to live healthier lives.
Lord’s Army Chisinau
Community Church – Location: Capital Chisinau (pop 1 million). Evangelical, 60 members. Mission: “Evangelism is a basic priority for our church – the Lord Jesus sent us to all to witness about Him, and we as a church are called to take this good news of forgiveness to all people.” Ministries include: Clubs for adolescents and young people, Alpha courses, evangelistic conferences for adolescents and young people, retreats/camps for young people, distribution of Christian literature and Bibles, community/family welfare.
Charity Mission for the Disabled
The Charity Mission for The Disabled (CMD) – Location: Straseni near Chisinau. Directors Petru and Antonina Chirica and their daughter, Doina.
Disability is still a huge stigma in Moldova, and women who choose to keep their children with disabilities rather than having abortions or leaving them in institutions often find themselves abandoned by their partners. Very few schools in rural areas are equipped or trained to provide education for children with learning or physical difficulties. Their mothers have no choice but to go to work to provide food for their children and to cover medical bills This often means they have to lock their children in their homes on their own if there is no-one to look after them. The CMD provides a day centre for 10 children with disabilities, aged 3 – 16, prioritising those who would be left home alone. The children receive an education, specialist therapies such as speech and language and massage, a hot meal and the opportunity to socialise and have fun.
The CMD run two annual summer camps, one for children with disabilities and their families, and one for young adults with disabilities. They also hold annual conferences on inclusion for people with disabilities which is attended by up to 80 church leaders and volunteers, charities and public sector social workers. The CMD support and mentor pastors in churches around the country who want to provide similar ministries to children and adults with disabilities.
They are currently planning and fundraising to built a new centre that will accommodate 12 children aged 3 – 16, and 12 young adults aged 16 – 25.
The CMD provide home visits by a trained team, advice, guidance and therapy support for people with disabilities and their families/carers. Currently, they support over 500 people, including 50 families who have children with disabilities. Breadline support has included the provision of training for its staff and carers and the provision of educational resources and specialist equipment. They have also provided specific support for a number of individual families, including vocational courses and small income generation projects.
Please visit www.moldovcharitymission.org.uk for more information.
Poganesti Baptist Church
This little church is one of our most recent partners. Poganesti is very poor. 10 to 15% of its population have migrated and there is 95% unemployment. Life expectancy is 63 years. 50% of the land remains fallow. People do not have the funds to cultivate it. In 2007 we provided support to Pastor Victor to refurbish the church manse which had become uninhabitable and are in the process of helping him to develop a “mission engine” for his church and ministry e.g. a small horticultural business which he started in 2009.
Headed up by Victor Zama, this charity was established in the village of Corbani in 2015 and is called “Nehemiah”. Their mission statement is “to improve the quality of life for different age groups, through social, spiritual, educational and entrepreneurial activities”. They run various educational, social and spiritual programs for the elderly, children, youth and parents, serving over 500 beneficiaries altogether. These projects are based in the “Wings of Hope” Community Centre, so called because their aim is to spread love and hope.
Centre for Legal Assistance for
People with Disabilities (CLAPD)
CLAPD (Consultant Juridic) was founded in 2006. Location: Capital Chisinau. Executive director: Vitalie Mester. They have been our partner since June 2007. Their mission is to advocate for people with disabilities and their carers by providing free legal assistance, advising the government on policy change to promote people’s rights and inclusion into society, and to assist workplaces to make reasonable adjustments to include people with disabilities.
CLAPD produces and circulates special audio journals for the visually impaired. Many of its potential 9000 readers are scattered throughout remote rural areas where facilities for the blind are virtually non-existent. In 2010 CLAPD played a central role in persuading the Government in Moldova to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We are grateful for the close relationship we have with this charity, and for their willingness to share advice with us in relation to those we support in other parts of Moldova.
Our partnership began with the Baptist Church in Malcoci in 2000. Over the years we facilitated links between the church in Malcoci and Life Community Baptist Church in Horsham. This led to the building of a new church in Malcoci, with an after school club which provided meals, help with homework and games for poor children in the community. They also help to provide basic support to the poor and elderly.