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. Provides 18,000 consultations a year. The UK Charity Medical Missionary News 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.
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, (pop 20,000) CMD provides a day centre for children with disabilities who have no access to schools. 15 children visit the centre throughout the week, receiving specialist speech and language therapy and education. They also have the opportunity to socialise with others and are given a cooked meal at lunchtime. CMD provide home visits by a trained team, advice, guidance and therapy support for people with disabilities and their family carers, most of which are very poor and are struggling to cope. Currently, CMD supports over 500 people, including 50 families who have children with disabilities. They run an annual summer camp for 200 children and adults. Breadline support of CMD has included the provision of specialist training for its staff and carers and specific support for a number of its beneficiary families including: education 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. Our partner since June 2007, this charity is staffed by a team of Christians from one of our partner churches. Their mission is to advocate for people with disabilities and their carers by providing free legal assistance, and by advising the government on policy change to promote people’s rights and inclusion into society.
CLAPD also 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.
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.