Ruslan and Larisa Telpiz live in Gotesti, a village in Moldova, which is a small country in Eastern Europe, between Romania and Ukraine. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, with very little paid work available and many people are leaving the country in search of work.

Ruslan is the Pastor of the Baptist Church in Gotesti. His ministry includes leading Sunday services, preaching, youth work, baptisms, pastoral care and discipleship of church members and new believers. He is also involved in outreach and evangelism in Gotesti, Chircani and Tiganca.

Larisa runs the Day Care Centre (Children’s club) for socially vulnerable children. This is an after-school ministry held in Gotesti Church, which provides food, games, Bible stories and help with school work, in a caring and supportive environment. Larisa also supervises the Sunday School and is involved in the church’s ministry with women and families.

Ruslan is assisted in his ministry by Petea, who was ordained as a Deacon in December 2022. Petea’s wife Mariana co-leads the Day Care ministry with Larisa.

Members of St Michael’s Church have regularly visited Gotesti and Chircani since 2010, helping to run children’s summer day camps, going on pastoral visits to people in their homes and encouraging the church members and leaders.

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