Woman commits life to serve while living with HIV

By September 7, 2007

Moldova (MNN) — Today marks the first-ever camp in Moldova for mothers living with HIV.

Vladimir Ubeivolc ministers in the Russian Ministries Regional Center in Moldova. Vladimir and his wife started their ministry, "Beginning of Life Center," seven years ago and teamed up with Russian Ministries just two years ago. With the partnership, their ministry has

The camp will last for just three days, but Vladimir said it took six months for the idea to take hold. "During these six months, women opened their feelings, and now we can start this new project with them because they want to go. They see that many, many people from their houses, from their work."

Vladimir's "Beginning of Life Center" helps support many of the 35 women with counseling, food aid, and vitamins throughout the month.

"Many of them are rejected in their society, rejected among their relatives, and in the schools, and we want to show them our love," said Vladimir. Victoria, one of the women
helping to lead, knows well what kind of help the women need.

Victoria spent a total of six years in jail before she was taken in by a caring woman. Five years ago she accepted Christ, and since then she has decided to serve those living with HIV/AIDS.  "She wants to invest her life for them. And at the same time, we hope
that they will follow Jesus and that they will give their life, their time–maybe a few years or few months of their life–into other people for the Kingdom," said Vladimir.

Victoria recently had a daughter who was HIV negative. 

During the camp, the women who are unbelievers are able to make friends with the leaders, as well as hear the Gospel. 

Though there has never been a camp like this, evangelism in their youth camps have been very successful. "When we started, we had around 10-15 youth in our church, and now we have around 100 who attend our clubs, only for four years," explained Vladimir.

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