Board member's perspective: Planting seeds

Every few weeks in this space, one of RCE's directors or board members will share about the ministry. This week's post is by Martha Mollard, a board member who visited Romania with her daughter around this time six years ago.

It was spring time six years ago when I received an email from my friend Deb Perry asking me to read the blog of a friend of hers. Marti was in Romania working as a physical therapist with the children RCE was helping. My daughter Jessie and I read about Marti’s experiences in Romania and talked about how neat it would be to go there one day.  A seed was planted.

About a month later, we received an email from Jim Perry about an upcoming parent-teen trip to Romania.  Being quite the introvert, I had never been interested in going on a mission trip, but since my daughter really wanted to go, I thought, “why not?” 

We traveled to Romania with seven parents and eight teenagers from our church, McLean Presbyterian.  It was an amazing week of learning about RCE. We met the Amy’s House boys, took the Darius House kids to the park, helped a family begin construction on their new home, and visited families that have adopted children through RCE or received assistance from the poverty prevention program. I had no idea the ministry was so far reaching! 

I witnessed lives that had been changed by the work of RCE: those who had been rescued into the Darius House, those who had been placed into families, and the many families who have been supported by the ministry. My heart was touched seeing God's grace at work through RCE and feeling that He was at work in me as I participated in the work in Romania.  My life had been changed too. 

God planted the seed with Marti’s blog and nourished it through the ministry of RCE.

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.  It’s not important who does the planting or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7