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From begging and stealing to following Jesus

Today, Victor at 24, is a leader at MWB's Summer Camp and each summer he gives back to the children in need in his region, like he once was. "I want to serve the Lord," he says. "I want to show children God's love in the same way it was shown to me at Summer Camp and I want these children to know that there is a plan for their lives."

The light at the end of the tunnel for Victor, were visits from Mission Without Borders' (MWB) Moldova coordinators to the boarding school and the chance to go to Summer Camp.

Victor learned to beg from childhood; he had nothing to eat and had to go into the village, knock on people's doors and ask for bread. Some children threw stones at him when they saw him coming and shouted: 'Beggar, beggar, don't play with him'. The rejection made him feel so alone. Victor and his four siblings were raised by a single-mother in a desperately poor community in Moldova. He never met his father and his mother struggling on her own couldn't provide for her children's basic needs and had no alternative but to send them all to a government run boarding school. 

Victor 2007 12 Years Old First Time To Summer CampVictor at 12 years oldVictor As Adult Victor as an adult, 24 years old. 

After a motorcycle accident as a young child Victors memory and ability to learn was affected. He was sent to a school for special needs children. At the age of 10 he had progressed far enough to attend a regular school but was often bullied because he was older than all his classmates and still couldn't read or write. The bullying got so bad that he began skipping classes and fighting back. Even though he didn't really know much about God at that time, Victor remembers asking God to restore his memory, so he could read, write and be like others. Wonderfully and miraculously it happened. He started to improve and became one of the best students in class.  

Despite this progress, whenever Victor returned to his mother's home he was faced with a stepfather who forced him to go out on the streets to beg and steal.

"We were known by all the locals as thieves. All the other children at school looked forward to weekends, but I didn't because I had nowhere to go. My step-father used to beat me, and my brothers and sisters.We would run from him to the cornfields where we would sleep all night",                                                                                              recalls Victor.                        

When Mission Without Borders started visiting his school, they would read the Bible to the children, give them gifts and show them care and affection. Victor says, "I remember when someone would see the coordinator coming we would all shout: 'Mission Without Borders is coming.'  It was during one of these visits that Victor heard about Summer Camp. "I wanted to get to camp so badly as I saw the joy other children had when they came back." When he was 12, his dream came true as he was given the opportunity to attend summer camp and reflects on it as a life changing experience

At 17, he gave his life to Jesus."Looking back to when I was in boarding school, I never dreamed that my life would turn out how it has. The day when I was baptized became the happiest day in my life. In Jesus, I got true happiness: I have found joy, peace, freedom and love."

Sadly, there are many more children like Victor sitting in boarding schools in Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Bosnia, Albania and Bulgaria. Many without any hope in their lives.Your donation will not only send a child to Summer Camp but will offer them the hope of a changed life and a future they can look forward to.  Not only will their lives be changed with Christ in their lives, but they may become leaders to the next generation.