From Lxxx (Day 94): Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for praying for our trip. It was good and we were able to cross the borders of two countries – Moldova and Romania, to pick up the bags with humanitarian aid and safely come back home.
Because of martial law men who are under 60 can’t cross the border, so Sergey couldn’t go. Vxxxx, our medical clinic director, and his wife Sxxx suggested to go on their car with a trailer. We left early in the morning and by noon we were in Romania. Bob Burnham (MTW missionary) who met the bags in the airport agreed with Baptist missionaries to take them to Galats, the Romanian city on the border with Moldova.
We loaded our trailer and set off back home. We crossed Romania’s border very fast. The workers of Romania’s customs office when learnt that we are taking humanitarian aid which is medical supplies let us go immediately, they were very positive and nice. But then we had to stay for 5 hours at the Moldova customs. We didn’t expect it. Some workers there were vividly pro-Russian, they examined the bags again and again. They told us we can’t go through because we don’t have enough documents for the goods. One woman told me: “Moldova is a neutral country and you can’t take through our territory the suppliers for your army” It made me really angry and I answered her; “Today you may be a neutral country and tomorrow you can be in the same situation as my country”. But some other people there were really compassionate and helpful and one young man even made a document for us that his colleagues demanded.
When we finally crossed the border it was too late and we were afraid that we won’t be able to make it home by the time when the curfew starts. On our roads there are a lot of block posts where they stop the cars to check. But each time when they heard that we were carrying humanitarian aid they let us go without checking. We came home fifteen minutes before the curfew.
Today we will unpack the bags and organize the stuff. The chief doctor of our medical clinic Dr. Axxx who serves now in a medical unit of the local defense will come and help us decide where these medical suppliers are needed most.
I wish you to have a good day!