Last Saturday, September 20, 2014 I had the incredible privilege of meeting a group of Moldovan police officers and government officials who were visiting Chattanooga, TN as part of an ongoing relationship with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers.
Moldova is an Eastern European country that was formerly part of the Communist Soviet Union (USSR). On average, police officers earn about $240 per month. Their weapons are usually shared, their equipment worn and dated, and few have the luxury of wearing body armor. Nevertheless, their spirit is strong and God is working in their hearts and lives.
As retired LEO from the Chicago area, TJ Tichy, writes, “This historic exchange is the culmination of the hard work of 3 teams of FCPO Law enforcement officers. The first team arrived there in 2011 headed by Sheriff Jim Hammond of Hamilton County/Chattanooga, TN. In 2012, the second team was headed up by then Police Chief of Arkansas City, Kansas PD, Sean Wallace. The third visit in 2013 was headed up by Sgt. Danny Jones of the Chattanooga Police Department. Sgt. Jones then spearheaded the effort to make this exchange possible in just three short years.”
During their week-long visit, they toured the Chattanooga Police Department, the Hamilton County Courts Building, the Hamilton County Jail, and viewed demonstrations from SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, and much more. They also attended a church service, and enjoyed some leisure time sight-seeing and shopping in the Scenic City (Chattanooga’s nickname).
The culmination of their visit was the breakfast, which was hosted at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Rock City Lodge #22. It was my distinct honor to present Bibles to each member of the Moldovan Delegation, and then preach the Gospel. The Bibles were made possible by a very generous donation from the Romanian Bible Society, which was arranged by my friend Tony Lane, Director of the Romanian-American Churches in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) Denomination.
The message I preached was “Will You Also Believe?” from John 20:30-31. John’s Gospel tells of 7 miraculous signs performed by Jesus, and John says that they are written that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing that we would have eternal life. I spoke briefly of the message of redemption found in each sign, and then shared my personal testimony of how Jesus raised my wife from the dead after a massive heart attack in 2008 (read Raised from the Dead). There was a strong presence of the Holy Spirit, and I could see in the eyes of everyone present that God was working. Please continue to pray that hearts will be changed, and revival will spread in Moldova.
I am so extremely grateful to be a part of what God is doing in ministry to the Moldovans and law enforcement nationwide. I commend all those who have made sacrifices to make this ministry possible, and pray your reward is great.
Please take a moment to enjoy the entire photo album from the breakfast, as well as the welcome dinner and airport departure.