Lidia is the wife of Pavel Purcaci, an evangelist in Anenii Noi, Moldova.
I was born into a Christian family with eleven children. I was the eighth child in our family. My parents loved and served the Lord with all their heart, and this was passed to us, the children. In my teenage years, I became a Christian and disciple of Christ.
When I was twenty years old, I got married to a man involved in our local church ministry. I was still a student at that time and did not have much opportunity to serve more in our church, though I was singing in the praise-and-worship band. After I finished in university, our first son was born. I had always wanted to impact teenagers in our church, so when our boy was about two years old, I started a ministry for teenagers with which my husband also helped.
God worked in my life and in the life of a girl we did not know before through a situation in our family. God blessed us with our second child, a sweet little girl. Around the time she was born, our son Alberto got sick with pneumonia. I was in the hospital after giving birth to our daughter, and my husband was at the hospital with our son. He was not improving, so my husband took him to a different hospital in the capital city. As men were not allowed to stay with children in that hospital, my sister offered to help—and spent about two weeks with our son in the hospital. In the same room were some teenage girls; one of them, Maria, was in a critical condition, having spent her last three years in the hospital with a blood infection doctors were unable to cure. The teenage girls played with Alberto, and Maria, who was sixteen, loved him very much. She was alone in the hospital, as her parents were not taking care of her.
After Alberto recovered and came home, Maria began calling my sister frequently asking about our son. This is how Maria and my sister got closer to one another, and now Maria lives with my sister’s family. She accepted Christ as her Savior! Her health condition has improved: she no longer has to stay at the hospital and is feeling much better now.
During that period of time, it was very hard for our family, and we could not understand why our son got sick exactly when I was unable to take care of him. I could not understand why he was not getting better in our town’s hospital and why we had to take him to another one. But after all that happened, I know that God worked this so that the lonely girl in the hospital could be saved and could have a real family. God worked out His plans through the hardships we had to pass through as a family.
Alberto is four now, and Andreea is two; and most of the time I stay home taking care of them. But I am still involved, together with my husband, in the youth ministry in our church. I help organize different events, games, and discussions. Recently, I started working more personally with girls, inviting them to our place to do crafts and talk about issues in their lives. I realized that many young people need love and attention and an understanding heart more than they need to be rebuked constantly for their behavior. I also work with some girls coming from non-Christian families, and one of them told me recently that coming to the youth meeting is now a priority in her life.
There is girl in our church whose parents are Christian, but they sadly have little time for their children. Because of this, she grew up having bad behavior and spending time with the wrong people. She comes to church on Sunday, as she is forced by her father; but if it were up to her, she would not come. When I invited her to come to the youth meeting, she told me that other young people reject her and that she is not loved by anyone. I assured her that I loved her, and I invited her to visit me at home. We spent valuable time together, and she opened her heart to me. I listened without judging her. Before leaving, she told me that she had had such a nice time with me and would like to come again. She has even started coming to the youth meeting! I pray that God gives me more love for her and the right words for her and the other girls I teach.
Even though I have to do much of the ministry while taking care of my kids, I still love being involved in teenagers’ lives, making an impact that will last forever. I am thankful to the Lord for His grace to serve Him in this way. I am also thankful for being able to support my husband in his ministry and to work together for the Lord.