Natalia is the wife of Nicolae Dunas, an evangelist in Cahul, Moldova.
My spiritual life began at age thirteen when curiosity drove me to see what Christians do in church. I heard the call of God in a Baptist church in Brinza. I then started to go to every Bible study meeting for teenagers they held, which helped me grow spiritually, and I understood more and more about God. At age seventeen, I was baptized.
Right after that, I went to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to study economics. It was a very difficult four years there, but the Lord was my strength. While there, I got involved in a Bible study group where I was taught to serve people, especially widows—visiting them and bringing them food. Through different situations and tests, God grew me spiritually even more, and He helped me to make wise decisions in different challenges.
In October of 2002, I married Nicolae. Both he and I, seeing the needs of Cahul, stayed here to serve children and young people through sport and the gospel. There were many girls, so I got involved in order to help them through Bible study.
I am a leader in the worship ministry in the church. Here I have an opportunity not only to teach young girls how to sing, but also to help them to deal with life issues. Maria, who grew up without a mother or father, was one of the girls I encouraged to be a good Christian and a good woman. I challenged her to be faithful to the Lord and to the man who would be her husband. God blessed her, and she recently got married to a young Christian man.
I have also been a part of women’s ministry. Most of the women have children, so while it is hard for them to make time for it, we have encouraged them to come to our Saturday morning Bible study. I challenged them to leave their children with their husbands and set aside two hours every week for fellowship. Some of the husbands said that they could not stay with their children during that time. However, since I invited the women to come, this challenged the fathers to take responsibility for those two hours. Maricica has three children, and coming to women’s fellowship was a big challenge for her. I called and encouraged her, and after the first meeting, she understood how important it was for her to come to the Bible study and fellowship.
This year we decided that every three months all the women from our church, young and old, would meet. Every woman from the church invited a friend, and at the end we had the message of redemption which the Father has given us through His Son. The women were so content that at the end they wanted to stay longer. I am so glad to see young and old women together and am grateful for the opportunity to serve them.