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MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS :UK
"Reaching people for Christ: Helping people out of poverty into a sustainable future."

Introducing Alexandru Danilenco, Romania's new Field Country Manager

02/11/2017

Alexandru Danilenco

Dear Colleagues, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, peace to you all.

My name is Alexandru Danilenco, but most everybody calls me Sandu. I am originally from the Republic of Moldova. This probably sounds strange to you: what I am doing in Romania, then?

This is a long story, so let's take it from the beginning.

I was born in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova.

Till the age of 20 years old I had what most of people would consider a normal life. That, until the summer when I was invited to a youth camp. I decided to go, even though before arriving there I didn't know that it will be a Christian camp. Those 10 days spent in camp have changed all my life. The young people I saw there had something that I didn't. They were full of happiness, joy, hope and purpose for their lives, things that seemed impossible to most young people.

Especially those coming from a country as Moldova: struggling with poverty, corruption and hopelessness. I longed to have what they had. When I understood that only our Lord Jesus Christ could offer this, I chose to believe in Him and receive Him in my heart.

After I got back from that camp, I went to a Pentecostal church in Chisinau, where I received water baptism and started serving, being actively engaged in various ministries for the last 16 years. Ever since, I have a special appreciation for children/youth camps and a big gratitude for my grandmother, who served the Lord faithfully, and through her prayers my entire family is now saved.

I graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, the International Economics Relations Department. God, however, prepared me for something else and I have never held business-related positions.

My entire professional life, more than thirteen years now, was in the field of social assistance with a number of Christian organizations. I am very thankful to Him for the opportunity to engage in many different levels and positions during my professional development. This gave me the opportunity to understand organizational development from different aspects and points of view. After eight years of practical experience in the social area, I decided to apply for a MA program. I studied at the Moldova State University, specializing in Social Services Management, and completed the MA program in 2014. 

During this period, the Lord blessed me with a wonderful wife - Tania -  who attended the same church, and who served alongside me in different ministries. She served as a singer in the Praise & Worship team, and I, as part of the Youth Ministry Board. Together, we have two lovely daughters: Cristina and Carolina. My wife and I have different personalities, but there are at least two things that we have in common: one thing is that we both like to travel, and every time when we have this opportunity, we use it. So, we welcome invitations!

The second thing is that more than tourist trips, we like to travel with the purpose of preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We had the opportunity to do it many times both in the Republic of Moldova and abroad, for which we are grateful.

I am honored to have become a part of the Mission Without Border International team. This is not only because it is an esteemed Christian organization, but also because it blesses many by sharing the love of Jesus through material support, by preaching His name to those who are in need, through all possible means.

I consider it a privilege to serve Jesus together with such great teams, both national and international, giving to marginalized people hope for a better life through material and spiritual support.

Before the opportunity to serve in the position I am now in, God spoke to me about big changes that will come in my life. With the certainty that this is God's will, my family and I decided to make this big and radical change in our lives: move to Romania and serve our Lord and His people here.

There is no greater joy in the life than to see a person who is receiving Jesus as a personal saviour. I believe that together, we can show this world that truly our God is "Father of the fatherless and protector of widows" and may God guide us in all our work.

You may wish to pray for Alexandru as he develops his work in Romania and, if you are interested in supporting Alexandru's work further, as well as the other work of Mission Without Borders, you may like to consider donating here, or perhaps sponsoring a family in need.