For the last week I’ve been working on a UNICEF document – it’s a study about high risk adolescent behavior in Moldova, and the English translation needs some TLC.
I can’t go into the details of it, but let me just tell you. This nation needs some serious prayer. I’m reading numbers about injecting drug users (some as young as 10 years old), multiple sexual partners as early as age 13, children going to prison without lawyer representation, juveniles being beaten and abused by prison personnel. 85% rate of unclean needles in drug users. The abortion rate in a specific sub-section at 60%.
Every nation in the world deals with these issues – no single country is immune to it. But I feel like I’ve been slapped in the face with the sobering consequences of misinformation, poverty, hopelessness, combined with the absence of faith in the living God.