Rachel was born in Newburyport, MA, and raised in a loving, Christian home. Her heart was first stirred towards missions by her grandparents and other relatives who have spent their lives in East Asia in cross-cultural ministry. While a student at Gordon College the doors were opened to join a Servant Team in Romania with Word Made Flesh . This time of intense exposure and discipleship in community among the poor opened her eyes to see God’s heart for widows and the fatherless. In 2002 Rachel moved to Galati, Romania, where she served as Servant Team Coordinator, led worship for the community, and mentored youth at the Community Center and on the streets. In 2010, Rachel joined a team committed to forming a new Word Made Flesh community in the capital city of Moldova. As this team of five began their life together, doors opened for them to reach out to institutionalized children at one of the country’s largest former orphanages. Rachel currently serves as Community Care Facilitator and as arts and crafts teacher for La VIA’s after-school kids program.
Vitalie has had several different names over the course of his life. His Romanian teacher called him Valerica, and his friends in Galati called him Volodea (probably after Vladimir Lenin), Vitalis (after a brand of corn flakes) and Vivaldi (it’s not really known why because Vitalie doesn’t play any instrument). Vitalie was born on October 25, 1977 and is originally from Ukraine. He went to school in Romania and currently works for WMF Moldova’s local organization, La VIA. Vitalie was born into a family of non-practicing Orthodox Christians, but during his first year of studies he started going to a Baptist church. Currently Vitalie attends two churches—the Baptist church “Jesus the Savior” and the Catholic church “Divine Providence.” In each of them he finds something that enrichens him. He has two brothers, a sister and two nieces. After finishing university, Vitalie worked for 7 years as a Romanian teacher in the village where he was born. He then completed several courses in formation literature translation and then translated several books. None, however, have yet been published. Later, for several years, Vitalie worked as a self-taught construction worker. Now he works as an educator for La VIA in Chisinau. In his free time, Vitalie likes to read and to watch movies. He really likes Philip Yancey’s books, and in terms of movies, “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe is on the top of his list. He is happily married to Rachel Dyachenko
Nothing is accidental….
Adriana was born in southern Moldova and grew up in a village not far from the capital city, Chişinău.She graduated high school in the same year in which the Soviet empire collapsed. At this time Adriana was 16 years old as she went through a major transition both in her life as well as in her country. All stability showed its illusory face….
Then Adriana worked as a cultural and language facilitator for the US Peace Corps in Moldova, her first experience with people from outside of her country. In this way, she lived and worked with volunteers in different villages and every year saw the immediate effects of transition and poverty—one consequence being the abandonment of many children by their parents who left the country to earn a living abroad.
Also in this time, Adriana had a journey with and toward God. All that she took from home was the image of the church on a hill in her village, a church she didn’t attend because the Soviet regime wouldn’t allow it. But she also took the image of Jesus from an icon in her parents’ house and later would discover the image of a God who is also truly alive and sensitive. Adriana’s journey has just begun, and her search continues together with all marginalized children and their families.