In November, John Koon and Magdalena Clopotel traveled from Romania to Moldova to visit potential partner organizations and to look for host families for staff members.
John Koon made one last trip to Moldova in December to finalize details regarding an office/meeting space and living permits for staff members.
In December, Rachel Simons returned to Galati from sabbatical and spent time with WMF Romania community members in preparation for the transition to Moldova.
Jan. 12, Annie Keith arrived in Romania as the Moldova Servant Team Coordinator and spent several days with the community in Galati.
The WMF Romania community conducted a goodbye/sending ceremony on Jan. 13 for WMF Moldova staff: Rachel Simons, Magdalena Clopotel, Annie Keith and John Koon.
Rachel, Magdalena, Annie and John move to Chisinau, Moldova, on Jan. 15 and were greeted with a warm meal by WMF soon-to-be staff Adriana Ciobanu.
The team moved in with host families, gathered necessary documents for living permits and conducted several days of orientation activities.
WMF made visits to several organizations that work with vulnerable children in Moldova to discuss the details of partnership and volunteer work on behalf of the WMF team.