Houses of Prayer - How and Why?
Not only was shelter from the extremes of heat and cold afforded the believers, but a barrier was dismantled in the minds of Orthodox neighbours who stoutly resisted the idea that one could worship God in a place where people also ate and slept. To have a ‘House of Prayer’ dedicated solely for worship was an immense help in evangelism. The early portable halls were simple and relatively inexpensive, and quite durable – several are still in use today in some villages. However, it became increasingly difficult to procure suitable sites for these, and even more difficult in some cases to get planning permission to locate them, and the minds of Moldovan leaders and SGA staff were moved in another direction. Why not purchase and renovate an existing building in a village to serve as a House of Prayer? This would avoid the need to search for increasingly difficult-to-find sites, and also ease some of the complications of obtaining planning permission.