Baptist congregations in Moldavia came to join the All-Union Council of Evangelical Christians—Baptists after World War II. Germans in the area had been evacuated eastward during the war. Moldavia became an area of interest to Mennonites in Central Asia when for a time it seemed easier to emigrate to West Germany from this republic, as had been true of the Baltic republics for some years. A number of families came to Moldavia from the Estonian and Latvian republics when the authorities there sought to stop the German influx by refusing to offer residence permits.
In Moldavia it was difficult to obtain housing so the German families often settled as isolated families in local villages. For a time a cluster developed around the city of Tiraspol where a certain Pauls served as minister in a Baptist congregation. One Gennadi Dyck led a Mennonite Brethren church for a while in Grigoropol, where some Mennonites sought registration under Baptist sponsorship.
These groups remained relatively insignificant, and, in time, most emigrated to other areas, or abroad. The story of Mennonites in Moldova was, therefore, as brief as it had been in the Baltic region. Those Mennonites who stayed either found their way into other churches or remained in scattered isolation. There has been no recent move to Moldova although church life in other groups continues in many places.
Sawatsky, Walter. "Mennonite Congregations in the Soviet Union Today." Mennonite Life 33 (March 1978): 12-26.
Sawatsky, Walter. Soviet Evangelicals Since World War II. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1981.
Cite This Article
Klippenstein, Lawrence. "Moldova." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 12 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Moldova&oldid=92892.
Klippenstein, Lawrence. (1990). Moldova. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Moldova&oldid=92892.
Herald Press website.
©1996-2014 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.