Joe Savage

Ukraine & Moldova

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SERVING IN: Ukraine & Moldova, Europe
MINISTRY FOCUS: Mercy Ministry


The call for missions was planted early in the lives of Tynan and Lydia Barnes. Having both graduated from Christ For the Nations in Dallas, Texas, they began pursuing the call to foreign missions in Central Mexico from 2012 to the Present.

They utilize a simple church discipleship method that organize training groups who are proclaiming the gospel to the unsaved, discipling those who respond to the gospel, and mentoring faithful disciples to serve as leaders among least and unengaged people groups in central Mexico.

Together with partners, the humanitarian part of the The King’s Harvest ministry brings clean water filters and buckets to families in smaller communities directly at no additional cost to the family. The mission of their water project is sharing the Love of God through the gift of clean, safe drinking water. Children and elderly people are obviously most at risk and many die needlessly every day from drinking unclean water as sewer infrastructures are nonexistent in many areas.

During a home visit they explain how to use the filter, show how to clean and use the filter, and do a follow up visit a week or two later to make sure everything is going well as well as give an opportunity to share a gospel presentation. The water filter they bring uses tiny micron filtration 100% of the time to ensure no bacteria or parasites can get through. This filter is easily attached to any bucket or other water receptacle and it flows freely for up to 250 gallons a day! If cared for properly this filter will produce 10+ years of clean, safe drinking water!

Also sharing in our missionary adventures are their five children: Talon (16), Evelyn (15), Hayden (11), Gideon (8) and Oren (4).

“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 NKJV


Recent Updates


Can you imagine, seven or eight children standing there with their arms stretched out giving every coin they could each muster? Their example shows how every person on the planet can give something if they choose to. Their example also reveals how silly most of our excuses really are.


Dorina’s story of return cannot be adequately told in a two-page newsletter. The synopsis, however, is by God’s grace and help, we located Dorina after about a three-week hunt. Early one morning, Dorina answered a random phone number we called. I convinced her to sneak away from her location and then I went to get her.


The year started off amazing! I was in Moldova, Romania, and Hungary visiting orphans and celebrating Christmas in five of our “family-type” homes (i.e. orphan homes). The house parents and kids at each of our homes are remarkable people. I wish you could meet them. Their tenacity, faith, and genuine love in the midst of hardship are phenomenal to witness.


During 2019, you provided 36,138 nutritious meals to the orphans living in our homes in Moldova. This has helped them perform better in school as well as feel better about life. The children have eaten because YOU GAVE SO THE CHILDREN COULD EAT.


I will be going to Moldova in early January to celebrate Christmas with the orphans and to take them gifts. (Christmas is celebrated in Moldova on January 7th.) I expect to also be visiting some other undisclosed locations during the trip. Be watching the Roads of Hope Facebook page to keep up with my travels and to see videos of the orphans.


I do want to tell you about two urgent needs associated with the kids. First, we immediately need to purchase wood
and coal to warm each of our children’s homes. We estimate it will cost $1,950 to heat each house. We have five
houses. Also, some of our newer kids need some winter clothes. Please pray and ask God to provide you with some extra money to give to this important need. I know you love these kids just as I do. Please help me in making certain the kids are staying warm and also, please think about giving a Christmas present. They would be grateful.


With the support of many of you, today we care for 40+ orphans living in five different homes scattered across Moldova. We also have hosted 46 orphans from Ukraine to the United States and many of the children have or are being adopted. Thankfully, we have also been able to provide warm coats, shoes, medicine, and other necessities to orphans as needed and we have been able to rescue a few kids that had been taken.

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