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Thankfulness to God for the session of "Biblical counseling"

We want to express our deep gratitude to our Lord, and as well as to all the brothers and sisters who prayerfully, financially, by the labor of their hands have invested part of their heart in holding the session of School of biblical preaching (ShBP) in Rivne, autumn of 2015.

Although the political and economical situation in Ukraine remains as usually tense and complicated, God continues His work, both with an unbelievers and with His Church. Revealing the new opportunities of serving to people by the Word, the Holy Spirit gives the desire to find a way out to those who have never sought and never knew God. We praise Christ for His great mercy toward us.

The fifth session on the topic of "Biblical counseling" – is one of the most favorite and profound sessions, which aims at work with both the hearts of the students themselves, and those who they minister. The atmosphere that prevailed at these sessions, can be described as a living, sincere, interesting and exciting. Teachers, pastor of the church "Word of Grace" from Vancouver (USA) Benjamin Portansky and pastor of the church "Community of the Good Shepherd" from Rivne (Ukraine) Taras Prystupa, managed to choose and set out a very practical material. The outlines of this session will be able to help the brothers in the service of more than one year.

The good news is, that students of ShBP actively implement the knowledge acquired during the studies in their churches. Some churches which are not involved previously in studies of ShBP, expressed interest to the session and sent their ministers as a free listeners.

After classes we were constantly held meetings, communications, sports activities and, of course, the ministry of the Word in the local churches.

In their evaluation sheets of this subject and teacher the students wrote positive reviews, here are some examples:

"Excellent teaching material, which revealed many false foundation in life, idols, it has showed the way to change in person's life."

"In the teacher i liked the most his openness, leniency, practical examples of ministry, Benjamin – is a good model of God-fearing man. He has very friendly voice and he is emphatic enough in his thoughts. It would be great if Benjamin was able to come to us more often and to bring on the session brothers for personal meetings and fellowships."

"The most important part of the course was the presentation of the relationship between the Gospel and counseling."

"This session has helped to see the idols of the heart, to reveal them and gave the direction on how to deal with it."

"It is very practical and valuable material, which helps to understand themselves and others."

"Here we get the knowledge that deflects in the life! There is a need not only for students, but also for the church, in which we serve."

"There is no other Christian educational institution in the territory of CIS you can get what gives only ShBP – individual approach to student, mastery of mature and gifted teachers, profound foundation of faith with focus on Christ and His Word, quality and understandable material, and lots of friends, which are in the process of learning becomes your family."

We also thank the brothers and sisters for their addressing help a number of students, who are experiencing financial difficulties, however, are promising ministers dedicated to their communities.

We pray that the launched advertising campaign for the new set of 2016-2019 academic year has been successful and fruitful.

Vyacheslav Arterchuk

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• The 5th session of the School of Bible Preaching will take place in Chernivtsi from 6th until 16th of February 2013. Pray for students to understand and learn from the course "Biblical Counseling", which will be taught by Taras Prystupa and Veniamin Portanskiy.

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