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How to Interest Children in Missionary Ministry?

During the conference several pastors agreed that the missionary movement in our country has grown older. It is important to raise younger generation with the missionary spirit.

The conference organizer decided to expand the program of the kids' missionary conference this year. Besides inviting the missionaries to two lessons of all the Sunday School classes, it was decided to have a separate memorable time with children, parents, and the missionaries on Saturday. Kids had a quest with different stations where children were introduced to different cultures and nations. At the beginning they heard the Good News, then at a different stations kids left uncomfortable bags with sins at the symbolic cross. They did it in order to fulfill the mission which is to carry the Gospel to a closed country and to buy freedom for a captive Christian in prison. During the games children communicated with the foreigners in different languages, explained the Gospel with gestures, "made money" to fulfill their mission, got into the "temptation room" and "swamp, were searched, fined, arrested, but at the end the Gospel prevailed and all of them gathered for a little celebration.

There was a youth meeting in the evening where young people from the town, the region, and even from other countries gathered. Young people who had already been to a short-term mission trips as well as experienced missionaries shared their testimonies and what they went through.

The conference is coming to an end. Some guests keep coming, others are already leaving. Here is one of the messages we have received today, "We are thankful to all the organizers and the conference participants. We are returning back home being refreshed, filled with joy, optimism, and a desire to move ahead." We hope that this conference will become a push for more Christian churches to do such events.

Tetyana Arterchuk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pray for Ukraine

  • About Ukraine, and rather of its leaders and about ourselves – Ukrainians, to fear God and serve Him;
  • About the summer season Christian camps 2016 – the special time of sowing and reaping. At the campground of Zalesie every week will be held camps for friendly churches within our region;
  • About the presentation of the Gospel in Central Asia, in the Crimea, and among the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine;
  • About the ministry to orphans and graduates of orphanages in the Rivne region. For many years (more than ten) by the dedicated servants (Ruslan Kovalchuk, Bondarchuk family and many volunteers among them) are fulfilling such ministry in orphanages of the Rivne region. Family of Alexander and Valentina Bondarchuk from the church “Source of Life” in Zdolbuniv for many years helping to graduates of boarding schools to get adapted in this difficult world;
  • About the Gospel sharing with teachers through Christian magazine “Word to the teacher.” Currently, there is a constant leader of publication in the team – brother Arkady Sloza, a member of the church “Reconciliation” Rivne. Please feel free to contact him!
  • About 50 students of the fourth set of School of Bible preaching, for their 3-year training and ministry in their local churches. Pray for the teachers: Alexander Kalinskiy, Andrey Rezunenko, Taras Prystupa, Benjamin Portansky, Vitaly Rozko and others;
  • About soccer club “Nadea,” of its head coach Alexander Gonchar and his assistants, so that the Gospel could have reached the hearts of boys who attend training.

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