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The trip to Stakhanov

... We have stayed with a Roma family. This house is always open to God's children. One of the earliest Roma believers from this city lives here. However, not all members of this family are Christians. The head of the family, Nicholaj, the younger son, Alexei, and the wife of the oldest son, Tanya, are Christians. The mom and Volodya, the older son, are not Christians yet. After all, for the two days we spent at their house, Volodya was taking friendly and sensitive care of us. He turned out to be an interesting and profound conversation partner, who knows many Christian truths. Unfortunately, he is not a Christian, as he admits himself. Please pray about Vladimir, about his repentance.

Gypsies are very hospitable and very sociable people. They are remarkable for careing for their parents, respecting  and honoring them. These days we have seen a beautiful picture of Alexei’s and Vladimir’s attitude toward their aged and sick father. It's just a biblical model of relationships between adult children and their father.

The Roma houses, which we have visited, despite the prejudice about gypsies, are clean, ordered, and delicious food is on the tables.

Roma have many different traditions. Some traditions are purely pagan, and anti-biblical. These traditions are deeply rooted in the mentality of the people. When a Roma person becomes a Christian, he/she meets strong resistance from relatives, and the change by itself is not easy. Particularly problematic is the attitude to women in the family. The daughter-in-law, particularly in the early years of her marriage, has a hard time. However, the mother-in-law gets special respect. She is the queen of the house.

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XVII Missionary Conference in Rivne

“And so you became a model to all…The Lord’s message rang out from…” (1 Thessal. 1:7-8).  

On the 20th of January, 2013, the 17th Missionary conference started in the church “Communion of Good Shepherd”. The missionaries and ministers from different parts of Ukraine (Dnepropetrovsk, Kiev, Lugansk, Rivne regions), Russia (Primorskij Krai), and the USA came to the conference.

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The director of the mission “Send International” in Ukraine, Eric Oldenburg, was preaching at the first day. Based on Luke 14:15-25, he encouraged Christians to follow the values of God’s Kingdom, not to follow earthly and social values instead of preaching about the Savior. Nothing has to disturb believers to testify every person without exceptions about what Christ did in their lives.

The participants of the conference heard the information about the spread of the Gospel among the Roma people in the east of Ukraine, about the work of the mission Send International in Ukraine and beyond, about ministry in Primorskij Krai and the spread of the Gospel to unreached nations.

 

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“Heart Restart 2012-2013"

01The 4th youth conference “Heart Restart 2012-2013" took place in the Bible Missionary Church "Source of Life" in Zdolbuniv, Rivne region with the topic "Born to win." Including the team, it was attended by 180 people. There were guests from Belarus (Minsk, Stolin), Russia (Moscow) and the different regions of Ukraine (Kiev, Mariupol, Arciz, Colomiya, Ivano-Frankivsk, Sarni, Dneprodzerzhinsk, etc.). Each day was full of spiritual preaching and fellowship. 02Besides brothers from Zdolbuniv, such as Alexander Kalinsky and Andrew Bortniych, other brothers from the Rivne church "Community of a Good Shepherd", Taras Prystupa, Artem Prystupa, and Sergei Kirilenko, and from the church "Eternal Gospel", Vinnitsa were sharing the Word of God. On New Year's Eve we had a game "What? Where? When ?". On the 1st of January we had a singing and worshiping evening and on January 2nd youth were divided into small groups and shared the Gospel.

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Testimony of S. family

The conversion to the Lord

01 s“My grandfather became the Christian in my family first. The Gospel reached all members of my family but me, because I was living far away from family and rarely communicated with them. Thus, I was the last man in my family to believe. My mom repented a year later. Being brief, there is nothing special about my testimony. I had a wild life, but after hearing the Gospel, I started to think about it and to read the Word. It has opened my eyes, so I saw that I am a terrible sinner before the Holy God and dead spiritually. Jesus is my only hope for salvation and the Lord of my life. This happened at my house, while I was sitting on the bed and reading.

My wife repented similar way, through her grandmother just a little earlier. When I came to the church, she was already there for a while. We met in our church. It was late in the summer, and she left for Kiev to study in college. I left to study in Ivano-Frankovsk. This was the last year of my studies. So we were in different cities, but I began to pray that the Lord gifted us with each other.

I really wanted to study in the Christian institution. I started praying about it too. After graduation, friend and brother and I got a possibility to study in Kiev, in the Biblical Institute. So my future wife and I ended up in the same city, and got married in 2 years."

Decision to serve God and the calling

02 s“Back then, we both wanted to go to people who live far away, far from the Gospel, and have never heard about it.

All volunteers from Biblical Institute could go on the practice for 3 months of summer. Even before we were married, my director suggested we go on the three month wedding honeymoon in Siberia, Bratsk. We gladly agreed. We did not care where to go. However, in the last days before the trip, we were told that the others will go to Bratsk, and we will go to Kazan (Tatarstan).

Thus, our first trip had the eastern character. We got to the Muslim nation. At that time, we had a very surface understanding of Islam. But in the marvelous way, the Lord has given us peoples’ disposition and success. We got to love those people, and they accepted us. We committed ourselves even more to work, knowing that we won’t be able to sit still. That trip to Tatarstan was the beginning of our ministry and direction in life for us.

03 sThe following year, we were again invited to Kazan. During second trip, we more closely befriended Zaccheus, and I got to go to Central Asia. Over that time, we have seen how the Lord brought us to the Eastern nations, has given us a love for them, we found a lot of friends. These are people who have a different book. They do not have the truth of Scripture, such as the majority of the Slavs do. So we want to bring them the true Word of salvation in Christ.

We went to minister on south of Ukraine mostly due to the Zacchaeus encouragement. We got to love each other; he was like a father to me. Now we work as a team."

 

Vision and purpose

"I want to see how the Lord will raise up the church here out of Tatar people, who will be able to multiply and teach others. In the future, the south of Ukraine will send missionaries throughout the East ... We also believe that God can do a lot more than we think and we ask Him. He will do it with or without us ... Of course, we want be a part of it. "

Sincerely, the S. family

The Testimony of Alexei Bezkorovaynyy

01 sMy life was full of darkness and helplessness, and it was only God, who could save me from the nets of Satan. I accepted Christ in winter, 2007. Before, I was the drug addict for eight years. When I was trying to stop taking drugs, I was drinking alcohol.

 My relatives have been Christians for more than 15 years now. They tried to help me to come to Christ; therefore, every time I actively “did evil things”, they took me to Volchansk. There lived my other relatives, my sister and the nephew. That was kind of the rehab center for me. For nearly 13 years, I’ve been hearing the Word there.

Alexei is on the left side          

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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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