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Unity in Christ

The feedbacks of missionaries, ministers guests of 17th Missionary conference in church “Communion of Good Shepherd”, Rivne


01Yevgenij Begletsov (missionary in Kalmikija, church “Communion of Christ the Savior, Elista)

«The conference for me is an opportunity to meet beloved brothers and sisters, analyze my heart in the light of missionary work, rest and communication, through which my heart is getting filled with God. I call it: “fill up.” Moreover, it is ministry to the church through testimonies and gifts.”


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17th Missionary Conference in Rivne (continuation)

01- Taras Nikolajevich, what is your impression about the beginning of missionary conference?

- As usually, it starts slowly, quietly and brightly. I enjoyed the updated from the evening service, when our guests sat in front of the audience and shared their call to ministry.

Brothers Eric Oldenburg and Chad Uibi were a good example to all. They left the best benefits for the worse conditions, to proclaim the Gospel in Ukraine. Their sacrifice and dedication really surprised me.

The testimony of Igor Plypa was very encouraging. For a long period of time, he did not understand and could not  accept missionary work. However, after staying in Tuva, Crimea, and communicating with missionaries, his views changed. Now the church "Light of the Gospel" (Igor is the pastor) in Kiev is a member of the missionary work. Interestingly, we supported the missionary who founded this church, when we started our first Missionary Conference in 1997. Now the "Light of the Gospel" has a daughter church in the town of Lyubertsy and supports a missionary in Kabardino-Balkaria, who works among the Meshketian Turks.


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When God says "Yes"

It all started in 2007, when a married couple from our church (Jurij and Rita Kudelin) invited us to visit a Roma people family with them. By agreeing to the proposal, we had no idea that this visit would be the beginning of our ministry among the Roma people.

Alex Bezkorovainy, Vyacheslav and Oksana
Selivanov on missionary conference in Rivne.
During the first two years, we were getting to know each other, trying to gain their trust and building close relationships. We visited each other, had tea together, chatted, and in conversations more and more discussed the topics of eternity, salvation, and the meaning of life. After some time, we decided to meet once a week for Bible study, and it was a great blessing. God showed us the tremendous thirst they had for the Word of God! Over time, the desire to meet more often grew and the Lord blessed us to start worship meetings among the Roma people, and to form prayer groups and Bible study groups. We had the opportunity to visit conferences and had different counseling meetings, which united us more in Christ. However, we had various times, when the Lord took us through the times of spiritual appraisal and times of dejection.

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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.



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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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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