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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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“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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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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Hope to People Newsletter #10, 2018

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Restarting the Heart Is at the Cusp of 2019

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Taking Stock of the Passing Year

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Prayer Newsletter # 9 / 2018

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In the center of God's miracles

Written By Publisher on Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:59
In the center of God's miracles

Peace to you! Thank you for supporting us prayerfully during our trip.

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God’s Miracles in Armenia

Written By Publisher on Thursday, 02 March 2017 16:27
God’s Miracles in Armenia

Kurds-Yazidis is one of the least reached Bibleless people group in the whole modern world. Practicing the ancient religion of their ancestors, they worship idols, and the chief one is...

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The pastor’s anointment at church “Light of the Gospel”, Kizil

Written By Администратор сайта on Friday, 08 February 2013 12:57

In October 2012, brother Victor Zagvozdkin was anointed to be pastor in the church “Light of the Gospel”, Kizil. Taras and Nadezhda Prystupa (Rivne, Ukraine), as well as Aleksandr Degtarov...

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Social News

Restarting the Heart Is at the Cusp of 2019

Written By Publisher on Sunday, 06 January 2019 16:07
Restarting the Heart Is at the Cusp of 2019

Dear friends, thank you so much to all those who prayed for the Tenth New Year's Youth Conference “Restarting the Heart”!

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Hectic October

Written By Publisher on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 23:25
Hectic October

In October, a lot of interesting events took place for the Christian club "SKY."

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Autumn blessings of CFC «Nadia»

Written By Publisher on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 09:55
Autumn blessings of CFC «Nadia»

In September, in all the schools, the school year begins, but for Nadia this is a new training season. From the first days of the fall, we have children of...

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Education News

Why Have We Attended the Day of Preschool Education?

Written By Publisher on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:46
Why Have We Attended the Day of Preschool Education?

The education department of IPO Hope to People always seeks to seize every opportunity to bring the Gospel to educators. On September 28, the head of our education department, Arkadiy...

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Rivne Bible College “Word of Grace” (Rivne, Ukraine)

Written By Publisher on Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:54
Rivne Bible College “Word of Grace”  (Rivne, Ukraine)

The goal of the College is to help church members grow spiritually providing them with the Biblical education.

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Integrity in the Ukrainian Education System

Written By Publisher on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:40
Integrity in the Ukrainian Education System

Employees of the IPO Hope to People visited the Summer School of Academic Integrity in the Education System, which was held from June 26-29, 2018, at the National University “Ostroh...

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