A Look into the Life of Nikonenko Family

This story about the life of the missionary family in Yakutia was recorded during the missionary conference in Rovno in January 2017
We believed and prayed

In 1990 Valentin and Lyubov Nikonenko left thier home with two little kids. Leaving their jobs and relatives in Ukraine they moved to Yakutia. It was a fresh start for  the new family. After the first three years in Yakutsk, Valentin went back to Ukraine and got a higher theological degree. He also taught at the Donetsk Christian University for seven years. Eventually the family returned to Yakutia and lived there for fifteen years. There Valentin bacame a leader of the Association of Churches of Evangelical Christians in Yakutia. Now he and his family live in the city of Dnepr, their homeland. Valentin is engaged in the publishing of Christian literature and often visits pastors in Yakutia.

Next year Valentin and Lyubov are celebrating their 30th  wedding anniversary, with their two daughters and two sons.

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Andrey was born in Crimea in the family of believers. He is married and has got three daughters. When Andrey was young, the Christians in his country were under persecution. His grandparents were believers as well. When he was 12, he took part in the thousandth anniversary celebration of the Baptism of Rus. A big number of people confessed their sins that day, and among them was Andrey. Two years later God’s words touched his heart in a special way when he was at church. After that Andrey made a decision to follow Christ.

When Andrey was 16, he began to preach with sincere heart. When he was about 18 he bacame a youth leader in the local church. After the army, he was involved in the four-year youth ministry. He and his friends visited the elderly, played the guitar, organized youth meetings as well as different trips and picnics, children’s camps.

As a teenager, Andrey was interested in the faraway ministry. He listened a lot of  testimonies from other missionaries on the conference in Irpen, near Kiev. Andrey felt that God called him to serve  among the nations of the North.

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Pray about the situation in eastern Ukraine;

Pray for wisdom and fear of God for the new government in Ukraine;

• Pray for God's mercy for the whole Ukrainian people;

Pray for the situation in Ukraine to solve the conflict in a peaceful way;

• Thank God for the blessings of holding Christian camps, excursions, and trips throughout the summer in different cities of Ukraine (Crimea, Carpathian Mountains, Rivne region, etc.).Read more

 
Pray for the follow up work with children, youth and married couples;
 

• About missionary work among Muslims in Central Asia and among Crimean Tatars in Ukraine;

• About the orphans ministry and graduates of orphanages in Rivne region;

• About preaching the gospel to the Christian teachers through the pedagogical magazine “Word to the Teacher”;

• About the students of Rivne Bible College and the School of Biblical preaching “Word of Grace” so that they can apply their knowledge in their churches.


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