2016 Highlights in Eurasia
Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia
What started 25 years ago as a small family ministry could now be considered a movement for effective evangelism training across all 10 time zones of the former Soviet Union countries.
These are some of the highlights from the last year.
- Eight of twelve Science textbooks in Ukrainian were published, and six were officially presented at the national book fair. We keep working to impact the post-communist education system!
- Investing in the next generation is the best thing we can do with our lives.
- We hosted and organized Project Nomad training events for 12 students in Kiev and for 16 students in Kharkiv.
- We presented the Bible and Civil Society course for pastors and ministry leaders from various parts of Ukraine.
- Our team provided academic content for the Daniel School. It’s a new program to train selected teenagers to be church and society leaders. The program involves studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, as well as sports, camping, hiking, rafting, teamwork, etc. All sessions are broadcast online.
- We taught a course at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary, which provided training for church leaders from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.
- We led three days of seminars on Science, the Bible, and Creation Evangelism attended by leaders from the region. The trip included a retreat with the leaders of the Evangelical Students Fellowship. We spent time together discovering Scriptures on various issues of effective evangelism, civil society foundations, and personal growth in Christ. The most amazing experience from the meetings at the retreat was the fellowship with a self-proclaimed atheist who attended all the seminars to “figure out where we tried to trick him.”
- We enjoyed visiting the Science and the Bible Club for students at the biggest national university on the opposite side of the country in Lviv. About half of the audience were unbelievers, the rest were mostly new believers. It was a great opportunity to discuss foundational issues of faith and worldview.
- The new season at our Reliable Foundations open online apologetics club is called “Who Am I?” and the focus is on the foundational issues of human origin, nature, purpose, and destiny.
- Following the “Who am I?” season, we published a book in Russian titled, In the Image and Likeness: Origin, nature, and the purpose of man (humanity). This book is my Magnum Opus. It reflects 20 years of studies in the Bible (especially in Genesis and the the New Testament), philosophy, history, culture, and science. It represents a great milestone in our ministry.
- The open online apologetics club, Reliable Foundations, became a powerful tool for equipping disciples wherever they are. Our proactive strategy is finding, training, and equipping the faithful according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 model for impacting the worldview of people from post-communist countries at all levels from preschool to academia.
- We spent a week at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary doing lectures, seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions for ministers from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Korea.
- Our team helped to start a new project called the Together Forever Family Club. Building Christian families according to the God’s design is always among our top priorities.
- We met with an Academy of Law professor who shared how useful our Biblical Foundations for Civil Society resources (book, videos, presentations) are and how she incorporates them into her lectures.
- We received a request for permission to use all of our resources from a nation-wide FM radio station, Emmanuel.
- My wife, Olga, and I visited the Central Asia Apologetics Society leaders. Christian meetings are prohibited in this area, so media is the only way to spread the Message effectively.
- We attended a conference on the biblical foundations of family for the Subcarpathian Roma (Gypsy) churches. This is a new region of opportunity for our ministry.
- We taught a doctorate course on apologetics in relation to a biblical strategy for evangelism for ministers.
- We led a series of Genesis 1-3 based seminars on the foundations of a biblical worldview and its development among students for the International Association for the Development of Christian Education.
- Our team developed the “Q & A Christian Apologist Companion” mobile application for Android based smartphones and tablets that compiles data from various resources. Now we are developing a version that will operate on any operating system.
- The main issue we targeted this year was biblical anthropology: we developed Scripture-based courses, videos, presentations, and books on the issue of being human: our origins, nature, purpose, and destiny.