Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine
“Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” — Acts 15:36
Georges Carillet and Rick Deighton, two Christian brothers who have devoted many years to serving the Lord in Eastern Europe recently came to Ukraine at the same time on short term mission trips.
Since we have a great history of working together in various ministries and projects, we decided to go and visit all our Crimean friends and co-workers scattered throughout western Ukraine, in the cities of Rivne, Lutsk and Lviv. This was a great adventure of mutual edification and sharing together in what the Lord is doing as He uses the troubles of the world for the glory of the Kingdom.
Modern technologies allow us to communicate and cooperate effectively even when we are separated by many miles, nothing can replace the joy of sharing fellowship, meals, and prayers!
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” — Ps.133:1
At the same time the trip was a great opportunity for teaching, preaching, and training ministry partners. We were able to do strategic planning with the co-workers involved in Christian textbooks on science, both the original national ones and those newly translated into Ukrainian.
At Lutsk, local brothers made arrangements for a night of questions and answers with youth leaders from churches around the city to learn about the various issues of creation evangelism, Christian life, marriage and family, and civil society.
May the Lord be praised for the glorious work He is doing through His faithful servants who are internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their own country while also fellow citizens with the saints and in the household of God!
While some within our network of Crimean IDPs settled in cities and adjusted their previous lifestyles, occupations, and ministries to the new conditions, several of them, mostly unbelievers, decided to change their lives drastically by going deep in the country. We visited them too. Although Olga and I are not great experts in farming and could not offer very much help, we were glad to share care, comfort, and the love of Christ.
Please pray with us for this people to find the way to the eternal homeland through Jesus!
Despite constant coordination and regular visits from our Crimean team to the mainland, their involvement is pretty limited. Nevertheless, they do their part for the ministry by developing tools, resources, and content for us. Praise the Lord for the gift of teamwork that allows us to easily adjust to any change in our situation. The development of resources, programs, and curricula for shaping the next generation’s worldview is one of our top priorities.
May the Lord be praised through the service of His faithful disciples!