by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine
The news and events in our country remind us every day that we do not belong to this world. Our home is not here. The Savior prompted us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)
I have to confess that it is pretty hard to not be troubled when your life and family are impacted by those wars and rumors of wars directly. However, we always have our confidence, comfort, and assurance in Jesus. Reminded by him that the end is not yet, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before and pressing on toward the goal. We must work the works of him that sent us while it is day.
New challenges bring new opportunities, and the Lord provides the opportunities constantly. Our adjustments to a new ministry format are going on. Please pray with us for everything that the change to the two-campus approach involves – management, funds, networking, interaction, etc.
The team in Crimea is focused, so far, on the ways modern technologies provide ministry. The team is expanding online outreach, producing and distributing resources, and offering media for free download (e-books, audio books, videos, etc.). We are developing a new content management system for our sites and making as many resources available online as possible. Two new audio books on the Biblical foundations of Christian faith were issued recently. We also continue to introduce worship heritage to Russian speaking countries not familiar with many classical Christian hymns. Here is our recent production – Take My Life.
Hard copies of many resources are very much in demand as well, especially children’s textbooks. Special restrictions are expected to be applied to the occupied territory. The lack of certainty is among the main challenges we face. Please keep this issue in your prayers.
The possibilities for teaching trips are pretty limited in this current situation. However, the new office in the central part of the country provides new opportunities. After discussing the needs with some ministries and church leaders, we have decided to start a Joint School of Christian Apologetics and Creation Evangelism. The school could serve various colleges, seminaries, and churches in the city and beyond. It could also be a place where leading apologists of the former Soviet Union could share their wisdom, experience, and vision with young leaders according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 approach. While we do not have enough time and people to start everything from the beginning (it took 20 years to develop the ministry and the team in Crimea to the current level), we are going to share an infrastructure with some other partner ministries. We hope to have the first cohort for modular training by the end of the fall. Please pray with us for this exciting initiative.
Thank you for your prayers to help us see that new challenges bring new opportunities to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.