Ukrainian Black Sea Summer Camp - 2015

Yes another famous GG Black Sea Camp! July 23-31. Located on the beautiful beaches of Karolino Buhaz 30 km from Odessa we will gather for a time in the Word, fellowship, edification, worship, challenge, growth and FUN! P. Christian Moore and others will be our guest speakers this year.

See our Facebook Event page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/801258953290641/801260453290491/

Та ще один знаменитий GG Чорноморський табір ! Розташований на красивих пляжах Кароліно Бугаз 30 км від Одеси. Ми зберемо на час в Слові, спілкування, повчання, поклоніння , виклик , росту і FUN! - П. Крістіан Мур та інші будуть наші гості в цьому році.

Да еще один знаменитый GG Черноморский лагерь ! Расположенный на красивых пляжах Каролино Бугаз 30 км от Одессы . Мы соберем на время в Слове, общения, назидания , поклонения , вызов, роста и FUN! - П. Кристиан Мур и другие будут наши гости в этом году.

Eurocon 2014 Mission March

What an incredible time we all had at a record breaking attended EuroCon 2014 in Budapest! It was a powerful time in the Word, fellowship and miracles. We were able to see 40+ Ukrainians attend by nothing short of a miracle with all that's happening in Ukraine now. Here is a video p. Maciek from Poland made of the Missions March. Enjoy!

UkrCon 2011 - Our 20th Anniversary of Ministry in Ukraine! Special Guest: P. Matti Sirvio - Nov 13-19

Eccl 7.13 "Consider the Work of God..."

In 1991 a combined team with p. Schaller, p. Matti with Hungarians, and I with a group of Poles from Krakow as well as a group of Americans from Baltimore; gathered in a little town called Bruhovichi in western Ukraine. There we had our New Years conference and city wide evangelism in L'viv. There God spoke to us the clear vision He had for Ukraine and the Soviet Union that was breaking up. Today, 20 years later, we are astounded at the work of God in Ukraine with 6 churches and a fresh vision for Eastern Ukraine. We've seen the Lord of the Harvest raise up for His Glory Ukrainian pastors, Bible Schools, missionaries, christian schools, orphan work, teen ministry, and much more. We are only getting started...

We are pleased to invite you to our Ukrainian Conference November 13-19th in L'viv, Ukraine. Our special guest speaker will be p. Matti Sirvio - serving in Istanbul, Turkey. We will have guest speakers from Hungary, Poland, Russia, and of course, Ukraine.

This will be a joyful special celebration of God's Faithfulness and we hoping to see you there as you are a key part of the family of God in Ukraine through your prayers, support and investment over the years. 

For more information you may contact:
p. Chris Moore - (see "contact" link at the upper right hand of the blog)
p. Myhaylo - the pastor in L'viv - +380931430040 or +380964257411
Yura Petriv - Conference Administrator - +380634824509 0r +380979607025
Office E.mail - church@ggwo.org.ua

See you in L'viv!

Anointed for Sweet Exhaustion



If you cannot see the slides click here: http://bit.ly/ppCEwn

P. Vladimir Teplov and I sat in his Moscow apartment for a few minutes too exhausted to speak. We looked at each other and just smiled.

"How was the conference in Helsinki?"
"Oh" he said with his tired but purposeful Russian accent,
"It was a-mazing". Rubbing his eyes he struggled to utter a few choice quotes from p.Love. Then in the middle of his sentence he stopped, turned with sleepy eyes smiled again and said "let's pr-ray".

I had just arrived an hour ago to St. Petersburg by early morning (2am) plane from Tyumen, Siberia where sleep was what we did when we weren't preaching, praying or fellowshipping and eating pelmeni. P. Vladimir had just moments ago walked in the door from a sleepless night in a mini-bus from Helsinki to St.Pete followed by a long train ride to Moscow.

We prayed briefly then I got up with my bags and went out the door - I was off on a 28 hour trek back to Baltimore by plane, train, and metro. As I walked out onto the sidewalk he opened a window and shouted to me from the second floor;

"Hey pastor Chris!" looking up a him he just shook his head, laughed and closed the window.

We were beyond beat.

July 4-7 we met up with all the Russian pastors and many of the Russian believers in St. Petersburg and had a conference continuing the topic of Convention- "Anointed for Service"

By the next day I was two time zones away in Siberia at a missions conference with p. Pavel Gailans. Each night we had about 70 in attendance. Damir and Natavan from Baku came and blessed us with their joyful portion and Lezginka dances (see below the video). New team members have joined the team in Tyumen and God is adding new people to the church. It's a Siberian Spring there.

I think one of the highlights was sitting in the thick Siberian Woods with a boisterous happy group of young Russian eager men singing, eating pork chops, onions, cucumbers and dry bread with our hands talking about Luke 17.21.

Today is Monday July 11th, and as I write this blog entry I am hurling towards the Finnish border at 220 km/hr in a high speed Russian train. I am stirred in my heart with a fresh vision for Russia; Novosibirsk, Volvograd, Vladivastok, Tobolsk, Stavropol, and Kazan.

Let's burn for Him!

Here Damir and his wife Natavan dance the traditional Lezgi "Knife Dance" after a rap one night:


Here Arkhad and Damir do another Lezgi Dance for us:

Take Heart Tour Kyiv - 2011

The week before Eurocon we had 6 Maryland Bible College and Seminary students visit Kyiv and L'viv Ukraine for 5 days. We evangelized, rapped, preached and ate untold poundage of Ukrainian Domino's Pizza. The joy was tremendous and our students revealed a lot of Divine content as they ministered.

Enjoy the video - if you cannot see it click here: http://www.facebook.com/v/141300132603562

Ukraine Bound...








  

Keep us in your prayers as we head out to Ukraine for a conference with p.Schaller and then on to Kyiv for a church plant this year.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

"The Key to Our Joy!" UkrCon 2010 with p.Thomas Schaller - L'viv, Ukraine - November 21-24

  In January 1992, P. Schaller, P. Matti and a sizable group of others, arrived to L'viv, Ukraine where we had our first Ukrainian Conference with visitors from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Baltimore and Kyiv. This conference, located at a run-down Soviet resort in Bruhovicha just outside of L'viv, marked the beginning of a vision that the Holy Spirit gave to us at Greater Grace for the Ukraine. By the summer of 1992 we were living in L'viv starting a Bible School and a ministry of the Word by faith in the unfailing love of Christ for Ukrainians. This November 21st, 18 years later, by the mercy of God, we begin our Ukrainian National Conference titled "The Key to Our Joy!"
We are gearing up for our largest conference ever with visitors from Russia, Poland, Hungary, Central Asia, Iran & the US. Included in the conference and fellowship will be a special missions session and leadership training. 

We are extending an invite to YOU to join us at this momentous event that begins Sunday the 21st & closing Wednesday the 24th. 

To contact us regarding very reasonable registration and housing rates please call me here in the States: 1.410.575.3838 or in Europe call p.Myhailo in L'viv (+380964257411 or church@ggwo.org.ua).  

Please Come.
May God Bless You,
p. Christian Moore

EuroCon 2010 - Beauty of Holiness

This year's European Conference was a hallmark time in the Word, Fellowship and in the Spirit! Approximately 1,100 people from 33 different countries attended this year's conference. Be sure to check the links below for the mp3's, videos, and Russian translation
 


Yesterday we arrived to Lviv, Ukraine with Pastor Jim Morrison. He is the senior pastor of GGCF in Marlborough, Mass. He is speaking at a conference here for the Ukrainian pastors that are preparing for ordination in the Fall. God willing we will see 5 faithful Ukrainian men get their ordination when P. Schaller visits. 

We are excited and humbled to see the hand of the Lord moving in this country and we are asking for your prayers as we go to Kyiv on Saturday in time for Palm Sunday.

In His Holiness,
p. Christian Moore

Responding to God's Initiations

Last night p. Schaller read this in a prayer time we had right after our Wednesday night church service regarding prayer:

"There were many blunt-edged, self-centered, subjective prayers hammering at Heaven's door clamoring for answers. But God was teaching us, and no school can compare with God's school of hard knocks. Mostly our prayers were stimu­lated by our fears and the desperate desire to escape from the hands of the communists. From our little corner on the periphery of things we were distracted by the tension of our circumstances and the pressures of duress, to say nothing of the accusations that were being cooked up against us by hate-filled men. Because of all this, our praying focused on our fears, our empty cupboard, and our uncertain future. And while this is the natural impulse, that does not make it the will of God for our praying.

"Our constant struggle was to pull God over to our corner of things until we learned that self-preoccupation in prayer leads to discouragement and depression and that the more our prayers turned inward on our circumstances, the more they became subject to the law of diminishing returns. We were like the disciples when they were caught in a terrible gale while Jesus lay asleep in the stern of their swamped boat. Their pre­occupation spilled over in their frenzied shouts, 'Master, carest Thou not that WE perish?' (emphasis mine). Their only thought was about their predicament and the Master's apparent uncon­cern. For us there came a day when our prayers changed. Worshiping together one morning, we came to see that the story of the storm and the sleeping Savior had a lesson for us on the availability of personal faith for the emergencies of life and that there was really no need to disturb the Lord with our troubles. So as we went to prayer we said, 'Sleep on Lord, for we are not going to waken You.'

"However, after a year or more of other strains, and realizing that nearly all the other missionaries were out of China, we lost our recklessness, and fear began to pile up again. In this pre­dicament God taught us to pray in the spirit of the prayer of the Son, '"I delight to do Thy will, O my God," and since You have placed us here in Communist China for some good and accept­able purpose of Yours, we joyfully abandon ourselves to stay on here as long as You need us here.' We found our strength, not in dreams of escape, but in complete surrender to whatever God wanted to do with us, realizing that God's claims are absolute and that we must accept them without bargaining. When God seems to come into our lives like a sword-blade, it is only that He might separate us from ourselves and draw us to Himself.

The thunder-clouds that we had dreaded so much were suddenly transformed into sweet blessing. Like John Bunyan, we almost wanted to pray for greater troubles because of the greater joy they brought in God's assurances. At last our praying had ceased to be an egocentric quest for personal deliverance from trouble and had become a Theocentric tryst that sought first and only, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' We ceased trying to relate God to our problems because we wanted to relate ourselves totally to God's purposes, opportunities, and victory.'' (Used by Permission of Overseas Missionary Fellowship).


It's a joy to be back home in Baltimore for 10 days now already. In a few short weeks we go to Eurocon and then on to Ukraine. P. Morrison will visit L'viv and do a leadership conference for the Ukrainian pastors. Then we return to Kyiv. We covet your prayers...

in the Way...
P. Chris & Gosia

Russian Christmas Day ... С Рождеством!

Short update from Russia...
(I'm writing this blog entry from my mobile phone)

After a conference with P. Schaller and the pastors & saints from all over Russia & Ukraine we celebrate Christmas today with the church in St. Petersburg Russia. There was a service, worship led by Matt ("baby") Roberge and then a desert fellowship. P. Vladislav from Turkmenistan, P.Misha from Kaliningrad, P. Tolik from Uzhgorod & P. Yura from Almaty were there and there we rapped with a beautiful group of Russians for several hours. The time was precious as we spoke of His Name and His Anointing. We certainly had a visitation from God during the conference. Shortly after desert we all ventures out into -10 degrees snowey weather and did outreach at Dvorsky Pl the center of St Petersburg where there were festivites and thousands of thousands if people gathered at a special Christmas presentation. (See photo below).

I preached today on Joshua 5 that any blessing we posses now is because we made hard decisions by faith in honor of Jesus Christ and His promises. As soon as the Israelites crossed the Jordan they were eating of the fruit of the promised land. God wants us to eat of the fruit of the decions we make by faith in His Grace Promises. Though the Istaelites didn't know it - the Canaanites were afraid of them Josh 5.1-3.

But they didn't stop there, in the face of their victory passing into the promised land they could see only a few miles away the next faith adventure: "Jericho".

We are called and led by Promises not by Law. By the Law we posses nothing but by faith in Grace we posses our possesions and experience all that God has for us.

Thank You for your prayers. Will write next week.

In Him,
P.Chris






P.Alexai, & me in Dvorsky Pl St. Petersburg Russia.

Bishkek '09 - "even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. "

Luk 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

We all felt the same way - it was if God had let us in on one of His multitudes of secret treasures. The 3 days we spent together in Bishkek with the church seemed to be a door that had been opened to God's Throne room.(Other guests attended from Almaty, Samarkand, Finland and Baltimore), The joy and tears, the conviction and release was incredible.

The pervading theme was the Love of God, and every session was blessed with the Presence of Christ Himself.

One testimony I'll never forget and that was from an older woman from the south of Kyrgyzstan who had found our conference. She told us how she had gotten saved and for 10 months she told no one for fear of persecution and rejection from her Muslim family. But as her aunt lay dying she could no longer be silent - she shared the Glorious Gospel with her and she found Christ hours before her death. In retaliation her family in a fit of rage beat her, hung her upside down by her ankles and broke her fingers. She was tortured and thrown out of the house. In Islam when someone in the family gets saved the whole family is cursed they believe. Now she was homeless in Bishkek. But God led her to the new family where we were able to comfort her and help her. Many people that find Christ are often beaten by their family members.

Each day began at 9 am and ended at sometime around 2am. Those of us that came from the States (p.Drew, p.Peter, P. Schaller and I) hadn't slept for 2 nights already & and when we got off the plane we went right into the meetings. God's quickening was amazing - I've never seen anything like it. We weren't even tired. At one point p.Schaller had preached for 5 hours; 3 messages and one rap session. Then we would go with all the men to the Turkish restaurant and had fellowship till late.

P. Emil and the church there have gotten the permission they needed to start building their new church in Bishkek. The fact that they got the permission was a miracle. So much so that one of those working on their approval decided to canvas the neighborhood to gather signatures against the church and their plans to build. But no one would sign the petition in that Muslim neighborhood because they knew the church and loved our people there.

God is doing something new and precious in Central Asia. P. Drew & I were able to visit the work p.Gani has begun in a poor village on the edge of Bishkek (photos to follow soon!)

I've added a slideshow of the time there. "even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight."



If you can't see the slideshow click here: http://picasaweb.google.com/goye4th/Bishkek0902?authkey=Gv1sRgCI2e5tb-kcPvuAE#

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"Fitly Framed" UkrCon '08 - L'viv - Ukraine

With over 300 total in attendance, God ministered to all of us by His precious Presence by His Word and His people. P. Schaller was our main guest this year with visitors from Tyumen, Moscow, St. Pete, Kaliningrad, Bilarus; Russia, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Sweden, Finland, Central Asia, and of course Ukraine!

The messages that were preached are posted here: http://www.box.net/shared/ptlksdi22q

There were countless pictures taken - you can find many of them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16342643382

There is also a 4 minute video of the many faces and events that you can watch here!

Gosia and I are planning to return to Ukraine in January. We covet your prayers.

What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?


Lwowek - Platkowice, Poland Conference May '08


Jesus asked the blind man in Mark 10:51 a question that seemingly had an obvious answer. What do you want me to do for you? Wouldn't the blind man want his sight restored? Often our expection or what we are waiting on God for could be too abstract or undefined. Jesus has to ask us at times obvious questions that seem almost offensive in their simplicity because we ourselves do not know what we ask or even how to ask. God wants us to take a hold of Him in Isaiah 64:7 and not let go until we receive from God what He has for us and the lost world we live in. But if we behold iniquity in our heart we will not take a hold of Him but we will be taken ahold of by the world system and the spirit of this age. The Spirit in us knows how to ask, and He is asking, with much unction and passion. He is asking for us, for His people in Poland. We too ask, hearing the voice of Christ praying. Let's ask him for Poland.
We had a precious time with about 80 people in a 400 year old castle around the Word, vision and edification. We all sense the stirring of the Spirit for this country that has a small protestant movement. There are more protestant churches in Ukraine than there are in Poland and there is a great need for churchplanters there. Please check out the photos, videos and messages P. Maciek has uploaded to the GGWO Poland Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11220792217


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Poland Joy Tour March 08

Psa 94:14 For the Lord will not cast off nor spurn His people, neither will He abandon His heritage. - Amplified. Psa 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever--forsake not the works of Your own hands. - Amplified

Right after Eurocon P. Maciek Kniechak, Kyle Benoit and Bryan Ackerman took a trip to Poland visiting our 4 churches in 7 days all over Poland; Wroclaw, Krakow, Gdansk, & Warsaw. The underlying thought of the trip for me was that God never forsakes the works of His own hands. The work of God began in Poland for GGWO in 1986 and it continues today by his mercy and loving kindness that endures forever.

One of the highlights was in Gdansk visiting P. Mariusz, Gosia, and their son Mateusz. There was a woman there in his church named Bozena who is having chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Bozena has been used as a vessel of joyful news in the cancer ward there as she shared with dying people the Hope of Grace. One 4 year old girl said when Bozena asked her if she knew God; "Who is he?" was her reply. Bozena went on to share about Christ and His presence around her during this little girl's suffering during chemotherapy and when she finished a huge smile lit up the girls face. This little one went to the arms of Jesus a month and a half later. Many have found Christ through Bozena's testimony. You may see her joyful picture in the links below.

Please pray for the pastors there in Poland: P. Maciek, P. Robert, P. Tomek, P. Mariusz and Sergay. Please see the link below for an awesome video of the trip to Poland. (it's about 21mb so it may take time to download). Check to the right margin for the schedule this spring and summer in Poland. Join us for the Spring Conference at a real castle May 1-3!

Pictures: http://www.ggwo.pl/photo/Pastor%20Chris,%20Brian%20&%20Kyle%20in%20Poland/index.html

Video: http://www.ggwo.pl/Nowy%20folder/P_Chris%20Brian%20Kyle%20w%20Polsce.wmv

Message: http://www.ggwo.pl/kml_MP3.html

The GGWO Website in Poland: http://www.ggwo.pl/index_ang.html

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Open Hearts - Open Doors - EuroCon 2008

Rev 3:8 "I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name." - Amplified

Click here to see a 4 min recap clip of the conference

This years' EuroCon was blessed with the sound of the mighty wings of many angels that rushed in at the gathering of the European Body of Christ, as well as many other international guests. One count I had heard was 1200 people with 800 guests. P. Schaller's messages on the Open Door, Guilt, and P. Scibelli'
s message on "Long Time" and P. Gary's message on Sin; were some of the many messages that spoke to my heart. Haveing approximantly 50 Ukrainians and 29 Poles that came was a precious gift for us that lived in these countries as missionaries.

God has given us as His Church keys. Some of these keys are: The Gospel of Grace, Unconditional Love of God, Humility, and Prayer. These keys open doors that are locked by pride, sight, and rationalistic thinking. Remember that Satan has no keys, his were taken away: Rev. 1:18 & 20:1. Neither is the Devil able to close doors. Therefore there is no door locked to the Believer, only the appearance thereof. As we draw near by faith to doors that God leads us to; these doors that look so intimidating; they will waver, melt and dissappear before the authority of Christ. These keys are powerful, they are given by grace to us with authority to bless and open doors of people's hearts, cultures, and spiritual doors that are like the door of Achor in the valley.



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