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!

P. Roman & Albina Grodz - Kyiv, Fall Newsletter

Today I received this inspiring newsletter from the Grodz's - some of my heroes of the faith!

Enjoy their Fall Newsletter as they walk by faith with a renewed church-plant in Kyiv, Ukraine! - p. Christian

Greetings  from Kyiv!

Planting a local church in Kyiv is an amazing process that we all (me, my wife Albina and our son Samuel) are experiencing. As a family we moved here in July this year. Since then God is working very deeply in our hearts. He is teaching us to trust Him in everything.  Primarily He is teaching us to trust Him for building the church. It’s His will and His great desire to see how His children are growing in the unity of the spirit and in praise.

Our church isn’t big. There are about 10 people. Twice a week we meet at our home for the church services.  On Mondays we have soulwinning and Bible lesson with discussion at the Pedagogical University.  On Saturdays we share the Gospel of Christ with people in the center of the city.

Recently Vitaliy Melnikov came back to church, he use to be a part of our church 15 years ago.  He shared great testimony of his life and how God very clearly told him to go back to the church and when he asked which one, God answered: you’ve got Greater Grace church.

Two weeks ago one man sent me sms: “Pastor, I got confused in life, please, help”.  When we met we had long conversation about Christ and Sergiy trusted his heart to Him. Sergiy lived and had his business in Warsaw, Poland. He believed he can do everything and fortune is following him. He helped other people and taught them how to live this life. One day his wife left him. Life started cracking. Drugs.  Deportation from Poland. He decided to start everything from the beginning in Ukraine. He found some job in Kyiv, substituted drugs with alcohol, found some woman, but  he wasn’t happy at all. He was thinking about suicide and remembered that someone gave him telephone number of some pastor. Praise God for His Faithfulness in the lives of broken people. Now Sergiy has new life, new family, new friends, new job. Please, continue to pray for him.

Every soul  is priceless to God. He will never despise a person. Church is a great provision from God for people. The place where we all are hidden, fed and warmed. The place we grow in the knowledge of the Father.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

With love,

P.Roman and team

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time - Eccl 3.11

What a beautiful day of joy, tears, fun and reunion, a reunion of many we haven't seen, in some cases, for 20 years! P. Roman & Albina, two wonderful servants of God, are now one and have begun their race together to "win Him".

The wedding was attended by at least 250 people on a sunny Ukrainian September Day at a Baptist Church which when we lived here, was closed by the communist government and used as a warehouse for educational literature. It was the one of the first baptist churches built in Ukraine where evangelical baptists began their ministry to Ukraine during the 1500's.

I preached on 2 Kings 3.16 - digging ditches of faith in our calling. Both of them have lived their life this way the last 20 years they've been saved.

Now they plan to move to Kyiv and minister there to an eager church that awaits their arrival. Please keep them in prayer and if you'd like to help them please contact us in the GGWO Missions Office.

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!

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

Genesis 33.14 "Led on Softly" - Kyiv, Ukraine - Spring 2010

"And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him." - Gen 32.1


"...and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come..." - Gen 33.14


God has His way of intercepting people - His people. He is a Saviour and that is how He works. In the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Kyiv, Ukraine - many people are meeting the "angels of God" ("God's army" in the Hebrew) along THEIR way. It is at this Divine intervention that they see something that they've missed all their lives - the Grace of God and a Heavenly ladder. Not a ladder up to heaven for them to climb up - because there are many of those in this world - but a ladder down from Heaven where the Son of God Himself descended and intercepted people. This is the Cross.


When God intercepted Jacob in chapter 32, Jacob then could be led by God in chapter 33. He subsequently leads his own in the way that God led him - softly. This word "softly" has a meaning in it in the original that denotes secrecy, intimacy and almost a charming. When God meets people there is an intimacy that follows that impacts the entire way they do things. 


Esau proposed that he go on ahead and prepare the way before Jacob all the way to Seir. Esau had a lot of energy, ideas, and ambition in his flesh. He was a driven person that never was intercepted by God along his way like Saul the pharisee was on his way to Damascus to reek havoc on the Church. 


Jacob on the other hand "led on softly" at the pace of his cattle and at the capacity of his children. If he was to "overdrive" them one day they would all perish. This slow pace frustrates Esau and the post-modern religious culture we live in. The fruit of Jacob was tender and it was frail - it easily could perish along the way and therefore needed time, nourishment and much much grace. God leads His flock on softly according to their capacity and strength. He'll lead us and bear us up till we arrive to His destination of the Finished Work in our lives. We won't die before He is finished.


We now have been in Kyiv for 3 weeks and already we see a flock here. God has provided every need as it arises and we sense the soft leading of the Spirit of Jacob on us. He has provided a 3 floor location that is in the center of the city for our residence, meetings, and Bible School. 


Daily we meet people that have been Divinely orchestrated to meet us - such as yesterday we met the Ambassador of Serbia and his wife who have extended an invitation to meet again. It is like we have arrived to this city as if we arrived to a home that has everything prepared to receive us. 


We have a group here of about 20 people (including 4 Iranian men that are new believers) that we have ministered to on a continual basis over the last few weeks. We will be here for another 2 weeks and then we'll go to Poland for a conference in Lwowek, Slaski April 30-May 2. After which we'll visit the Polish churches and then on May 10th we'll fly back to Baltimore.


It is our desire to return here in the summer and if God permits to stay here for a longer term with a team.


Thank you for your prayers and support!

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

Travailing Love

"Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Or shall a nation be brought forth in a moment? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." - Isaiah 66.8

The story is told that a woman went to her pastor with a perplexing problem she was having with her children. "Pastor, my husband and I are good Christians, we are faithful to church, we tithe, we don't live in sin and we love our children very much, but they are rebellious and do not want God. Please tell us, and be honest, we won't be offended, what is the problem?", the pastor responded; "Since you have given me the freedom to be straight with you I will ask you one question. When was the last time your pillow was wet with sleepless tears of prayer for your children?" The woman was taken back; "Never" she said.

That night she began to petition Heaven in prayer alone in her living room after everyone had gone to sleep. Not long after God began to move; as she finished her prayer one night her son came downstairs and asked, "mom, what does it mean to really be saved?" A few days later her other son came to her wanting
Christ.

..."as soon as Zion travailed she brought forth her children"

Paul travailed until Christ was formed in the Galatians (4.19) and because the Thessalonian church was so dear to him he labored and travailed night and day for them.

Things don't happen hap-hazardly - a nation is not born in a day, a church is not planted without loving travail in prayer and patience of hope.

God impregnates His servants with a heart vision of Christ's thought for people and then we begin to go into labor as a woman does when she is giving birth. There is much pain and effort but the joy of the hope of what will be is incomparable. When the child is born the pain of the birthing is immediately forgotten.

What God puts in the hearts of His servants is unexplainable - unspeakable. If we were to be asked "what will come of your labor?" I don't think we could accurately describe what it will be. We can only say "it'll be as God has said".

When we surrender to Him and His all capturing Cross it leads us to our knees to travail in prayer for what He is travailing for. What is brought forth is much more beautiful than we imagined. It's a Miracle. "Cast not away your confidence, for it has great recompense of reward"

I arrived from Saint Petersburg Russia and from Helsinki Finland on Sunday to Kyiv, Ukraine. Here we have had daily meetings and strategic prayer times for what to do here. We have a team of ten Ukrainians ready to put their hand to the plow.

God loves this nation, we sense a travailing love that is moving us. Please pray for us as we have the privilege to serve the people here with the Gospel of Grace.

Next week on the 29th we have a Ukrainian Leadership seminar in Uzhgorod with a large group
coming from Budapest.

Thank you for being on your knees for us.

P.Chris




Here's a shot a prayer strategy meeting with some of our Kyiv Team.

Volodiya - Kyiv

Like a golden radiant medallion, the morning sun emerged from behind the sleepy horizon and slowly rose over vast flat Ukrainian fields that stretched as far as the eye could see. The dark, black soil lay freshly turned from recent plowing and harvesting of wheat.

A few hours earlier our small team of Ukrainians and Americans got into a bus from Kirovohrad and we were on our way to KYIV – the capital of Ukraine. As we sped towards our destination we could see from small bus windows a glimpse of this miraculous event that happens every day – Dawn. What a breathtaking sight! I tend to think that even angels wonder at it!

As the morning rays warmed the chilled October air and gladdened the Ukrainian landscape it brought to mind what God seemed to be doing in Ukraine; radiant waves of the Gospel Grace shine on the rich soil of many people’s hearts and there is a lingering sense of preparation and expectation of Precious Seed.

The soil is rich here, so much so that in World War II Hitler’s armies shipped train cars full of this black soil back to Germany. But to no avail – it is something that can’t be transported or stolen – only cared for.

I’ve now come to the end of this surprisingly blessed trip and it is as if all of Heaven traveled with us to the churches in 5 cities we visited. Traveling with me were 6 men from L’viv, Odesa, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy Dnepropetrovsk and Kyiv. There was of course the abundance of laughter, fellowship, the Word, & good Ukrainian food. The only thing that we had little of was sleep.

Every city we went to God brought young people to us that told us that they were called to the ministry and that wanted to study in Bible School. One of them was Volodiya.

As I exited the main train station in Kyiv having just arrived by plane from Bishkek, there was a surprise that awaited. Pastor Juha & Lasi from Finland were there with Albina & a young man with long hair. We greeted and talked about how we were to get to L’viv for the Ukrainian Conference.
Turning to the young man that stood there I asked, “Як тебе звати?” He answered me in English;
”My name is Volodiya, you know me” he said smiling.
“I do?” He did not look like anyone I had met before.
“Yes”, he said “I’m from Truskavets, you knew me as a teen there” He was one of the young teens that came to our Bible Study p. Yura Hrodz led in the mid 90’s in Truskavets. Then 3 months ago he re-appeared in Kyiv as someone emerging from the wilderness and contacted p. Misha in L’viv. Hearing that we were to be in Kyiv he found us and was with us till we departed from Ukraine.
“What are you doing here?” I asked,
“Waiting for a church to start here” was the sum of his answer. He was invited to Kyiv for work and God began to work in his heart.

When we retreated to a nearby Pizzeria from the noisy bustling train station he went on to share with p. Juha and I that he was Greater Grace and that he had no church in Kyiv to go to. He was voicing what I’ve heard so many times already from the growing number that lives in Kyiv that consider themselves part of our church.

It was evident the heart cry from this young 23 year old and in many ways it was disturbing to hear. Everyday for the following 2 weeks his words stirred our hearts in prayer and petition to the Lord of the Harvest.

So we have started to plan and strategize.

Is it possible for a shepherd to sleep when he hears the bleating of a young lamb lost in the wilderness? How can we not do any thing? As Jesus had the necessity to go through Samaria so we have this necessity laid on us to preach in Kyiv and tend to the sheep there. When we kneel in prayer this young man appears to us as an angel from the Lord saying “Come on! Let’s do it”

Lord help us to help them. We cannot, we do not claim to know how – “Thou knowest, O Lord!”

Let’s trust Him and see where He leads us.



If you can't see this slideshow click here: http://picasaweb.google.com/goye4th/LvivConOct09?authkey=Gv1sRgCMTz6pH4wbm--gE&feat=directlink

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Delayed but Determined, Displaced yet Destined.

Reykjavik, Iceland - July 30th - 8 Degrees Celsius (45 Degrees F)

It didn't look to promising as two worried mechanics made their way to
the plane engine. It was only minutes later that they, shaking their
heads walked away from the plane we were all waiting to board.
IcelandAir flight 343 would be grounded due to "technical issues" and
we would be spending the night on this chilly island.

The inhabitants of this curious island of 300,000 people still speak
"Islenska" claimed to be so close to what the Vikings spoke
that Icelanders can read and understand the writings of Leif Erickson written
centuries ago.

Beginning to pray I asked God what he had me here for on this stark
island where the terrain reminded me of the lunar surface with tufts
of grass and moss struggling to survive on it. The crystal icy water
surging over black volcanic rock seemed to properly portray the environment of contrasts here where
seafaring Vikings once lived as they plundered the coasts of Northern
Europe.

With many sullen faces around suddenly it struck me it may not be very pleasant to talk to people about Christ here. I was about
to escape to my hotel room when I saw a teenager reading a Bible and
writing notes on a scrap of paper.

"is that a Bible? Are you a believer?" I asked. It was and as we began
to talk about grace and the finished work I understood that this was a
divinely ordained appointment. This teen was coming from Finland where
God had met them and began a work in their life after months of
straying "God sent you here" she said.

Sheep wander and can even be found in Iceland

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Helsinki, Finland: July
24-27 - Summer Conference with P.Schaller and the Finns - "Fruit that
Remains"

After not having been in Finland for 16 years it was such a blessing
to see so many still walking with God that I had known years before.
Now they had children that were in their teens and you could see the
determination in their eyes from the narrow way. We often found
ourselves surrounded by these young people and youth raps would
spontaneously start. The last night I was there I got together with 8
Finnish guys and had Finnish "Hornets" (chicken wings) - from 5.30pm
to almost midnight we rapped about the call of God. Just being with
these guys was one of the great highlights of my time there.

My last day in Finland I had the blessed opportunity to train up to
Vaasa and visit P.Tero & Riitta with their church there. Vaasa is a city of 56,000 people and 18,000 of them are international university students. It was a great blessing to see P. Tero and Riitta ministering there.

Truly fruit that remains...

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Saint Petersburg Russia
July 20-23 with P.Schaller

A group of about 100 gathered together from Uzbekistan, Finland,
Baltimore & Russia in Saint Petersburg for a summer conference titled: "All
Things are now Ready" The three days we were there were packed with the
word, fellowship, and lots of Russian. Every night was finished off in
a small kitchen area in our youth hostel with a rap with 30 Russians chowing on
everything from melons to caviar. We are truly blessed people that we
can live this life.

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July 11-19 eQuad / p.Love Ukrainian Summer Conference - L'viv

I traveled 7 hours with 12 teens and Bible college students with p.Love crammed in a small
mini-bus from Warsaw to L'viv Ukraine. There we had the
best summer conference with the Ukrainians. P.Love preached on the
riches of Grace and the pervasiveness of the anointing permeated us all.
One thing I don't think we'll forget is the Youth hostel with the 3
Igors and the "Freeze Mob" evangelism we did in the center of L'viv with no practice at all - you can see it here: (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1204557273577)

Thanks to P. Misha and all those that worked hard during the conference to make it an amazing event.

Enjoy the slide shows below - these are only some of the photos taken: (if you cannot see them click here: /goye4th/2009/07/delayed-but-determined-displaced-yet.html)

L'viv Summer Conference w/ P.Love:


FinnCon '09 - Shots here from Missions' Night and the Youth meetings


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"Risen Up"

Joh 11:4  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 

In 1995 a group of our Bible School students from our school in L'viv began to minister in a hospital where people that succumbed to severe drug addiction came to recover physically, or in the case of some, they came to die due to the advanced stages of sickness because of drug abuse. That day 14 years ago turned out to be a divine appointment set in the Heavenlies for the glory of God.

3 patients lay there in there beds in terrible condition. 2 were to recover and become students in our school but the third, the nurse said he had been "released" meaning there was nothing more they could do for him. Vitya had only a 55 red cell blood count and weighed only 60 kilos. They gave him three days to live. 

That day he found Christ when he met our students and after three days when he was to be dead he was one his feet recovering miraculously. Not long after that he became a Bible school student and graduated years later and moved back to his home town Volodymir-Volinsk (a city where statics show every 4th individual living in that city of 40,000 was addicted to some form of substance abuse). 

While in bible School he was a quiet student but very faithful to the church and often brought many new people. 8 months ago Vitya started meetings with those people that he had been investing in Volodymir-Volinsk and today Vitya has a church of 30+ people. Many have responded to his testimony and gotten saved and he is a pastor for many in that small town.

What was a soul destined to die in a grungy Ukrainian hospital - a last stop for many drug addicts - was a soul Jesus raised up for His glory!

As our little team of four men traveled by car back from Volodymir the sun set over beautiful Ukrainian fields green with spring. Our hearts were full of joy and our spirit worshipped the God of Vitya. This is Greater Grace.

Never underestimate 3 things: the Seed, God's people, and time. 
Enjoy the photos below of Vitya's discipleship group in Volodymir-Volonsk. (click here if the slideshow doesn't appear)



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Христос Воскрес! Мир вам!


One by one we gathered on top of a hill overlooking the city of L'viv - Vysoki Zamok until there was a good crowd of us . Many in the city were just waking up this early Ukrainian Easter morning. We moved to a higher location to see the city better, and then we began to pray...

Today was Orthodox Easter, where most Western Ukrainians celebrate Easter. Jesus was in our midst as we had prayer, that led to fellowship then scripture reading and then prayer again.

As we prayed the Spirit brought these words back to my mind: "...And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. " Mat 28:7. Jesus already told his disciples this at the last supper. He had a plan to meet them where it all began, Galilee. After the trauma of the crucifixion and the terror and guilt that lay in the disciples' hearts - Jesus already had a plan after the fact of it all - He would meet them there where He called them in the beginning.

Whatever happens in our lives, at whatever level, He will always meet us at Galilee - the place where He called us by name to follow Him in Grace - where He made us fishers of men.

New people have begun to come finding the church on the internet. Vitya Rozumniy has come out ofthe hospital. His church is rejoicing with him as God rasied him from his sickness.

This week I go to Cherkassy, Odessa and then Volodymir-Volinsk. This weekend a group comes from Budapest to visit Tolik and the church in Uzhhorod.

Our time in Ukraine is winding up and our extended visit with the Ukrainian churches is coming to a close. Much has happened. Our mission of Grace here has been accomplished, thank you for your prayers.

Please join us for the summer camp we will have with P. Love and those that come from Baltimore July 15-18!

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A Towel & Basin

"Jesus riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. " Jn 13:4-5

Greetings! I am writing to you from my hotel room in Krakow as we prep to go to Budapest tomorrow.


My personal meditation has been on these chapters the last couple weeks - Jn 13-17 - the last moments Jesus has with his disciples at the last supper before he would be betrayed and delivered up to be crucified. During these last hours, Jesus aware of Judas' intent to betray him, does just the opposite of what the average man would do upon hearing he would be betrayed unto death; he takes a towel and a basin and in an act of ultimate vulnerability ministers to those whom he has loved unto the end.

Jesus could do so because of what was written immediately before hand in verse 3 - "the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God". Jesus knew his origin, direction and destiny affording him to be focused on the more important issue at hand, is disciples' need to be ministered to and their understanding of critical truths that we see Him speak of in the following chapters.

These past few months in Ukraine have been months with a towel and a basin - much is happening here.

We have a precious new church in Volodimyr Volinsk with a Towel & Basin ministry. I will upload photos and more information soon after EuroCon.

Tomorrow Gosia and I drive to Budapest to meet the saints! We are very excited and looking forward to the fellowship and strengthening by the Towel and Basin. We will see many of you soon.

Please enjoy this video below of a recent trip I took to Odessa just a couple weeks ago.





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Christ or Kриза?

THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). - Rom 5:1

But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of God's grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy). - Act 20:24

Walking down the hallway of the hospital, we could sense the heaviness of heart you often find in Ukrainian hospitals. Turning the corner we saw Pan Petro's room and upon opening the door we found a cramped room full of people each huddled around one of the 5 beds in the hospital room. Laying on one of the cot like beds was Oksana's father, Petro; an 80 year old man that had recently received Christ as his Savior. Just days later he had a massive heart attack that he would never recover from.

The room hushed from the nervous chatter of relatives as p.Mihailyo & I bowed our heads and prayed aloud over this dear man whose face testified of a man who had peace with God. After we prayed we had the attention of everyone in the little room and proceeded to speak to everyone of Petro's peace that he with God.

This hospital room was a room where many would come and succumb to their heart attack. It was a desperate place where little hope resided. A man next to Petro layed in his bed and listened attentively to the Gospel. His eyes were rounded with shadows of fear. He later received Christ as well as others in that room that day.

Pan Petro lay asleep resting like a young baby sound asleep unaware of the testimony of his peaceful countenance he had to all in the room. A few days later the Lord took him home to Himself.

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As I write I am on an express train from L'viv to Kyiv where we'll meet many of our people today and have fellowship. Tomorrow I'll train to Cherkassy to do a service with our church there. The scenery outside my window is like a rapidly moving film of snowy fields and sleepy farm homes. All seems calm yet in the hearts of many Ukrainians lays apprehension and unrest. With the pervading pessimism of the looming crisis already in Ukraine, many people have shrunk back to a protectionist way of thinking. With predictions of a 40% unemployment rate in the next 2 years, many Ukrainians today cannot withdraw their savings from their banks.

Yet many in our churches in Ukraine have not been overcome with the global trend of fear and loss of vision. Actually it's funny for them and they are able to maintain a free spirit as David had in Ps 51 because of the love of God dwelling deep in their hearts and an easy yoke.

These past 3 weeks in our Bible School have been very rich in the Word and we've been feasting on Chapter 4 of the Ephesians class by Pastor Stevens. Our choice is not vanity of mind but a renewing of the spirit of our mind in the Word of God as we put on the new man moment by moment.

It's such a joy and privilege to be among these precious Ukrainians. What is precious - it is Christ Himself that walks among them, on their streets, visits their small apartments and communes with them at their tables drinking their tea and eating their Borsche soup. The Word is alive in us, and there is so much gladness of heart to be here these days. Thank you Jesus that we may walk with you here and bear forth the Words of this Life...



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An Enlarged Heart vs. Tree of Knowledge

Feb 5, 2009


"God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore." - 1 Kings 4.29


What God gave to Solomon was not only understanding and wisdom but largeness of heart. This heart was characterized by breadth and depth that we see described in Isaiah 60.5 "Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the Sea shall be turned to you". The expansion of heart came from a revelation of the love of God shed abroad in Solomon's heart - Romans 5.5. The love of God always expands our heart so that we welcome more people into our personal sphere of fellowship - this is evangelism and inreach isn't it? Largeness of heart fears no risk taken when we love unconditionally. That way we do what we do with a whole heart; "heartily" with "singleness of heart" - Col 3.23. Otherwise it will be inevitable that we live at the tree of knowledge - good knowledge and bad information about situations or people or our ministry from the Lord. Knowledge never sets people free; good or bad knowledge, because the roots of the "tree of information" are deep in a Satanic philosophy and mindset. In largeness of heart there is a treasure house, we see this in Luke 6.45. In this treasure house in our heart there are people, places, memories, vision, plans, determinations, and Jesus Himself - Eph 3.17 that tabernacles there with us by faith.


It's been only one week here in Ukraine and the preciousness of the fellowship and the Word has been so present among us all here. Gosia joins me most likely in a couple weeks. Thank you for your prayers, please continue to hold the ropes for us.

A few upcoming events this month:


  • February Outreaches to Kyiv
  • Feb 27-March 1 - Preach & Teach Seminar - Odessa - with P. Mikhail, Kim Shibley, Cliff Olson, Micah Stambo from Romania & P. Julian Timothe and P.Mark Knowles from Moldova.
  • March 17-21 - EuroCon 2009
  • March 23-April 6 - Cyprus Mission Trip

Enjoy some of the recent photos taken from this week :





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