Pastor Dragisa Armus - Serbia

Report from our partner in Serbia:

I hope you are all well, which I wish and pray for. This time I'm sending you an update from the mission field in Serbia. After we finished with our open air distribution of literature at our bookstand in Vrnjacka Banja, we are preparing and praying about two events taking place in Kraljevo and Aleksandrovac. Our plan is to distribute books and to contact people directly, sharing the Word of God with them.
Meanwhile we have personal contacts with people each day; let me tell you something about three people.

A couple, Mr Tihomir and Bosiljka came directly into my office. He reminded me of the blind man Bartimaeus from the Bible who wanted to meet Jesus.
His first question was this: "What is the teaching of your church and do you believe in priests?" It was a good conversation starter, our discussion continued, and I shared what I believe. Then he told me about the many monasteries he had visited and paid a lot of money, because he was told he would be healed.

Tihomir and Bosiljka with Mrs. Armus (right)

Tihomir and Bosiljka with Mrs. Armus (right)


What a wonderful time it was, sharing with them hope and salvation in Jesus - eternal life, a new body and perfect life in heaven. He paid me another visit a few days later and we continued our conversation. Five minutes after they had left, he telephoned me and said: "Mr Dragisa, while we were walking down the hill from your home, my wife and I at the same time spoke out the same sentence to each other: "Our burden is taken away, we felt easiness in our heart. Thank you very much!" They invited us to visit them in their town. They were here as tourists. They received a Bible and book from us for the first time in their life.

The other situation is meeting with a retired professor named Milena. She used to be a communist and an atheist. We had a long talk with a lot of discussion. I quoted to her verses from the Bible. She is not an atheist any more, but her trust is in the Orthodox Church; she has never had a Bible; now she does! I encouraged her to read -  and to believe!

Several other interesting anecdotes: An  orthodox priest from Leskovac ordered copies of all our books. I called him and explained that these are reformed, protestant, Bible-oriented books. He said, "Please, send copies of all of them, and you are welcome to visit me".

Milorad from a nearby town wrote me: "I read the book Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices. Please, send me 40 copies; I want to share them with other friends and believers!"

These short testimonies and updates give a general impression of our daily work here. We pray for openings to reach people with the message of the love of God who is full of grace. This verse moved my heart today: "...God was in Christ, reconciling the world into himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and had committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
It is a wonderful and great message, God reconciling the world in Christ and giving us the word of reconciliation.

May God bless you all!
Many greetings from,
Dragisa.

 

Vasily Derkach, Ministry Veteran

Vasily Derkach is a veteran of the Christian ministry COAH supports in Ukraine; we are privileged to do so.

Greetings, dear friends!

I want to say thank you for the help which you have been providing to me. This money is essential to me because I’m not able to earn money, provide for my family or purchase medicines.

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I was born in the city of Donetsk. I lived, studied and worked there most of my life. At the age of 36 I was injured in a mine, so I had to leave my job. Two years later I began serving in Ugledar, a small town in the Donetsk region, as a missionary. This work was blessed, and a church was founded. Step by step the number of believers grew, so we began to construct a church building. However, at that time I had a minor stroke. The doctors diagnosed a swelling in my brain. I was suffering from nausea, weakness and vertigo, which the doctors said was caused by stress, over-exertion and the flu. The brothers and sisters of the church prayed for me, and miraculously the diagnosis changed; instead the doctors said I had multiple sclerosis.

Despite this, I served the local church in Ugledar as a pastor for 22 years, during which time we completed the church building. I tried to visit every member of our church at least once each month.

A year before the military conflict in Donbass began, I fell and broke my leg. I then realized it was time to resign the leadership of the church to someone else, due to my health issues. In October 2014, my wife Olga was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Since we were living at the centre of military operations, we couldn’t access proper treatment. Also, we were unable to work, and so when my wife’s sister proposed that we move to Zhytomyr, we agreed, taking 3 of our children along with us. Olga had surgery in Zhytomyr, and we decided to stay here to live.

Vasily and Olga

Vasily and Olga

Here’s an amazing testimony of God’s work. Our house in Donetsk was situated at the hotspot of tensions, and most of the buildings around us were destroyed. A shell landed in our neighbour’s home, exploding just 7 meters from our house, but it remained safe and sound. We also suspect that mercenaries have been shooting into Christian homes deliberately, because all the houses of our brothers and sisters in our district have been destroyed – but ours still stands! Praise God for His protection!

Here in Zhytomyr our relatives have helped us to find an apartment, and with your financial support we are renting it. But just a few days ago, the landlord informed us that we have to leave in April. We’ve begun searching for a new place, but haven’t found it yet. We can’t live outside the city because my wife needs constant medical treatment. Besides that, every month we spend about 5 000 UAH on medical drugs for us. We don’t know yet what to do from now forward, but this is the reason why financial help from you is so vitally important to us.

Although my health I getting worse, I still preach in the church in Zhytomyr. On Thursdays I drive 20 km to the village of Leshchiny to share God’s Word with the congregation. Due to the fact I hardly can stand on my feet, the brothers proposed that I preach sitting down. My wife and I really appreciate this church because it is very similar to our former church in Donbass; we love to be there.

So this is why I want to express my gratitude to you again, to all who help our family in this hard time. May God bless you!

Pardaugava Reformed Church - Update

Dear COAH Supporters,

In 2016 we began supporting a church plant in Latvia, which under God's blessing has been fruitful. We would like to share their updates with you in this space. We trust you will find them encouraging, and would be moved to support these brothers and sisters in prayer as well.

Dear Friends,

We as Christians are called to grow continuously in our faith and love towards Lord Jesus and each other. But there is one aspect in which we are encouraged to be like infants (don’t overstretch the illustration). Apostle Peter writing to the Christians of his time talked about the importance of the imperishable Word of God. This Word God brought us salvation and the same Word keeps us growing in this salvation. This is what he says in 1 Peter 2:2: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…” Babes need milk. Sometimes it seems they need it all the time. They crave for it! In the same way we must long for the Word as that is the only way we can grow. So let’s keep it at our hand and use it every day.

 At the beginning of September our church celebrated its 1 year “anniversary” since starting regular (weekly) public meetings on Sundays. We began this new phase of ministry with a day-away. Everyone was invited and the goal for the day was twofold: encouragement and building friendships. Talks were based in Paul’s letter to Philippians (chapters 3-4).

Bible study

Bible study

The main take away point was that mature Christian life is characterized by a heavenly mindset. It is a worldview that sets the resurrection as the final goal and seeks to strive wholeheartedly towards it! We pray and hope that it will be our focus throughout the year to come!

In August the church organized a three week “Christianity Explored” course. Each time we looked at one major question: Who was Jesus; why he came; What does it mean to follow Him. It was a very exciting experience! Twelve people attended these meetings. The presentation of the death of Jesus was very clear and impacted some of the participants. One of the attendees has joined our small group Bible study and seems to be keen to explore the Christian faith deeper. At the end of the course, pastor Martins Martinsons privately concluded: “It is so good to know that you have done the right thing… By God`s grace we had the opportunity to preach the Gospel clearly and now we pray that God would make His Word grow!” Indeed, our aim is to continue praying for the people and meeting them on an occasional and regular basis.

 As we enter the autumn season, regular activities of our church life have resumed. By God`s grace we have resumed our 3 Bible study groups where we will continue studying Marks gospel. It is very encouraging to hear that people appreciate and highly value these studies. One member admitted that she really feels that these weekly meetings are like backbone to the church. With that we want to also mention mom`s group that resumed meeting on Thursdays. It is excellent opportunity for mothers to study the Bible and invite their friends. Our Sunday services have also fared well during September. We began the year with a series from the early chapters of the book of Genesis. Sermons were highly thought provoking and taught many fundamental, but so many times taken for granted truths!

 One of our key efforts in reaching students is the “Chuck Norris” kickboxing club. This year we have expanded the scope of our efforts, as we have received generous support from a Reformed Christian organization in the Netherlands. Miroslavs Tumanovskis is accompanied by a member of our church, Dagnis who is a professional physical conditioning coach and a very brave evangelist. Dagnis’ help is really crucial. This year we aim to be bolder in sharing the gospel and we also want to focus more on the international students. We launched the club on September 18th and around 30 people attend the club on a weekly basis. Our aim is to continue running the weekly trainings accompanied by outside training events where we publicly proclaim the Gospel. Our vision has not changed – we hope that out of this club Bible studies for students can emerge. Several good Gospel conversations have already taken place.

In respect to broader evangelistic purposes, we have set plans to use the Advent season more intentionally. During Christmas and Advent time, people are generally more open to talk about religion and spirituality so we see it as a very good opportunity. Our concrete plans are focused on organization of dialogue suppers where the church family can invite their friends and neighbors. The experience of lastyear has proved that such events suit the Latvian context well.

Dear partners in the Gospel, we are immensely grateful for your faithful support of this ministry. May the Lord keep you safe and growing in Him!

PRAYER POINTS

·         Pray for our evangelistic efforts – Chuck Norris club, Advent season, Dialogue suppers, day to day personal evangelism.

·         Pray for our Bible study work. Pray that people would learn how to handle the Bible for themselves. Pray that new leaders would be equipped.

·         Pray for the people who attended the Christianity Explored course. Pray that the truth would work in their hearts and bring forth the fruit of salvation.

·         Above all pray that during the coming season we would continue to listen to the voice of God and would continue doing faithfully His work.

Pastor Mārtiņš Martinsons on behalf of Pārdaugava Reformed Church

 

 

 

Pastor Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

Dear friends,

More Regular Attendees

There are 5 people who seem to have started coming to our church on a more regular basis. 2 of them are believers, 3 are not. We need to faithfully preach the Gospel to all of them. Both of the believers who started attending our church have no idea about membership. So, there is a lot of work ahead of us in terms of lovingly calling them to a lifelong commitment to the body of Christ.

As for unbelievers, I will never stop to marvel about how God draws people to Himself. I asked one of the unbelievers about the reasons why he comes to church (Don’t worry I didn’t ask him that question right away. I have been meeting with him for about 3 months now). Here is how he responded: “I don’t know. It comforts me. I feel at peace when I am participating in the services. Besides that, it just occurred to me that I hadn’t done any of the bad stuff that I used to do for almost two months now.” And yet that person doesn’t trust Christ still. How mysterious is that! Truly we don’t know how a seed of faith grows. Our job is to stay faithful in planting and watering and pray to God that He will grow faith in men.

The newlyweds!

The newlyweds!

My co-pastor, Timur, is back from his honeymoon. I am grateful that he and his wife, Amina, made it back to Kazakhstan safely. They are a good couple and it’s fun to watch them grow in faith, now as a family. 

Hospitality

This week we had some people over from church for dinner. We invited my sister and brother-in-law and one single guy. My wife made some amazing lamb chops. It was delicious. We played “Ticket to Ride” afterwards. It was a lovely evening. But what I liked the most was what my brother from church said to us.  

He couldn’t understand why we would invite him for dinner along with our family members. He is not a part of our family. We didn’t celebrate anybody’s birthday. There was no special occasion. When we explained to him that the blood of Christ is thicker than our shared bloodlines, he said the following: “I don’t have brothers or sisters. I am the only child in my family but tonight I really felt that I am a part of a bigger family.” Those words served me so much. I love him. And I am ready for more ‘family’ dinners, lunches and breakfasts.

That evening I was freshly reminded that we cannot help anybody unless we love them. And I also want to say that hospitality is a much bigger gift to the hosts than it is to those who are hosted.

Kazakh Translation Project

The translation of the first book, that is Seeking God by Peter Jeffrey, is finished. Now it is being edited. We hope to be able to publish it by the end of this year. We hope that by the time we have Seeking God in Kazakh in our hands we will have had a procedure in place when a translator, editor and publisher will work in unison to supply Kazakh-speaking believers with solid theological books in their own language.  Please pray that God would bless our efforts.

  Prayer Requests

Please pray that:

  • We would be patient and wait upon the Lord
  • God would bless our partnership with Bagid and brothers from Taraz
  • I would pray more
  •  We would be bold in sharing the Gospel with the unbelievers (here are the names of some: Daulet, Alexander, Danil, Bahytzhan, Mark)
  •  God would be glorified in our conversations and meetings with others (Zhanibek, Aisulu)
  •  God would bless our discipleship efforts (Nurmuhan, Oleg, Ilya)
  •  God would be glorified through our translation project
  •  God would build his church in Kazakhstan

 

Reflections on Romania - Brittany DeGraaf & Petra van Dorland

“Romania!?  Who goes to Romania?”  This was a question we heard several times as we prepared for our trip to Romania through COAH.  It was not specifically a location we chose, but one God had chosen for us.  Contacts were made and plans began to emerge:  one week in Kajanto Maria, a children’s home in Alesd, and one week at Christian Endeavour House in Oradea. 

Kajanto Maria Children's Home, Alesd, Romania

Kajanto Maria Children's Home, Alesd, Romania

We were joyfully welcomed to Romania by Pastor Istvan Visky and his family (COAH’s main contact in Romania), and on our first Sunday were blessed to worship at the Hungarian Reformed Church in Osorhei where he serves as pastor.  We then moved on to Kajanto Maria, where we spent our first week.  We sent the children off to camp early Monday morning.  We spent part of the week doing odd jobs around the children’s home such as organizing closets and cleaning windows.  But mostly, we listened.  We listened to Eva, the director of the home, as she told us many stories about the children.  Where each one came from, why they were in the home, how their experiences had already impacted their young lives – by the end of the week we felt as though we knew the children even though we had only met them briefly.  We were able to spend some time with the children as we picked them up from camp on Saturday and then remained at the home until Monday morning.  And due to our prior conversations, we were able to see the children in a different way. 

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From Alesd we moved to Christian Endeavour House in Oradea.  We spent our first few days with Zsoka, the worker in charge of the Granny Project for CE House.  The Granny Project supports a number of widows (and several widowers) mostly over age 80, with little to no family left in the area to care for them.  They each receive a monthly visit.  Through Zsoka’s translating we were able to learn some of their stories. 

One story was especially touching; a woman told us how her husband had passed away years ago, and she was left with her son and his family.  As she raised her grandsons while their parents worked, her grandsons promised that they would take care of her once she was older and in need of assistance.  A few weeks prior to our visit she was working in her garden and tripped on a rock.  She didn’t have the strength to get back up and lay there until her neighbour came and cared for her.  She said she lay there begging God to take her home because she couldn’t deal with the pain anymore.  Not the physical pain but the pain of losing her husband, losing her son, and having her grandsons move to other countries in search of better lives.  She asked us to come back for a visit if we were ever in Romania again but said she hoped she would be in her eternal home soon. 

We also had good conversations with Zsoka, as well as with Sandor, the director of CE House.  The simple faith they exhibit through the struggles of working in ministry was a testimony to God’s grace and strength in their lives.  The problems faced by those they minister to are real and complicated and often nothing can be done to change the situations.  Life in a post-communist culture can be very hopeless, yet CE House shines hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  So we (and they) ask that you pray for God’s work in Romania, specifically for these ministries and those who work at each one.

Going into this trip we expected to be physically tired at the end of the two weeks; we were surprised to realize that we were more mentally and emotionally tired.  But mostly we were incredibly thankful for the experiences, conversations and friendships made on this journey, and humbled to realize that God’s purposes for sending us to Romania were far greater than any expectations we may have had.

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.”  Eph. 3:20-21

 

Lithuania Pastors Conference

Throughout history, the church of Christ seems almost inevitably drawn towards liberalism. There is no shortage of examples of denominations and seminaries where biblical orthodoxy has been compromised, if not rejected outright.

So to hear of a group of churches that seems to be moving upstream is very encouraging. The Evangelical Reformed Church of Lithuania, in the past heavily influenced by German liberalism, appears to be taking a decided stand for biblical reformed truth.

Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas, Lithuania

Rev Ian Macleod

Rev Ian Macleod

COAH is sponsoring a pastors conference from September 27-29 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Dr Darius Brycko, a missionary in Warsaw, Poland for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will team-teach with Rev Ian Macleod, pastor of the Grand Rapids (Michigan USA)  Free Reformed Church. COAH board members Tom Moerdyk and John Vergunst will also be present. The topic is Preachers: Men of the Word. The goal of this conference is to encourage Lithuanian pastors to teach from and trust the Word of God, as their foundation for preaching. Personal anecdotes, interesting illustrations, subjective ramblings, contemplative musings, humanistic ideals, moralistic platitudes, witty cleverness - this is not what God-honoring preaching is about. Rather, it is the authoritative proclamation of God's truth - "thus saith the Lord!"

Please keep this conference in your prayers over the next week. May God be pleased to come down and move in this gathering, and may there be a lasting blessing on it.

Pastor Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

Dear friends,

Discipleship

I never get tired of writing about importance of discipleship. By God’s grace, I am discipling several people now. It’s second best joy of mine after doing sermon preparation and preaching. In September a couple of guys whom I disciple will have a chance to try themselves in various responsibilities in the church.

Timur, my co-pastor, is getting married in September and I freed him from all the responsibilities that he had. In his absence, my two dear brothers Oleg and Nurmuhan will be leading in prayer, doing meditations, leading the service and helping with deacon’s work. Please pray that God would minister to them as they minister to God’s flock.

Serving the Church and Those Who Are Near

Two members of our church had surgeries in August. It was an opportunity for us, as a church, to show God’s love and care to them. Please pray that members of our church will understand that we are one family and act accordingly. I teach and model the care and long to see my church family enjoy serving one another.

There is also a poor family that attends our church regularly. They haven’t become members yet due to various, mainly, financial reasons. Single mother is too busy providing for her 4 kids. One of her kids is disabled. Please pray that we, as a church, would be ready and active in showing them God’s love and care. Mother’s name is Mahabat.

Balcony Remodeling into a Study Room

Our balcony renovation is finished. It took the whole month to remodel and furnish it. But now, there is a good study room in my apartment. I am a happy man. Thank you very much to all that prayed and participated financially in this project.

Denis's 'new' study...and Sophia, of course!

Denis's 'new' study...and Sophia, of course!

Evangelism

My deep and strong desire is to see converts. I long to see God convert souls under the ministry of our church. There was one lady whom we believe that God converted under our ministry but she left our country and we are not sure about how she is doing now. Since then we have not seen yet one conversion. Please pray with us that God would bless our labors and instill in our hearts a greater zeal for the salvation of the lost.

Prayer Requests

Please pray that:

  • We would be patient and wait upon the Lord
  • God would bless our partnership with Bagid and brothers from Taraz
  • That my former pastor and dear friend, Andrew Willis would be completely healed after multiple strokes that he had
  • We would be bold in sharing the Gospel with the unbelievers (here are the names of some: Daulet, Alexander, Danil, Bahytzhan, Mark)
  • God would be glorified in our conversations and meetings with others (Zhanibek, Aisulu)
  • God would bless our discipleship efforts (Nurmuhan, Oleg, Ilya)
  • God would be glorified through our translation project
  • God would build his church in Kazakhstan

With love,

The Boris’

Casu Pentru Copii - Home for Children

Joanne denBoer volunteered on behalf of COAH in Romania for 2 weeks this summer. She reflects on her time there.

“Mama casa! I am going home today to live with mama again!”  I could see the immeasurable delight in the eyes of ten-year old Georgiana as she shared this unexpected announcement with me.  Children and youth living apart from their parents due to difficult circumstances yearn to hear such good news.  Whether truly orphaned or socially orphaned, how blessed it would be if a previously disadvantaged mama or tata is now able to care and provide for the needs of their child.  Georgiana’s good news is rare; she is one of the few children in any of the COAH-sponsored children’s home in Romania to return to her family home for good.  

Joanne and the children and youth from Emmaus House waiting out a downpour

Joanne and the children and youth from Emmaus House waiting out a downpour

It is true, some children and youth return to their family home from time to time, for as short as a few days or as long as the summer break.  Many are confronted with the stark reality of the circumstances that brought them to the children’s homes in the first place.  The home environment has not changed much since they first left.  There is chronic pain in the heart and mind, if not the body.  The alcoholic parent is still alcoholic.  The impoverished, abusive, and neglectful home environment has not diminished. 

One young girl, home for the summer, gouged her leg on a bicycle pedal.  Parental ignorance of basic medical care resulted in near amputation.  A boy sustained injury from unsupervised and unsafe wood chopping practices.  A frostbite scar on the calf of another girl revealed there was insufficient heat during a winter visit home.  Stress about family dynamics – shouting, hitting, lack of food – rekindles anxiety.  Resentment is real in those children whose family is split up, with some siblings permitted to live in the family home but they are pulled away to live in the children’s home.   Yet most children, after a brief stint in the family home, are relieved and happy to return to the COAH-sponsored children’s homes.

Why is that?

The children and youth in Emmaus House (Targu Mures) and Casa Emanuel (Criscior) never worry if food is scarce:  they receive three (sometimes ‘thin’) meals a day.  They have a comfortable, large home to live in (where it is warm in the winter).  Staff care for them with love and humour.  Since most children and youth have varying degrees of learning challenges or special needs, they receive educational support from staff or volunteers. 

In Emmaus House, the Director knows each child and youth so well (all 45 of them!) that she seeks out special activities and programs to foster their growth, development, and confidence.  Many have received medals in wrestling competition – yes, even the slender girls!  I asked why the weekly wrestling program was so welcome.  Boys at school tried to bully one of the Emmaus girls.  “Don’t mess with me,” she warned them.  “I have won several wrestling matches.”  Other programs include music, dance, gymnastics, and art.  And who better to send for groceries than the young man who has many medals as a marathon and half-marathon champion?

More importantly, the spiritual needs of the children and youth receive priority.  They attend the local church where some of the older teenagers have done “confirmation” [confession of faith].  At Emanuel Casa, I was welcomed by an impromptu children’s choir, including Jesus Loves Me – in English! 

“Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4a) was the focus of one of the daily Bible lessons I was to teach at Emmaus House.  Rejoice? Always?  Even when faced with heart-wrenching circumstances?  Rejoice when you have been removed from the family home, albeit a neglectful one?  Rejoice when the children’s home faces the insurmountable financial burden to pay for heat in the winter?  Rejoice when the 12-seater van sits on the side of the road because you cannot pay the insurance?  Rejoice when your father abandons the family and your mother says she doesn’t want you anymore?  Rejoice when your alcoholic father beats your timid mother?  How can a 5-year old rejoice when all he and his younger brother and sister have known are daily beatings?  How could I, a foreigner who “has it all”, encourage them to rejoice in the Lord always?  Only by referring them to the Scriptures which speaks of the sufferings of Paul and Silas in Philippi, whose circumstances drove them to sing praises and to rejoice in the Lord. 

Why could these disciples rejoice? Because they knew that Christ Jesus suffered poverty, hunger, abuse, yea, the wrath of God, for them.   The suffering Saviour taught these disciples to rejoice in the Lord - always.  Surely He can teach the children, youth, and staff to rejoice in Him also!

While “Mama casa” is deeply yearned for, Emanuel Casa and Emmaus House are a welcome haven and indispensable homes for these disadvantaged children and youth. 

Since the Lord commands His people to “defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy” (Psalm 82:3), won’t you consider supporting the casa pentru copii?

 

Denis Boris - Kazakhstan - Ministry Update

Dear Friends,

Hermeneutics Class for Kazakh Speaking Pastors

Right at the beginning of July I conducted a class on hermeneutics for Kazakh-speaking pastors. It was arranged by my brother and partner in the Gospel, Bagid. The lecture was translated into Kazakh. It went for the whole day with a break for lunch. It went very well and was received with great enthusiasm. We decided to have another class on hermeneutics soon to allow the students to practice their skills. Please pray that more preachers would hear and see that expositional preaching is a biblical way to preach the Bible. I also plan to conduct a similar class for lay people of our church so that they see the beauty of the Scriptures and grow in appreciation of an expositional preaching.   

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Nurmuhan’s Debut

Every service at our church we have a short meditation on a passage related to the main passage of the sermon. It is given at the beginning of the service. Usually if the sermon is from the Old Testament, the passage is from the New Testament and vice versa. Last Sunday, June 23, Nurmuhan shared such a meditation with the church for the first time. It was theologically sound and pastoral. He spoke on eternal life from John 17:3 which prepared the way for the sermon on Hosea 4. Several people came up afterwards and thanked him for some profound insights into eternal life being primarily about knowing God and not about endless succession of the periods of time. Please pray that God would show us and Nurmuhan if he is called to the teaching or preaching ministry.  

Preparation for an Eschatology Class

I have started working on Eschatology class. Bagid and a couple of pastors from Taraz requested such a class. The longer I work on this class the more I understand that such a class could also be taught to lay people so that they get a clear understanding of what the end times are all about, i.e. that it is about the coming of the King and submission of all to Him. Please pray that God would bless my preparation.

Translator is Found

You know that we have been looking for a translator from English into Kazakh. I have asked you to pray for that. Looks like we found one. Praise be to God. Thank you for your prayers. We are in the middle of negotiation about the details of the first project that we plan to do with the help of COAH. Please pray that God would bless our efforts. Also, please pray for the translator. His name is Talant.

Prayer Requests

Please pray that:

  • We would be patient and wait upon the Lord
  • God would bless our partnership with Bagid and brothers from Taraz
  • We would be bold in sharing the Gospel with the unbelievers (here are the names of some: Daulet, Alexander, Danil, Bahytzhan, Mark)
  • God would be glorified in our conversations and meetings with others (Zhanibek, Aisulu)
  • God would bless our discipleship efforts (Nurmuhan, Oleg)
  •  God would be glorified through our translation project
  • God would build His church in Kazakhstan