Pastor Maxim Kirilov - Ukraine

Dear COAH Supporters,

Maxim Kirilov is a pastor in east Ukraine, who we have supported for some years. Here is his most recent ministry report.

Peace be with you, our dear friends from Come Over and Help.

My family and I are sincerely grateful to you for your participation in our life. Also, we are sincerely grateful to God for you and for the opportunity to partner together in ministry. May the Lord bless you! Thanks to your support, I have the opportunity to better prepare for the preaching of the Gospel in the church, visit Prison No. 2 in our city, conduct services in the rehabilitation center, participate in the ministry of small groups and continue my studies at the Irpen Bible Seminary.

Our situation is not easy, but the Lord blesses us and helps us to serve Him. This poem describes our ministry now in the best way:

… No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughs at God in hospital 
No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughs at God when they're starving or freezing or so very poor…

This period was especially fruitful: we held two offsite camps for children, baptized 6 people, and started a group of new believers. 6-8 other people are preparing for becoming church members, and every Sunday I have counseling sessions with them. We continue to help the needy and the victims of war.

We continue the work of rehabilitation center. Now six people are in the rehabilitation program, and two people are in the adaptation program. When they go through the rehabilitation program, they learn to live anew. Our ministry workers help them to get medical treatment in hospitals, and help them restore their documents. This year we baptized two brothers who had been going through the rehabilitation and adaptation programs since 2015. Today, these are new people who rejoice that they got to know the love of Jesus Christ and can live a new life in Christ.

Maxim (back left) with men from the rehab center

Maxim (back left) with men from the rehab center

This year we had the opportunity to conduct two camps for about 60 children altogether. One of the goals of the camp was to give children and youth from the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions the opportunity to grow spiritually, to have rest and recreation, and to improve their health. We saw happiness in the eyes of the children, who were able to go on holiday for the first time since the occupation began in 2014.

One of the participants in our camp was the Chekrygin family, consisting of Sergey, Marina and their three children, Daniel, Makar and Sofia. Sergey, Marina and their children live in the city of Yenakiyevo. It is located on the border with the city of Debaltsevo. In this city, there are many ruined houses because of the military actions. Economically, the city is in very bad condition. Only Marina has a job; Sergey has disability status because of  his cancer. Marina works two jobs, so as to somehow provide for her family. When we invited them to come to our camp and have a rest, for a long time they could not believe that this was real.

Chekrygin family

Chekrygin family

For their family, it was a miracle, and a mercy from the Lord. They are sincerely grateful to everyone who gave their family an opportunity to have rest and recreation.    

With prayers for you,

Maxim Kirilov

Toretsk, Ukraine