Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, our Lord! I hope this note finds you doing well. We hope to see many of you this coming June in Indianapolis at General Assembly! I wanted to share with you something that God has put on my heart.
As you know, our family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, in April 2012. We have just passed our one-year anniversary of missionary life! We have learned much and have much more to learn. I wanted to share a brief history with you and share a challenge the Lord has put on my heart.
Following graduation from Nazarene Theological Seminary in May 2001, my wife and I spent three months as NIVS (Nazarenes in Volunteer Service) in Russia. While in Russia, we were a part of a small team of people who visited a group gathering for worship in Chaltyr (a suburb of Rostov) who was interested in becoming a Church of the Nazarene. My heart was very moved by this experience and from that day until today, we remember this group and its pastor (Pastor Vasiliy) in our prayers. Today, the group is now a Church of the Nazarene with a great ministry to the people of Chaltyr and an average attendance of 170 people per week. They have also started a few other groups in the Rostov area, which are now moving toward being organized churches.
While at a pastors’ meeting in September 2012, in Rostov, I was able to meet with the pastor of one of these groups, Pastor Slava. I was blessed to preach at his church, which currently meets in a rented restaurant. I saw that this church was growing and poised for some exciting days ahead as they follow Jesus.
At this meeting, they took us to a building that they would like to purchase with help from the Global Church of the Nazarene. We were able to visit the building and could see its potential for a church. Dr. Crocker, Lonnie Norris, and I all felt compelled to pray for God to make this a reality for the Rostov Church of the Nazarene.
The church building and land cost right at $200,000.
To date, however, nothing has happened.
About one month ago, I began to sense God speaking to my heart. My family was blessed with a great three months of raising funds back in January-March 2012, before we came to the field. Those funds continue to sustain our needs and the smaller needs we encounter on a daily basis in the CIS. While we are back in the US for General Assembly 2013, I will be preaching at 5 churches. I have set up a 10% giving project titled, “Project 1024: Rostov Church” and have asked each church where I speak this summer to send 100% of my deputation and special offerings toward this project.
If you are willing, you can either give online at…
or write a check to “Global Treasury Services Church of the Nazarene” and put “Project 1024: Rostov Church (AFS1023)” in the memo. While those two numbers in the memo are close to one another, it is just a coincidence and not a mistake.
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
PO Box 843116
Kansas City MO 64184-3116
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again for the love and support that you have showed to my family and to the ministry in the CIS through the years!