I had a wonderful weekend in Garstang, Lancanshire in England. I went to visit the Garstang Free Methodist church and talk a little about the wonderful ministry currently going on in Rivne, Ukraine. Garstang sent a team in June of 2017 and together we worked with soldiers and their families. You may remember that these soldiers were/are suffering from PTSD and the Garstang team specifically worked with their children in a type of vacation Bible school format.
Former missionary to Ukraine, Pete Blundell, has done an incredible job of informing the Garstang church of this important ministry and is the driving force behind this wonderful connection between Garstang, UK and Rivne, Ukraine. I did speak about the camp this past summer and I also spent a lot if time speaking about our drug rehabilitation centre in Rivne. I look forward to this partnership growing and many coming to know Christ as their Saviour through this exciting work.
Personally I enjoyed fish and chips, scones, long conversations with friends old and new and some rather beautiful landscape! I hope I get to return again in the not too distant future.
The last ten days have been so busy! I want to catch you up on some of what we have been doing.
Last week, Zsuzsi and I were in Kiev and Rivne, Ukraine. I spoke on the subject of the persecuted Church in Kiev at the Ukrainian education center and then in Rivne I was blessed to visit a Christian rehab center for men recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. This centre is lead by a former drug addict who gave his life to Christ 12 years ago. Currently, seven men are in the center, there stories are very sad but they are learning to love and trust Christ! I was able to share my testimony with them and enjoyed meeting them. If you feel led to support this ministry, these men and the center need financial aid to help pay for food, bills, rent and medical care. Feel free to contact me if you want to help.
Then upon returning to Hungary we prepared for Easter. We organised for a European champion bodybuilder to visit with the kids at the orphanage to speak about the importance of sport and that no matter what the circumstances, that the kids could be successful in life. Then today we celebrated Easter with our monthly English language service. A total of 24 people joined together to worship the Risen Lord. It was particularly nice to welcome 5 new people today! Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministry.
The last few days I served in Rivne, Ukraine. I spent time with our Ukrainian leaders, Misha and Lena Petrochenko and their two beautiful kids. The Petrochenko family are involved in several ministries and I was delighted to be able to spend time with them.
I visited and preached in a large home church group, with about 40 people in attendance. Several are refugees from the Donetsk region and have been displaced by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I am currently planning a medical and humanitarian aid trip to the war zone next year. I am in need of a dentist and a doctor to serve and medicine. Please contact me if you are interested in helping. Whilst there I will assist by providing Bibles, counseling and praying with those caught in the conflict. I will also serve as a psychiatric nurse and work with those suffering stress related illnesses.
Do you know/recognise this worship song? Check the video to hear a small part of the song.
Ukrainian food is just great! Misha and Lena never stopped feeding me 😀 One of my favourites was this traditional salad!
Please continue to pray for the Petrochenko family, their ministry and that the conflict would come to a peaceful end.
My travels take me far from home at the moment! The next four weeks see me very busy indeed!
I am just back from a quick two day visit to Romania. I spent time talking with missionaries and local leaders and I hope I was able to encourage them. The work amongst some of the poorest in Europe is never ending… Yesterday I was in the poorest area in Arad, Romania. So many socio-economic problems and so few people trying to make a difference. Malnourished children, unclean water, lack of medication to name just a few of he problems. I am grateful for my friends the Ball family, Viz de Copil, local councillor and believer Laura Andres and the Oaza group which all provide help for these kids. If you want to help, contact me please!!!
Soon I travel to Rivne in Ukraine, to spend time with church leaders, teach and encourage them in the ministry they are leading, including reaching out to families who have lost loved ones because of the war with Russia.
Soon after that I travel to Cergy, France, which is very near to Paris. There I will encourage leaders, help them with training for ministry and learn more about their service to the Lord.
I am very open to speak in your church or Bible study group on the subject of the persecuted church, as I mentioned in my previous post. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss doing this either in person or by Skype.
Sadly I will not be in Ireland in the foreseeable future. I miss my mother’s cooking!
- Please pray that believers in these countries would be blessed!
- Pray for clear communication across languages.
- Safety for my family while I am away.
- Good health and travel mercies for me.
The past few days I have been in Kiev, making contacts with individuals, churches and mission organisations. Overall it has been very successful and eye-opening. Originally I was going to meet with ministry workers in Rivne but due to their current health problems they asked me to come another time. Therefore I used the time to develop new relationships in Kiev.
Kiev is a city rich in history, much of it very recent history.
I don’t wish to comment on politics but I do ask that you pray for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. They have suffered terribly and they need Christ.
Ukraine is a country rich in religious tradition but statistics put the number of true believers at less than 2% of the population.
I did met several wonderful believers though!
Vitaly is the director of the Ukrainian Education Centre. This library/Christian resource centre is used for Bible studies, English classes, discipleship etc. Please pray for Vitaly as he leads this ministry!
Vika (Viktoria) is a young believer. She is currently studying in seminary and has a passion to work with children. Please pray for her as she seeks God’s leading in her life and as she faces some tough challenges.
I made several other good connections and am grateful to all those who took time out of their busy schedule to meet with me!
I, (Gerry) am currently in Kiev on a trip exploring possibilities of developing partnerships here to see Kingdom expansion.
Originally I was going to Rivne to visit Free Methodists there, encourage and teach them. Sadly they family are unwell and therefore I am using my time in Kiev to visit churches, pastors and look at what Christian materials they have available (in Russian and Ukrainian) for our leaders.
So far I have four meetings set up and appreciate your prayers that these would go well and be a blessing to all involved.