Project Odessa Life | Monthly Ministry/Prayer Update | August 2012

Did you know? Ukraine is considered to be 79.01% Christian by Operation World. According to Wikipedia a survey from 2006 indicates: Eastern Orthodox – 26.8% Catholic – 5.9% Protestants – 0.9% Jewish – 0.1% other – 3.8% no affiliation/not aware – 62.5% The Orthodox and the Catholics do not believe the Gospel means Jesus + … Continue reading

Friends in the Foxhole

There is a striking contrast between those living a peaceful, routine, Disneylandish sort of life at home and those who must face tragic realities of war or oppression as a normal part of life. There are many accurate parralels which can be made between war and our spiritual lives as Christians, as the Church. The … Continue reading

If You Only Read One….Make It This One!

Monthly Ministry/Prayer Update The last couple weeks at camp has been one of the most fruitful and worthwhile things I have ever been involved in! To hear more just follow the link to the NEW VIDEO UPDATE. If you only ever watched just one of my video updates, please make it THIS ONE. 🙂   … Continue reading

What is a Redemption Group?

  I remember reading a blog once by John MacArthur called “Grunge Christianity?“. He severely criticized Mars Hill in Seattle and Mark Driscoll, rather than from a Scriptural defense, the article was highly opinionated. He acused the ministry in Seattle of stunting the sanctification of the church members.   “His defense of substitutionary atonement might … Continue reading

Lera’s November Update

Hello my friends! Happy Thanksgiving! I have a lot to thank God for! I have learned a lot from our pastor and teacher friends who came to teach us in the Seaside Missionary Training Center. One thing I believe I benefited greatly from is the week we were encouraged to do spiritual disciplines, specifically, prayer, … Continue reading

God is Not Broke …or Stingy

Just thought I would do a quick post on raising financial support as a missionary. Frankly, I have a few other blog topics I’d much rather blobble about, namely “Eastern Orthodox”, “Who are these guys faces on Ukrainian Money?”, or “Things to do in Odessa, Ukraine”.  These will all be forthcoming.  However, I’ve been confronted … Continue reading

Monthly Ministry Update ~ October 2011

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” Pv 18:22 Last week the main teaching was on premarital counseling. Lera and I got some healthy review. It may come in handy when counseling others. Going over things like danger signs, love, expectations, finances, and communication. We were asked … Continue reading

Valeriia’s Update ~ October 2011

Hello my friends! Finally my dream is fulfilled and I am in the beginning of my special ministry. For years I had the desire to serve God every day of my life so I prayed to God so He would prepare me for full time ministry which means to leave my job to leave my … Continue reading

Monthly Ministry Update ~ October 2011

God is doing some great things in Ukraine!   During our first week at the Missionary Training Center I was blessed to find out we would be laying a foundation for ministry with training and emphasis on the spiritual disciplines. Now, throughout the entirety of the course we have been developing and integrating these disciplines … Continue reading

Monthly Ministry Update ~ July 2011 Am I Called to the Ministry?

In Ukraine: Well, ministry as a couple in Ukraine won’t officially begin at this point until we begin the Missionary Training Center in Sept. I know my wife, over in that hemisphere, was blessed by her grades on her finals exams, was able to work with a team from World Racers inviting pedestrians to our … Continue reading

Review of a Book Review: Kevin DeYoung on Radical by David Platt

As I read David Platt’s authentically honest and challenging book Radical I began taking notes for my first official book review at, until I noticed, there are already a plethora of excellent reviews of this book online. It seems to be a very popular book right now in some circles. To read Kevin DeYoung’s … Continue reading

Ministries in Ukraine: Directory

Ministries in Ukraine: Directory   I thought it might be beneficial to compile a directory of ministries I’m familiar with and are doing good for God’s glory in Ukraine. More will be added as times goes on and I am graced to become acquainted with more brothers and sisters in the faith.     Agape … Continue reading