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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

Project Odessa Life | Have We Failed? | Monthly Ministry/Prayer Update | May 2012

  Has Project Odessa Life utterly failed before we’ve barely gotten underway?   For the past three months it’s been an intense geographic journey down the West Coast and an intense spiritual journey as well. We had no idea how things would turn out when we stepped out in faith to build a financial and … Continue reading

Special Financial & Prayer Update | April 2012 | Project Odessa Life

  Video edited by Plain English TV   In next months update we will return to our regular update style, and plan to officially and publicly thank everyone for all their generosity and hospitlaity in helping us out on this trip. It is remarkable how God has taken care of us through all of your … Continue reading

Valeriia’s Update ~ March 2012

  How do you know that you are doing something right?   A few days ago an American team from Iowa came to Odessa to help us minister together. One of the goals that we had during this week was to do English club with people and in the same time to be able to … Continue reading

Monthly Ministry/Prayer Update | January

It took me a minute to figure out what he was saying. In broken English I heard the words, “If you agonize long, something will happen.” Did he think I was making him suffer? These are the kinds of things you have to try and decipher when you are teaching someone English and you don’t … Continue reading

A Christmas Note to Odessa & the World

This week I was upset about the fact that everywhere I go in Odessa I see Grandfather Frost decor and zero nativity sets.  I did manage to find one pretty small one of relatively poor quality.  I have since been informed that many churches do build their own.  It remains very noticeable though that communism … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 101

Just a video version of a slide show I prepared for English Club last Saturday.  English Club is an outreach we do, teaching people from the city English for free.  Many of them return week after week allowing us to build relationships with them.  I was thankful for the topic of Thanksgiving which gave me … Continue reading

English Club!

Every Saturday we meet at our church for English Club.  It is an event designed to teach people English and make opporunities for us to build relationships in our community with a gospel-centered missional agenda.  It works quite well.  People are invited by word of mouth, flyers we hand out in the neighborhood, or whenever … Continue reading