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At the new office

No doubt it was a year of wonders! Hard to believe how many answers to the prayers we got in such a short time! After seven years of silence, we were able to sell our property in Crimea (house, office, training center) within a couple of months! The funds were safely passed to the mainland. We got an excellent building for Eurasian Apologetics Center headquarters, practically completed its indoor renovation, and moved in successfully right before the first snowfall (see the pictures attached). May the Lord be praised!

2021 site visitors from 128 countries

 The outdoor renovation is postponed till the spring. Please join our prayers about the resources for it as well as for the early warmth.

 However, this is not the end of the story, as the  year was extremely fruitful in many other ways. The Eurasian Apologetics Society movement grew like never before. About 80 new members sign up every month, and the total number is close to 2000 now. 65 new persons subscribe to our YouTube channel monthly. We printed 10 new books, including one by the national author, as well as arranged about 20+ training courses and seminars despite the quarantine restrictions. Users from  128 countries visited our website(see the map attached). Oh, yes! May the Lord be praised!

UES November
UES Round table
UES Round table

 Despite the ado around the renovation completion and moving the stuff and paraphernalia to the new place, the two last months of the year were all about  intensive teaching and training. Most of it was done in the hybrid format that allowed us to combine meeting the quarantine restrictions and the dynamics of actual in-class fellowship. Some low-risk students were present in class, while the rest followed online. 

UES seminars
UES seminars
UES workshops

 Most of the training took place as a retreat at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary campus (see the pictures attached). We had interesting seminars on the New Testament historical veracitythe biblical view of evil and suffering in the world, historical ideas shaping modern thinking, and   harmonization of the Gospels resurrection accounts. As usual, the most interactive part of the retreat was a round table fellowship , where everyone was free to ask or share on the most burning issues of the ministry and church life. All the events were video recorded, and a media version of the seminars will be issued eventually. Please keep this production in your prayers.

Marriage and Family retreat
Ezra Academy Library

 Among other events were the church ministries, the Theology of Marriage seminar at the School of Family retreat at Voronkiv, Biblical Anthropology master course at the Ezra Academy (see the picture attached). I was thrilled to learn that Ezra Academy is starting a library ministry with a small collection of the best books for shaping one's worldview. And you know what? About half of the collection is our publications! (See the picture attached of Dmitry, the Academy dean with the books collection). Isn't this a great sign of recognition as well as encouragement? May the Lord be praised!

Ezra Academy
Ezra Academy
Ezra Academy

 I feel uncomfortable that most of the pictures in our newsletters have my face, like if I do all this work myself. Actually, I am honored to be a clapper in that bell. But the bell, not the clapper, spreads the message. All these fruits are the outcome of the great team of coworkers and volunteers who do all the job of content development, media production, translations, editing, planning, management, logistics, finances, etc. As well as this is the result of your faithful care, prayers, and support. We are so thankful to be together with you as a part of this glorious work of the Lord! While this year of wonders is coming to an end, more wonders are waiting ahead! And all of them are just a shadow of the good things that are coming!

Church ministry
Church ministry
Church ministry

Apologetics and Evangelism Strategy Master course
Apologetics and Evangelism Strategy Master course

We were pretty prepared for the new wave of pandemic restrictions by developing a  hybrid approach  for Joint School of Christian Apologetics courses. Through the year of quarantine, we learned all the strengths and weaknesses of in-class and online teaching and combined two models for the best result. On the one hand, it allows keeping on the dynamics of actual in-class fellowship. On the other hand, people from any part of the world can join.

 Thus, during the Master's  Apologetics and Evangelism Strategy  course, we had ten persons in class (see the pictures attached) and 30 students online, even from such  remote places  like Udmurtia at the Urals and Khabarovsk at Far East Russia. Otherwise, they would not be able to join the program at all because of the distance and the war between the countries!

 Here is some  feedback  we received from the online students:

 "I got ignited for evangelism in a very new way because of the course! Some kind of renewed daring has come!!! How precious is the ministry that God has entrusted to you!! I can't wait to start the work!" – Irina Draya, Kherson.

 "Thank you for the course. Attending it was a great blessing. Sorting everything out will take some time now, and I want to continue learning from you!! I live in Moscow. We have no teaching like this in our churches. Christians hardly ever preach about it. My heart breaks for the younger generation – there is no one here to teach them evangelism and apologetics. Train me, and I will train them! No matter how naive it may sound, I believe our Lord will change the hearts of people in Russia through the Good News of Christ" – Daniel Gavrilov, Moscow

 We continue to experience a  season of enormous grace  that came after the seven thin years. At the prayer time of the course, I shared with the students how the Lord blesses our ministry. One of them, Yury has approached me during the break with a very specific question: does your new Center have a proper classroom? The question was very up to a point. The facilities we got have space for everything we ever dreamed of having except that one thing – a place for public lectures and seminars easily accessible by public transportation. After all, this shortage was not a big deal since several schools in Ukraine are glad to offer us their classrooms for use, though they are pretty far from the Center.

Visiting with Yuri
Visiting with Yuri

 "Well, – Yury said, – first time I attended your seminars about 20 years ago as a new believer. That  drastically challenged my understanding  of the church, evangelism, and mission, impacted the rest of my life! I am a pastor now, and our church has recently built a new sanctuary right  at the next neighborhood  from your Center and near the public bus stop at the main road. Feel free to use it for any of your programs – we will be honored by the partnership with you." Isn't this amazing?  May the Lord be praised!

 Andrey, our director, and I have visited the church (see the pictures attached). I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship ©. We already plan several events there, including starting over the  Reliable Foundations Media Club  (stopped with the quarantine) next year. Please  join our prayers  about it!

 The  confirmation  for the need for the Reliable Foundations Media Club restarting has come almost immediately! Someone, out of the blue, sent me a video clip – some men are relaxing at the campfire after a day of hike in the woods in the middle of nowhere (attached). What do you think they are doing? They listen to the RFMP seminar on the biblical view of life and death!  May the Lord be praised!

Children materials
Children materials

 The shift of the public schools for the distant learning became due to  great opportunity  for us! Our  materials for children  help them learn better, shape their worldview, and  make them missionaries  to their peers and their teachers! Attached are the pictures one pastor sent. His daughter uses our books for doing her school assignment on science. I am sure her teacher will find many good points to think about while reading that notebook!  Please pray with us  for all God's youngest witnesses!

 The Eurasian Apologetics Center facilities  remodeling goes on . By God's grace, we have raised 59% of the estimated cost and completed the essential indoor works (you can see the progress pictures here –  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/00ef9w9dqqp20b6/AAAqlefGunQwW55teR3y4sFQa?dl=0 ). The most important issue for now is getting the kitchen completed and installed. We plan to move into the facilities in a week to be able to maintain the place while the first frosts come.  Thank you very much for your care and prayers!

 

Doctorate course on Biblical Anthropology
Doctorate course on Biblical Anthropology
Seminar for teachers
Seminar for teachers

Despite the lot of our time and efforts the remodeling takes, we  do not slow down the pace  of the ministry. We keep all the commitments we made to introduce the Truth to skeptics, strengthen the saints in their confidence in the Truth, and equip God's people to proclaim God's Word effectively. We just choose a  proper format  of the approach to practice according to the situation. For instance, a  Doctorate course on Biblical Anthropology  at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological University (Kiev) was made in the hybrid format (few students are in the class, the rest are online – the pictures attached), while some of its parts for the Bachelor level students at Ukrainian Biblical Theological Seminary (Lviv) were provided in the media format at the same time. The same hybrid approach was used for the 

Youth conference
Youth conference
Youth conference
schoolteachers' seminar  on incorporating the biblical worldview and understanding of science into the government controlled school curricula, while the  youth conference on the Bible veracity  was more purposeful to do as an actual gathering (see the pictures attached).  Please pray with us for the fruits of all these events!  I believe somebody who attended them will come some day and say: my heart for Jesus, for evangelism, for ministry, for missions was impacted there!

Crossing Carpathians
Crossing Carpathians

The most exciting moments  we experience whenever we come to a new place (in Ukraine, in Russia, in Uzbekistan, in Belarus – elsewhere) are when somebody approaches us with the same words: "You do not know me, but I know you! I constantly watch the videos, follow the social media posts, read the books you produce!» The rest of the speech may vary.

 For instance, one can say: "I was strongly indoctrinated against the Bible and the church, but your  materials  made me change my mind."

 Or: "I was doubting about giving myself to Jesus, but your  materials  helped me to make the right decision!"

 Or: "I was brought up in a family of believers but lost the faith because of the education I got. Nevertheless, your  materials  restored it and made it stronger than ever before!"

 Or: "I hesitated to share my faith with others, but your  materials  laid a solid foundation for it and have helped me to become a bold proclaimer of the message!" 

 Or: "When my kids went to school, I was afraid it would seriously challenge their beliefs. But your  materials  made them the Lord's witnesses to their classmates and even to their teachers!"

 Or: "I never even considered anything like ministry or missions. But your  materials  inspired me to accept the calling!"

 All these encouraging testimonies are the  fruits of God's work  through your faithful care and prayers that encourage, inspire, and equip our team and us for the sake of the Kingdom's greater glory!  May the Lord be praised!

Teaching at Hust
Teaching at Hust
Teaching at Hust

This time the new place we added to our short missions' geography was  the city of Hust in Transcarpathia (Subcarpathian Ruthenia) . We took an extra day to cross the mountains away from the noisy highways (see the pictures attached) and then went down to the valley. We enjoyed the last warm days of the year alongside the everlasting warmth of  fraternal fellowship with God's children  we never met before and will never forget now.

Preaching at Hust
Preaching at Hust

 The key project of the trip was teaching the  "Bible and Logic" course  in the Master's program of the  Transcarpathian Christian Institute . It was a great joy we shared with the regional church leaders to explore the ways of spreading the Gospel message "nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth" as well as exposing the tricks of false teachers and opponents of the faith. The rest was a precious time of  fellowship with brethren  and teaching at the local church (see the pictures attached). May the Lord multiply the fruits of this trip abundantly  for His glory alone

Book Forum
Book Forum
Book Forum

 Another great event of the month was the presentation of our books at the  International Book Forum  publishers' fair at Lviv (see the pictures attached). Could we imagine a decade ago that Christian books would be represented at events like this in the former Soviet Union without any limitations and discrimination? People came to the Forum from other cities and even from other countries – Russia, Belarus, Moldova. Some came specially to buy our books! They were asking the publisher to pass on their appreciation and the words of gratitude and encouragement – like, for instance, this unknown man in the picture. Please  join our prayers  for the seeds planted through the printed word!

Yourh Festival Zhashkiv

 We celebrate 30 years of the former Soviet Union nations' great exodus from the Egypt of communism into the desert of secular democracy. The Church of the Exodus Generation existed despite the oppressions and persecutions. Participation in any event from street evangelism to youth camp was a danger of facing serious problems, even imprisonment. There were very few opportunities. Nevertheless, our older brothers and sisters boldly did everything they could. Fighting the good fight, completing the race, they kept the faith and passed it on to us, the Generation of the Desert.

Youth Camp Balyko-Schuchenka
Youth Camp Balyko-Schuchenka
Youth Camp Balyko-Schuchenka

 Our generation received everything at once – without sacrifice, without risk, without hard work. Brothers from other countries joyfully and sacrificially shared with us their resources, experience, knowledge, programs, strategies, methods, approaches, etc. All this was available for taking without considering whether it is relevant to our context. Being a Christian was often a self-sufficient occupation "for internal consumption" – building the Kingdom from 9 am till 5 pm with a lunch break. Why should we, believers, go into, say, science? Or economics? Or politics? Or education system? Or business? All the people are of great size there, we are like grasshoppers in our own eyes! It is so safe here, in our comfortable church ghetto!

Workshop Kiev
Workshop Kiev

 I am exaggerating, of course. There were many heroes of the faith, people who were not indifferent and challenged both the world and the stagnant tendencies within the Body of Christ. But this multitude, alas, was a minority. As in the old days, for each Caleb, there were half a dozen "grasshoppers in their own eyes." Indifference to what was going on outside the church walls has been a common feature of our generation. Moreover, whether one "did care" became the main criterion in recruitment for our own projects. We decided to train the called rather than trying calling the trained.

 But time has passed, and a new generation has grown up – young people thirsting for fellowship, learning, devoting themselves to the work of the Kingdom. They do care! They do not want to be "grasshoppers in their own eyes" but yearn for change, proclaiming: "We should go up and take the land, for we can certainly do it! The Lord is with us! Do not be afraid!"

Youth Festival Kamen-Kashirsky
Youth Festival Kamen-Kashirsky
Youth Festival Kamen-Kashirsky
Youth Festival Kamen-Kashirsky

 I believe that the Generation of Joshua that follows us will become the city on a hill and the lamp on its stand, so people may see their good works and glorify the Father, which is in heaven! And the best what we, people of the desert, can do now, is to invest ourselves in them. We shall provide them with the necessary resources and share all the knowledge and experience we've gained so that they do not need to waste time and effort repeating the mistakes we have already made. And so that they too could entrust the things they have heard from us to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others in their turn (2 Timothy 2: 2).

Youth Festival Molodavo
Media ministry

 With this in mind, we were doing our best to come with masterclasses, seminars, training programs, etc., for every youth camp and festival we were invited to! We were going from one side of the country to another all the time (see the pictures attached). The spectrum of the topics discussed was so broad! Effective evangelism, God's existence, faith and science, mercy and suffering, the role of Christians in civil society, dinosaurs, keeping the truth in the confusing world, use of media for the Kingdom, biblical leadership, etc. Our direct involvement was amplified by the online seminars as well as the media ministry of young people, trained and equipped in previous years. Please pray with us for all these young warriors of Christ!

 The summer was an extremely exciting experience that inspired us incredibly! We do know: those who follow us are better than us! They must become greater, and we must become less.

Online workshop
Training and equipping key capable and called young people is and always will be our top priority. Having the Apologetics Center facilities as a permanent base will make this task much easier for us now. 

 The Center remodeling goes on. By the Lord's provision, we collected 57,64% of the estimated cost already. The electrical works (including reserve autonomous power generator) are done already, as well as most of the flooring. Most of the appliances and furniture are ordered as well. We still hope to move into the facilities by winter. Please keep this goal in your prayers!

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