It’s been one year since a family from C.C. Philly left the United States and was sent to serve the Lord in a restricted Islamic country in Asia. Below is a recap of their first year as well as some prayer points that we can all be praying for. If you would like more information on how to support this family, please email Pastor Carlos Kalczuk the missions pastor at C.C. Philly – firstname.lastname@example.org
“After concluding our first year here things have been quite busy both with the family, work, and outreach. There have been ups and downs with some of the relationships that the Father has opened for us. One of my young coworkers who I was reading the good news with obtained a visa to travel to the US for one year. He is currently living in the US and trying to find work there. This is great for him as he has dreamed about this since he was young but disappointing to me since we were just starting to study the word together. Please pray for him. Pray that the words that he read and heard from me would find good soil and grow. I had the privilege of sowing seeds in his heart and now someone else will water and nurture them.
Another athlete that I have shared about in the past who I had many in depth discussions with had to give up his dreams to be a professional fighter and get a normal day job. He was not receiving any real opportunities here to make enough money to support his wife and child. Since then, I have had almost no contact with him. He has been difficult to track down. Please pray that I will have an opportunity to reconnect with him and that he will read the good book that I gave him.
Just today I had two opportunities to share with people in the gym, both out of sad circumstances. One young girl who cleans the gym was acting funny this morning and when I asked her if she was okay, she showed me her arm. Last night her husband got drunk and beat her with something iron, she said. Her entire arm was black and blue and at least one of her fingers appeared to be broken. She seemed surprised when I told her that I would pray not just for her healing but for her husband as well. When asked, I told her about what Jesus had done in my life and how he healed and cleansed my heart. I told her that I would pray for the same for her and her husband. Sadly, this is not an uncommon occurrence where we are. Most women expect abuse and see it as normal.
Later this morning I was speaking with another new athlete who shared with me several weeks ago that she is recovering from a severe bout of depression and is now ready to get herself back together physically as well. Today, she asked me after class if I could help her find a mental health counselor. I told her that I would look around but then shared the good news with her and how our heavenly father could heal her mind and more importantly, her heart. She seemed very receptive and when I told her that I would pray for her, she exploded into tears. I was very moved at this display of emotion and she texted me later saying how much it meant to her that someone said that. Please pray for me to have more opportunities to share with these two women. I am conscious of the cultural issues here with sharing with them, but father has now given me multiple opportunities to speak into the lives of at least six women here in the gym.
The kids start school at the end of next week! They are actually excited. They have had a summer mixed with boredom and day trips with friends. Several new families arrived over the summer so they have made some new friends and are looking to spend more time with them as the school year begins. Please pray for them as they transition into the academic season.
Lastly, my wife and I have an opportunity to attend an international conference for like-minded workers in October. It is being hosted by our sending fellowship and all the attendees will be from various fellowships of the same sending body from all over the US. I am also currently preparing to travel south of our border and spend a week or so in the capital city. There has been much in the news lately to dissuade anyone from traveling there but of course nothing is ever reported about the amazing things that father is doing there. I have met a brother there who is interested in partnering with me for sports/gym outreach. I have also been invited to travel to a remote area in the mountainous regions there where no one is or has ever been working to our knowledge. In preparation for this and future trips, Lord willing, I have begun language lessons to supplement my current studies. Please pray for provision for both of these trips. They are both very important for our continued work here and we are trusting father to provide for us to go. Also, pray for my protection in the event I am able to travel south. I am taking all precautions but it is not Disneyland.”
I’ve just received an email from David and Deborah Markey who are serving the unreached Nanet people group in the Northern Siberia/Arctic Circle area of Northern Russia. Here are some prayer requests from them as they have just gotten back to the area from furlough. Let’s remember these requests and ask that the Light of Jesus would shine brightly to those that are in such darkness in their area.
“We wanted to write and ask that you would be in prayer for David this week. An opportunity came up this past Sunday for him to take a 4 to 6 day trip into the tundra to help deliver a 4-wheeler to someone. They left yesterday afternoon, and are expected to be back either Friday or Saturday.
– That this would be a fruitful trip to reach the Nanet’s
– That David would be able to make contacts with people for future visits
– For opportunities, and boldness in sharing the gospel
– For the salvation of those that he will come in contact with
On Sunday the church here had an open mic time at the beginning of the service to allow members to share what they have done this summer (many had just returned from trips to the tundra to see family, etc.). During this time there were accounts of at least 4 people that church members knew who had either drowned (because they were drunk), or who had committed suicide this summer. It was such a strong reminder that the people here in Yamal who do not know Christ are in darkness, without hope, they are dying without the saving knowledge of Christ. We so desperately want to have more opportunities to share the good news with people here, please be praying that the Lord would open doors for us to do so.
Thank you for your prayers dear friends.
David, Deborah, Abigail and Selah”
A family in our church has been asked to pray about joining a church planting team in a restricted Islamic nation in Central Asia.
(A restricted nation is a country where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature. Also included are countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties because of their witness).
This family will be traveling there for two weeks to meet the team that they have been invited to join and to visit several cities in the country. They will also be visiting a neighboring country to spend time at a church that is part of our movement that has been planted there. Their goal in this trip is to first of all confirm that this is the Lord’s will for their family to serve there long term. Secondarily, they will be spending time with the team from another mission organization to determine whether or not they will be able to serve and work alongside them or if it would be better to return to the country and work independently, starting a new work in a new area. This is their tentative schedule for the time that they will be gone. Please remember to be praying for them.
Monday, June 10th – Leave for restricted Central Asian country. This nation is over 90% Islamic but there is a small community of believers that is slowly growing.
Wednesday, June 12th – Arrive in capital city. There we will meet mission team working there and attend their team meeting.
Thursday, June 13th – Tour capital, visiting the international school, language school, and meet with several national pastors. Leave to join other workers one hour west of capital in rural area of country.
Friday, June 14th– Tour western city and meet additional team members.
Saturday, June 15th – Travel to a city in the far south of the country to visit house church with about a dozen believers, all former Muslims. We have been invited to see what the Lord is doing in that region and pray about a work there as the country one hour to the south is predominately Islamic as well and shares similar language and culture.
Sunday, June 16th – join mission team for Sunday worship and picnic in the mountains.
Monday, June 17th – further exploration of western city.
Tuesday, June 18-20th – fly to neighboring country for mission organization’s annual regional conference.
Friday, June 21-23rd – visit capital of neighboring country and spend time with our sister church that is located there.
Monday, June 24th – Fly home.
If you are interested in receiving prayer updates from them directly, please contact me via email at email@example.com
The following is an article written by one of the team members from our last trip to Yamal, Siberia. Paul, Igor, and their band “Vertex” once again spent a month in the Arctic Circle sharing the love of Christ with Nanet people of Yamal.
Jesus told his disciples that they were to be his witnesses not only in Jerusalem and the immediate neighborhood but also to the far reaches of the planet. This is the place where missionaries from Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia recently found themselves certainly qualified for the latter part of that assignment. You can’t get much more remote than a series of small villages near the Arctic Circle in Western Siberia, and just for good measure, the missionaries chose the dead of winter to make their most recent visit. In fact, winter – the beginning of March — is a good time for this type of mission trip. The Ob River is frozen solid with ice a yard thick, making it at least possible to cross the river to drive to many of the villages. The “ice roads,” pathways through the frozen tundra connecting many of the villages will become much less passable when warmer weather arrives, and things begin to thaw. So it was in February and March that Paul and Igor joined with two believers from Moldova, a former Soviet republic, and two other Russian-speaking believers to play a series of rock music concerts in several remote villages at the base of the Yamal Peninsula.
The concerts were advertised to local authorities as promoting a message against drugs and alcohol, a big concern in the target audience, but the songs, in Russian, also contained the seeds of the Gospel message. Both Igor, the lead singer, and Paul, the bass guitarist, emigrated from the Ukraine as young adults and both attend Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia. Joining them from Moldova were Dima, who plays lead guitar and Stas, the drummer. On one occasion the band had the opportunity to share their songs and speak to the Khanti people who inhabit the village of Kharsaeem (accent on the second syllable), a fishing village about an hour from the main port city of Salekhard. Unlike many villages, Kharsaeem is connected to Salekhard by asphalt roads. Many other villages are connected only by treacherous “ice roads.” It is a small miracle that our Christian rock band was able to play in this village. According to Peter, a local believer who has specialized in native customs, the Gospel message only first arrived in this village in the 1990s. It was brought by a foreign missionary (details are vague) and upon hearing the Word of God, a local woman was converted. Unfortunately, the locals were outraged, and a shaman killed the new believer. The gospel in this region faces several other obstacles, according to a local pastor. Many native peoples are willing to add the God of the Bible to a long list of gods they already believe in. The difficulty is getting indigenous people to accept the God of the Bible as the only true God, with an exclusive claim on their lives. Yet another difficulty is that the Russian Orthodox Church has persuaded much of the population that any Russian who is not Russian Orthodox is a member of a “sect.” That disparaging term is applied to any non-Orthodox faith, including Catholics and all mainline Protestants. Muslims, who are not ethnic Russians, are not tagged in this way, and are thus generally accepted as being faithful to their religious tradition. The venue in this small village looked like a community center such as you might find in many a small town in America. But outside, the nearby Ob River was frozen over. The thermometer read 25 below zero Celsius. (That’s 13 below zero Fahrenheit.) When the wind would gust it felt colder still. Adult members of the audience mostly sat still, while teenagers and young children sat, listened, and then ran in and out with their friends. The songs covered a variety of topics. One song, “Belaya Vorona,” or white crow, talked about the need to be different from a crowd that goes after bad choices. Another song challenged listeners to get off the treadmill of a merely materialistic life and to seek a spiritual perspective. Still another song honored mothers who pray. Over the course of a couple of weeks, the band played about eight concerts. There were several unanticipated barriers. The flu had struck Salekhard for much of the band’s visit, and all public meetings (including concerts) were prohibited by civic authorities.
On one occasion, the band set out over “ice roads” for a concert tour to several villages. The trip began at midnight. In the daytime, with the glaring sunlight and windy conditions, you can’t make out the path through the tundra, so at night, car headlights illuminate the contours of the ice roadway. Traveling the ice roads is like riding a bucking bronco; the uneven ice jars the vehicle up and down every few seconds. But the band set out in a Jeep and SUV for the seven- hour trip to the first of several concerts on that tour. About four hours out, the SUV went into a ditch. The driver of the Jeep, an American missionary working on a Bible translation project, used a rope to try to pull the SUV out of the ditch. Unfortunately, he burned out a clutch. Now – two vehicles were stranded. And yes, it was cold. The band members prayed. They slept sporadically. But mostly, they waited. The dawn of the new day brought a blizzard, dropping temperatures to 50 below zero Celsius. But then, at mid-morning, a giant Russian truck patrolling the ice roads happened to drive by. Over the next several hours, the driver pulled both disabled vehicles back to Salekhard. The band finally arrived back at base at 6 p.m. that day – some 18 hours after they set out. “If that truck had not come by, we would still be out there”, one of the band members said later. God was watching over us, he added. There were a few times when band members got a chance to more specifically explain the gospel to audience members who stayed to talk after their concerts and we praise God for the Gospel that was given very clearly to them. The band did what they felt God had called them to do, Igor said. The results, of course, were (and are) up to God.
Another missionary, Dave Markey, who has done church planting in other parts of the former Soviet Union, is scheduled to arrive soon. He will work among the indigenous peoples to plant a Calvary Chapel. Meanwhile, the band plans a follow-up visit this summer. This field is white unto harvest.
As I sit here on our flight back to the USA I’m trying to keep steady as we are bumping all around above Greenland. (Actually it’s getting to be a little much for me personally)! It seems to be a fitting analogy though of our last 10 days in Uganda. We definitely had some bumps along the way, and a few very serious ones as well, but the Lord once again proved to us how steady He is in a storm, and how faithful He is to us even when we were lacking faith. As a team we had been going through the book of Colossians together during our trip and before our 1 week trip to the islands we were discussing how Paul takes quite a few verses (especially in Ch 1) to write about God’s power particularly found in His Son Jesus. We all were amazed as we discussed 1:16-17
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
At that time, little did we know that we were going to receive a first hand lesson on how powerful He really is.
Our team of 14 joined up with Calvary Chapel Entebbe Island Mission which is the churches medical ministry to the many islands that surround Entebbe on Lake Victoria. They also had about 30 people including Doctors, Dentists, Surgeons, HIV testing, translators, cooks (remember there are no kitchens on the islands let alone electricity, bathrooms, running water, and
any others first or second world comforts) as well as some interns who would sterilize instruments and also some that would help out with Children’s Ministry. So we totaled 42 with ALOT of stuff. Hospital beds, a surgical bed, dentist equipment, bags and bags of meds, children’s supplies, food, big pots to cook over a fire with, wood, tents, our clothes, you name it, we probably had it! It was like a traveling circus when our 2 boats came to the islands filled to the brim with people and supplies.
We landed on the first island Myende on Sunday late in the afternoon and immediately began to set up camp. I don’t think it was even an hour after we got there when our first patient came to us. She was 8 months pregnant and was in full labor. With the help of our CC Philly nurses, a healthy baby girl was delivered in less than 2 hours. Her hospital was a church with a mud floor and drift wood walls, with a thatch roof – the one we were currently eating dinner at……in the dark!
The next day on Myende when we were to start our full day medical clinic we got out first look of what satan was going to use to try to discourage us and keep us from traveling to the other islands that week…..RAIN (and lot’s of it)! Besides soaking us and a lot of our things as we set up the clinic in the rain, it also kept people from coming out to receive help until it stopped around 11:30 am. The Lord is sovereign over all and despite the slow start we got to treat many people, share Christ with many people, and run a full kids club broke up into two age groups where the gospel was given. Both young and old came to receive Christ as their Lord that day!
Tuesday we loaded up both boats and travelled about 30 minutes to Kimi Island where we had camped at last year for a couple days. Thankfully this year we had the pleasure of serving there for only the day. Unloading (and loading) our gear from the boats takes about an hour with all hands doing their part, this proved to be one of the more tiring tasks each of our days on the islands.
Kimi was also great and despite a little rain to try to keep people away, The Lord blessed and many adults received Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.
On Wednesday morning we woke up, packed up our tents and camp, had breakfast, loaded up 2 boats with people and our gear and headed out on what should have been a 3 hour boat ride to Zinga island where we were going to set up our base camp for the rest of the week. Well, the enemy did not want us to get there apparently! A huge storm rose up as we were traveling and one of the boats (filled with most of the 40 people) got lost and ended up very far away from their destination. The waves had pushed it off course and what should have been a 3 hour journey ended up being 8 hours of soaking rain, big waves, and a very terrifying experience. As for the second boat- the boat myself and 4 others were in (which basically had all the gear) we ended up with a motor that broke half way through the trip, lost like the other boat, and the waves nearly tearing our boat in two. If it wasn’t for the Lord’s providence and power we would have sank. To make a really long story short, after the boat that had all the people in it eventually got to Zinga, they turned right around to look for our sinking boat. They found us and were able to rescue us and follow the sinking boat to the island to be repaired. The verses we were reading a couple of days earlier about God’s power became very real to us that day. Needless to say, on Wednesday night we had a great worship service thanking and praising Him for His protection that day.
We spend both Thursday and Friday ministering on Zinga island. The Lord did a great work those two days and we all knew why the enemy did not want us to get there safely on Wednesday.
I’ll write about those two days and some things the Lord showed me through these experiences in my next post.
Thank you all so much for praying for us. We truly felt them, and even in the midst of some very scary circumstances the Lord was ministering and comforting our hearts with the promise that He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world!
More to come in the next couple of days.
As many of you know, we have been working amongst the Nenet people in Northern Siberia for a couple years with a deep desire that a Calvary Chapel would be planted in that area. We were praying for the Lord to raise up someone willing to go to the Arctic Circle and share Christ amongst these unreached peoples on a full-time basis. Well around November I got an email from a Calvary Chapel missionary serving in Kyrgystan, David Markey (I just so happened to know some of his family), and he knew Russian, and had been praying for the Nenet peoples since going to the Bible College in Hungary! We set up a time to meet at the Calvary Chapel Missions Conference out in California in January. After that he came to visit with our missionaries working there in Siberia out in Philly a week later, and this past month actually visited Yamal to pray about working in that area full time! So I’m really excited about what the Lord is going to do there and I’m excited about the Markey family moving there – below is their latest newsletter where they write about the decision to move to Siberia. I would encourage you guys to be praying for them, and if the Lord leads you, to consider financially supporting them in this move.
Here is the latest news from my trip to Yamal (Siberia). We have a lot to share with you about how the Lord is leading. Thank you for partnering with us in this journey!
I arrived back in Bishkek on the 13th, and since then Deborah and I have had the opportunity to talk and pray together about future plans. The Lord has made it very clear that He is calling us to Yamal, literally translated “End of the World”.
It has been four and a half years since God laid it on our hearts to pray for the people groups that live in Yamal, which is in northern Siberia in the Arctic Circle. In God’s perfect timing I was able to take a trip to see first-‐hand the needs that are there.
Highlights of My Trip
- ·∙ I was able to share a train compartment for 58 hours with six Nenets (the people group we have been praying for that live in Yamal) and share the gospel with them.
- ·∙ I got to know the local pastor (Anatoli), as well as the Nenets pastor (Peter) in the church in Salekhard. They are both very excited about us coming, and they are willing/able to help us with all the necessary documents. What an answer to prayer!
- ·∙ I had the opportunity to travel to several cities with Pasha and Igor, two guys from Calvary Chapel Philly, and their band.
- ·∙ I attended a “Reindeer festival” close to a town named Oksarka.
- ·∙ I took a 3-‐day trip to the tundra on a snowmobile, where I got to fully experience the life of nomadic
Although we have had a burden for the people of this area for a long time, I did not know if we were being called to Yamal. Not knowing what to expect, I went to check it out. When I arrived in Yamal I was very well received. I stayed at a church in Salekhard called “Good News” where the pastor and congregation are very focused on reaching out. Not only did they welcome me with open arms, but also encouraged me to come with my family.
In Yamal as I got to experience different opportunities to reach out to the lost, I was able to see the needs of this area. The greatest need that I saw was for more churches to be planted. Even though many missionaries come, very few stay. Those people who accept the gospel then slowly go back into their old way of life because they have no discipleship.
As I traveled around the region of Yamal and spoke to various believers, I learned of a city named Oksarka. Oksarka, as far as I know, has no church. It is located in a strategically good place from which I could travel to many of the other towns that have a great need for church plants.
Over and over again, we have felt the Lord give us very specific leading and encouragement from Him regarding the Nenets people and the Yamal area. We now feel like we are supposed to be obedient and just go while the door is open!
We are planning to move to the town of Oksarka as soon as the Lord makes a way! Our visas for Kyrgyzstan expire June 6th. We are not sure if we should try and go before they expire, or if we should get a 3-‐month extension and be in Bishkek through the summer and for the church conference in August. Our first major prayer request is wisdom regarding the timing of when we should move!
Oksarka is surrounded by several other large towns that are also in need of churches. It is a 40-‐minute drive east of Salekhard, the bigger city in which I stayed while visiting. Please pray for vision for us as we plan to live in Oksarka and plant a church there. We would also like to reach out to the other towns located close by.
It is more expensive to live in this part of the world than here in Bishkek (mainly because the supplies have to be brought in from the South by train). Food, rent and utilities will be a little more than double the cost every month of what we currently receive in support. Our other main prayer request is financial provision-‐-‐for the move, as well as our monthly support.
At this moment, we are waiting for the Lord to show us His timing and provision to enable us to move. We are ready whenever He says go!
In summary, here are our specific prayer requests:
·∙ For the Lord to reveal His timing for this move
·∙ Financial provision for the cost of moving, as well as our monthly support
·∙ Vision for the ministry that will begin there
·∙ Salvation of the Nenets people!
·∙ For the peace that passes all understanding, to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We are excited about this next phase, yet at the same time, sad, as we prepare to say goodbye to family, friends, and the ministry team that we have had the privilege of being a part of over the past 3 years.
Please let us know if you have any questions/thoughts about this update.
Thank you so much for your prayers. We are so blessed by the support group the Lord has given us. In our next letter, we will share with you how the Lord is miraculously providing a team to go with us and also give you more information about the Nenets people.
David, Deborah, Abigail and Selah
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This is the second part to my last post regarding praying along with Operation World for post-Christian Europe. It’s so sad to read where Europe is at spiritually after decades of it’s militant atheism, and forced secularism. As I wrote in my last post, I often don’t think about Europe as having unreached peoples, but some of the statistics that I read were alarming and I pray that as you read some of these quotes, that the Lord would give you a desire to be praying for those in Europe who need to know the Truth, and for an open heart that would seek to go there and share the love and hope of Christ the Savior!
Operation World says, “Great swathes of Central and Western Europe are truly post-Christian, where committed Christian remnants are small in number, low in confidence and marginalized. The battle against secularization and social irrelevance has been lost, and what faith remains is confined to private belief. The heartlands of Protestantism are now some of the most irreligious and secular on the entire continent. Countries like Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, Whales, and Scotland have had little meaningful expose to Biblical Christianity for several generations. These areas are some of the most devoid of spiritual life in the world, and urgently need to be re-evangelized”!
As for the younger generation – they represent a new challenge because many have grown up in a context devoid of Christian witness or any explicit Christian values. They don’t see these beliefs as having any relevance or importance. Yet, the door does remain open and we are seeing some signs of life among teenagers and university students who are on a mission for Truth.
It shocked me to read that Europe has over 400 people groups living within it’s borders, and that nearly 250 of them can be regarded as only partially evangelized at best, and often are completely unevangelized! Many of these groups are immigrants or refugee’s such as Muslims and other ethnic groups from the Middle East and North Africa. Surprisingly the Jewish remnant, although a fragment of what they were during the Holocaust, still need to be evangelized throughout Europe and brought to know Christ as their Messiah. Also Chinese now number over 2 million in Europe and although there are several thriving congregations in Germany and the UK, most still remain unreached in their new countries. Lastly, many have come to Western Europe from Southeast Asia and have come from unevangelized people groups in their home country. They remain equally isolated and unevangelized in their new host nations.
Would you join me in praying that the Lord would thrust forth laborers into His harvest field of Europe, and that by His grace, and by the power of His Holy Spirit, many that are living in these post-Christian countries would turn to Christ as their Savior. Pray for the strict national atheists, the unevangelized refugee’s from other countries, Muslims from the middle East and North Africa – that the Lord would step across all of their borders and reach right in the middle of their lives – showing Himself as the Creator, Sustainer, and Giver of life, and that they would repent of their sins, and put their faith in Christ!
During February 1st – 5th Operation World has us praying for Europe. First off let me write that if you don’t know what Operation World is, then you need to know, then you need to get a copy! According to the front cover, Operation World is “A Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation” and it will greatly help you as you can pray for specific prayer needs for every country throughout the world! You can read more about it on a previous post that I wrote HERE.
As I have been reading about Europe over the last couple of days, I was shocked by some of the stats that were given. I am definitely guilty of turning my head away from Europe when thinking about “Unreached” peoples but as I continued to read about post-Christian Europe, I was shocked to learn that in 17 European countries Evangelicals account for less than 1%, and out of those 17 countries, 5 countries have a percentage of less than 0.25%!
I think over the next two posts I’m going to include some of the prayer points that are in Operation World regarding Europe, and will also talk about some statistics about post-Christian Europe that have caused me to really seek the Lord for a revival amongst such a spiritually lost people. I hope that these statistics will cause you to do the same.
Under “Trends to Watch” O.W. has written, “Cynicism is now apparently the ‘ism’ of choice, as the younger generation increasingly disengages from traditional civic responsibility, such as politics, and community service, and feels alienated from older generations. The elevation of the individual and instant gratification spur on hedonistic, nihilistic lifestyles that often end in dysfunction, emptiness, loneliness and despair.”
They also write that “Traditional values regarding the family, childbirth, marriage, sexuality, sanctity of life, and community are being dismantled not just culturally, but also legally. These have severe repercussions in the areas of demographic decline, future economic burdens and psychological and social health. As traditional foundations of healthy societies are deconstructed in Europe, some suggest the term “sociocide’, self-aware civilizational suicide, as an adequate description”.
Also – Freedom of public religious expression continues to erode. It is acceptable to have religious faith as long as it remains a thoroughly private affair that is not inflicted upon the secular public in any way. The EU presses on with legislation that attempts to safeguard freedoms of human rights, but in doing so they virtually shackle the public practice of Biblical faith!
Please pray along with me that the few believers that are living in these countries would boldly proclaim the good news regardless of the cost. I’m praying that the disillusionment with the emptiness of enforced secularism will lead to a mass of young people seeking real Truth, and joy to fill their lonely hearts. I’ll write more later.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to post a little article about our two brothers from Calvary Philly Paul and Igor who minister in Northern Siberia, Russia in an area called Yamal. The area is filled with local Nenet people who are unreached, and unengaged. This means that there is no local reproducing church, and that many have not even heard the gospel before. The Nenet people have no Bible in their native language. Each year, Paul and Igor and a small team go to villages throughout the area of Yamal, Siberia to share the love of Christ with them through a variety of different ways. They usually go for one month in the middle of winter (see past posts about there last winter trip), and for five or six weeks in the summer. On the trip that they are currently on, they will be ministering the gospel through children’s camps, concerts, and various other gatherings where the Bible will be taught, and the gospel presented. In the summer, the only way to travel to some of these villages is to take a boat a couple of days journey. There are no roads, or electricity in many of these villages which makes it extrmelly difficult to get to. Paul informed me that the boat they had been using got stuck on a sand bar in the middle of the freezing river for over three days! They had to pray for a way to get unstuck, and the Lord delivered them through giving Paul a vision on how to get the boat off of the sand bar! Anyway, they are currently ministering to that area through music via a Christian band that they are in which will go to some of these villages and share music, but more importantly, the love of Christ. Please be praying for them over the next couple of weeks, that the Lord would keep them safe, and that many would hear the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, and give their lives to Him. Please also pray that they can find someone who is called to stay in the area in order to teach these people the Word of God all throughout the year. It is definitely a hard way of life in the arctic, but the Lord loves these people, and they need to hear that! I will have Paul and Igor write more about their trip when they get back. For more information on the Nenet people, click on this LINK.