Support for LCC Missionary Rev. Navrotskyy in Nikolaev, Ukraine

Rev. Oleksiy Navrotskyy continues his varied ministry in Nikolaev, Ukraine as he serves two city congregations, two rural mission stations, visits patients at a drug and alcohol clinic, teaches at the Odessa seminary, supports various SELCU mission projects and distributes humanitarian aid to orphans and others in need.

I want to support Pastor Navrotskyy in Ukraine.

Project 2110 Goal: $11,400

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Pastoral Care in Prison Ministry, Ukraine

Bishop Alexander Urchenko and other SELCU pastors attend the prison near Nikolaev weekly where they visit and counsel inmates, lead Services of the Word, teach Bible studies, and provide formal catechism instruction. This ministry has received a great response from the prisoners, the prison administration, and even the government.

I want to support the pastor and his prison ministry in Ukraine.

Project 2114 Goal: $2,000

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Outreach & Ministry of Rev. Timerkan in Bashtanka, Ukraine

Newly ordained Pastor Yuri Timerkan serves two village congregations and two mission stations, conducting church services, Bible studies, and catechism classes. Pastor Yuri had assisted Rev. Navrotskyy in Bashtanka and will now serve here full-time.

I want to support Rev. Timerkan in Bashtanka, Ukraine.

Project 2113 Goal: $1,620

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Seminary Upkeep in Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa Seminary

The seminary at Odessa is not currently holding classes but is still used regularly for meetings and youth gatherings.  Utilities need to be paid and maintenance done to keep the building in good repair.

I want to support seminary upkeep in Odessa, Ukraine.

Project 2112 Goal: $500

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Mission Outreach & Ministry of Rev. Bevz in Zorya, Ukraine

Rev. Sergey Bevz and members of his congregation in Dnipro visit the village of Zorya 3 to 4 times per week, leading Bible studies and youth gatherings, engaging with teachers and students at the local school, and organizing social events for nonbelievers. Recently, a house in the village was donated for this ministry and work is underway to make it a more suitable venue for church activities. Rev. Benz and a new deacon, Dima Kravchenko, continue the work in this village, teaching, making disciples, and distributing humanitarian aid among those in need.

I want to support the mission and ministry in Zorya, Ukraine.

Project 2115 Goal: $4,000

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Relief Aid for Pastors in Need, Ukraine

 

Three elderly pastors, all in need of medical treatment, are serving in rural Ukraine communities without any financial support. They provide for their needs through farming small parcels of land and selling produce at market. This project will provide an aid fund for these men.

I want to support the pastors in Ukraine.

Project 2111 Goal: $4,000

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Ukraine Days of Faith Conference

This annual conference for all the congregations of SELCU brings together over 150 people for services, Bible studies, youth and small group activities, meals and a keynote speaker. This has also become an evangelism event with some congregants bringing their unchurched friends and family members to hear the Word of God.

Thanks to our donors, this project is being funded in 2021 with donations from 2020 that went unused due to COVID-19 impacts. Additional donations are not required at this time.

Children and Youth Program, Ukraine

This three-fold project covers program costs and training of new leaders for Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp, and a Winter Youth Gathering. These programs also reach out to the unchurched and bring the youth of different congregations together to enjoy fellowship.

Thanks to our donors, this project is being funded in 2021 with donations from 2020 that went unused due to COVID-19 impacts. Additional donations are not required at this time.

Ukraine Prison Ministry during Pandemic

When the CoVid-19 lockdown occurred in Canada and across the world this past March, many felt they were prisoners in their own home.  Children could not attend school and many parents had to work from home, if they still had a job to do, that is.  Visitors were no longer allowed in hospitals and care facilities, leaving our elderly and ill without the comfort of family and friends.  Yet despite our hardships we are reminded there are others who live in lockdown too.  And of course, they are in prison for a reason, and not sent there for their health!

Bishop Sasha Yurchenko has for a number of years been a faithful visitor to the prison near Nikoleav, Ukraine.  The men he visits are a tough group, as you can see in the picture.  Despite their history, these men are open to the Bible studies and catechism classes offered by the Bishop.  Through his persistent efforts and the working of the Holy Spirit, he has seen lives transformed in this darkest of places.  Jesus truly is the Light of the World, even in a cold, bare prison.

Ukraine Youth – Who Knew?

       Youth from every SELCU congregation gathered on January 8, 2020 for their four-day Winter Youth Conference. Most of those who attended were male and many came from non-Christian homes.  These 60 young people gathered at the Seminary in Odessa to hear, in a nutshell, “Human life is a great adventure as God the Creator gave each of us the gift of life.  He leads us through life’s challenges, the hills and the valleys.  Yet through all this, God is with each of us and He will meet us at the end of our journey.  Along the way He gives us families, friends, church, and work to do.  Sometimes our journey is joyful and bright, but sometimes it is dangerous and difficult. The Bible provides guidance on all these different areas of life.” 

While the organizers of this conference knew there would be uneven ground ahead for these youth, none of them could have known that they were all about to face one of their greatest challenges, life with CoVid-19, a world-wide pandemic. 

Thank the Lord that these youth were given an opportunity to be together and hear about God’s loving care for them so that they could be encouraged in their faith. Because of the strict and long quarantine there, many people have become angry or depressed and always hungry. 

Join CLMS in our prayer, “Dear Lord, please keep these youth faithful to you, giving them strength to face all that will come their way.  Help them daily to look to You as their strength and stay. Thank you for them, for the facilitators of the conference, and for their desire to serve you. Amen”.