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22 May 2005 By In 2005
The greatest event of the month was ‘Freedom and Responsibility in Science, Medicine and Society’ round table of our regular ‘Man and Christian Worldview’ symposium. It was 20th one and it was the best one so far! We had quite a few new participants, but many old one as well. It is real joy to see how hearts of former strong atheists melt gradually and the strongholds of post-communist academia fall down step by step by the work of Holy Spirit thru cumulative work of faithful coworkers in Christ. Our teams was responsible for technical equipment of the symposium and the book table as usually (the pictures of us and our books display are attached).

pict0281The greatest pleasure was to see the Philosophy professor from Kiev who was coming several years to defend his Marxist ideology. He was aggressively anti-Christian all the time; but did not have peace and was coming over and over again. It seemed no argument can make him reconsider his dogmatic position. But the symposium is not papers and discussions only. He had fellowship with the professionals of his own level who are Christians and their love and patience was stronger then any argument. He was able to see videos and listen concerts both with direct and indirect Christian message we presented to the speakers as an entertainment. He was provided with the books on apologetics and various aspects Christian worldview.

This time we can not recognize the person. His mentality revolved! He confesses that the last drop to the cup was the book ‘Case for Christ’ we published several years ago in the partnership with Literature and Teaching Ministries. He would never purchase it, but Rick Deighton, a missionary from Idaho, who faithfully participates in the project several years, gave it to him as a personal gift. The professor told us that he teaches his students from that book! Aren’t the ways of our Lord amazing?

We had Pavel Begichev, a musician (harp) and prominent evangelist from Samara (Central Russia) as a special guest at the symposium. Beyond representing the paper ‘Freedom and Responsibility of a Musician’ he has performed a concert/testimony ‘Gospel in Blues’ at the night entertainment program, as well as workshop on history and development of Christian music at Simferopol Christian Church right after the symposium. We have took all materials on the video and going to issue a DVD ‘Christianity and Modern Music’ on it. The goal would be reaching for Christ those who are interested in music on the one hand, as well as responding to some strange ideas Christians have about music.

pict0291Please pray for that project as well as for the seeds planted during the symposium for the Lord sent the workers to water the ground and to take care about sprouts, as well as for the harvest in a due time!

The greatest our personal news of the month is Zhenya’s return from Kentucky Christian University. Despite the hardships of first time being so far and so long from home, struggling with cultural and academic adjustments she did quite well. Your prayers, support, encouragement and care considerably enhanced her spiritual and academic growth and maturity the studies at great Christian school provides.

After couple days of rest and coping with jetlag Zhenya has joined our ministry team assisting with the text translation and the seminars technical equipment.

I am very glad the Asbury Theological Seminary has accepted me even I am short of those two courses, but I really would like to complete TCM program after all. However starting the ATS studies this fall reduces the probability of catching up with the courses I still need for TCM graduation. Nevertheless the opportunity exists for me now to take the reading assignment for completing one of the courses by correspondence as well as to take another course I need in Haus Edelweiss class. In order to use this opportunity I should go to Austria in July by myself, since the course is offered for another national group at that time, not for Ukrainians. It means I should travel there alone, and on my own expenses.

The cheapest way to the House Edelweiss Ukrainian students team takes usually (by going across Eastern Europe changing trains and buses} is long and, the main issue, is not safe enough for going alone (especially - carrying the laptop computer). However the airfare is extremely high in Europe during that particular period. Nevertheless the gracious designated gift of a brother in Christ has provided the half of the airfare and that is only another half needed now. Please pray for the funds, safe trip and the Lord’s guidance in my studies.

pict0287Video shooting animals and the visitors at the zoo as well as the interviews with the former ones have supplied us with very interesting responds on people’s beliefs on their origin, relationships to the creation and responsibilities toward it. It will make our ‘Walking Thru the Past’ video based on Moscow Paleontology Museum shooting much more interesting then stones and bones panoramas only. The script of the video is in the progress now. Please pray for this project as well.

A last but not a least part of our ministry in May was preparing ‘Preaching Jesus in Cinema Theaters’ (Evangelism thru secular movies) course development I am going to teach (and Zhenya – to assist) at Eurasia International Fellowship of Evangelical Students Institute not far from Kiev on June 5-11.The institute provides intensive training for staff workers and volunteers of the Christian students movement in former Soviet Union – those who are involved in the most vital outreach for today’s students - future teachers, physicians, lowers, civil and mechanical engineers, army and police officers, etc. Please keep the school in your prayers as well.

Please pray for our ministry, for all the projects mentioned above. Pray also for my family and for our team.

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