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News Update - Ichnya, Ukraine 2013
After graduating from Bible School, young missionary families are sent to Ukrainian settlements to share about the love of Christ. The family of Nikolay and Galina Kononchuk have been ministering in the city Ichnya and the surrounding villages for more than 12 years now. Because of faithful financial support, they are able to be a light to the people by living among them and serving them daily.
"Our family always thanks God that you support us by prayer and financially. God bless you! We continue to minister in Ichnya, as well as in villages Andrievka and Zaudayka. A church has been started in the village Zaudayka. We go there twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays. On Sunday morning, I lead the service there, and then travel back to Ichnya to minister there. This arrangement creates some difficulties and inconveniences, so we are praying for a minister for that village church.
We also try to visit a nursing home in Krupychpole no less than once a month. We share the Gospel and the residents are always happy to receive us.
We continue to preach the Gospel through radio broadcasting. Thanks to the radio, there is an opportunity to share the gospel with a large audience of listeners. There is threat that the regional radio may be shut down, so we pray that God will continue to make this opportunity for spreading the Word available.
Earlier this year, we held a series of evangelistic meetings in schools of Ichnya - three schools and a college. During the lessons of Christian Ethics, we preached Christ and encouraged young people to abstain from alcohol and drugs and warned them of the effects of other sins. This message was especially strengthened by a testimony of former drug addict of 20 years. He has found freedom in Christ! Let us introduce you to this brother - Boris. 12 years ago, having just arrived to Ichnya, we witnessed to Boris about God and prayed for him. We were filled with joy when we found out that years later he was undergoing rehabilitation at a center for drug addicts. After rehabilitation, brother Boris stayed at the center to minister to those seeking freedom from dependence. He's been walking with the Lord for nearly four years now, preaching about salvation and freedom through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
In cooperation with the Gideons International ministry, we passed our the New Testaments to all educational institutions in the district. That means dozens of schools, a college, and thousands of students, teachers and staff received the Gospel message. Of course, we met some resistance, but thanks be to God for giving us wisdom in how to deal in such situations. Our prayer is that those who received the distributed New Testaments will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
We thank God for you and wish you abundant blessings!"
- Missionaries Nikolay and Galina Kononchuk
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