by Tony Huddleston
Having recently returned from our Ukraine 2012 mission trip, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about this wonderful and exciting work. Each year for the past several years, we have made this trip to encourage the church at Krasnoarmeysk. Here are some highlights:
1. The church is growing in size, especially among the young people. There were four baptisms in the past year, and two more prospects which we believe will obey the gospel soon. Sasha Rodnaev, their preacher, has done a great job reaching out to the teens and young people.
2. The church there is involved in an outreach ministry to a community shelter. This is a temporary home for abused and neglected children. We had classes throughout the time we were there and the truth was taught. Our young men, Ray Birchett and John Beckham, did an outstanding job with their lessons. After the lessons, we all spent time playing games, talking, and getting acquainted with the kids. Ray and John were very good at relating to them.
3. The ladies worked with the younger children all week long. We studied Bible truths using the story of Joseph as an outline. There were crafts and visual aids to help make the classes interesting. The ladies always do a great job, and this year was no exception.
As most of you know, the church at Krasnoarmeysk needs a new place to worship. We made good progress this year toward that goal. The church has been praying for a new meeting place for years, and we are trying earnestly to help them. There is a lot of paperwork required to establish a framework for property purchase in Ukraine, and we have found a lawyer with a good reputation who will help us. Please pray for the success of this project.
Please pray for all the mission points in which the Mount Juliet church is involved, wherever they may be. I hope each of us will become involved in spreading the good news of the gospel. May God be glorified in all our efforts.