March 2010

March 2010

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Greetings Friends, 

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It has been a long time since we last wrote. Sorry for that. Last June we returned to Michigan from Ukraine. At that time, we knew that we were called to take a full year Stateside to spend time and get reorganized, re-evaluate, and prepare for a long term stay. We do not have a date yet, but we have our sights set on returning to Ukraine as soon as possible. Our deepest desire is to leave the second week of June, and stay for 2-3 years. We are prepared, however, that we may not leave until September and may only stay for 6 months. We do not have the minimal support for a long term trip, but we know that God will provide a way if this is what He asks of us. As the end of our year approaches, we ask you to join us in prayer as we prepare for our return.

 

    

 Practice makes perfect? Practice Jesus!

by Valeriia Wiser

Backpacks for Homeless
  We all are in a life-long search of perfection: some are looking for a perfect job, some for a perfect friend; many are looking for a perfect love. Search of perfection opens new horizons for us, takes our breath away for a while and then…yet again it leaves us with the company of anxiety, disappointment and even emptiness. We return to the hunt for a more perfect perfection. TV screen, magazines and the entire surrounding of our world, so often seem to define “perfection”.
     But where are we looking? These worldly definitions make us weary and vulnerable. We struggle in our own might. This quest for perfection distract us from seeing and serving our Lord to the fullest. He tells us, “Come to Me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 because “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2Corinthians 12:9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8-9  “…the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
1Pe 5:10 
 
    Perfection in Christ is to lay down all your life with its strength and weaknesses before Him and let both be used for the Kingdom and glory of God. Amen.

    

 Ukraine Elects New President
Will this affect Evangelical Missions?
Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine

“Some Christians are cautiously optimistic that religious freedom will not wane under the Ukraine’s new president, Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russia leader defeated in 2004 as a result of the Orange Revolution democracy protests… “Because he’s supported by the Russian Orthodox Church, which monopolizes all religious activity back in Russia, it means if he wins, the evangelical church and all expatriate mission activities could be limited as they are in Russia under the current administration,” Russian Ministries Senior Vice President Sergey Rakhuba said in January, according to ASSIST News Service. “It would mean they wouldn’t be able to do their social ministries such as reaching out to needy children in orphanages and helping poor families without an approval from the Orthodox Church.”  

Read the full story

 

    

 Relationship, Discipleship, Accountability
by Jason Wiser
     As we pray, we keep hearing the words “relationship”, “discipleship”, and “accountability”. During our time here we have begun to understand why we were asked to spend a full year this side of the ocean. We embrace this time to develop and nurture relationships. As missionaries, we do not get much personal fellowship with those who make this ministry possible. While home, we have been introduced to people that were faithfully sponsoring and yet have never met in person. We have had time to share the testimonies from the field and give in person reports about how God is working through them in Ukraine. We have had a chance to visit new churches who have become partners. This reconnecting and relationship has been very important.
     Discipleship has been another invaluable reward. Almost every Wednesday I have the privilege to sit with Pastor Arp and discuss the Word. Every week he helps me to grow stronger in my knowledge and understanding of scripture, theology, and the demands of ministry. We are deeply grateful to God for appointing this man and his wife Carla to be our teacher, shepherd, Pastor and friend. 
    We have many layers of accountability including our home church and our sending agency, Church of God World Missions. We have just added another layer. Thanks to God, we now have an unofficial Advisory council. These 12 people will meet with us monthly for prayer, council, and advice as we discuss the future of MBM.
    We feel God is leading us into new levels of ministry. As we continue to grow, we embrace the opportunities to have leadership speak into our lives and equip us for the next mission. It has been necessary that we wait on the Lord. This expression is often times thrown around and has become somewhat a Christian cliche’ that has lost the value and truth of this biblical imperative. It is a concept that is difficult for me, Jason, to receive. I am not one to wait. I have had a chance to reflect on the whirlwind of the last three years and can see many times when I went before the Lord and the difficulties that this has caused.  I am learning the reason and value of this teaching.
   All this is to let you know that we are preparing to go when God sends us. Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support that have allowed us to respond to the desire of our heart.

    

  Praise to God for Baptism and Rebirth!

Pastor Brugosh after Baptism

 
Please pray for Pastor Kortchi Brugosh. He is the Roma Pastor that we have the privilege of partnering with in Ukraine. The church is growing, The Holy Spirit is moving, and people are getting saved! Even amidst the financial difficulties, this ministry is flourishing. There are of course material needs, but Pastor is unwilling to allow lack to hinder the momentum of faith. We continue to get reports about baptisms, answered invitations, and bondage broken. Please keep this humble house of God in your daily prayers. Even though we are not currently in the field, because of your help, we have been able to support this man and his church. Pastor has asked me to extend his deepest gratitude, love and prayers.
 

 Join us in Prayer…

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    Pastor Brugosh and the Roma Church in Radvanka, Uzhgorod, Ukraine

  • Ministries that work with Children in Crisis
  • Ukraine’s newly elected president Viktor Yanukovych and continued freedoms to do unobstructed ministry
  • Wisdom, direction, and vision as we prepare to return to Ukraine.

 Financial Needs

Our financial goal minimum to return to Ukraine, we need to raise $10,000 plus $600 a month support for 2 years. Here are some specifics.

  • Pay off ministry credit cards from last year $2300
  • Flight tickets or frequent flyer miles $3000
  • $300 a month in support while in Ukraine for our personal living
  • $100 a month support for Pastor Brugosh Salary
  • $200 a month outreach 
These are minimal figures

Fund-raising Progress Chart
 
$600 Monthly Support   $10,000 Minimum Goal

    
We look forward to hearing from you. Please share with us your questions, comments, and suggestions. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
 
God’s Blessings,

Jason & Valeriia Wiser, Directors
Michigan Bridge Ministries & CSPCU
Church of God World Missions #065-0833

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