October 2010

October 2010

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Church of God World MissionsThank you all who have taken a moment to send us a quick note of encouragement. It is such a wonderful feeling to have so many ministry partners and friends. Many have commented on our pictures and asked for more! We have posted some new ones (seen on the front page of the website).

In this issue, you will read about the water project in Radvanka, some family prayer concerns, and a short devotional.
God Bless…

Water project in Radvanka, Uzhgorod

Old Water System

So much work has been done here at Radvanka to get running water and indoor toilet at the church. There is a fun video online that will let you feel like you are right here with us. And thanks to your prayers and support, many of you are! All thanks belong to God.

The project includes driving pipes into the ground to find good water. Right now we are only down 5 meters (15 ft.). The water here has a bad odor, and is definitely not good for drinking. We will go down to 11 meters (33 ft.) and hope to get water clean enough for toilets and washing. Lord willing, it will be OK for drinking. Many of the neighbors have their wells at 7-9 meters, and they say it is good to drink. But many professionals say that you need to go 60 to 100 meters! This will be very expensive and is currently out of budget. But water for washing, cleaning, and toilets will be an incredible blessing to start.

While we are waiting for funds to fix the well, we are digging trenches and burying tubes for drainage. Many people in this neighborhood have large open septic holes that are not covered. The smell can be pretty bad on some days. They only dig them 2 meters (6 ft.) deep. We have elected to dig much deeper and to create a septic tank out of cement. We have gone down 3.5 meters (11 ft.). We wanted it big for many reasons. Firstly, it will hold 2000+ liters of waste. It will be buried, and have a manhole sized opening for the truck to come and pump out the waste when it is full, hopefully every 3-4 months or more.

This will be an ongoing expense, but it really is the only option. Many neighbors just have holes that have cement walls and the floor is just dirt. They explain that the earth will “drink the water” and so you do not need to pump it out so often. Many “experts” come to offer their suggestions. We made the final decision to pour the floor with cement and to add a chemical that creates a plastic membrane in the cement to prevent water seepage. We dug and found that just 30 centimeters below our floor is fine gravel and if we do not pour cement, it will spill waste into the water table at 5 meters.

It’s really awesome to see this coming together. There is lots of hard work and challenging decisions have to be made, and has been a wonderful time to grow closer with my Romani brothers and sisters here in Radvanka. We have taken many opportunities to discuss the Word of God, pray for each other, and have random opportunities to witness to many who are curious about the project. There is one teenage boy in particular who likes to watch us work and asks a lot of questions. We have invited him to come to soup kitchen and he keeps saying that he will. I sure hope he does come and I pray that God will invade his spirit! Please continue to pray with us for this community, especially for the lost, but also for endurance for the believers. Christ is the Master and we are the servants.

Valeriia’s Mother Has Serious Surgery

Irina Sabo

Valeriia’s mother, Irina, is going into surgery this week. She has a very large growth in her belly area. Not exactly sure the details, but it is very serious. If it is not fixed immediately, the doctors say she can have internal bleeding which can not be stopped. Getting an operation here is quite a process. Because medicine here in Ukraine is socialized there is a lot of red tape. You can only get surgeries as beds open up, so you are placed onto waiting lists. A bed has finally opened for mom and she is staying there to keep her place even though she may not get surgery until next week. Even though it is socialized, it is definitely not free! There are many “fees” that need to be paid to ensure quality care. We do not have any sort of insurance, so we will be paying all out of pocket. The surgery total expenses will be about $500.

Right now they need to get her blood count regulated. They say her blood is too weak to recover from major operation. They have done two blood transfusions. In order for her to get this, she needs two people to come and give blood. So this really brings new meaning for the expression “we paid for it with blood!”
Please join us in prayer for miracle healing! Pray for favor with navigating the social health care system, pray she gets quality care, and of course complete healing and recovery!

She is an Orthodox Christian. Pray for her to grow closer and into a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Himself, not just the idea of Him.

Bible Study

Luke 17:7-10 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'” (NASB)

Bible Study

We are all God’s servants and, as servants, are bound to do all we can for his honour. Our whole strength and our whole time are to be employed for him; for we are not our own, nor at our own disposal, but at our Master’s. As God’s servants, it becomes us to fill up our time with duty, and we have a variety of work appointed us to do; we ought to make the end of one service the beginning of another. When we have been employed in the duties of a religious conversation, that will not excuse us from the exercises of devotion; when we have been working for God, still we must be waiting on God, waiting on him continually. Our principal care here must be to do the duty of our relation, and leave it to our Master to give us the comfort of it, when and how he thinks fit. No servant expects that his master should say to him, Go and sit down to meat; it is time enough to do that when we have done our day’s work. Let us be in care to finish our work, and to do that well, and then the reward will come in due time. Whatever we do for Christ, though it should be more perhaps than some others do, yet it is no more than is our duty to do. – Matthew Henry

The true servants of Christ, serve Him in the first place, and seek first His righteousness, and His kingdom, and the honour of it, believing that all other things shall be added to them: and when these have done all that are commanded them, they are not to think their service thank worthy: as for instance, if the service be preaching the word, a man so employed ought to be thankful to God, that has bestowed ministerial gifts upon him, and makes his labours useful, and uses him as an instrument, to do much good to the souls of men, and for His glory, and has put such an honour upon him. – John Gill

CSPCU begins CCTI Orphan Care Module Translations

We will be working on translating the CCTI Orphan Care Module into Russian. This will be a grand undertaking and we ask you to pray for the correct translations, the team of translators, and the fruit that will come form this endeavor. There are many who have expressed their desire and dream to see a crisis care training center here in Ukraine. Many steps have been made in this direction, but we are very much at the ground floor. But an amazing foundation of relationships and collective ambition has been developed. We thank God for this amazing opportunity to minister the gospel in this way. We seek His constant guidance and strength as we proceed.

Join Us in Prayer

Pray with us

  • Valeriia’s mother for healing. She will have a very serious surgery this week.
  • Pastor Frank as he travels to USA
  • Young Tyler Goerke
  • More new faces in Radvanka church
  • Orphan Care Module translations
  • And of course, Holy Ghost anointing, discernment, and resource

Financial Needs

A good friend of mine jokingly uses this expression. My Father in heaven owns “the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Ps 50:10) and He “shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:19). So it just might be time to sell a few cows. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  • $37.50 a week for soup kitchen – ANSWERED!!
  • $700 New Synthesizer – OLD ONE HAS BEEN FIXED!!
  • New Speakers Have Been Donated – ANSWERED!!
  • $500 for Kitchen / Water Project
  • Install bathroom sink & toilet in church – Cost Unknown
  • Tiles for Sanctuary – Cost Unknown
  • New Windows for sanctuary – Cost unknown (see photo)