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Ministry In Ukraine

    The Ukraine trip was a real blessing. We were pleased to have Joe and Cheryl Cappurccini visiting July 31st through August 11th. Joe was a fellow seminary student with me in the 1980s at the Christian Outreach School of Ministries. Joe's wife, Cheryl, is a registered nurse, and they brought a suitcase loaded with medical supplies for the refugees.
    We ministered in both the Ukrainian church and the Gypsy Churches. Joe and Cheryl ministered in the Ukrainian church. God used them to speak into the lives of a number of people. Many people were touched and encouraged by their ministry.
    It was so good to minister in the Gypsy Church. People are always so hungry to receive prayer and encouragement. Joe and Cheryl really felt at home ministering there. They said that the Gypsies have a temperament similar to the people of Central America.                             It was such a blessing to see the new Gypsy church building under construction. Pastor Victor, who leads the Gypsy church had such joy in his heart and was so thankful for how God had provided for them in so many ways.                                                                                            The first time I (Roger) took a team to this part of Ukraine was in 1993. It's amazing to see new Gypsy churches being started in almost every village in Transcarpathia. That's the part of Ukraine where we minister. There is real revival taking place among the Gypsies in Ukraine. Christian Gypsies are getting married and raising families. Their children are going to school and some of them to higher education. Now Gypsies are starting businesses and making legal money. This is a sharp contrast to the non-Christian Gypsies who very often have children out of wedlock, where the children are expected to steal and beg to make money for the adults.                           The Cappurccinis who have ministered a lot in Central America felt that the Gypsy culture was very similar to the Latin culture in Central America. When the LORD looks on the people of the world, He doesn't see culture or color. He sees individual people whom He loves and are His creation. He desires that all people will cry out to Him for salvation. 

Friday Night Outreach
    We are seeing lives change on the streets of Prague. Every Thursday and Friday night that we are in Prague. 
    The scripture talks a lot about how we, as individuals are to treat the poor and the outcast. Proverbs 19:17,  "He that hath mercy upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and the Lord will recompense him that which he hath given." Vaclav is one of the homeless men we see on the street almost every week. He's not able to work because of his diabetes. It seems that he is always glad to see us because we are friendly in a place where people avoid him or others take advantage of him. Through our friendship Vaclav has drawn closer to committing his life to Jesus.    
    On Friday nights we minister to people caught in human trafficking. These people are the outcasts of society. They are caught in a human meat grinder and don't know how or are afraid to get out. The scripture also talks about how we should treat them. Proverbs 24:11-12 "Deliver them that are drawn to death, and wilt thou not preserve them that are led to be slain? If thou say, Behold, we knew not of it: he that pondereth the hearts, doth not he understand it? and he that keepeth thy soul, knoweth he it not? will he not also recompense every man according to his works?" Through the years we've seen several men and women leave the trafficking industry. We have been helping one lady who came out of trafficking, and dedicated her life to Jesus, two and a half years ago . It has been very difficult for her since she is still suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which she experienced from so much physical and sexual abuse. 
    Please continue to pray for us as we minister the love of Jesus to so many hurting people.

Prayer Needs

Here are some of the needs we have.

  • We have a need for a different car. The car we have is fifteen years old with more than 100,000 miles on it.
  • Pray for our ministry in Ukraine.
  • Pray for the outreaches we are doing three days a week in Prague.
  • Pray for the Marriage Course we are presently doing. Eight couples are taking the course.

Thank you for how you have partnered with us over the years.

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