Week of April 18, 2005

Thank you for taking time to pray for these requests.

The committee charged with working out the details continues to meet. The Baptist Union president met with this committee on Thursday. Please continue to pray for God to work in the midst of this situation.

My visa paperwork has been submitted and I am awaiting approval for a new visa. Hopefully, by next Monday or Tuesday I will have my answer.


Nikolai Yantsen, is pastor of the church in Amankaragai. His church is growing despite being in a small village. He has several deacons who are very active and preach in nearby villages. The have over 300 children in SS in the numerous villages where they work. He requests prayer for the spiritual growth of the believers and their desire to start small groups in the homes.

Alexander Moklyak, is pastor in the city of Rudnei. He also serves of the missions leader for their area and in charge of new church starts. His church has started a new work in Kostanay (the largest city in the area). He asks for prayer for two brothers in Christ, Ilyaca and Alexander, who are organizing a new church.

Sunday I had the privilege to preach in Saran, where the Baptist Union president is pastor. All three sermons dealt with prayer. I had no idea what the other two sermons would be about, so I was pumped that all three dealt with prayer. After the last sermon, the pastor charged everyone with recommitting their lives to prayer and asked them to come forward as a symbol of that commitment. Most of the members came forward. It was very moving to see. God is at work here in the lives of the believers. God is calling His people to pray! Will you join us?

Please remember IMB couple, James and Julie Kim, who should be returning to Karaganda soon. Please continue to pray for her health.

Easter Sunday in Eastern Europe is May 1. As we prepare for the holy day, please pray for the spiritual eyes of all to be opened to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and His reason for coming.

Pray for opportunities for mentoring national missionaries.

Please remember Alibek. See how I met him in my bloggings. Also, I continue to be encouraged with the progress of my friend, Alosha, in Kiev. He continues to be in drug rehab. Also, pray for my friends in Kiev: Tatiyana, Pasha, Alexi, Katya, Olya, Natasha.

Please continue to pray for me to be diligent in watching what I eat.