Pastors’ Confidence in God’s Word is Growing in Ukraine

Dear Friends and Partners,

Is it possible for the gospel to advance in Ukraine when a smoldering civil war keeps erupting?

Yes! Yes! Yes! One of our three trainings in Ukraine takes place at a Baptist seminary in L’Viv. Four years ago, the seminary contemplated closing its doors with only forty students enrolled. Today, this seminary is bursting at the seams with 400 students—10x’s growth in only four years!

God is also using TNT training to strengthen the Ukrainian church. One of our Mentor Trainers, Bova, told LRI staff, “You are such a refreshment because you are so confident in God’s Word. The joy and liveliness you bring is great. I want to be just like you.”

Confidence in God’s Word is contagious. Ukrainian pastors’ confidence in God’s Word is growing, propelling them to train others. Here are three quick glimpses:

  • Pastor Andre

    Andre has trained his church’s preachers and Sunday school teachers in Jonah and 2 Timothy. The challenge of aligning schedules means he trains multiple groups of two or three, but Andre sees it as a benefit and opportunity to go deeper. “They’re changing,” Andre said. “They see the Scriptures differently.”

  • Pastor Albert trains a group of five men who collectively shared our Genesis training with a youth camp. His trainees (affectionately called his “Timothys”) are sharing the training at other youth camps as well. “People are tired of experts,” Albert remarked, “but the biggest expert is the Bible—and that is what we want to teach.”
  • Pastor Albert

    Another pastor in our Poltava group replicated our training in Jonah at his church’s three-day retreat.

Confidence in God’s Word is growing! God is using TNT training to strengthen pastors and churches in Ukraine. These three men are a microcosm of LRI’s vision: seeing the Word of God flow powerfully through every church to every nation!

Would you pray with us for the Ukrainian church’s confidence in God and His Word to grow and for the gospel to spread?

Thank you for your prayers and support. None of this would be possible without you.

With gratitude,

Craig Parro

President

PS: Our work in Eastern Europe is new. In addition to three groups in Ukraine, we also equip pastors in Bulgaria and Serbia. Such a strategic part of the world, with much need. We don’t have enough partners to continue and expand the work. Would you please consider a gift today to support Movements of the Word throughout Europe? Thank you!

 

Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.