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March 25, 2010

a quick update

We had a great English Bible study last night. One new person came. Talked about Jesus' being Resurrection and Life on the example of Lazarus. It was interesting to discuss why Jesus delayed and didn't heal Lazarus right away and the larger issue of why God does not interfere right away when the evil one temporarily prevails.

Also one of our patrons (Vitaly) offered to start a Debate Club at the UEC. I am so excited. If it works out, we can have debates about many important things, interacting directly with our patrons. We will start next Monday! This will be our third club - we already have English and Russian clubs. The former is of great success, with new people coming every week. This week I was approached by two Iranians who wanted to join. Looking forward to our next meeting.

January 21, 2010

Browsing Around the UEC, I See…

Outreach Begins

Had our first English Bible study this year yesterday. It went great. Kate, our recent convert, came to help out, while three students came to the class, including Anna who suffered injuries in the car crash that I wrote about. Hopefully, next week at least two more students will come, who couldn't make it this time. We will explore the symbols of Christ primarily in the Gospel of John.

I started studying Acts with Ben and Luba on Mondays, looks like we will have to meet more than just on Monday. Tuesday I came by Ben's place for a minute to help with their computer and he invited me for a cup of tea - very traditional pastime not only in Ukraine but also in the Iranian community. Anyway, I agreed and found myself discussing some of the most difficult passages of the Old Testament with him. I will have to read at least one thick book to answer his questions.

Friday we are planning to start English club, inviting all interested patrons to practice their conversation skills.

I am pretty excited about all these opportunities. Please pray for us as we reach out to all these people.

December 27, 2009

UEC Christmas Party

Yesterday we had a Christmas party for the UEC friends. We invited people who are involved in the life and ministry of the UEC in one way or another to thank them and treat them with a Christmas dinner. We watched pictures from last year, played several games and enjoyed each other’s company. Really thankful to have all these people in our lives. Hope in the New Year we will bond even more!