Ukraine

The Nelson's News - Aug-Sept

I’m not sure if many of you understand exactly how we are feeling at this time, but you probably could imagine. We have less than two weeks before we leave for the Ukraine! Wednesday, October 15th, is the date for our departure to Kharkov, Ukraine. These next two weeks are going to be a blur! These last few months have flown by, but we have truly enjoyed every minute of it. As many of you know, we have spent these last three months in Fort Worth with our sponsoring congregation, Legacy Church of Christ.

God's building at Legacy

Olivia and I were able to celebrate a huge milestone with the congregation here in Forth Worth. God has blessed the Legacy church of Christ with abundant growth and fruitfulness. Over the past 50 years this congregation has been growing and growing! This growth has forced them to add onto buildings, move locations, and build bigger facilities. Legacy was even forced to go to two services because it could not accommodate the whole congregation. This last Sunday morning was a change-- at the completion of its new auditorium, the whole congregation was able to meet together in its entirety.

Personal Update

What a ride we have had in the 40+ years since the Gray Eagle conferred his blessing on us and sent us out into the unsuspecting world - and, yes, the unsuspecting church as well!

Focusing On Missions

Several of us at Sunset were blessed to be together at the Global Missions Conference in Arlington, Texas. It was a great gathering and many of our mission partners were there. Brenda, along with her mother and her sister Sharla, taught the third through sixth graders who attended the conference and several of us (Truitt, Jay and I) were able to teach classes there.

It was great to be reunited wth several of our graduates, including David and Olivia Nelson who are on their way to Kharkov, Ukraine as a part of a church planting team from SIBI and MRN. They met while Olivia was an AIMer in New Zealand. David had lived there most of his life as part of a mission family and was raised as a 'Kiwi'. David and Olivia graciously offered to come a assist in teaching the third through sixth graders about missions.

Emergency Trip Home

Greetings. As many of you already know, I had to leave my teaching trip to Ukraine early due to the death of my grandmother, Mary Ann McCoy. I am so thankful to Robert Waller (preacher at College Hill in Fort Worth) for teaching the remainder of the Revelation class and Jay Don Rogers (Director of UBI) for teaching the remainder of the church planting class. We will be working with the congregation recently planted in a new facitilty in Azotny to start well, grow and develop. Please pray for this young congregation.

Meeting Ilina

Greetings. We had a great time of study, fellowship and reunion at our leadership seminar today! The UBI classroom was filled with graduates, students and local Christians for our time of fellowship together. Pictured above is Robert Waller teaching those in attendance about the need for servant leadership. Natasha Maluga is pictured doing her usual excellent job of interpreting. It was so great to see these former students and see that they are still faithfully serving in the Kingdom!

Global Leadership Training

Greetings!

A bowl of borscht and a ham and cheese omelet

Greetings. It's been a little dark and dreary in Ukraine. For those in the Lubbock area, sometimes water falls from the sky and these things called clouds fill the air. It's awesome, but dreary and wet. At the end of each month, the students scholarships begin to get a little short and Sasha Maluga (who replaced me as the Dean of Students and an instructor at UBI) cooks borscht for the students, faculty and guests and there is a big banquet in the school kitchen. This really brightened the day and we had a wonderful evening of food and fellowship!

Back in the "former" USSR

Greetings! Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus!

Greetings from UBI in Ukraine

Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus.

It is so great to be teaching and preaching in Ukraine again! What a treat it has been to renew past relationships and meet the multitude of new Christians and new co-workers in the Kingdom here. I am teaching Revelation and Church Planting/Evangelism while here and find the students as aggressive and eager to learn and apply what they are learning as ever. What a joy to teach to evangelism to a group of students who actively evangelize every day - I will probably learn more from them than they do from me. Our current student body here reminds me of the days when we lived here. It's also been a joy to see former students teaching classes and ministering here. Wow.

Sunday I preached in a small congregation a couple of hours (by bus) from Donetsk. It is in New Gregory in the Dniper region. What a joy it was to meet with these saints! We were joined by a local orphanage which added much to our experience there.

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