For Those Prayerfully Considering Joining Us Physically or Financially in Ukraine

If you are seriously considering coming on board with us and getting behind our vision to share in the joy of it, please set aside a little time to look over these videos and pray.  It should not take more than an hour of your time.  If you must save time, you can skip to the topics you are most interested in by referring to the content tables below each video.

 

We are praying for the Lord to provide 100 people committed (seriously committed) to giving $15/month. So far it has been growing by almost one person per day for the first two weeks! I only have so many friends, so every yes or no really counts towards keeping us in Ukraine to be a lasting influence for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Being on the mission field for under a year and having the support we have had is a tremendous thing God has done!

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

Every gift is sent through the office of International Messengers, who then sends us our predetermined monthly salary. International Messengers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Fun Side of the Coin

Content:

00:01     Hello from Nazareth Village Replica (the sound gets much better)

00:51     Back from Israel in Ukraine

01:14     Couple Souvenirs from the Holy Land

02:22     Bargaining at the Market in Jerusalem

04:06     Some Eschatological Musings

06:18     Transparency about some Recent Faith Struggles

08:57     Some Samaritan Musings

11:19     Israeli vs Ukrainian 3D Glasses, Movie Theaters and The Hobbit

13:17     My IDF Jacket my cousin gave me

 

To Skip the Fun Stuff &
Get Right Down to Business:

 

Serious Side of the Coin Part I

Content:

00:01     What is the Church’s Mission?  Missiological Musings

06:54     Why Should You Consider Coming to Ukraine?

07:11     Pros & Cons of Short Term Missions

07:43     Considering Some Realities of Long Term Missions

08:32     Poor Missional Stewardship in the Church

09:27     Bad Missions

11:15     Go into ALL the World!  Call to Zeal!

 

Serious Side of the Coin Part II

Content:

00:09     Ministries we’ve done in the last yearish

02:47     Current Missions Work

02:59     What is Our Vision & Mission?

05:40     Defining Missions Success

06:09     Why Should You Sow into this Ministry?

07:12     What Does Ukraine Need?

08:36     How we Steward our Finances

09:07     Responses to Some Opposition

 

Strategic Stewardship & Different Ways to Help Us On Mission

 

Content:

00:01     How we Believe Giving to Missions Should be Perceived

00:28     The Moravians and Strategic Missions

00:44     How Your Support Helps

01:04     Why This Ministry is Reliable & Worthy of Support

01:29     How we Believe Giving to Missions Should be Perceived

01:42     Mobilizing into the Great Commission

02:14     Some Ideas for a Strategic God Honoring Giving Mentality

05:32     Opportunities & Options for Working with Us, Home or Abroad!!!!

08:54     Final Thank You!

 

2013 MINISTRY NEEDS PDF:

http://projectodessalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Snail-Mail-Update-ProjectOdessaLife-2013.pdf

 

 

Our Original Video from Last Spring Helping to Give a Better Taste of Life in Ukraine

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

Every gift is sent through the office of International Messengers, who then sends us our predetermined monthly salary.  International Messengers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

In case you are wondering how in the world I have the time to put these videos together, well I don’t really.  There are other things I must attend to.  These videos are in lieu of me having to fly to the States again to meet you all in person.  The sooner God provides our projected goal, the sooner more time and dedication can be repurposed towards what we are really here to do!

 

Timeline of our Tentative Plan:

 

What We Are Doing Now:

We have a Friday evening Home Bible Study called The Upper Room, I am learning Russian, Lera is growing in leading worship, we are volunteering with the homeless and the HIV infected with The Way Home and volunteering with Faith, Hope, and Love who works with the prostitutes and the HIV infected to gain experience for serving these people in the future at the ministry center.  Lera is also finishing up her bachelor’s in translation.

We also hope to network and volunteer with a rehab center and teaching orphans practical life skills, something greatly needed in Ukraine.

We are praying for a team to help us with a church plant, these type of outreaches, and leading English Clubs and English Camps.

 

Near Future Plans:

Begin an English Club.

Get certified to teach Kairos, a two week missions course.

Begin studying for a Biblical Counseling Certificate with NANC.

Get involved in the city working to build new relationships.

Have our first English Camp in the summer of 2014.

Plant a church.

 

Ultimate Vision:

Book Translation Ministry

Continue to pursue theology and ministry training while abroad.

Raise 10 million dollars, plus annual funding for The Oasis Center, a discipleship and outreach center with a church.

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

 

For more info on International Messengers English Camps:

http://projectodessalife.com/camp/

For those curious about studying further the biblical support for asking for provision, feel welcome to read this blog post:

http://projectodessalife.com/god-is-not-broke-or-stingy/

For a more serious reading, I recommend this helpful book, which has an extensive exercise with several Bible verses in the appendix:

http://www.amazon.com/Funding-Ministry-Discipleship-Journal-Bible/dp/0972902376

If you would only support a missionary from the same denomination as you , please consider my words at this blog post:

http://projectodessalife.com/friends-in-the-foxhole/

To hear a Sunday message of mine:

http://projectodessalife.com/serpentology-2/

For a statement I wrote up on my Gospel beliefs:

http://projectodessalife.com/gospel-centrality-on-mission/

To view all the past Updates at our blog:

http://projectodessalife.com/category/monthly-updates/

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

 

To Read Some Highly Recommended Stuff on Missions:

Here is the first of a great set of three articles comparing both good and bad short term missions:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/06/18/why-you-should-consider-cancelling-your-short-term-mission-trips/

Darren Carlson has a great ministry which seeks to bring quality Bible training to pastors through modular courses all over the world in countries where they don’t have it. He is based out of Bethlehem church in Minneapolis:

http://trainingleadersinternational.org/

Paul Washer and Scott Brown with Thoughts on Short-Term Mission Trips

http://scottbrownonline.com/paul-washer-and-scott-brown-with-thoughts-on-short-term-mission-trips/

I highly recommend reading Let the Nations be Glad, or anything about missions on this page is excellent:

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/let-the-nations-be-glad

These courses are great!:

Operation world and Joshua project are good although I don’t think all their stats are accurate.

http://www.operationworld.org/

http://joshuaproject.net/

The curriculum we plan to use at our discipleship center currently being translated into Russian:

http://www.porterbrooknetwork.org/

 

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

Every gift is sent through the office of International Messengers, who then sends us our predetermined monthly salary. International Messengers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).