Name Changed, Vision Clarified

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For years, Dnepro Bible Institute (DBI) was central to the EFCCM’s presence in Ukraine. DBI was dedicated to leadership development, and its graduates are now filling key roles in churches and ministries throughout Ukraine. But as Ukrainian culture changed over the past few years, a college-type institution became more and more difficult to sustain. This realisation coincided with several of DBI’s instructors feeling the need to return to Canada. It was obvious: some important decisions needed to be made.

The name DBI was changed to the Resource Centre, which maintained the school’s comprehensive library. It started to offer classes in a way that would appeal to and connect with students that could not afford the time and money commitments that college incurs. But there was a problem with that name: when translated to Russian, “resource” takes on more of a meaning of “resources” — the accidental spin was that it sounded like we were offering something related to finance.

The decision has been made to change its name once again. Now it’s called the Centre of Christian Learning (CCL). This more clearly articulates its vision. Currently, its training opportunities are primarily short, intensive sessions: weekend seminars, once-a-week courses and week-long modules. Training topics are varied, and include financial stewardship, book studies from the Bible, and academic areas like New Testament Greek. The CCL is working with local churches to facilitate education in the areas that they feel are priorities. And that is well-fitted to its mandate of “aiding in the growth and development of local churches across Ukraine.”

Video From Mexico

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One of the biggest concerns in missions is that we not create depency among the people we’re working with. It isn’t responsible to simply offer handouts — it creates expectations, and it hurts local industry. That’s why I like this particular story. This is all about getting people (Mexicans and Canadians) to partner together to address the needs of one family. It’s a time of shared commitment and effort amongst the Mexican church, and a real testimony to the surrounding community too.

Summer Institute Opportunity in Russia and Ukraine

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I recently received the following from Daryl, our Europe and Asia Area Director:

“If I told you I could arrange for you to talk to and get to know several classes full of students, whom you could get to know, teach English, talk about Canada and your faith in Christ and do this for 3 weeks in another culture 1/2 way around the world, would you be interested? That is the opportunity we have in St. Petersburg, Russia and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine this coming summer.

During July we hope to have 2 teams of teachers help Russians and Ukrainians improve their English and build bridges of friendship so they can walk over that bridge to tell these students about the love and forgiveness of God through Christ.”

If you are a teacher and are considering this opportunity, then get in touch with Lisa at Home Office by e-mailing lisab@efccm.org, or by calling 604.513.2183 (or toll-free 1.877.888.9911).

Team to Kenya

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Interested in ministering to former street children in Kenya? Join a team headed there this May for two weeks. This short-term mission team will be involved in building a classroom for the Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre – a home for boys that prior to 2004 lived on the streets of Naivasha, Kenya. Deadline to apply is March 30, 2009. For more information, contact Lisa (Manager of Short-term) at lisab@efccm.org.