Update from CCL in Ukraine

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This week Home Office had the privilege of hosting Orban, Trish and their three teenagers. They are back from Ukraine on a short Home Assignment. I was able to spend a few moments with the family, and I specifically wanted to get a sense of their new ministry directions regarding the Centre for Christian Learning. It was invigorating!

Orban wanted to make clear that in its transition from DBI to CCL, they’ve kept the same goals and the same philosophies, it’s just the program that’s been altered.

CCL offers a much broader scope than DBI did. It can get more people participating because the participation doesn’t imply a two-year commitment. In fact, many of the courses and seminars are just two days. It also has the advantage of being light on its feet. It it much more able to address specific needs being felt in the churches, and put together short sessions to address them.

CCL is always on the lookout for those willing to share their expertise with Ukrainian leaders. If you have a special skill, we’d love to hear from you — contact us today.

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.”