3 Summer English Institute Opportunities

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Here are three opportunities to serve in Eastern Europe with the EFCCM:

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1. Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine (22nd institute)

  • Dates: July 7-25 (3 weeks)
  • Classes: 20 students in each class, 3 times a day, 50 minutes each class
  • Subjects: teacher’s choice in consultation with team leader
  • Cost: approximately $3200
  • Team leader: Ron McLeod (rmcleodx@shaw.ca)

2. Krivoy Rog, Ukraine (1st ever institute, we trust)

  • Dates: July 7-18 (2 weeks)
  • Classes: 20 students in each class, 3 times a day, 50 minutes each class
  • Subjects: teacher’s choice in consultation with team leader
  • Cost: approximately $3000
  • Team leader: to be announced

3. St. Petersburg, Russia (22nd institute)

  • Dates: July 7-25 (3 weeks)
  • Classes: students divided into 3 groups that rotate through 3 50 minute teaching periods each day
  • while teachers teach same lesson to each group.
  • Subjects: teacher’s choice in consultation with team leader
  • Cost: approximately $3300
  • Team leader: Sharon Funk (sharonfun@gmail.com)

General information for all SEIs:

  • You do not need to be a licensed teacher or ESL trained (but you certainly can be!) But you do need to be able to teach.
  • The deadline for applying will be in April, 2014.
  • Contact Lisa in the EFCCM office (1(877)305-3322 toll free, lisab@efccm.ca) with any questions, or for application forms.

We hope you start the new year off by considering volunteering to come and help in one of these important summer outreaches!

Long Journeys Are Made Out of Single Steps

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This update comes from Curtis, serving with the EFCCM in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Again this year, he had an opportunity to lead a hike with 18 kids from the boarding school. This is a pretty intense trek, a total of 140kms on foot through mountains and forest to the southern tip of Crimea on the Black Sea.

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The time was very rewarding, as he was able to have more real one-on-one talks with kids from the boarding school than ever before. He was able to share his faith to many. One evening they had roasted chicken kebobs over the fire at our camp. It was a real treat for all!

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This time, they were joined by several new youth from an orphanage across town which got absorbed by Boarding School Number 9. Speaking with and befriending them really made the time rewarding, especially when Curtis was able to tell them all about how God has changed his life, and how He works in the world.

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Sometimes people cannot comprehend the idea of God, and it was evident in these conversations, too. Please pray that God would use this experience to draw these youth to himself, and that the hikers learned something valuable from the experience and the stories that were shared with them.

Trips like this happen 2-3 times per year, and are always a highlight!

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What’s In A Name?

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Daryl & Molly have been considering a name for their fledgling church in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Pastor Zhenya has proposed “Moct” which means “The Bridge.” He pointed out that God made a bridge to mankind, Jesus Christ, and we are to be bridges to other people as we share His love and grace and Good News with them.

The Lord provided Daryl & Molly with a great apartment in Krivoy Rog! “As we walked in and saw the ‘big room’ (it was actually a child’s bedroom before) we knew it was the room for the church to meet in! It’s large, bright and has cheerful wallpaper. (OK, lots of flowers and cute little bugs like dragonflies, lady bugs and butterflies!) After a couple of weeks, we were walking through our neighbourhood and commented to each other on how comfortable we felt, how familiar it seemed already.”

Daryl & Molly live a 5 minute walk from Adam & Luba Nikkel, a 15 minute walk from Curtis, the team apartment, and one of the orphanages! It is a 30 minute walk from Pastor Zhenya’s and a mall with a store like WalMart in it. Daryl & Molly are also at the beginning/end of 3 or 4 marshrootka (minibus) routes and there is a “subway” stop within walking distance as well! They couldn’t be in a more central location for their ministries!

Missionary Round-Up

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Here are 3 posts from EFCCM missionaries that present a variety of perspectives.

Darlene wrote the above post illustrating some new revelations despite facing continued language challenges.

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Garry and Teresa’s latest post covers Ukrainian Thanksgiving, with a bunch of pictures.

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Cynthia and Aaron are currently in language school, and their post shares some of the challenges and revelations that they’re experiencing there.

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Sad News from One of Our Ukrainian Churches

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This is an announcement from Daryl, the EFCCM’s Europe Area Director

I am sorry to announce that after much prayer and thought it has been decided that the EFC church in Kharkov, “Light for the World” will no longer meet as a church family effective the end of April 2012. This has been an obviously difficult decision to make. There were a number of factors that went into this decision. We are praying together with Pastor Vova Zolotov as to his future involvement and ministry with the EFC Association of Ukraine.

I would ask that if you have been involved in supporting this ministry through donations for Pastor Vova would you please consider continuing that support for the next few months as we try to discover the Lord’s will for his future ministry within the EFC Association of Ukraine. Thank you for your prayers and support of this ministry in the past and for what the Lord will do in the future.

Further announcements will be coming about this.