When your ministry has new people joining it you know it is alive and has a future. This is why Olga and I are always excited when spring comes and we are privileged to come alongside the staff to take them though a series of new staff orientation meetings to help them understand what it takes to be on Campus Crusade staff as it pertains to administrative, financial and legal side of things.
We had some good discussions and were able to better equip the incoming staff for the things they are going to be faced with in the weeks and months to come. There is a spiritual side of what we do, but then in today’s day and age you cannot get very far without a good operational foundation.
We praise the Lord for the great staff He allows us to serve and to assist. As you pray for our ministry I think one prayer request is jumping off the page, or off the picture, rather. Of the 5 new full time staff members we accepted this year (one young lady could not make it to the meeting) 100% are women. At this point only one third of our full time staff are men. Please do not take me wrong. I have nothing against women in ministry. Nor am I trying to come across as some male chauvinist or anything (in our politically correct world that would not look good, right? :) But in our culture, both secular and church having men lead the work is very important. Right now we are not as effective in reaching men as we would like to do.
Our national leadership team spent countless hours trying to figure out what it would take for us to turn the corner on this. We formed a special task force group. We pray about this particular aspect of the ministry on a regular basis. Could you please pray together with us towards that end?
Olga is almost 38 weeks along, but she is trying to stay active in ministry as she can. She helped lead the meeting with the new staff and she is still reaching out to the assistant school principle, Olga Viktorovna. As they meet next week Olga is planning to share the gospel with her again.
As you can imagine, especially in our country reaching out to teachers is very important. The only Christian school we had available had to shut down several years ago because of the new law. It is illegal(!) to home school. In 99% of the cases both spouses have to work outside the house to be able to make the ends meet. So the government pretty much got your kids for 11 years. Great venue for indoctrination, wouldn’t you agree? It is next to impossible to sponsor Christian activities in schools because of the current legislature, so the best way to reach the children and the parents is to reach the teachers first. We praise God for more and more teachers who open their hearts to God and then open their classroom doors for the children to hear the good news as well.
When you read this letter we may or may not have a new additional to the family. As Rebecca well put it, "Soon Baby David will open the door and will come out". Please pray for a safe delivery. Our school system may be out of whack, but our medical system is screwed up from the get go, so, yes, we could use your prayers!
We will keep you posted and send lots of pics, of course!
From Moldova with love,
Yuri, Olga, Rebecca and "Baby David who will soon open the door into this world"
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