Bringing hope to a hurting generation
Belarus September 2007
Surprises all around Discipleship continues
Very few people knew we had
of the Mark’s mum while in Australia, A t the end of every camp our and that of the church.
planned trip to Australia which has delighted the kids staff and volunteers hear a
scheduled. After a 3 1/2 year and grandma alike. common teaching from us, “it is For others, like Arsenia the
absence, a number easy to make Christians but transformation is easy. He has
of people were difficult to make disciples”. already started to witness to his
asking the question friends and has asked his leader
of when they might It is a challenge and reminder to for 3 bibles to give to his
see us and the kids. not stop short of Jesus’ friends.
“Towards the end of
the year”, was the commission. In Young Life,
common reply. seeing our non-Christian Not only are friends noticing a
friends make a life changing difference in him, but teachers
This avoiding the decision to follow Christ is only are too. Arsenia has stopped
question was to half of what we do. throwing paper in class and
ensure a nice other things like that!
surprise for Mark’s The moment camp finishes
brother, Corey who leaders are inviting kids to Continue to pray for kids like
was getting married small groups to discuss what Arsenia who have recently
at the end of the bible has to say about a become Christians, that they
August. The stunned looks on
everyone's faces the night before It is shaping up to be a busy myriad of topics. will grow their faith and
the wedding made the effort of time as we plan to speak at a become future leaders.
keeping the surprise well worth dozen churches, many small Some kids can take up to 6
it. groups, and with individuals as m o n t h s
we look to raise prayer and before they
financial support for the work are ready to
in Belarus. share their
Adding to the surprise theme is faith
the news that Lera is pregnant s t a r or t
again, expecting in late April.
Mikah and Holly are hopeful for attending a
a boy and a girl, but we will c h u r c h ,
have to see about that. such is the
We appreciate your prayers and c h a s m
support for the work of reaching b e t w e e n
teenagers in Belarus. You are an their world
integral part of this mission!
We want you!
Mark, Lera, Mikah & Holly
Because the work in Belarus is You will need thetoability
growing so rapidly, we are to raise your own prayer and
It was a great wedding. Seeing looking for college aged
Mikah in his 3 piece suit and individuals (or the young at financial support and be willing
Holly dancing all night was but a heart) to join us on a short term to learn how to effectively reach
few of the great highlights. mission trip for 1 to 3 years. teenagers by volunteering with
Young Life in Australia or the
After the wedding, we have been USA before departing for
busy getting our Australian life We are looking for someone Belarus. To Learn more, send us
up-to-date. 3 years of mail, who has a heart for an email or write to us
doctors appointments, non-Christian youth, loves expressing your interest.
vaccinations, kindergarten, Christ and has the ability to
primary school, mission train and equip others There is also a need for a nanny
debriefing, sermon preparation cross-culturally in to help Lera with the kids.
and ministry reports are but a incarnational ministry.
few things that have taken up
We are planning on staying with
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YoungLife Belarus September 2007
Training and conferences Prayer Requests
2007 is shaping up to be within the “Asian” - Praise God for Belarusian leaders who sacrifice time to
disciple teens like Arsenia. Continue to pray for wisdom
the year of conferences and geographical map!
training. Shortly after for the leaders and for the Holy Spirit to continue the
returning to Australia After this time, Mark is transformation process in the lives of kids who became
Mark spent 6 days with heading to Belarus with Christians at camp.
staff and committee folk Bill Maston for an all staff
enjoying fellowship, and volunteer conference - Pray for the up and coming conferences and training
teaching and exploring in Belarus. times for Mark and Lera to gain wisdom and insight in
God’s word. leading the mission and for the Belarusian team.
We have been privileged
Next month Lera and to have Bill visit Belarus - Pray for an increase in staffing and volunteer numbers
Mark are off to the twice a year to help train, in Belarus to meet the growing needs of the ministry.
Philippines to attend the equip and inspire our
Asian conference for team. God has given Bill a - Pray for the Hamilton family’s health, especially for
Young Life and Young Life unique ministry across the Lera during her time of pregnancy.
like-ministries. Somehow globe of training
Belarus and Australia fall indigenous leaders. - Pray for Mark and Lera as they visit churches and
individuals to grow awareness for the ministry.
- Continue to pray for the bi-weekly ministry Young Life
volunteers are conducting in one of Minsk’s orphanages.
Pray for the relationships that are formed, that they will
lead to sharing the Good News.
- Praise God for the volunteer leaders he has drawn to
the ministry of Young Life in Belarus. Continue to pray
for them as the reach teens. Pray for wisdom, boldness
Mark your calendar
14 - 19 SEPT: Young Life Australia summit
SEPT - MAY: Church and small group visits
Dima leaves YL 11 - 16 OCT: Trip to conference in Philippines
We are saddened to Because of his sudden
17 - 23 OCT: Trip to Belarus for staff and volunteer
announce that Dima has departure he has left a
made some choices that large gap to be filled by DEC: Hamilton family to take annual leave.
mean he will no longer be other staff and volunteers.
on the Young Life staff. 14 MARCH: Fundraising dinner - to raise funds for
We ask that you will pray mission expansion in Belarus.
Dima was helping us with for the Lord to give us
the national ministry of wisdom as we find a 20-25 MARCH: Trip to Belarus for staff and volunteer
Young Life in Belarus by replacement and strength training.
helping us establish the as we find ourselves
ministry in new areas and short-staffed at a critical 17 APRIL: Pray for safe and healthy delivery of
connect with the local time of growth. Hamilton family baby.
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to God to inspire interested individuals, churches & businesses to provide prayer and financial support. If you would like to
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