Phone: (317) 718-1633 Fax: (317) 718-1693 BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 121 Commerce Drive, Suite 50 l Danville, IN 46122 l e-mail: Missions@BaptistInternational.org Dear Friends of BIEM, March 18, 2011 Incredible though it seems, we’re already through one-fourth of 2011. As the old saying goes, time flies. However, time doesn’t fly so fast that we can’t see and count blessings from the Lord. The enclosed issue of the Baptist International Challenger gives glimpses of both the blessings and challenges our missionaries face on foreign fields. As you read the stories and ponder the pictures, join us in praising God for victories, but also join in praying to the Lord for the salvation of many more souls still gripped tightly in the clutches of sin. Also, allow me to praise God for the fact that 2011 marks 30 years of BIEM’s ministry. We began this mission primarily to preach the Gospel to the Soviet Union via shortwave radio, but our sovereign God overruled what we thought was a large vision and ushered us into an even larger ministry in multiple nations. Praise Him! In conjunction with this milestone, we’re planning a conference on September 14–16 in Kiev, Ukraine. This event will allow our missionaries from various fields who rarely see each other to fellowship, to receive refreshing, and to enjoy mutual encouragement in ministry. It will also be a prime opportunity to celebrate how far God has led us and to praise Him for these three decades of ministry. This anniversary can include you, too! We want to bring a delegation of BIEM-supporting believers from the U.S. who will attend this conference. In addition to seeing interesting historical sites in Ukraine, during their missions trip the group from the U.S. will join national workers in Bible distribution, visit churches where BIEM missionaries serve, and gain a general survey of ministry in that land. We plan to host a 10-day trip leaving the U.S. Sept. 12 and returning Sept. 22, and also a 14-day trip leaving the U.S. Sept. 8, returning Sept. 22. (If you would like more information, please indicate this on the response card.) In closing, let me add that our feature article discusses a Christian rehabilitation center near Moscow, but BIEM missionaries also established a rehab center in Ukraine, and steps are underway to establish another in the nation of Georgia. Alcoholism is a horrible problem in former Soviet lands, but such facilities, run by caring Christians, have led many souls to freedom from sin and addictions. These are worthy outreaches. If God touches you to help, your donation will be put to good use. Thank you for caring, and for sharing your resources for God’s work. Sincerely yours, Reaching Russia, Eastern Europe and Muslim Lands Yes, I would like to help BIEM reach souls and plant churches in Russia, Eastern Europe, South America and Muslim lands. Please use my gift of __________________ for: Name________________________________________ Drug & Alcohol Rehab Ministries I would like to support the Rehab Ministries Address______________________________________ I am interested in BIEM's 30th Anniversary Trip City_______________________State_____Zip_______ Where needed most Other __________________________________ Email________________________________________ Please remove us from your mailing list If you would like to make a donation by credit card, we accept the following: MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Please call our office with your credit card information using our toll-free number 1-888-655-9693. A publication of Baptist International Evangelistic Ministries Vol. 29 No. 1, 2011 Visiting a Rehabilitation Center By Rick Barry guitar appears and is passed to Pavel, who shelf and don’t benefit from it. I urge them P astor Pavel Rumachik and I pull plays and sings well. The residents join in to both read and heed God’s message. into the driveway of the church- singing by following along in songbooks. Next Pavel opens his Bible and operated Rehabilitation Center After several songs, I’m invited to shares specifically about Jesus and what in Rumyantsevo, Russia, on a snowy share from the Scriptures, so I talk about He accomplished through His life, death, December morning. Nodik Mangasarov, the Bible itself—how it is God’s message for and resurrection. Pavel concludes with one of the ministers who run the facility, mankind, how He recorded for us crucial the suggestion that perhaps this very day someone present sees his need of salvation in Christ and would like to pray. “I need to do that,” admitted one man named Nikolai. “But I’ve only been here for a week. I’m not sure how.” So Pavel explains that God doesn’t require fancy, flowery prayers, only sim- ple sincerity. Nikolai nods and agrees that, in that case, he’s ready. We all stand and bow our heads as Nikolai confesses to God that he’s a sinner, helpless to save him- self, and asks God to forgive him on the basis of Christ’s taking the punishment for his sins. After his “Amen,” Nikolai wipes away a tear, and several men pat him on the back. I reach across the table to shake The Rehab Center in Rumyantsevo. Nodik stands on the far right, Pavel is in row two (in a suit jacket), and BIEM’s Rick Barry is in the center (in a black sweater). hands with my new brother in the Lord. “I need to repent too,” says another greets us at the door with a cheerful smile details about the origin of our universe, the man. So once again we all bow and listen and ushers us to the warmth inside. beginning of life on earth, the first sin, and continued on page 4 In the hallway, Pavel—son of well- how He sent Jesus to restore lost sinners known pastor Peter Rumachik, who to fellowship with Himself. As an illustra- spent 18 years in Soviet prisons for the tion, I hold up an envelope and ask them to Faith—and I slip off our shoes and enter imagine that a famous millionaire mailed the meeting room, where we take a seat at a personal letter to a poor man in feeble the long table where residents of the rehab health, and the poor man was so thrilled center hold their daily Bible studies. It’s that he displayed the unopened envelope on my fourth visit to this center dedicated to a shelf in his hovel. Not until after the poor redeeming lives of men gripped by bond- man perished from hunger did acquain- age to alcohol and drugs. However, my tances open the sealed letter and learn that last visit was over a year earlier, so the the wealthy man had sent a check for thou- men now filing into the room and shaking sands of dollars, with a promise of more, if The first to repent that day, Nikolai, my hand are all new to me. needed. In conclusion, I explain how sad it declared, “This was a new world for me. I’d Nodik introduces Pavel and me, and is that many people own a copy of God’s never been in a place where people didn’t smoke or drink or swear at each other.” someone says, “Let’s sing a few songs.” A Word, but don’t open it. They leave it on a Page 2 Challenger Vol. 29 No. 1 Vol. 29 No. 1 Challenger Page 3 How Would You Respond? “On the Fields with BIEM: Glimpses behind the scenes” F or months undercover police in which was followed. Then came the raid. Muslim Turkmenistan followed No sooner had the pastor arrived at an Thanks to friends of BIEM, we were able to and watched Pastor River. Their apartment where 20 women had gathered provide Kiddy Kartons at surveillance was no secret: local authori- to plan a ladies’ event than police arrived Christmas for children ties had already summoned him multiple in full force and handcuffed everyone. from disadvantaged homes in the Tabitha times for questioning. They noted his A crowd gathered outside, where the children’s ministry car’s license and photographed the vehicle, Christians—treated like criminals—were in Lutsk, Ukraine. loaded into cars. After hours of interrogation, intimidation, humilia- New Life Baptist Church tion, verbal abuse, mon- in Kazan, Russia, held the etary fines, and two days dedication service for their first-ever church building. in jail, everyone was Such was the enthusiasm finally released. that the service last If you were Pastor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. River, how would you and included preaching, historical slides, and gifts respond? Here’s what he and good wishes from did next… other congregations. “After the police released me, I went home Rough waves on and opened my Bible Church-planter Mikhail the Mediterranean Titarenko uses this new didn’t hinder former- Recent years have seen an increase in to read and find some chain saw “to visit the Muslim sister in Christ persecution of Christians in Turkmenistan. answers. I opened my fatherless and widows in Aygyul from following Bible to I Timothy 2:1–4, their affliction” (James Christ in believers’ which states, ‘I exhort therefore, that, first 1:27) and to render aid baptism. Pastor in the form of firewood Sasha says it was the of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, Challenger for heating homes in first time he baptized and giving of thanks, be made for all men; Fedorivka, Ukraine. while practicing for kings, and for all that are in authority; “scuba diving”! that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this In the planning stages… Kiev, Ukraine, is the site is good and acceptable in the sight of God we’ve chosen for BIEM’s 30th anniversary conference. “Reaching the world for Christ since 1981” our Saviour; who will have all men to be For mutual encouragement and edification, we hope Dr. Peter Slobodian, Founder saved, and to come unto the knowledge to bring together national coworkers of BIEM and also an American delegation on September 16–18. If Baptist International Evangelistic Ministries of the truth.’” you’re interested in receiving more information on 121 Commerce Drive, Suite 50 “As I read, the Lord showed me that I this trip, please check the box on the response card. Danville, Indiana 46122 317-718-1633 needed to be giving thanks for the author- Missions@BaptistInternational.org ity over me, and that meant even the secret www.BaptistInternational.org police! I realized that it was God who put • Church Planting • Bibles & Literature them in power, that it was He to whom • Evangelism • Training Nationals they would have to answer, and that God had brought them into my life and into Board of Directors the lives of these others to accomplish His Dr. Sam Slobodian – President Dr. Greg Wahlberg – Chairman own purposes. Dr. Andy Counterman – Secretary “Since that day I’ve made a point to Rev. Kevin Gaugler – Treasurer Rev. Jason Grubbs Mr. Terry Minton pray specifically for the judge, the police, Dr. Tim Jordan Mr. Gerald Nystrom the imam, mullahs, the village elder, and Dr. W. Ralph Martin Rev. Jack Walker Praise the Lord, BIEM was able to donate $5,000 to this fire-damaged the secret police. When I pray for them, all church in Troyeschina, Ukraine; plus we couriered to them additional Field Directors my animosity and all hatred that creeps offerings of $2,000 from Russian churches. Pastor Mikhail Stakhursky Mr. Rick Barry – Church Planting Ministries into my heart melts away as I begin to estimates that about $12,000 is still needed. If you would like to help, Mr. David Cateam – Central Asia our mission will forward all gifts designated “Troyeschina church.” Dr. Andy Counterman – Latin America view them through Christ’s eyes. They, too, continued on page 4 Page 4 Challenger Vol. 29 No. 1 …How Would You Respond? continued from page 2 shock them, but better still will be when were created in the image of God. Without they come to know my Jesus.” Coming soon! Christ, we were the same as them. We like- The year 2011 marks BIEM’s 30th wise breathed threats, hatred, and murder BIEM maintains a list of email anniversary. What better time to to those who shared the Gospel with us. addresses of friends willing to unite publish the life story of our founder, “My prayer now is one of thanks that quickly in prayer for special needs like Dr. Peter Slobodian? Giving God the God has put these men in power, and that the raid mentioned above. (When we Glory is the fascinating true story I have the opportunity to have such close requested urgent prayer for Pastor River, of how the Lord plucked one man contact with them. I now pray that through God replied in a dramatic way: two out- from a poor Ukrainian family and my life these men will hear the plan of spoken critics who publicly called for the an obscure salvation and come to Christ in faith. I death of this pastor experienced heart backg rou nd can’t wait for the next time I am called in attacks.) If you would like to be added to touch souls to speak with the secret police. I will tell to that urgent-prayer list, email us at on multiple them, ‘I thank God for you.’ I’m sure I will missions@BaptistInternational.org. continents with the Gospel of …Rehabilitation Center continued from page 1 Even better, pastors of churches in Jesus Christ. to another soul doing business with God. other cities have visited this house in If you love “Anyone else?” Pavel asks. Rumyantsevo and, impressed with what the Lord and A tall man from Armenia nods. “I’m they saw, asked Pavel if his church could mar vel at ready.” So within ten minutes a third man help them to develop similar ministries. His works, pours out to God his need and his request As a result, responsible “graduates” of then this is for salvation in Jesus. the program have been sent out to estab- the book for you. Suggested Referring to Luke 15:7, I comment on lish and operate an additional seven such donation: $15.00 Jesus’ words that joy shall be in heaven rehab centers. One center is staffed by over one sinner who repents. “We’ve just Christian ladies for women with addic- seen three of you become children of God. tions. Currently 19 former addicts labor Are there challenges? Absolutely. There is definitely joy in heaven today!” full-time in these other rehabilitation cen- Simply feeding the men who come in hopes On February 13, the Christian ters. Churches in the Moscow area (10 of of finding a new life requires plenty of Rehabilitation Center in Rumyantsevo which were planted by BIEM workers, food. BIEM assists with a monthly gift of celebrated its tenth anniversary. Although and 7 of which have completed building $250, but more funding is needed. We’re it can’t be said that every person who has programs) are blessed to have at least praying for God to give us individuals, or undergone the program has given his 30 families in which at least one of the families, or churches that would like to heart to Christ, the majority of those who parents (and sometimes both) received make a one-time donation for the reha- apply find freedom from both their addic- Christ through rehabilitation. Truly, God bilitation center, or perhaps to commit to tions and the yoke of sin. Afterward, most is using the rehabilitation ministry to monthly donations for one year. Is God become active church members. redeem lives! touching your heart to help? Rehabilitants who make the decision to accept Christ also learn how to share their faith, both In 2009, after much prayer, a women’s rehabilitation in group evangelism center was opened in the Tver region. Here, one woman and one-on-one. in that program takes a turn at preparing soup.
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