Abundant Life Crusades
and Marge Abram have been preaching the Good
News for over 51 years!
Ministry, Buildings, Souls,
& Miracle Mission Report on Ukraine!
Volume XXXIX No. 7 (April 2002)
30 hours of traveling by car and airplane with a very short night we began
our ministry the next day. A man died on the way from Frankfurt, Germany to
Kiev, Ukraine. Walter Zygarewicz had to do translating for the airlines as they
made an emergency landing in Prague, Czech. Not one of the flight crew could
speak Russian or Ukraine. Walter then had to break the news to the family of
the man who were waiting at the airport in Kiev.
You never know
what opportunities might arise on any Mission trip.
Halls are packed with precious Slavic people in Ukraine.
Sometimes we felt like being in a sardine can!
Tony Abram leads souls to Christ in every meeting. PTL!
We were in Ukraine to help Brother Walter graduate the 11th three-month
Bible Training School. This year we had 148 students that were graduating.
there were many more that just came everyday to listen and learn. We believe
that this is the best class we have had in the former USSR.
interesting thing happening during our teaching on evangelism and discipleship
was that we heard testimonies of some of the students being healed while
listening to the Word of God.
I've always said
there is great power in the Word of God. Jesus said that heaven and earth would
pass away His Word would not. Truly His Word is the same today.
We had some students
from last year and past years come to see us and tell us wonderful reports.
Brother Walter taught on leadership.
People listen intently to the Gospel in Poltava meeting.
Tony with Jairo lay hands on nterpreter Ira
as at the end of graduation she lost her voice.
Update on Sister
Valentina who went through our school four years ago. She has opened 4 more
churches now making a total of 19 since she graduated from the training school.
She has trained other workers who are working with her helping her look after
these 19 works. You are helping us support her and her workers with $150 per
month. Our ministry (Abundant Life Crusades) is giving a total of $750.00 per
month to support a total of 20 full time workers in Ukraine and Russia. This
is an increase of $100.00 per month. We were able with your help give $5,500.00
for the School this year. This money is used mostly for housing the out of town
students and feeding the students 3 times a day. The locals we only give the
noon meal. Of all the times we have come to Ukraine, I have never enjoyed the
ministry any better. God blessed in all we did.
Tony teaches with interpreter Natasha in Training School.
|Thank you for
your prayers for us.
God is raising up many soul winners from this school
that will go to the front line of Evangelism.
Also helping in the graduation
were Missionary Evangelist Harley Fiddler who is always a blessing in the school
and outreach soul-winning ministry.
From Canada, we had Pastor Jairo Leandro
of Bonnyville, Alberta along with his friend Bob Pool. They were a blessing
in the School and in the outreach ministry. Brother Jairo
has an interesting testimony in that when he was 15 years old he attended
our meeting in Chicago and it was there that God called him and he
surrendered his heart and life to Christ. Now he is pasturing the largest
Slavic church in Western Canada.
Graduation Ministry Team of Jairo Leandro, Tony Abram,
Walter Zygarewicz, and Harley Fiddler.
Walter Zygarewicz, Marcie & Walter Labotski,
Nick Krushnisky, fellow workers in our ministry team
"Mission East Urkraine"
teachers who gave of their ministries to the school were my wife Marge Abram,
Mike and Ann Brandebura of Edmonton, Canada, S. E. Morgan of Richmond, Indiana,
Steven Battles of Alton, Illinois, Ernest Weaver of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bob
Harmon of Williamsburg, Virginia, Jim Beavers of Richmond, Virginia, Jim and
Donna Moriarty of Albany, New York, Marcy and Walter Labocki of Pickerington,
Ohio and several Ukrainian ministers
The balcony is filled with praising saints!
thank enough the wonderful teachers that came from USA and Canada during the 3
month of Basic Bible Training. God bless each one of them.
like to do a follow-up of a month with all the students that went through the
schools to help encourage and put some more Word and Training into them later
this year. We were able with Walter Zygarewicz to purchase two more building
in Belarus, one in the village of Almany and the other is in the town of Pleahchenitsy,
Belrus. The cost was $1,000.00 each.
Tony preaching with Ida interpreting
|Our outreach ministry
was wonderful. We saw many come to Christ in every service, up to 150 in
a single service.
The gifts of the Spirit were in operation such as Healings,
Word of Knowledge, Prophesy and Wisdom.
We saw hundreds receive healings and
other needs met in Christ. We give all the Glory to Jesus.
Our biggest meetings
were in Kharkov but also wonderful ministry in the city of Patova and the towns
of Merefa and Lozovaya.
Harley Fiddler teaches with great enthusiasm.
Jairo Leandro teaches the students.
It was a
joy to meet people and workers that had received from the Lord in earlier
ministry of last year etc. come and tell what God did for them.
inspired hope in others to receive as they testified of what God did for them.
Walter Zygarewicz teaches the Gospel with animation .
CLASS OF THE 11TH BASIC 3 MONTH BIBLE TRAINING SCHOOL 2002.
Set of books given to each graduating student!
We believe that
these are the last days when God is raising up many laborers for his harvest
field. We will be going back to Ukraine in October for follow up. We also at
that time will be holding three crusades in Eastern Ukraine. We believe God
for a great harvest of souls. God bless you and your and for all you have done.
We believe this is the day of revival and hope that this Pictorial Good News
Report will encourage you to believe with us for a mighty outpouring of
God’s Spirit upon all flesh. We are workers together with Christ and do
appreciate all you have done to help us. Pray that God will also use our
ministry for His Glory. May God bless you and yours for your prayers and
part in our outreaches!
Students taking notes.
9 year old Mark wants to preach. A 5 year old learning to praise God!
Svetlana, former rocket scientist for USSR,
now cooks for the visiting teachers for $3 per day
A time of praise and worship before the graduation exercises for the Class
Giving out diplomas and shaking hands with grads. | Pastor Vitaly
challenges the students. His church now has over 3,000 people.
Our oldest student receives her diploma with great joy from Walter. Bob Pool
shares some of his testimony with students.
Souls coming to Christ during the Merefa meeting. | Anointing with oil
and praying for these grads for service.
Grads hold up their gifts of study books with joy!
<-- (left) This former store building and lot in Kolotiyi, Ukraine was
purchased for $1,000.00.
--> (right) Five large rooms were purchased for $2,900.00 along with large
storage room in Reshitilovka.
This huge property was purchased for $30,000 by Pastor Peter and his church
who also have over 3,000 members in Kharkov, but large enough for 15,000
Thank you for your
prayers as we are workers together with Christ.
Information on the country of Ukraine!
Ukraine is a republic
in Eastern Europe, bounded by Belarus to the north; Russia to the north and
east; the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov in the south; on the southwest by Romania
and Moldova; and on the west by Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. Formerly the
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
(USSR), Ukraine is a founding member of the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS), which in December 1991 succeeded the USSR. Kiev is the capital and largest
city. Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe after Russia, with a total
area of about 603,700 sq km. (About 370,000 sq. miles)
Almost the entire
country of Ukraine is a vast flat plain, with elevations generally below 300
m. (1000 feet) The Carpathian Mountains intrude at the extreme west, and on
the southern coast of the Crimean Peninsula are the Crimean Mountains. The climate
is temperate continental, with a subtropical Mediterranean climate in the southern
portions of the Crimean Peninsula. The average monthly temperature in winter
ranges from -8° to 2° C (17.6° to 35.6° F), while summer temperatures
average 17° to 25° C (62.6° to 77° F).
Ukraine has extremely
fertile black-earth soils in the central and southern portions, totaling nearly
two-thirds of the territory. Much of the original wildlife has also disappeared,
but many animal species still remain. Ukraine has the second highest population
of countries in the former USSR, with an estimated population of 51,867,828
in 1995. Only Russia has more people. Ethnic Ukrainians make up 73 percent of
the population, while Russians have 22 percent of the population. Other minorities
include Belarusians, Moldavians, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Poles, and Crimean
Ukrainian is a Slavic
language closely related to Russian, and is the official language, although
Russian is widely spoken. Kharkiv, city, capital of eastern Ukraine, at the
junction of the Kharkiv, Lopan, and Udy rivers. A large city and chief industrial
and transportation center, Kharkiv (also called Kharkov), is located near the
rich coalmines and is linked by railroad to the iron ore deposits of Kryvyy
Rih. (Crooked Horn and is the longest city in the world, but very narrow.) Manufactures
include farm and mining machinery, electric and railroad equipment, chemicals,
machine tools, and processed food. Kharkiv is a city of broad avenues and large
buildings. The city is the site of a university, scientific research centers,
and several theaters and museums.
Kharkiv was founded
in 1656 as a fortress protecting Moscow from the Tatars. The city grew as a
trade and cultural center, and in 1765 it became the administrative center of
Ukraine. With the development of the vast mineral wealth of the region in the
late 19th century, Kharkiv developed into an industrial and rail transportation
center. During World War I Kharkiv was the scene of heavy fighting, first between
German and Russian troops and later (1917-20) between opposing forces in the
Russian Revolution. It was the capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
from 1920 to 1934, when it was replaced by Kiev. During World War II Kharkiv
was occupied (1941-43) by German troops and suffered severe damage. Population
WHY DO UKRAINIANS
CELEBRATE Christmas on January 7th rather than December 25th? Many people wonder
why the Ukrainian date is thirteen days later and only a few people are aware
that it is related to a change from the calendar which was in use two thousand
years ago. The Roman calendar that had been in use since the eighth century
B.C. originally started the year on March 1 and had 10 months as the names of
the months themselves indicate, September (7), October (8), November (9) and
December (10). Eventually two months were added, Januarius and Februarius, and
the year was started on January. However, it was only 355 days long so it had
over ten days error and the seasons and the calendar over the years continued
to lose there correct relationship.