BUILDINGS PURCHASED IN UKRAINE FOR CHURCHES!
Volume XXXIX No. 5
We write this Good News Report
with much joy in our hearts. The reason being, people like you have helped carry
us with prayers and faith into over 125 countries in the past 40 years. We
rejoice, as by faith, we have purchased 9 more buildings in Ukraine for
This means that since February of
2000 until this present time, you have helped our ministry purchase a total of
40 buildings in Russia and Ukraine. Praise the Lord! None of these buildings are
put in our names or the name of Abundant Life Crusades but rather in the name of
the local church we purchased it for. Most of the local churches are churches we
have planted or have helped plant through one of the workers that has gone
through the 3-month Bible Training School.
Reshetilovka: This very large building and lot cost $2,900.00.
Marge Abram shares a message of God?s Love!
The people are very poor and
purchasing these buildings are a great blessing to them and to the Work of
God. A good salary for a worker is $50.00 per month. That is if they are
paid. I know a doctor, the head surgeon of a city of 50,000 people, who is
paid $75.00 per month. This is considered a large salary. Even though we
purchase the buildings for them, they must still remodel and fix them
into churches. The costs of buildings are increasing and although we gave
$18,700.00 for the 9 buildings, we probably could have gotten them a year
ago for about $12,000.00 as property value has gone up. However, it is
doubtful one could buy just one of these buildings with the land in USA,
Canada or Great Britain for that price. We were able to place $4,000.00 down
on these buildings and have 3 months to pay the rest. Although we have done
this by faith, we believe God will provide. Pray and believe with us.
Pashchenke: We bought this store for only $1,500.00.
They seek Jesus with all their hearts.
We are printing
the 9 photos of the buildings in this Good News Report. I would ask you to
just place your hands on each one and ask God to bless them and that each
one may be a soul winning station for the Glory of God.
Kolotii: This building and lot cost $1,200.00
Tony Abram with his interpreter teaching the Word of God!
- In Gozhuly, Eastern
Ukraine, this building and land cost $1,500.00.
- In Pashchenke, we bought
this store for $1,500.00.
- In Krasny Kut, this
large house and lot cost $3,000.00.
- In Veliky Burluk, this
large building and lot cost $3,000.00.
- In the town of Yavori,
this large house and lot cost $2,500.00.
- In the town of Babayi,
this house, second building and lot cost $2,800.00.
- In the town of Kolotii,
this building and lot cost $1,200.00.
- In Reshetilovka, this
very large building and lot was $2,900.00
- In the village of
Ruskaya Lozovaya, this house and lot sold for $1,300.00.
Gozhuly, Eastern Ukraine: Building and land cost $1,500.00.
It is becoming
more and more difficult to rent buildings to be used as churches as there is
much opposition and it is not coming from the government. About 80-90 per
cent of all churches planted since the wall came down, are in rental
This is a
precarious position for the Church. Having their own building will protect
them from being expelled out of their location. Pray that God will enable us
to purchase more buildings for these precious new believers. We are workers
together with Christ and do appreciate all you have done to help us.
More information on Ukraine
continued from last month?s Good News Report. 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 Tatars. Ukrainian is a Slavic language closely related to Russian,
and is the official language, although Russian is widely spoken.
Babayi: This house, second building and lot cost $2,800.00.
Ruskaya Lozovaya: This house andlot cost $1,300.00.
Kharkiv, capital of
eastern Ukraine, is 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 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.
Yavori: This large house and lot cost $2,500.00.
Veliky Burluk: This large building and lot cost $3,000.00.
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
Krasny Kut: This large house and lot cost $3,000.00.
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 estimate in 1995
PRAY FOR REVIVAL IN THE FORMER
God bless you. Tony & Marge. Abram