Ministry and Seminar Report
Volume XXXX No. 7
We departed St Petersburg, Russia by train, for
a crowded 16-hour trip to the capital city of Minsk, Belarus.
looking forward to this ministry and we were not disappointed. The enemy
tried to hinder us as it took over 6 months to receive our visas. Belarus is
the only country in Western Europe where the Church still has persecution. The president of Belarus is the last dictator of Europe. Even though he has
passed laws trying to stop evangelism of any type, God is adding souls daily
to the Church. The new law says that you cannot open a new church without
having a church building and you cannot buy or build a church building
unless you are a registered church. It is an impossible situation. However,
God is still doing many wonderful Works amongst the people. There is no law
that says how big a church can become.
Tony with his Belarus interpreter
they are winning souls and the hundreds of existing churches across the
country are becoming great large churches as they continue to grow. Then
there are hundreds of house churches springing up across the country as a
home can have up to 10 people, without it being more than a get together. It
is against the law for a church to advertise but a person can invite someone
to come with them.
I am reminded of God Word in
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who
can be against us? We had not been in Belarus for a few years because we
could not have outreach ministry. However, we heard wonderful news of the
churches we planted a few years ago. They are growing and being blessed.
One thrilling testimony from
a pastor that took over from our church planting crusade about 5 years ago,
said that everyone who came to Christ in the crusade are now in the local
church along with their whole families, serving the Lord and growing in the
Spirit. Praise God! We would love to see one hundred percent from every
crusade. We were very busy teaching and preaching the Word.
We had wonderful Miracle
services where God stretched forth His hand to heal. The best miracle, of
course, was seeing precious people coming to Christ.
Part of the crowd in Minsk Crusade. We had over 1,200 Ministers attend the Seminar in Belarus!
During the day I would teach twice in the morning and afternoon and then at
night we would have a great evangelistic service with up to 2,500 in
attendance. During the conference, we had over 1200 ministers from all over
We were able to impart that
which God has given us over the years so they could take the message back to
their cities, towns and villages. Everyone needs the Gospel.
Tony & Walter
The leaders in Belarus told us
the same as the spiritual leaders in Russia did when we were there, that if it
was not for Walter Zygarewicz and Tony Abram, they would not been able to have
this conference, which did wonders for them.
Thank God we were able. We
could not do it without you.
Belarus is a country with an
interesting history. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the
USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer
political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet
Republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8
December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic incorporation.
Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious
execution has yet to take place.
Belarus is sometimes known as "White Russia". Slavic tribes did not arrive
in Belarus until the sixth and seventh centuries. The Belarusian Soviet
Socialist Republic was one of the founders of the USSR. (The following
countries in Europe were members of the USSR with Russia: Belarus, Estonia
(from WWII), Latvia (from WWII), Lithuania (from WWII), Moldavia and
Ukraine; the following countries in Asia were members of the USSR: Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Stan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and
suffered from radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident, which
occurred in 1986 in Ukraine (USSR). It is because of this reason that there
are more deaths than births and Belarus has a negative growth. One out of
four die with cancer. At the end of 1991 the USSR was dissolved. Belarus
became an independent state. The first settlements in present-day Belarus
date back around twenty-five hundred years ago. At the end of 1991, Belarus,
Russia and Ukraine dissolved the USSR and established the Commonwealth of
Mike & Tony stand at the "Center of Europe" marker
The Republic of Belarus became an
independent state with its capital city, Minsk. The population of Belarus is
just over ten million, three hundred and thirty-five thousand. We were told
that before World War II, over half of the population were Jewish. The
second language of the country of Belarus was Yiddish. My father was born
less than 200 miles from Minsk in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Vilnius was called the
Jerusalem of the North before World War II.
Minsk has a marker that
states it is the center of Europe. It has the distances to the various parts
of Europe, including Vilnius, where my father was born.
Thank you for your prayers.
We know God uses people like you to carry us with your faith through the
ministry God has given us. Please continue to pray for Marge
and I. God bless you and yours is our prayer.
Tony & Marge.