From Our President
Slavik Radchuk Calls for New Testaments while “Doors are Open” in Ukraine
And Happy 92nd Birthday, Bob Finley!
Dear Friend in Missions,
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! We praise God for your partnership in the gospel as we constantly remember you in our prayers.
For more than 60 years we have co-labored with men and women across the globe who are ministering in their own villages and cities among their own people. They live lives fully surrendered to Christ as they reach out to those who never have heard the name of our Lord Jesus. Many face persecution for the sake of the gospel, and we are honored to hold up the arms of those on the frontlines in missions.
While looking to the Lord to lead us forward, we hold to the vision imparted to Bob Finley, founder of Christian Aid Mission. Bob turns 92 on May 2 and we wish him a very Happy Birthday.
New Testaments Needed Now … While the Door is Still Open!
Our dear friend Slavik Radchuk just returned from Ukraine where thousands of believers in Christ are praying and fasting every day for their nation. The door that flung open for the gospel in 1991 remains open … but no one knows for how long.
“We need New Testaments for every unreached village,” he said at a recent staff meeting at Christian Aid. “We want everyone to know Christ. Hell is for the devil, but heaven is for people.”
With a collapsed economy and soldiers all around, Ukrainian believers are trusting the Lord for His angel armies to protect them. “We are a nation of missionaries, not armies,” Slavik said.
This summer youth volunteers plan to visit every unreached village – every village with no church – and leave four New Testaments in each one. This costs only $5 per village for the Word to reach the hands and eyes and hearts of those who do not know the Savior.
“People need the Lord more than ever,” Slavik said.
The six ministries Christian Aid helps in Ukraine each are crying out for provision. When you look at the eyes of the children in Father’s House, are not our hearts moved?
“We need food,” the director of Father’s House said. “Our pantry is empty.”
They are praying for God’s provision.
Insider News and Updates
This month I want to point you to our weekly Missions Insider internet newsletter. Every week we highlight a particular ministry and tell the stories of God’s amazing work among His faithful indigenous missionaries. We do this through news and feature stories and our wonderful blog. Following is a clip from a recent story about Syria.
Three Years Later it is Day-to-Day Survival for Christians in Syria
Sabeen was driving her sister and niece to a hospital in Damascus to visit a friend. As they passed through a neighborhood, gunfire cracked around them. The sound was nothing new to the three Syrian women. After months of violence, their streets looked like asphalt battlefields. Mortar shells left buildings—and human lives—shattered. War overshadowed every aspect of their existence.
Then came the jarring boom.
At least it sounded like an explosion. Something had struck the front of the car.
Stunned that the vehicle was still intact and they were unharmed, the three women continued on toward the hospital. Once safely there, they checked the outside of the car and could not find any evidence of a hit.
Two weeks later, a retired army major who recently became a Christian offered to look over their car. He found that a bullet had gone straight through the engine without touching or jamming anything inside. The bullet stopped at the back of the dashboard, directly across from where Sabeen had been sitting. The only reason it had stopped was because the tip of the bullet was bent backwards—that, and God’s protection. (Subscribe to Missions Insider today at www.christianaid.org for the rest of the story and more.)
Thank you for Giving from Your Heart
We are so grateful for your lives and your partnership with us in helping the gospel reach the ends of the earth through indigenous missions. You have been faithful, and we praise God for you. Thank you for your prayers for the saints. We rejoice to know you are praying alongside of us every day.
“Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto Him be glory in the church …” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
May our Lord bless each of you,
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