From Our President
Here am I; Send Me!
Dear Co-worker in the Harvest,
When the Lord calls: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” (Isaiah 6:8)—native missionaries respond, “Here am I; send me!”
And by helping them go, you become a co-worker of the gospel and an answer to their cry!
Recently Christian Aid missionary Slavik Radchuk shared his heart’s cry during our chapel meeting.
It is a new day in missions: A day for those who have been preaching for decades to search out and encourage young, fiery evangelists and native missionaries in a new generation. Slavik seeks those with a desperate cry in their heart to reach the unreached in their closed countries, no matter the cost.
Slavik has spent his life sharing the gospel in the former Soviet Union. At age 14, he preached for the first time. Though his country, Ukraine, was closed to missionaries then, he hungered to see others come to Christ.
But there was a cost. Slavik was arrested and locked up in a cold jail cell with no bed, no blanket, and a hole for a toilet in the floor next to the place he laid his head to sleep. The stench was unbearable.
He began to think, “We are going to die in this cell.” So he started singing: “Oh, the blood of Jesus, He washed me white as snow.”
A man in the next cell cried out, “Sing to me about this blood. I have sinned greatly.” So Slavik kept singing, and the man believed in God our Savior, Christ Jesus.
When Slavik was released he traveled in the power of the Lord and preached the gospel across Siberia. Walking village to village, he asked, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?” The harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few. So he prayed according to the Scriptures, which he cherished like bread, that the Lord would “send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:37-38).
Now in a season of war, more Ukrainians than ever are coming to Christ, including those in the eastern states. Slavik preaches to tens of thousands during evangelistic campaigns across Ukraine. Thousands of souls—mostly youth— are turning to the Lord. A new generation is rising, and lives are being transformed.
“Who will go for Us?”
Just as the gospel swept across Ukraine during the last 25 years of Slavik’s ministry, so the kingdom of God is advancing in closed countries across Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Today’s leaders count the cost. In some countries, the one who baptizes can be killed; those who bring Bibles can lose their hands.
“How ready is the worker?” Slavik asks. Has he resolved: “I will go; I am ready to die?”
“I am looking for the ready ones,” Slavik said. “They need God’s power to partake of Christ’s sufferings.”
When you give to the Finishing the Task Fund at Christian Aid Mission, your gift helps us launch servants of God like Slavik to share the gospel where darkness remains.
All who serve at Christian Aid are missionaries, and your giving empowers us to fulfil God’s vision to establish a witness for the Lord in every nation.
You also are a co-worker in God’s mission. If the Lord leads you to support the work of Christian Aid to reach those in darkness and establish a witness for the Lord in all nations, add a gift to 098FTT on the reply card.
Thank you. We look forward to working together to see all God will do for His glory. He is worthy of all honor and praise. We are co-laborers with Him!
Until there is a witness for our Lord in every nation,
P.S. Remember to include Christian Aid Mission in your estate planning. Call me with your questions: 434-327-1231.
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