Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Teaching their own

For us, the greatest joy in the ministry is seeing the Ukrainian people teach their own.  All of these pictures were taken over the last year of various activities and ministries of Simferopol Baptist Church (hearing church).  The one thing these pictures all have in common is that they are of Ukrainians teaching and ministering to Ukrainians....  

(In all honesty, there are actually some more helpers who could have been included in this post but were not because I do not have a picture of them.)

{Below}  Igor teaching the teens the story of Goliath
Many, many thanks to our wonderful Ukrainian friends who see the need to reach out to their own.  Since the VanSants started this ministry 16 years ago, many have been trained to teach, disciple, and share the Gospel with others.  It is such a joy to stay busy for the Lord here! There is so much more and so many more that we can reach because of the Ukrainians who have been saved and become  faithful to teaching their own!


  1. It IS a thrill, isn't it?! Just as exciting as watching a baby take steps on his own, and then start running....It is as exciting as watching your child learn to read...and be able to read the Holy Scriptures on his own! It is as exciting as watching your own child witness, teach, or lead someone else to the Lord.

    What a BLESSING to be a part of the Lord's work!!!

    Thank you for sharing these pictures.

    Love and special prayers,

  2. Lynne Edmonds NortonWednesday, February 22, 2012

    What a blessing, Jolene! That's what missions is all about! :)

  3. So true! I can't wait to see that with the Deaf here. We are praying that God will one day use Sammy as a teacher/preacher.

  4. This is so amazing and such a blessing to see. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. I just realized that back when we were getting ready to come to Ukraine, I actually corresponded with the Van Sants, asking them questions about visas or something.

  6. Isn't it wonderful to know you are in such a place. I am so thankful when nationals get the fire for the Lord and carry on with the truth themselves. Planting seed and seeing it grow is so wonderful.

    God's blessings on your day and life.
    Love to all,

  7. like, anddd double like;)))
    PTL!!! :D <3


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