Vitalii Rusnak serves in the village of Storojinet, Ukraine. In the most recent report of his ministry, he shares,
"At the end of April, I was invited by brother Gireada to participate to a medical evangelistic event in Bahrinesti. I was involved in spiritual counseling there. I had the opportunity to talk to many people and share the Gospel with them. I met some people who were very open and interested to make a change in their lives. Some of them said they would start reading the Bible. They admitted that only God could solve the problem of their sins. I hope that the seed of the Gospel will be fruitful in those people’s lives in due time. I keep praying for the people that heard the Gospel message on that occasion.
We celebrated the Lord’s Supper with the church in Patrauti on May 2nd. We had a special day of searching our hearts and of celebration. After lunch, along with a group of believers, I visited the old church members who can’t come to church anymore, but wanted to participate to the Lord’s Supper. It was a tiring day, but full of blessings. It was a real blessing to have fellowship with these believers and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with them. They were in pain, but some of them confessed they forgot about their pain for a moment. Several of our church members are going through suffering and their faces change from day to day, but most of them are still full of joy. On May 7th, along with a brother from Chernovtsy, I visited the sick and prayed for them. One brother was in bed and he couldn’t speak anymore. The brother that came with me prayed that God would take him home, so that he wouldn’t suffer anymore. The next morning, I was announced that he had passed away. His relatives and also two of his children are not Christians, so his funeral and death watch were a really good evangelistic opportunity. Many people attended his funeral, as he was a very good welder and he helped everybody. If an orphan came to ask for his help, he always helped him right away. So, his courtyard was full of people at his funeral and they had the opportunity to hear the Gospel message. We pray that the Lord would bring repentance to this family and in the hearts of those who listened to the Word of God. We are praying for his children to turn to God. After the funeral, I visited our brother's family again, trying to comfort them, and there I met our brother’s friend and neighbor. I shared the Gosepl with him, though he had many questions and discontents. He asked me why God didn’t heal his brother, as he had served Him when he was alive. Why did God allow his children to be orphans now? I spoke to him about God’s sovereignty and presented arguments from the Bible. In the end, he was honest with me and said: “I don’t agree with you in everything you said, but neither am I satisfied with my life.” So, we decided to meet again and continue our discussion. He was impressed by his friend’s attitude in sickness, because he never asked questions and never complained. I am praying for David’s repentance.
I’ve also been visiting with brothers and sisters from the church. I’ve visited one family in which the mother is confined to bed and her daughter, who is taking care of her, has been diagnosed with cancer. She is 57 years old and is very discouraged, wondering who would take care of her mother after her death. She has metastatic cancer. I read to her from the Bible and we prayed together. She wanted so much to come to church one more time and sing with us. So, we brought her to church and she had tears of joy in her eyes. She confessed that she was impressed by the way in which one brother had faced his sickness and his example helped her accept everything that came from God’s hand.
On May 11th, the young people from our church and I visited the asylum in the next village. We were given a large room where we could use for two hours. So, we gathered in that room, we sang and shared the Gospel with the people living there. We also offered them presents and talked to those who were interested in the Gospel message and had questions for us. I am glad to see the way in which the Lord is working in this asylum. A man living who lives there was baptized last year and many people are impressed by the changes in his life. Different churches take turns in preaching the Gospel there every Sunday.
I didn’t make too many evangelistic visits this month because people are very busy working in their fields. So I visited those who can’t work. When I visit the old people, I give them Gospel tracts and they pass them out to other people who come see them. I met some people who refused to take a New Testament because they had received one from others. I was glad to hear that these people, who can’t walk anymore, pass out more Gospel tracts than the young people. They are an example for us.
I would also like to share with you some sad news. A young lady from our church got pregnant. We were so sad to hear that. We had to exclude her from the church. This was so painful for us. We are praying now for her and her family. The girl’s parents called me and we met several times. This situation is very difficult for them. We are praying for mercy and guidance."