Our brother, Vitalii Rusnac, reports of his benevolent ministry during December, “On December 12 -18, a group of brothers from Chernovtsy area, several Christian refugees from eastern Ukraine, and I went on a trip to the war area. The Romanian churches from Chernovtsy area and several churches from Romania raised money and we used it to buy food supplies for our brothers living in the war region. We also used a part of the money for covering several of their needs. We prepared 250 bags with food supplies and offered them to those in need including the children living in an orphanage. Through this outreach, the Lord also opened doors for us to preach the Gospel. We visited the church in Lisiceansc, which has about 70 members, and there were 80 non-Christians attending the church service that night as we preached the Gospel. In Popasana, the people didn’t know we were coming and there were 15 non-believers attending the church service for the first time. The Lord blessed our trip and protected us.

We came back home encouraged and glad for having been able to help our brothers in need. On December 19th, we had a meeting with the pastors and missionaries from our area and shared testimonies from our trip. We blessed the Lord for having given us the grace to get involved in that area where our brothers are suffering. The churches were very generous in helping our brothers in need.

When I came back from Donbas, I continued my pastoral work. I also had several counseling sessions. As I have written in my previous report, one family is going through a crisis. The brother was diagnosed with cancer and his family is going through a crisis. One of his sons quit coming to church. I visited this family several times and we prayed together. It seems that through these visits the Lord has opened new doors for healing and evangelism.

In the wintertime people are not working in the field, so they visit each other.  When I visit our church members without letting them know in advance, I usually find a non-Christian people visiting them and have the opportunity to preach the Gospel. When I visited one lady, her non-Christian son wanted to leave the room. But I told him I had come to pray for him. So he stayed and was very open to my message. We are now praying that the Lord would have mercy on him and deliver him from his sin.

I kept doing pastoral visits between December 22 -25. The believers shared their problems and trials with me and we prayed together. As I was visiting an old sister from our church, I met her grandson. At the beginning, he said he wasn’t interested in religion. He wanted to become rich and then he would think about religion. Towards the end of our discussion, he became more interested in the purpose for which he had been created. I gave him a nice calendar with Bible verses. I pray that the Lord will have mercy on him.

Don is serving as the HeartCry Coordinator for Eastern Europe. As an itinerant evangelist, his pulpit ministry is directed toward preaching on the inner life of the believer and the spiritual need of the lost. With HeartCry, his ministry includes organizing Bible conferences and corresponding with the HeartCry missionaries in Europe. He and his lovely wife Cindy live in Tuscumbia, AL.

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