Ministry is something every Christian does. And there are many parts of ministry, from the specific call to the Gospel Ministry, to the service EVERY Christian does, according to his gifts. Jesus came to serve, and he calls his disciples to service. That's what the word diakonos means: "Ministry" means Serving.
Besides the specific call to the Pastoral Ministry, our ministry has covered a wide range, from church planting and humanitarian aid, to street ministry, puppets and children's work, to theological education and raising Million$ for church buildings! I think we've almost done it all! What an opportunity and blessing to serve God! As the Greatest Minister said, It is truly "more blessed to give than to receive"!
The "Odessa Springs" Family Life Counseling Center is a ministry of members of the Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church of Odessa, with participation of other Christian counselors.
They promote Christian ethics and life skills in Odessa families, as well as outreach to orphans and needy families in the community.
They publish Reformed works in Russian and Ukrainian to serve Christ's Church, joining with well-known publishers in the West to provide quality translations.
The Russian site of TULIP: www.tulip.org.ua
Darlene has always loved handwork and crafts. But when Zhenya, one of our Odessa church members, became disabled, Darlene helped her get into quilting, leveraging her sewing skills into a small business to support herself from home. Darlene gathers quilting scraps, and Zhenya produces beautiful work.
Quilting is a metaphor for the Gospel, where God makes something beautiful out of the scraps of our lives.
SEE more of this beautiful work on our photo site: