From ERSU President Erik Van Alten:
"I am sitting at our January session in our new building. It is cold outside, but inside we have heating and wonderful facilities But even more satisfying is the teaching to which I am listening. Will Traub (PCA pastor) is teaching an introductory course to the Old Testament. And in opening up the Old Testament to the students from all over Eastern Europe, he is in essence proclaiming Christ to them, preparing them to teach the Scriptures to their people. I am again struck by the importance of preparing these students for the ministry, and by the task God has given us in the Eastern European context.
"We are thankful for all God has given us in the past 20 years - teachers, vision, financial means... But we understand that the next 20 years are just as crucial. Therefore, as we move into the third decade of our existence, we would like to make an appeal to all our supporters. We want to ask you, our faithful supporters, to continue the legacy (see more about this below). Please consider partnering with the Evangelical Reformed Seminary of Ukraine into the future."
ERSU Seminary continues as an MTW Project. We would ask you to consider
Continuing the Legacy begun in Ukraine by Lending Support to ERSU Seminary.
There are easy ways to do it:
GiveOnline at mtw.org/projects to Account #95995.
Checks to MTW (Write #95995 in the memo. ERSU is still an MTW Project).
Automatic Bank Draft to MTW
What a YEAR! It is especially thrilling to see the students taking joy in THEIR seminary library!
They're even taking SELFIES in the Library! And they are absolutely loving their new building. Praise God!
ERSU purchased a new building in fall 2017, and repairs are underway. We hope to hold classes there by fall 2018. Here is our video presentation, with interviews and updates for 2018! Please SHARE and PRAY!
Clay and Darlene are on Home Ministry Assignment during 2018, but Clay is traveling back in May to teach a course on Church Ministry.
Dedication of ERSU’s New Building in Kiev!
Praise God, we were able to complete the work last summer, and we were able to hold our first classes in our new building in September! God graciously provided the final funds needed to outfit the building! Thank Him!
Around 100 people were present for the special event, with visitors from several nearby nations.
We produced a VIDEO of the dedication, which you can watch on Youtube!
Watch the Dedication here (just 7 minutes):
In addition to the grand ceremony, we had seminars on various topics
Hallelujah! the Seminary has a new home! On October 12th, we purchased the building at Burmistenko 25A in Kiev, where we hope already to hold sessions in fall 2018!
Click here for pictures: ERSU Building Pictures
It is located just 5 Metro stops south of the city center, and only a 10-minute walk from there! It is so convenient! We have made a floorplan for bunk rooms, classrooms, dining, kitchen, library, and offices!
God provided the funds for the purchase from the ACTS Fund, the ERSU Seminary Fund at MTW, and the Ukraine Comissie of the Reformed Church of the Netherlands (RCN(l)). We are thankful to all of these for their patient endurance in this 3-year process!
Although we have funds to begin the upgrades and outfitting, we need to sell our current office before we have enough funds for additions to allow its maximum use. We hope this will cut our working budget and provide for seminars and other useful ministries of seminary and church. So please pray our office will sell soon!
But especially give God THANKS that this sale finally came through and that we now have a permanent home for our seminary sessions! Praise Him!
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