Regarding the Conference where Clay spoke Sunday, R500 Nikolaev posted:
"A practical conference was hosted in Nikolaev which celebrated the 500th year of the Reformation, and noted its relevance in today's world.
"Special guests, politicians, scientists, and preachers focused on the Reformation’s importance for our lives. It was necessary 500 years ago, and today it has not lost its value for society.
"Pavlo Yakimovich Unguryan, chairman of the organizing committee, Member of Parliament of Ukraine, stressed that the Church needs revival, renewal, and to intensify its work in society.
"Taras Dmitrovich Kremin, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, said that schools and a university education based on Christian upbringing is not a vestige of the past or just a whim, but a real need today, both in Ukraine and in the world at large.
"Various issues were addressed: freedom of conscience (Ludmila Alexandrovna Filipovich, PhD), the impact of the Reformation on social processes in its historical context (Maxim Balaklytsky, PhD in Communications) and how the Reformation has influence today (Clay Quarterman, PhD).
"Overall, the event was attended by over a thousand people, representatives of different faiths united for a common goal: to understand the importance of the Reformation, and that its development and impact depends on each of us."
Post from Clay: I Preached in church service in Nikolaev, Ukraine, Sunday, where ERSU Seminary graduate Zhenya Minin is pastor. Smooth overnight train ride. I’m staying a couple of days to speak in University and at city-wide celebration of the Reformation 500, where I’m a speaker. It was attended even by the state governor and a Parliament member who is a believer! It’s so exciting to see UKRAINIANS wanting to transform their country – the Reformation isn’t dead yet!
Summer should be sunny and bright. But Clouds of War continue gathering in the East, and the whole world seems in turmoil. Whatever the seasons in our lives, however, we are to be faithful: “Preach the Word… In Season and Out of Season” (2 Tim 4:2).
In Season – This is the Regular Ministry: Preaching and teaching goes on apace. Clay is no longer President of seminary, so he’s free to develop Christian Education and to consult on Women’s Ministry. Seminary duties continue: grading, keeping up with students, preparing to teach fall classes, Board and Staff meetings, Graduation, team care, occasional preaching in our local church, and traveling to Poland to teach the whole Book of Acts in one week!
Marriage seems to be in season, as several of our students and church members are tying the knot. Hooray! May the Lord raise up more covenant families! Darlene took July to help family in Jackson, and we may come on Home Ministry Assignment in winter.
Out of Season – These are the sometimes odd opportunities that arise in the midst of our faithful service:
- Doing Egg Toss and singing “Proud Mary” at English Club, which led to side discussions and individual sessions. These led to further Discipleship meetings, correcting aberrant internet teachings on divorce and remarriage. Some students have received Christ and are coming to church!
- WAR has brought upheaval to many. We visited Refugees in Odessa and Syrian refugees in Poland. We got to know refugee families in Kiev. Will the Russian War come further west? Seminary student Sasha moved from the East to central Ukraine, so he decided to plant a church there! Clay is consulting. Just as in the book of Acts, God even uses evils such as persecution and war to spread his Good News. New Student Mikhail told Clay in his intake interview that military service led him to seek the meaning of life, leading then to church and to faith. This is a day of opportunity! Please PRAY.
- Meetings with refugees, Chaplains, and PTSD counselors tell us that many Christian Pacifists end up at war, struggling to connect duty to country and family with their theology. So, we dedicated an issue of the ERSU Seminary Journal to this, and Clay contributed “Christian Ministry in Time of War”.
Ukraine continues her struggle for Freedom. But her real and eternal hope is only in Jesus! Thanks for your prayers for Ukraine!
Clay & Darlene Quarterman,
It’s a HOT summer in Kiev this year! And there’s plenty of action:
The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church of Kiev had a women’s picnic in mid-July and a men’s picnic with a study of Samson from Judges 14-16. On both occasions they had masterful preparation of borscht and shish-ka-bob (called ‘shashlik’). This is the church where Clay and Darlene attend and help, and they got to take part in the picnics! Holy Trinity also had a Korean choir visit, not only participating in worship but helping with an evangelistic outreach in the city park. Holy Trinity continues to sing new translations and adaptations of the Psalms produced by church members.
Grace Reformed church, where ERSU graduate Sergei Nakul serves as pastor, has had a team here from the Netherlands - Blagodat Kiev Dutch team 2016.jpg – helping them reach out to their surrounding community, in the church building they just opened a year ago. The team also helped them finish the external stucco and build a swing-set
Big City church and Liberty Church plant are putting on two English camps this summer with the help of teams from the UK and Texas.
As all of you know now, these last three months Ukraine has been through the peaceful protests against the basic freedom rights oppression from our Government and so called President side. But the last week as you have seen on TV was the worst for us, but at the same time, all these events were the true witness of literally a miracle.
THE CHRONICAL OF A MIRACLE
This is shortly a last week's review of my own
in events here in downtown Kiev:
Tuesday 18th - CATASTROPHY. The crowd goes with peaceful protest to the Parliament building to demand to return to the Constitution 2004 to get back the power from the President, that he got by manipulating the Constitutional court. The crowd is being attacked by the riot police - about 20 killed - many injured. Protestors had NO weapons. The riot police surrounded the Main square in Kiev and the battle between the activists and the police is right there now in a 100 ft in almost every direction from the center of the Square.
Thursday 20th - NIGHTMARE, HORROR AND PANIC. The police snipers shoot 83 people downtown, including activists , protestors and even accident wonderers of the Main square - the Square instead is being filled with more and more people, that are ready to wipe away the police and the gvnmt no matter what
WE ARE THE LIBERTY
Liberty church-plant and the Big City Church where I still serve part time were not aside of all these events. Our Liberty team member Misha Zasko, was wounded in his leg by the piece of the light-sound bomb, but he is completely alright now. The members of Liberty team and the Big City church were standing on the square with protestors praying in the Christian tent there, feeding the protestors with food and tea, helping to pass the stones to the protestors, helping to build the barricades, bringing gasoline, patrolling the streets of Kiev, helping protecting the city limits, helping in the church-hospital and MANY-MANY-MANY other input into the peaceful revolution for freedom as the Scripture commands us to protect the justice and protect the oppressed. Some of us were even standing on the barricades, protecting the activists with the shields, while their fight in front of the riot police bullets and fire. And we are proud, that we have been the part of that and that we were there with the people of Ukraine.
Praise be to God, that none of us is dead or seriously injured. Praise God, that American missionaries from the Liberty team were in time to leave and those who stayed is safe too. Praise be to God we are not ashamed to look into the people's eyes, when they ask if we were there.
Now, the country is recovering. The President is wanted for the mass killings, the Parliament is renewed and working. The country is in a great hope for the brighter future and the people are attentive to the prayers and the Word of God (and have always been all that time). There are only few troubles on the East of Ukraine, but we hope people there will settle down soon and the Russia is always a trouble J - but we believe the Western countries is a great guarantee of our unity as a country. Isn't it all above amazing?!
BACK TO LIFE - THE PRAYER NEEDS
SO, the life is getting back to normal slowly, but surely and we get back to our church-planting plans. We still hope to have a breaking-ground project for our church-planting active fase of work and we are now waiting for the short-term team request to be answered in order to conduct this project more effectively.
I would like to share with you the prayer needs we pray about at the team meetings, so that you can join us in those too:
- We pray to have the first Liberty worship service in November 2014
- We pray our work in summer will be effective no less, since we have all our American missionaries team members leaving for the summer due to the various reasons. So, it's going to be just us - Ukrainians, short-term team from US (we hope) and a couple of US interns (we hope).
- We pray for our team to be able to do a lot of work closer to the summer
- We pray for the future members of the church in Kiev, with such a name JLiberty
Some of you have been asking all these days how can you help, but praying. Praise be to God we were not in need during the revolution....
Again, my friends, thank you all so much for our last week's common prayer fight for Ukraine - we all see it, it made a miracle with our country.
So, please continue to pray for our churches. They are all facing similar struggles, and things aren't over yet!