Ukraine Update #4


Five days ago we started with 500 people. Then our group shrunk to 55. And now we’re down to only about 25.

By every conventional measure of success we are failing miserably. And yet, our week is unfolding exactly how we planned, prayed, and hoped it would. Let me explain.

Ellen already shared about the amazing launch of Revolution with more than 400 teenagers and young adults along with dozens of older church leaders. Our team here in Kiev continues to receive excellent feedback from that event.

Then we moved to a hotel on the outskirts of the city for a conference with 25 key Walk Thru the Bible national leaders from across Europe along with about 30 influential local pastors who couldn’t attend our big event. I taught Revolution again so these 55 could experience it for themselves. I love smaller groups because the discussion and sharing can go so much deeper.

Now the 30 local pastors have left us and only our 25 leaders remain. They’ve come from Belarus, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and possibly a few other places I can’t think of right now. They’re mostly our European country directors plus a few others from outside this region who couldn’t come to their own continental conferences earlier in the year.

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These leaders are key to the global spread of the message of Josiah. We believe this new course will call people of all ages back to God’s Word and help transform their lives, families, churches, communities, and even nations. They’re not only learning how to teach Revolution themselves, but how to train hundreds of others who will hopefully teach it to tens of thousands.

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This is Walk Thru the Bible at its essence.

We believe 2 Timothy 2:2 to the core. Like Paul told Timothy 2,000 years ago, “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to also teach others.”

We’ll never reach the world by addition. But the miracle of multiplication makes global evangelism and discipleship realistically doable.

In my next update, I’ll profile a few of these leaders you’ve likely never met before, as well as update you on a few old friends. Until then, please keep praying for us.

And don’t feel bad that our group is shrinking. It’s all part of God’s plan so we can ultimately grow beyond what our most faith-filled dreams can imagine!

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