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  SABBATH, APRIL 2, 2016

First Sabbath Offering for a chapel in Kolomyia, Ukraine

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. Kolomyia is situated in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, a very picturesque corner in Ukraine. The beautiful mountains, lushly grassed valleys, rivers with pure water, and natural mineral springs attract tourists from all over Ukraine and the neighboring European countries.

The Reform Movement had its beginning here in the 1940s. In various parts of this region, Reformers by their words and their life testified of the light of the third angel’s message. Such was the work during the communist regime. In the 1990s the believers in Kolomyia began organizing Sabbath meetings in the apartment of a brother that had received the Reform message and gladly offered it for the work of God. In some other cities and villages gospel and medical-missionary programs were organized for the public. The years passed and a small group of believers in Kolomyia earnestly prayed for a revival and received and answer to their prayers. New visitors attended the meetings, and a few years ago two young families with their children joined our church in this city. The meetings are still being held in this one-room apartment.

Now the brethren are praying for a chapel for worship on the Sabbath and for other meetings. The believers here regularly spread tracts and carry on the colporteur work in the other nearby towns and villages. As workers in the vineyard of the Lord, they are full of gladness and enthusiasm, and they hope that God will bring new people. Every member of this local church prays and is ready to sacrifice for this cause, but it’s not enough. That’s why we are asking our brethren and sisters around the world to help us.

It is our prayer and hope that the Lord will impress your heart to please give generously for this project so that in this place we can have a monument for the living God. We thank you for your prayers and support and ask you to remember our work here in Kolomyia.

Your brethren and sisters from Kolomyia

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