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Eric and Tanya Bougie
Poltava, Ukraine

September 13, 2016

Dear friends and family,

We hope all is well with you and the Lord is blessing you in a special way!

We wanted to give you a short update, as we have in the weeks past.

Many good things are happening in the church. One good thing is a new ministry for our teens. We have been praying for many years about starting a teen group. Several of the kids are getting too old for Sunday school (including ours) and there was a group of our young people who wanted to start something for them. Last month there was a special week long training session in another city for those who desired to work with teens. Three from our church went to the training and came back with a big desire to start and Awana group. Our first meeting was on September 3rd. I sent some pictures of the first meeting. The week after there were events outside and some of the neighborhood kids joined in. We are praying that some of the neighborhood kids will join so the team made some invites and are handing them out to spark an interest. We are always asking that they get their parents permission and praying that the group will expand in order to share the Gospel with those that are new.

Thanks for praying for our health. We had a short season of sickness and we all were on antibiotics for a week. Praise the Lord we are all feeling better.

We are starting a new men's study in a few weeks. As we were praying and looking for material in both Russian and English we decided the Lord was showing us to "The Resolution for Men" from the makers of the film "Courageous" . Several of the guys came up and showed interest as well as some of our students. In our absence the guys will continue on. We are praying for good fruit in our lives while we go through the book.

Ify and Natasha are expecting a baby! We are very excited for them. They will be moving to an new apartment to get things situated for their new addition comes in March. On a sad note, Ify's mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Ify is making arrangements for her to come to Ukraine for her treatment. Since he is in medical school he has a wealth of people he can get advice from to get the best treatment. She has applied for a visa about 3 weeks ago and it's still not ready. The consulate say they are waiting for some type of confirmation. and may take a few more weeks. Please pray, that if it is in the Lord's will that she will get the needed treatment here and for God's healing. We are hoping to see her before we leave for the States.

We are looking forward to our time in the States. We hope to see as many of you as possible while we are there. We enjoy catching up to see what the Lord is doing in your lives and share how good and faithful the Lord is to all of his people.

May the Lord abundantly bless you! Thank you for your praying, short encouraging notes, and your financial support. We thank the Lord for his continued provision in ALL things! By the way, our church building in Poltava, Lord willing, should be paid off within the next 3 to 4 months. We have a small balance left! For those who support us financially, we thank you for being a huge part in this accomplishment! When that time comes we are going to have a big celebration, praising the Lord for what HE HAS DONE. We had our annual family meeting at the church and shared this good news with the body! Again, we have seen God's faithfulness in so many ways it's such a blessing to be a part of! We praise the Lord for you and your faithfulness to Him!

If the Lord is willing, we'll be in Florida on October 3rd! I may send one more update before we leave.

Much love to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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August 28, 2016

Just wanted to share some pictures from this week.

Kids are going back to school so we were able to visit the camp one more time before the kids go back to their home and start studying. On Saturday we had our last picnic/baptism of the summer. The Lord gave us some really nice weather not only to have a fun picnic, but also to have a good day of evangelism outside the church.

May the Lord bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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August 22, 2016

Dear friends and family,

As I had shared we had been invited to a Baptist church to do worship and share a Bible teaching during the service.

A team of us from the church left Poltava at 6:30 am to be at the service in the other city which started at 9:00 am. The pastor greeted us warmly and was happy to have us. The church was organized over 100 year ago, so as I had thought, there were mostly older people there, but there was also a good mix of other ages too.

The approach to the Sunday morning service is quite different that ours, but they accommodated us well. Our service usually has 3 parts, there's has about 6-8 parts. Tanya lead worship with some of the worship team (from Poltava) and Eric shared from 2 Corinthians 4, with the emphasis on living in the power of the Holy Spirit and how that should effect our lives as believers.

We pray that those there didn't focus on the differences (because a few people mentioned they do things much different) but more on what the Lord was trying to speak to each one of us in the Word. Afterward there was a very short time of fellowship, lunch, and we were on our way back to Poltava. Pasha taught the service in Poltava in our absence.

We thank the Lord for the opportunity to minister the Word and serve our brothers and sisters in Jesus.

Thanks for your prayers and support and short letters of encouragement). This week we has 3 events lined up (camp, baptism, and evangelism) as well as the arrived of Tanya's mom!

One good thing is that the kids are ahead in school, and Daniel has even finished the year which officially ends for us on September 14!

By the way, everyone is getting better, little by little (coughing less, no fevers), so thanks for praying!

Much love to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

Pictures were from our ministry yesterday.

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August 19, 2016

Dear friends and family,

We hope all is well and the Lord is blessing you!

We returned back from the Sea of Azov last Saturday evening. We really had a wonderful time. The Lord gave us PERFECT weather. It was just like Florida! It was perfect timing as there was an option to go a week earlier, but the weather was a little cold and rainy, so the Lord directed us and blessed us with a good week. Each night we'd gather at 8:00 pm we'd have prayer, worship, and study one of the parables of Jesus. We already booked for next year and we hope to have a conference as well.

On Sunday there will be a team of us going to a Baptist church in a city about 2 hours away. Our church has been invited to do the church service this Sunday. There will be 18 of us going. Eric will be teaching out of 1 Corinthians 4 concerning the new ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers and Tanya will be leading worship with some of the worship team. The church dates back to before the Soviet revolution so there are many older believers there. We pray that our presence will bring a fresh touch of God in the lives of the believers there. Thanks for praying!

Please pray for our family as well. Everyone except Eric has some kind of respiratory issue. Daniel and Philip has bronchitis and the others have colds and coughs. We plan on going to our usual orphan camp, evangelism outside our church, and we are having another picnic where a least one person will be receiving water baptism.

Many blessing to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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August 6, 2016

Dear friends and family,

We hope all is well with you and the Lord is working in and through you this summer!

July was a wonderful month!

The main highlight of the month was having a short term missions team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne. The team was here for 14 days! We were busy each day with different ministries.

We have many pictures of the ministries, so instead of writing much about them, the pictures will speak for themselves. We were truly blessed with their presence and the Lord did a great work. The Lord was faithful in every way. The weather, although VERY HOT the first week, the was great as there wasn't any rain that canceled any of the outdoor activities.

Right now we are getting ready for a small, informal church retreat. Forty of us from the church are traveling down to the Sea of Azov for one week. We are leaving tonight as 9 pm.

We will spend time in fellowship, prayer, worship and have informal Bible studies. We are looking forward to this time to draw closer to the Lord and each other. There will be a few friends and family members that don't know the Lord so we are praying that the Lord will open their hearts to the Gospel.

Once we get back we are hoping to go to the orphan camp one more time, do a children's festival at the children's hospital, evangelism outside our church, and have a last picnic before school starts on September 1st. We are planning on coming to the States October 3rd, so we are looking forward to rest and fellowship. This year has been especially busy with ministry and travel so we are looking forward to staying put in Florida, unless the Lord calls us to travel somewhere :) :)

May the Lord bless you in a special way!

Thank you for supporting as you can, what ever way the Lord puts on your heart!

Much love to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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In July we celebrated Stephan's birthday with some of his friends and "grandparents", even though it was in June.

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July 2, 2016

Dear friends and family,

Summer has finally hit Ukraine! We didn't think summer would ever come, as it started out very cool! But it's here in full force!

June has been a very fast month as much of the month we have been traveling. Eric, Stephan, and Philip went to the states for a little less than 2 weeks to attend our grandma (and great grandma's) 90th birthday party. She didn't know we were coming, and when she walked into the room and we started to sing, she really was surprised. It really was a special time and we were glad that we were able to attend. Our presence was a real blessing to her. About a week after the party she still was recalling the wonderful day she had.

When we arrived back to Poltava we had 5 days there and then we left for Hungary for a week conference. This conference is specifically designed for missionaries and leaders in the church that is mostly in the English language. The kids have Bible classes throughout the day too. We were able to attend last year and have decided, as the Lord provides each year, we will make a point to attend. As last year, we felt a special move of the Holy Spirit in our lives, calling us into a deeper walk with the Lord. Right before we left Eric fell ill and later we found out it was some kind of infection. He was feeling pretty terrible and was out of commission for one full day, but was able to visit a local doctor who gave a prescription for a needed antibiotic that, along with prayer, did away with the sickness quite quickly. Praise God for His healing touch.

We are getting ready for a team from our home church, Calvary Chapel Melbourne. We have a full schedule for them and can't wait to minister alongside of them. Their time in Ukraine will be from July 13-26. Please pray for an effective time of ministry while the 7 member team will be here.

Thanks for taking the time to read our updates and praying for us.

The Lord bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



Here are a few pictures from the month.
The pilot in Melbourne allow both Stephan and Philip to sit in his seat and take a picture on our way to Wisconsin. We didn't even ask, it was the stewardess's idea! There are a few pictures from my grandma's 90th party as well as a few pictures from our picnic and baptism.

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May 24, 2016

Dear friends and family,

Summer is trying to come to Poltava. We've had a lot of rain and the temperatures have been pretty low! It's a great season to live in Ukraine as the markets are full of fresh fruits, vegetables and STRAWBERRIES! Time for real healthy eating!

Well, enough about that! We've had some real joyful events this past month, including a wedding and a birth (not same couple, which is good). Oles and Natasha exchanged their vows on Saturday, May 21st. They met in another city when they were taking Bible classes over the past year. I had the privilege to do several premarital sessions over the last 5 month in Poltava but the ceremony was done in a Oles's hometown by his pastor. A number of people attended the ceremony that is 2 hours away from Poltava. It was a real special event.

We also are pleased to announce the birth of a baby girl. The proud parents, Kolya and Tanya, named their baby Markia (Ma-ree-ka). We haven't seen her yet so we don't have picture yet, but when one is available, we'll be sure to send one.

Ministry Events:
This Saturday we are ministering to a group of young people that have certain disabilities. We've met with these young people several times, and we pray that God will open their hearts (as well as their parents) when we share God's hope of salvation. Last time we met with them, one of the parents was really discouraged about the condition of their child and the difficultly of caring for him. What a difference Jesus could make in this family's life. Pray that God would touch the heart of those who will participate this Saturday.

We are very close to submit our documents for residency. When the officer looked over the documents there were mistakes. Our lawyer has not been on top of things, and because of several mistakes on his part, we have another delay. We have decided to do the rest of the process ourselves. We have to wait for the corrected items before we can go forward. We'll keep you updated.

Eric, Stephan, and Philip will be traveling to the States for 2 weeks. Eric's sister Heidi has organized a surprise 90th birthday party for our grandmother, and half of our family will be attending this event that will take place in Wisconsin. We expect a number of family and friends in attendance. We will be seeing other relatives that we haven't seen for up to 15 years. We leave on May 30th and return on June 12. Please pray for traveling mercies and quick adaptation to time for this short trip. Praying for many opportunities to share Jesus love during this time. We are excited see the look on her face when she walks in and sees all of us, I just hope it won't be too much for her. We will also be in the Melbourne area for part of the time as well. We'll see you at a few of the services, when we'll be in town.

After we return we'll be in Poltava for 10 days and then heading to Hungary for a 5 day leadership/pastor conference. We are praying for God's provision as the whole family travels. We are also blessed that a few people from the fellowship in Poltava will be traveling with us, mostly a few students from Africa. We are praying that their visas will be approved in order to attend. These young students are an extreme blessing to us personally as well as the church. They also make up half of our worship ministry so we are praying that it will be within the Lord's will to go and experience this special time.

We are excited to receive a team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne in the middle of July. We are in contact with the team leaders who have a group of 7 coming to minister.

So as you have read we had a real busy season in the church and just watching how faithful the Lord has been. We are anticipating having the church building paid off, Lord willing, by the end of this year which will free up finances to do other things for the Lord's kingdom. We are thankful for our supporting church, Calvary Chapel Melbourne, the missions department, and all of the who regularly support us in prayer and financially. It been a wonderful 10 years in Poltava! Thank you for your many years of partnership and faithfulness to the Lord's work!

May the Lord richly bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

Here are some pictures from todays ministry with some of the kids we minister to that have disabilities. It was a blessed time. The Lord held back the rain so we could be outside and fellowship. The last few pictures are from Oles and Natasha's wedding last Saturday.
May the Lord bless you!

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May 3, 2016

Dear friends and family!

Here are pictures from Sunday, May 1st, from our Easter Day! Sunrise was at 5:18, so we were at our usual spot at 4:45 am! We sang songs proclaiming that "Jesus has risen" and read from Mark's gospel concerning our Savior's victory over death. Afterward we went to church to have breakfast. Then at 10 am we had our special Easter service. He has risen!

At the service the kids from Sunday school sang a special Easter song, and a couple did a short puppet show about Noah, and bringing the end to the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". We spent the time in 1 Corinthians 15 also concerning the resurrection.

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April 30, 2016

Dear friends and family,

April has flown by for us! There has been much going on in our lives and the life of the church. Thank you for praying for our trip to Nigeria. Our trip was a blessed one and will never forget! Ify and Natasha's wedding went really well. We hope you enjoyed the pictures we sent earlier this month. We also had a ceremony on April 23rd. It also went well. Several of Ify's fellow classmates attended, family members on Natasha's side, and many from the church witnessed them exchange their vows. We pray that those who heard the gospel, maybe for the first time, were touched by the things they saw and heard. Thanks again for your prayers.

This month our "War Room" Bible study concluded. We are going to be gearing up for another season of new men's and possibly women's study.

In Ukraine it's Easter week. Our family has been reading about Jesus's last week on earth in the gospel of Mark. Last night we had a wonderful worship night, thanking the Lord Jesus for what He did for us on the cross. It was a special time of worship and we took part in communion as we remembered Jesus sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Tomorrow we are meeting at one of the highest points in Poltava and having our sunrise service. This year it's earlier since Easter is on May 1st this month. Sunrise is at 5:18 am so we'll be there at 5:00 am. This will be our 10th year meeting at this place, and expect to have the highest turnout yet! Afterward we go to the church for breakfast and our 10:00 am service. It will be a good long day, as we plan to celebrate with the kids and some friends the resurrection of our Lord!

Later next week we plan on traveling to Kiev for the annual Ukrainian Calvary Chapel conference. We are looking forward to hearing the Word of God and fellowshipping with people we haven't since the conference last year. Please pray for God's protection from ticks. We brought spray this time against them. We don't want a repeat of the incident that happened with Philip last year. Again, we praise the Lord for God's healing! I've read several articles about Lyme's disease and it's very debilitating We also desire to travel to Budapest, Hungary in late June for the annual 5 day conference that is held there. Last year was our first time and felt that this conference goes deeper into leadership issues, so we are praying for God's provision to travel to Hungary for this 5 day conference.

Our immigration to Ukraine is still ongoing. Tanya and I went to the office and everything seems to be in order. Our plan is to submit all of our documents by mid May. We continue to pray for God's will. It's been a long string of events, but it seems like persistence and patience has paid off. We'll let you know of the outcome.

We continue to pray for the team from CC Melbourne that will be coming mid July. Attached is a few pictures from the wedding last weekend. I will send more from the sunrise and Easter services.

May the Lord bless you all!

Thank you for your continued support and prayer!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip





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April 3, 2016

Dear friends and family,

Well our time is drawing near for our trip to Nigeria.

Please pray for a safe journey to Germany (on Tuesday,our first leg of the trip), our overnight stay there, then next morning off to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. We will arrive Wednesday evening and then we'll start getting ready for the wedding. On Sunday the 10th we'll already be heading back, arriving in Ukraine on the 11th. Olya is all set to watch the kids for that time. Our kids are always good with her, but still pray that they will be on their best behavior while we are gone.

This past week has been filled with different events. Tanya's mother came for a short visit from Wednesday till Saturday. We had a great time with her and the kids adore her (of course she is always bearing gifts and spoiling them). This time she came to two services at the church, which is a big step for her. God is working in her heart like never before, and it's wonderful to see. Her plans are to relocate to Poltava within the next year or so to Ukraine. We are going to help her with the transition, so we will probably be traveling to Russia in the future to help her get things in order. We are all she has, so we want to help her as much as we can and be a constant reminder of Jesus's love for her. It was a real encouraging time and are praying that God would soften her heart so she can have a true relationship with God.

We continue to go through our War Room Bible study. We already completed 4 out of 5 sessions and only 1 person dropped out out the the 40 and half have perfect attendance! We will have a graduation session when we get back from Nigeria after we wrap of the 5th session. It is a really deep study and have really been blessed to be part of a lot of good open discussion about important spiritual topics. After a month, Sasha is back on his feet and was at todays service. Thanks for praying for him and his family.

This week we were also to go to 3 hospitals to share God's love with His message of love and blankets from "Thread of Comfort" ministry blankets. We will also go the first week of May, right after Easter (Easter is May 1st this year in Ukraine) to share the message of hope to ladies (and their baby's) who really need encouragement.

The ladies at the church wanted to send off Natasha and Ife by having a little pre wedding celebration. So they had a little wedding shower for her and invited the guys a couple hours later. When we return to Poltava, the ceremony will be on April 23rd. We are expecting a very large crowd with VERY different backgrounds. I've encouraged the church to be open to share the Lord with the many guests that will be present that don't know the Lord. There will be many of Ife's friends and classmates from school, professors, immigration workers, his boss, some of his coworkers, and others. We are expecting a couple hundred people.

Thanks for taking the time reading our updates and praying for and with us! We appreciate your support!

Much love to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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March 20, 2016

Dear friends and family,

Hope all is well and the Lord is blessing your lives in many ways! We wanted to share some of our news and prayer requests with you, as well as some pictures.

Today it snowed in Poltava! We were already getting some spring type weather, but winter is struggling to stay! It should be warmer soon! We wanted to let you all know that Sasha has been home for over a week and is doing fine. We went to visit him the other day at home and he was in good spirits. He still has another 6 weeks before the doctors will let him start walking. Through this ,the Lord is doing much in this young man's life and it's great to see. Although he can't make it to the service yet, he's taking part in our "War Room" Bible study. It's also been a good test on his relationship with his future wife. She has been so faithful taking care of him in the hospital when his parents were at work. They have, in some ways a "do it yourself" mentality when it comes to hospital stays. There were others that are helping out too. His hospital bill has been covered in full through various ways which has been a blessing to witness the outpouring of love.

Ife and Natasha have been officially married in Ukraine. There wedding, however, will be April 9th in Nigeria. Tanya and I will be traveling with them on April 5th to Nigeria. We received our shot (for yellow fever), received our visas, and have bought our tickets. A huge thanks to those who were able to help cover the cost of the trip. Ife and Natasha insisted that we come and perform the ceremony. We just couldn't deny their request. Natasha will have no one from her family to be present except us. The wonderful thing is that when we will return from Nigeria, we will have a second ceremony in Poltava. We are excited they decided to have this event. There will be MANY people that will attend, many that do not know the Lord as their Savior, including students from closed countries, as well as professors and coworkers. We pray many hearts will be open to the Gospel message. This event is tentatively on April 23rd. We'll definitely take pictures from both events to share. Our dear friend Olya (that was just healed from cancer) is going to watch the kids while we are gone for those six days. Pray for her sanity :) :) :) . The kids really love and respect her, so we know the Lord will bless their time together.

Our "War Room" Bible study will enter into it's third week. We are excited about the number of people in the church this study is touching. If you haven't seen the movie, it's really an encouraging film to watch.

We just started the book of First Samuel on Wednesday nights, and are almost finished with First Corinthians on Sunday mornings. Thanks for taking the time to read and as the Lord leads, pray with us concerning these dear friends and future events. We are going to be visiting hospitals in the days to come! We just received several boxes of hand knitted things from our dear ladies of "Threads of Comfort".

We also thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit in giving to our ministry. We don't know who gives what, but only a list of people who contribute. We are so thankful for your partnership and know that your support and prayers are a blessing not only to those who we minister outside the church but also those who are inside. May the Lord richly bless you!

Much love to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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February 16, 2016

Dear friends and family,

We wanted to take the time to share some recent news and prayer requests from Poltava, Ukraine. This past month has been a real blessing with several different ministry opportunities.

This month, as a church, we watched the recent film "War Room" together. We also invited our sister church, Calvary Chapel Chootava, to join us. This time we separated into two groups, Russian/Ukrainian speakers in one room and English speakers in the other (our African students) so each could watch the film in their primary spoken language. After our regular Sunday service and a good lunch we spent the rest of the time watching the film. We have decided that we are going to do the Bible study associated with the film as soon as we get it in the mail. We are going to combine the men's and women's ministry together for a season and do the study together. Hopefully we will get the material soon (our faithful missions department leader Debbie sent it by mail) and get to interpreting it into Russian.

We also had a special couples ministry meeting on the 13th of February. We had a special dinner, a time in the Word, some fun games to engage the couples, and time to write special prayer requests for each couple. Our unmarried youth served us and did a wonderful job! Speaking about marriages, Ife and Natasha, will wed in Nigeria on April 9th. This was the last time they would be serving the couples as singles, but in the future will be involved with the couples. We are finishing their preparation for marriage seminars and we'll travel to Nigeria on April 5th. Tanya and I will be attending and the kids will stay behind with some of our friends from the church. I will be preforming the ceremony! We count it such an honor to be part. We've seen their relationship grow over the years and it's been wonderful seeing what the Lord has done. Please pray for our safety, visa processing, as well as our health while we are there (we have to get an immunization and take another medication), and for provisions to purchase the tickets.

On February 14th we invited a group of special needs young people to share the Lord's love with them. Some of them shared a few songs with us, and our Sunday School ministry team prepared a teaching and some other fun activities for them. We have had several meetings with these young people and their parents. Pray for open hearts of their caregivers. We are sure these young people would come to the church if their caregivers would bring them. They are a special group of people and we enjoy our times with them.

We continue to go through 1 Corinthians on Sundays and almost finished with Ezekiel on Wednesdays. We are learning much about the Lord's character and how He was and is working with His people today. It was really exciting to prepare for and teach on chapter 38 and 39. How close are we to the Lord's return? Let's be ready!

Our registration was extended for another year. I think this was the easiest year, now that we've had 4 years experience doing it. Tanya received her final document to become a permanent resident so we should be able to submit all of her paperwork next week. If all goes well, our whole family will be permanent residents of Ukraine later this year.

Tanya's mom came for a visit for Daniel's 12 birthday. It was fun to have her here. She comes bearing many little gifts for the kids and they really enjoy spending time with her. We also celebrated Eric's 48th. We bought a 20 pound cake to celebrate after the service.

We are planning on receiving a team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne in the middle of July. We are praying for their preparation. If you know anyone that would be interested on being part of this team, please let me know and I'll give you the contact information.

Below are some recent pictures. Thanks for taking the time to read our updates, praying for us as the Lord leads, and supporting our ministry financially.

May the Lord bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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January 19, 2016

Dear friends and family!

Sorry we haven't given an official update for awhile. Ever since we arrived back from the States on December 18th we have been extremely busy. We had three holidays, ministry in a few hospitals and old folks home, a wedding, our reregistration, and starting homeschool!

Again, we thank the Lord for our times in the States. We had a great time catching up with our dear friends, many of them having been in Ukraine in the past on a short term missions team.

We had a good family Christmas. We pulled out our 20 year old fake Christmas tree (almost like Charlie Brown's) and decorated it as a family. We read the Christmas story, opened gifts, and had a great family time. After Christmas came New Year. We invited 4 married couples from the church to bring in the New Year. We had a great time of fellowship, prayer and fun. Started at 10 pm and ended at 8 am. We were out of commission for the rest of the day! :) . Well, for most of the day. We had a group of African students over later that day in the afternoon, and they stayed till midnight! Happy New Year! We had a great start!

The Sunday school ministry had a four day camp for the kids since they were on a school break. Philip was too young, but our other 3 attended and were able spend time with there friends, study the Bible with them and have fun.

On January 7th was our Christmas service. We had a full hall and several new people. The message was about the wise men that came from a very long way to see the new born king. The interesting thing is that when they arrived in Jerusalem they expected that people would know about the the birth of the King of the Jews, but those they asked didn't have a clue. Then when Herod asked the religious people where this King should be born, they knew, BUT didn't know that the event already took place! When His star led them right to where Jesus was and they worshipped Him! The worshipped Him even before He had done anything for them or the world, which, would be much later. They worshipped Him for who He was, not what He had done for them (even though He left the glories of heaven). Today, we know Jesus has done so much for us, namely His death on the cross. Let us remember not just to worship Him for what He did for us (and continues to do in our lives), but just to worship Him for WHO HE IS!

Anyway, throughout this season we were able to visit 4 different hospital departments to share the Gospel and the reason for the season, as well as gifting those present with Bibles and handmade items made by the ladies from the "Threads of Comfort" ministry of Calvary Chapel Melbourne! We also went to the convalescent home to share the meaning of the season. Tanya baked over 70 muffins that the kids and Eric were able to distribute as well as handmade gifts. Several of the people from our church came to share songs, testimonies, poems, and the love of Jesus. The kids and I sang Feliz Navidad and the folks just loved it {the kids, not Eric ;) }. Katya, our friend from Russia, came to visit us during this time and she shared her testimony in her prior battle with cancer. It was good to have her and she really is a testimony to the Lord's faithfulness in so many ways. Philip was home with mom battling bronchitis. He is better now though.

If you remember we had sent you a picture of a young man who had been involved in the war here in Ukraine. We sent pictures earlier in the year when he came home. His mother attends our church, he attends another. On January 9 we attended his wedding. It was truly a joyous occasion to see a new phase in his life begin. We know the parents of both bride and groom, as they attend our church, and wonder who will have to adjust more, the kids or the parents.

The Lord is adding on to the number of students that are not only attending the church but also getting involved. Almost every Sunday we see new people (or old ones that show up every once in a while). We see the Lord doing a real deep work in some of them, as it comes to having a deeper understanding of God's Word. We really are making a point to invest in them as we see God's hand on there lives. God is using them to reach out to other students that belong to other religions. Pray that God would use them and that they will not only speak the Word with boldness but live it out before those they are around on a daily basis.

Up and coming:

Wedding in Nigeria: Our very dear friends Ife and Natasha plan on exchanging there vows of marriage this spring. They want Eric to officiate their wedding in Nigeria. Tanya will more than likely accompany him but the kids will stay in Ukraine. We are a little apprehensive for a few different reasons, so please pray for God's will and provision. Of course we are excited for them and have a desire to go to witness this important event, so if the Lord wants us to go that He'd take care of our needs.

We plan on having a couples meeting in February with the couple that will include an encouraging teaching on marriage as well as a nice dinner. We also plan on sharing the film War Room in Russian and English for those in the church. If you didn't see that film yet, get the DVD or watch it online. A really encouraging film about the importance of prayer in our lives as Christians.

We submitted our documents for our reregistration for another year. Hopefully this is the last time we will have to go through this process. This year, Lord willing, we should obtain permanent residency.

Tanya's mom is coming to visit again from Russia for a few days. Pray for her salvation. We believe she closer than ever before.

Thanks for taking time to read our newsletter and praying for us. Thanks to all who support our ministry here in Poltava. We expect the Lord to do great things in 2016!

May the Lord bless you abundantly!
Much love to you,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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August 28, 2015

Dear friends and family,

Thanks for taking the time to read and pray through our news letter. We appreciate it and know the Lord is working through your prayers. After we've had a team from our home church and Pastor Mark and Linda in July we haven't slowed down much. It's hard to believe they were just here less than a month ago!

We really enjoyed the conference that Pastor Mark shared at. Many people were very touched and we pray lasting fruit will come as a result of it. The Lord spoke through him in a mighty way as well as his wife Linda during a ladies only event. Tanya and I were encouraged to be able to spend some personal time with them.

We have been busy doing outreaches in front of our church and visiting a camp that's about 45 minutes from the church. We continue to study the book of Colossians on Sundays and on Wednesdays we are going through Ezekiel! Other than the usual ministry we have many other things going on, and most of these things we ask you to commit to prayer with us.

Olya:
It seems like the chemotherapy was doing it's work. Her leg returned to its normal size after about 7 treatments. Then she suffered from some food poisoning that negatively affected the healing process. Now she has to do 30 days of radiation. Please continue to pray for her.

Luba:
Luba at one time went to our church years ago until she started studying in Kiev. Her mom and brother attend the church. She now is married and has 2 boys. Recently she contracted a disease that has affected her brain and she has had some memory loss and has been quarantined in an infection hospital for about a month. No one can see her except from the hospital window. Please pray for her healing.

Church building:
The owner of the room where we have the kids ministry is signaling that he is ready to sell the room to us. He is asking much less than before. We are asking the Lord if it's His will for us to buy it. The cost of the room is around $4000.

Wedding in Nigeria:
It seems like Ife and Natasha will have their wedding in Nigeria and have a small reception in Ukraine. Ife has asked me to do the wedding in Nigeria so it looks like Tanya and I will be going. The date isn't set yet, but they are leaning toward the springtime. It is a joy to prepare them for their big event as they clearly both love the Lord and are ministry minded. We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do in their future lives together as one. Natasha is going to visit Nigeria during Christmastime to meet family members and to see Ife's homeland. Pray that her visa to travel there would be approved.

Homeschool:
Sabrina and Daniel are finished and Stephan will finish in a few days. They worked really hard and will have a little break in Ukraine before we come to the States in October. I don't know who's happier that school year is over, the kids or adults! : ) : ) : )

A special visitor:
This past week after Sunday service we invited some of the kids friends over to spend time and play. Tanya went home and the rest of us bought a huge watermelon. When we arrived Tanya said, "Eric, you'll never guess who's here". It was her mother from Russia. We had talked many times of her coming to visit after Tanya's grandmother died, but her mother could never seem to get away. She finally came, unannounced, and spent 4 days with us. We quickly had to change some of our plans as we hadn't seen her from over 6 years and wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. She only saw pictures of Sabrina and Philip and the older boys didn't remember her. Grandma was VERY generous towards the kids and they had a great time getting to know one another. She will probably come after the "New Year" again. Pray for her to be open to the Gospel. She promised she'd visit the service to hear her son in law speak, but we are praying the Lord would take hold of her heart, eternally. It was a real nice time with her.

Time back in the States:
We have tickets for October 1st. We are looking forward to seeing as many of our friends as possible. We always enjoy our time catching up and encouraging those the Lord allows us to minister to. Please pray for Sabrina as she has scheduled eye surgery while we are there, probably at the end of October, beginning of November. We are open not only visits with friends but also to visit your church, small groups, schools, and the like. Just shoot us an email so we can make plans.

Stephan's asthma:
We were told that he will probably grow out of it. We are seeing signs of that. Please continue to pray for him. Philip hasn't had any other symptoms after his tick bite back in May. Thanks again for praying for our kids.

May the Lord bless and keep you and make His face shine upon you and give you perfect peace. Much love to you! Hope to see you while we are in the States if it is possible!

Thank you for your continued prayer and support!
Eric , Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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July 15, 2015

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The team from Melbourne is such a huge blessing to us. Several people have prayed to receive the Lord. Ministry has been real fruitful. More to write, so little time. Please continue to pray.

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July 18, 2015

Dear friends and family,

Just a few more pictures!
Wow, we have had some INCREDIBLE days! The Lord has really answered our prayers. We were about to witness to many students from closed countries when we ministered at the universities. Yesterday we had a children's festival outside our church building. We handed out announcements a few days before. We were so surprised how many kids showed up! I wish I had a beginning and end picture of the yard we had the event at. The area had only a few people at the beginning to almost 100 people by the end of the event (I didn't count, but it seemed like the yard was full of kids and their parents). God has been so gracious in so many ways. Rain didn't interfere with any of the outdoor events and the temperatures were in the low 70's (which is about 15-20 lower than normal for this time). We have the service tomorrow and we are praying that many of the people we invited, came in contact with, will be there. We also have one more outreach outside the church building.

Thanks for your prayers! Enjoy the pictures!
Eric, Tanya, and kids

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June 13, 2015

Dear friends and family,

May the Lord continue to strengthen and challenge your faith as you study God's Word on your own and listen to your favorite Bible teacher. May our knowledge and love increase daily as we walk with our blessed Savior! God has been faithful to show me how to encourage the church during these difficult times in Ukraine. We know things in the world are changing so rapidly and know we need to continue to stay spiritually sharp. We are almost finished with the Gospel of Mark on Sundays and a little ways into the book of Ezekiel. I count it such a blessing and privilege to serve here in Poltava.

I'm so thankful to the body of Christ and the way the Lord is growing and maturing many. I find that Lord speaks to me and renews and strengthens our family through the floods and high waters as well as the times of peace and joy! I've found a new love for the OT prophets as I see there faithfulness in persecutions and difficulties in there ministries. I wanted to share a verse I came across while we were going through the book of Ezekiel. If you are familiar with Israel's history, it's not so good. Much of the prophets words were ones of warning for the people of God. The Lord wanted to be witnesses to the surrounding nations as we today, as Christians should as well. Jesus calls us to be wise as well as salt and light of the earth. In Deuteronomy I found these wonderful verses: 4:5-6 Surely I have taught you statues and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the people who will hear all these statutes, and say "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people". We know this is for Israel, however we see a wonderful parallel in the NT for the church. In 2 Timothy 3:15 we are told that the Scriptures make us wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. May we be not only hearers but does so we can be effective witnesses for the Lord in the land we are living.

The Lord continues to do great things! He is giving us open doors and we praise Him for His grace and mercy. Thank you for your prayer and support!

Keep praying for Olya. She is going for her second course of chemo therapy next week. She is not looking forward to it, but she's taking it all in strides. Not complaining a bit and faithful in serving as she can.

We continue to minister to kids and young adults with disabilities. We are partnering with a lady who has an adult son with disabilities. We were blessed to spend time with them and share the Gospel with them and have fun. We are going to have regular contact with them and asking the Lord to open their hearts and minds to the Gospel. Our next meeting with them is when our team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne will come in the beginning of July.

The men's group just finished studying the life of Joseph and Tanya is starting a new study that features the life of Esther. Her first study was tonight and many of the ladies show up for this 6 week study.

Summer is here, so we are going to spend much time on Sundays sharing the Gospel right outside our church. It's a great location. We've been in this location for a little over two years. There is a market right near, so there is always a bunch of people passing by, especially on Sunday. The Lord put it on my heart to do just more than balloons this time. We'd like the kids, with their parents, stop for a time, and allow this kids to take part in the face painting and the games so we'll have a little time to talk with the parents to see if they are open to spiritual things. The first time was a hit. Some of the kids stayed for almost the full two hours we were there. Next time we are going to change the games so it's not the same thing each time.

We recently has a church picnic to open the summer season! The Lord gave us perfect weather. There were a few people who were baptized, including our son Daniel. Tanya and I were so blessed that Daniel had the desire to make this step. We didn't even ask him if he was. He came to us and told us that it was his desire to draw closer to the Lord by getting water baptized.

Please pray for our preparation for receiving the team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne. Fourteen people will be arriving on July 10th and staying for 11 days. We are getting a good schedule together for them. We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do while they are here.

After the team leaves we plan on having Pastor Mark Balmer from CC Melbourne. We have invited several church in Ukraine and are praying for a good turnout. The conference is planned from July 31st to August 2nd. We have already secured as nice hall and the church is working together as a team to make this a good event. Please pray for Pastor Mark that is would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as he prepares his teaching.

Please pray for our short trip to Hungary for an annual conference they have at CC Bible College. We are leaving after the service this Sunday to Kiev and flying out early Monday morning. This is the first opportunity we've had to go, we are excited to see what the Lord will show us during this conference.

Please pray for Philip. We was bitten by a tick and got an infection. We've treated it with antibiotics. He has to be on another medicine now because the antibiotics enlarged his liver a little. Please pray for a complete healing for the little guy. He had no symptoms, other than the rash, and we pray that will be the extent of it.

Our residency has been delay a few months. Thanks for continuing to pray. Well, I think I've written enough. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and pray for us as the Lord puts us on your hearts. May the Lord bless you, keep you, and may His face shine upon.

Much love to you,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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May 18, 2015

Dear friends and family,

We wanted to take the time to give you an update of our ministry in Poltava. Thank you in advance for taking time to reading and praying for the things we are sharing with you.

There is much to share! God is doing a great work in the church and we are anticipating a very busy summer season. All of the regular ministries are going well. The men's and women's groups are doing well. Tanya finished a series and will be moving onto a new study in the next few weeks. The men's study through the life of Joseph and forgiveness has been such a blessing. We will be finishing soon and moving onto the life of Jonah or study through the book of Titus.

This month our whole family was able to go the the annual conference in Kiev. We went through the whole book of Revelation in 3 days. It was a good reminder of the fact that Jesus is coming back and our need to be ready. We were able to connect with friends during that we only get to see once or twice a year. Our boys made some new friends as well from different cites and are keeping in touch with them through Skype. We also had a big surprise. Our pastor that married us while we were serving in Russia was also at the conference. Pastor Jeff and his wife Christina were there for other ministry purposes so we were able have a special time of fellowship with them. Jeff has pastored a church in Idaho for over 10 years and we hadn't seen him and his wife for over twelve!

On Easter Sunday we were awakened by new loud neighbors. Every day for two weeks they were partying till the early hours of the morning and it was hard for Tanya and I to sleep. We started praying, and to make a long story short we have a new neighbor who is quiet like the former one PLUS he goes to the church. He is a student from Africa so the Lord really took care of that situation.

Tanya residency has hit a snag. Please pray for the Lord's will. It's something that can be dealt with but the amount of time needed is the big question. Our attorney is coming this week to see what we can do.

We are entering into our busiest times of the year. We already have an outreach in two weeks with handicapped youth and neighborhood children. We have many evangelistic outreached planned for the summer. In July we have a team of 14 coming from our home church. After they leave, in a few days Pastor Mark is coming to do a 3 day conference in Poltava. We just had a meeting yesterday and many in the church want to take part in putting this together. This is our first conference we are putting together so we are trusting in the Lord to give us wisdom.

Prayer request.
One of our dear sisters had been diagnosed with cancer. She is like a mother to Tanya and I and a grandma to the kids. She it going through chemo and today will find out how effective it was and see if she will go onto a operation. Pray for the Lord healing in her life. Her name is Olya. Olya grew up in a orphanage and had a really touch life but she sure does have a love for the Lord. The room she lives in (with her adult son) is a little smaller than a one car garage. Despite her hard life she is one of the most faithful people in the church. All she had is her son, who drinks a lot. When I went to visit her at home he was there drunk. She has only the Lord and her church family. We have decided that we are going to cover her medical bills since she has limited funding.

We have had a new inflow of African students that will be staying in Poltava for the next five years. They are from mostly Nigeria and Ghana. We want them to feel at home in our Russian speaking church and don't want the language barrier to be a discouragement. Although Eric teaches in English with an interpreter there are other ministries we want to include them in. We are starting an English speaking prayer meeting once a month. We believe the Lord will continue to fill the church with students as we are the only church in Poltava, that I know about, that has an English speaking service.

Thank you for your prayer and support. The Lord is adding on to the church and we see His hand on our lives and ministry. We will be celebrating 9 year in Ukraine next month.

May the Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Hi all!
Wanted to send a few more pictures. A few of the pictures are from the day many soldiers returned from the war. It was a real hometown welcome.

The first picture is the books we are handing out to the MANY soldiers here. Today after the service we saw hundreds of them walking throughout the city. I can't wait to get more so we can continue to hand more out. I gave out my last one today and the man took it gladly. The soldiers were not only greeted with friends and family but with singing, people dressed up in national costumes, and a huge Ukrainian flag. I don't know how it all came about but Sabrina was able to hold the big flag for about 5 minutes. Philip wanted to as well (since his sister was), and one kind young man allowed Philip to hold a corner of the flag as well.

The kids got there picture taken with Ludmilla's son Yarsoslav who returned that day. They were happy to see their "hero" Yaroslav, who they have been praying for almost a year.

The last picture was some of the kids that were at the sunrise breakfast on Easter.

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April 13, 2015

Dear friends and family!

Hope you all had a very "Happy Easter"! We sure did over here!

This past month of full of blessed events that we'd like to share with you.
Thank you for your partnership in prayer and financial support! As I have shared before God continues to answer many of the requests we presented before the Lord during our 3 week long fast back in January! We continue to see the Lord bless the faithfulness of His people.

Speaking of faithfulness, Eric started to teach the book of Ezekiel on Wednesday nights. As we have studied the first three chapters, again we see the faithfulness of God's servant. He was told in advance that those who would be the recipient of his message would not listen, tie him inside his house so he couldn't go out, that the people he would be ministering to would be like thorns and scorpions, and the prophet would be speaking to a "rebellious" house. The Lord encouraged Ezekiel by showing him a vision of heaven (similar to what John saw in the book of Revelation) and said He will be with him and shouldn't be afraid. Even though after Ezekiel saw this he was probably angry (went away in bitterness in spirit) and at the end of chapter 3, we are told he didn't speak for 7 days (just like Job did after he has suffered much) as he was astonished of the things he saw and heard. BUT, we know Ezekiel obeyed, despite his difficult calling, because the Lord's hand was upon him. Ministry is not always easy and many times there may not be visible results for a long period of time. The Lord reminds us that we don't serve Him for the results, but out of obedience. May we all be obedient to the Lord despite the lack of immediate fruit.

This month has been rather fruitful in many ways. The Lord is adding on to the church, almost to the point that we may, in the future, have to go to two services. It is always very interesting how the Lord add on to the church. We are regularly sharing the Gospel through evangelism, handing out tracts, visiting different places, but the Lord adds in other ways. It's really exciting to watch Him do the adding as the church is just being faithful in the things we are suppose to be (Acts 2:42). We praise the Lord for what He is doing!

This month Ludmilla's son returned from a years service in the army (you may have saw the picture I sent several days ago). The soldiers were greeted warmly by friends and family. Ludmilla didn't know that her son was in the midst of some heavy fighting in the east of Ukraine (he purposely didn't tell her so she wouldn't worry). Some of the soldiers were given out awards for their participation in this phase of the war. Her son received one and, of course, she was shocked when she found out where he had been. Please pray for Yaroslav as he gets used to civilian life again.

That past month we were blessed with hundreds of children's Bibles and Bibles for soldiers. The Bibles arrived just in time for Easter. We were able to share the Easter message at a few hospitals and bless the kids with blankets and Bibles. Praise the Lord for these open doors. We received over 100 Gospel of Mark books especially for soldiers. At times it's a bit intimidating for a foreigner to go up to a big group of soldiers and offer the books, as well as asking God's blessing and protection as they are sent out. Most of the guys received them with joy. Please pray that the Lord would touch their hearts with His Word and the special messages dedicated to them. We are awaiting a shipment of 500 more!

Easter was really special this year. Many people came for the sunrise service and afterward the main service. We hardly had a free seat. Eric taught about the blessedness of being part of the first resurrection (Rev. 20:6) and who was part of the first resurrection. He also warned about the danger of being part of the second death if one does not received the Lord.

Our permanent residence: There was a hearing at the end of March to determine if Tanya's grandmother was truly born in Ukraine, thus Tanya having the right to become a permanent resident. The judge could determine, by the document that were presented, that her grandmother was born in Ukraine and therefore Tanya can apply for this special status. Our attorney will travel to Poltava next week and submit her documents. We ask the Lord for His will. After she is approved (along with the kids, which takes about 6 months), Eric will be next. Thanks for praying for this process with us.

We are awaiting a short term missionary team in July as well as a visit from our Senior Pastor, Mark Balmer, from Calvary Chapel Melbourne. We are starting to make preparations and see many within the church taking part in some way. Pray for the teams preparation to come (they have a team of 13 or 14 people) and for Pastor Mark for a timely message to share in troubling times.

Thank you again so much for your support. We have stepped up the distribution of gift cards for groceries to those most needy within the church. There are several people that have been hard hit, so as they are looking for jobs we want to come alongside to help those in need. As you bless us we pass on the blessings to others.

We appreciate the time you take to read the things the Lord is doing in our ministry in Poltava. As the Lord leads, please pray for the things the He puts on your heart.

Many blessing to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

Here are some pictures from Easter week. I'd like to send more, but I can only send 5 at a time.
It really was a special week of ministry and drawing close to the Lord.

God is continuing to add to the church!
We may have had one seat empty Sunday morning and a few new people. The Sunday school had there lesson outside and kids from the neighborhood joined in. The sunrise service was special. This is the first time in 9 years that we saw a full sunrise and I think this this year more came than any other year. We see the Lord answering many prayers from our 21 days of fasting back in January.



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March 12, 2015

Dear friends and family!

Spring is definitely in the air in Poltava! Temperatures have already reached to the mid 50's, the snow is gone, and it's time to put all of our winter gear away! Spring leads to summer that leads to more outdoor outreaches! It's been a blessed month of ministry and strengthening of the church here in Poltava! Thank you for your participation in our ministry in any way you can! There has been a great movement of the Holy Spirit since we've finished our month of fasting in January. It's great to see the good results. The Lord is stirring His people up and we pray that it will continue on.

We had an outreach to a group young adults with handicaps. Some of them physical others with mental. It was a new door the Lord opened for us so we weren't sure what to expect. The group leader's son is handicapped which inspired her to start such a group. They received us warmly and we were able to have a time of fellowship with them and some of their parents. We had a Bible lesson, a few songs, and a funny skit that they LOVED. We are asking the Lord if we can minister to this group in the future.

The weekend after we had a special couples dinner! The teaching was about the importance of having unity in the family. The Bible says "Can two walk together if they aren't in agreement?". It was a time in God's Word stressing the importance of walking in agreement in the many decisions and situations married couple encounter. We had several contest and games. Some of the couples even brought there wedding pictures. We have two couples in our church that have been married for over 40 years! The unmarried young adults served us our dinner. Tanya prepared much of the food at home (and it was REALLY good). It was a real special evening. We hope to have another event in the months to come.

We started a new men's study. We are doing a series on the life of Joseph and forgiveness. This time we have almost 15 guys that plan to attend! The most we've ever had for a men's study group! I believe this is a direct answer to prayer. My prayer is that they will be faithful and will be some good fruit in our lives through this 8 week study.

There are many soldiers in our city (hundreds, maybe thousands). Large groups are walking around the streets on their breaks and on the weekends. One even came down while the youth meeting was going on and asked for prayer. There is a training center that are preparing soldiers for the conflict in the east part of the county. In a few days we are getting 100 Gospel of Mark books to pass out to the many soldiers that we see walking around in the streets. We've already handed out about 30 of these books and ran out fast. We have put in an order for 500 more so we can some way reach out to these men that are trying to protect there loved ones and serve their country.

We are also able to obtain around 400 children's Bibles for this summers outreaches. Last year we ran out so we were able to replenish our supply. Easter is coming up and we plan to visit our usual places to bring blankets and Bibles to the moms and their children.

We are still waiting for Tanya's hearing in court concerning her permanent residency. The last time the hearing was to take place the judge was sick so the new date is the 17th of March. We know it's in the Lord's hands.

Tanya and I shared 12 years of marriage on March 1st. Tanya and I were able to get away for one night as the kids spent the night over at one of their favorite grandma and grandpa's house. We are so blessed (as well as the kids) to have such loving elderly people that love to spend time with all of our 4 kids.

Our next big events will be happening in July. We are asking the Lord as thing in Ukraine could change at any moment. We are expecting a team from CC Melbourne mid month, and our dear pastor Mark and his wife Linda (and possible others) will be coming to do a conference. We have much to consider and preparation, but we know the Lord will bring all things together. We are expecting a real busy summer and our hope are the God's kingdom will advance and His name will be glorified!

Thanks again for taking time to read our newsletter. Again, thanks for your partnership!

Much love to you and your families.
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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Dear friends and family,

Blessings from Ukraine!

If you seen the news in the last few days, you may have heard a truce has been agreed upon starting the Sunday. We appreciate your prayers concerning this agreement.
This has mostly taken a toll on those that live in the eastern part of Ukraine, but in actuality everyone is affected. My ministry has slightly changed as a pastor this season.

Every time we gather together I'm in the mode of encouragement. The news is bad concerning the war (I constantly encourage to limit time watching the war news, it can be really depressing), the national currency losing another 50% of it's value (compared to the dollar) in a matter of two days, the economy in many spheres of business coming to a halt, and rising prices. Please pray for the believers during this time of crisis. I see some in the church being affected and are losing heart. Being reminded of the Lord's promises (and believing them) is crucial to come through these trials stronger and closer to the Lord. We are doing our part, as little as it may be, to help those in the church that are the hardest hit. Thank you for praying and supporting us, so we can be support to them.

Now some brighter news. We were officially registered for another year on the 26th of January. Thank the Lord that the process was so much easier this year. Tanya's court date for permanent residence was moved up to the end of February. The judge wanted the officials from the main immigration office to be there. We'll keep you updated on the process. If the Lord wills, we should both become permanent residents by the end of the year.

We were able to visit he convalescent home and minister to the folks there after Christmas. At first, because of another churches actions, the director wasn't going to let us minister, even though we have been, without incidence for the last 5 years. We prayed and asked for the Lord's will and He kept the door open. It was wonderful to see their aged faces light up and smile when we were able to sing and bless them with shawls made by the "Threads of Comfort" ministry. Our family, with Tanya on the piano, sang "Jesus Loves Me" for the residences. Philip was even singing and Sabrina sang solo! They did a great job. God was glorified at that meeting and if it's the Lord's will, we know He will keep the door open.

Tanya's new Bible study with the women has been a real blessing. Her study compares the wedding traditions of ancient Israel with the love the Lord has for His bride, the church. The men are finishing some end times studies and we are moving on to the study of the life of Joseph, in the book of Genesis.

In January, Eric traveled to Kiev with to brothers from the church and pastor Vlad to go to our semi-annual pastor/leadership conference. Pastor Phil Metzger, from Hungry went through the book of Jonah. I personally loved the things that Phil shared and the Lord even showed me more as we went through the book. I was so excited to what the Lord showed me that instead of going through Mark 10 on Sunday and shared through the book of Jonah.

Daniel turned 11 this January! He invited a few friends as well as some of his favorite grandmas he loves. Tomorrow we are going to be ministry some handicapped youth (ages 18-40). This is a new ministry the Lord has opened for us. We don't know quite what to expect, since this is our first meeting with them, so we have been praying and asking the Lord for wisdom how to best minister the Gospel to them. We appreciate your prayers. We hope to make this one of our regular ministries.

On February 21st we are gathering the couples together and having a dinner together at the church. Eric will be sharing the words and Tanya, with help, will be decorating the hall and preparing some of the meal.

Much more is happening and our days are going so fast its hard to keep track. God has been very gracious to our family in MANY MANY ways. We have been free from sickness the whole winter (He is so good), blessing us with peace and joy in our hearts, even though, on the surface, because of the crisis, there is not much to be joyful about. I'm constantly reminded (and reminding others) that "The joy of the Lord is our strength" (Neh. 8:10).

If you've never read Lamentations (a very timely book for Ukraine) take the time to. We took a break from Jeremiah and switched to this book to see, in the midst of a national crisis, what the Lord was saying to the people. In this wonderful book, there are so many practical applications for our lives as Christians. It's only 5 chapters long, but when you study it very closely, there are many hidden gems of truth that are applicable to our lives today.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, praying for us, Ukraine, and for those who can, faithfully supporting our ministry in Poltava, Ukraine. We are excited about the possibility of a team coming from our home church as well as Pastor Mark Balmer, our beloved pastor, to come and do a leadership conference later this year.

May the Lord richly bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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Dear friends and family,

Happy New Year!
May the Lord richly bless 2015 for you and your family!

We've had a real busy season since we've been back from the States! It's only been a little over a month since we've been back, but because of all the activity it seems like we've been back for 3 months! Thank you for your constant prayer and support!

We started the New Year with prayer and fasting. On January 8th (after all the main holidays) our church started praying and fasting for the church body in Poltava, our neighborhood, and for Ukraine. Each day we have a different area to pray for with Scripture to read during the day. We believe most people in the church are taking part. So far we've prayed for church unity, pastor Eric and his family, our immediate neighborhood, the widows of our church, as well as the single people of the church. At our prayer meeting yesterday, I had a sense that many were taking part in this 24 day period! We are excited to see what the Lord will do during and after this period of time! If you want to join with us a day or two I will send you the things we are praying for on a certain date.

During the holiday season our Sunday School organized a 4 day camp for the children of our church as well as anyone that they invited. Our kids were excited to go each day! It gave Tanya and I time to spend with Philip without the other 3. We are looking forward to doing an outreach for the neighborhood the next time we have a camp. Kids from the neighborhood have come in the past, but we know the enemy works overtime with fear because we are not the typical type of church and there are endless stories on TV about cults that steal peoples money, property, etc. so it's a tough battle. Pray that we continue to be a light in our neighborhood and the Holy Spirit would open the hearts and minds of people who know we are in the area, who have received or heard the Gospel via different outreaches we've had in front of the church.

During the holiday season we were also able to visit a few hospitals. Every time we go and share the love of God with these lady's many of them tear up because they don't know if their premature babies will live as many are in critical condition because of their very small birth weight. We praise the Lord for the continued open doors at both of these hospitals.

We also are on deck to visit another hospital in a week or so and on Thursday we are supposed to go to the old folks home. We've always had no problem going to the old folks home until this time.
Another church was allowed to come in and scared some of the old grandmas there, so they may not let anyone in now. We are praying, if it is in the will of God to continue to go.

Other than these things, we had a great Christmas service on January 7th! The Lord really blessed the service and the fellowship afterward. The Lord answered 3 prayers of our family that day.
1. One of the lady's son was released from the army the day before for a short break.
2. Uncle Vanya came to the service for the first time since his wife has been going to our church for almost 10 years.
3. An American man (that Eric met playing volleyball with some guys at church) and his wife showed up as well. We pray the Lord touched their hearts. It was great to see God moving in the way!

We are starting up a new studies in our men's and women's group this week. On Sunday we are going through the Gospel of Mark and Wednesday Lamentations.

Our registration and permanent residency: We submitted our documents today to extend our temporary residence for another year. It seems like everything was in order and we should have no problems extending our stay. Our permanent residency is on track. Our attorney believes that both of our applications should be submitted with 6 month which means we won't have to register again. We continue to pray for this process.

Katya from Russia has come to visit for a few week. The Lord is keeping her cancer in check so she was able travel to Ukraine and spend the New Year and Christmas with us and the church body. When asked how her time was going in Ukraine, she said she really misses the church and having a blessed time. She treated our family to ice skating this past weekend (well, for those who are able). Continue to pray for her health.

Situation in Ukraine: The rumors of war are still out there. The eastern part of the country, to our understanding, is still a war zone. Poltava continues to remain calm with no incidences. The national currency has collapsed to half it's value to the dollar and we see the prices rising. We are helping those families in the church that are in need as much as we can with food certificates through this uncertain and difficult time.

The Lord continues to do His great work! He is so faithful! Thank you for taking the time to read and prayerfully consider the things we share!

May the Lord bless you!

Thank you for partnering with us!

Much love to you,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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October 27, 2014

Dear friends! Just wanted to send you a little update. We have been in Florida for a month now. We had a garage sale, moved, reorganized (and still in the process), and traveled a bit since we've been here.

The garage sale was a HUGE success since we sold all of our furniture except an entertainment center which we were able to donate to a local ministry. We had quite a bit of help from our home group as well as othesr. Most of those who helped us move were over 50! It was a nice hot Florida day! We are thankful for all that were able to help is some way. It's been a blessing to be at the service in CC Melbourne. Our pastor just started a new study concerning the visible and invisible world. It's been a real encouragement to both Tanya and I. I remember just finishing up Revelation in Poltava and reminding the church that WE ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE!

The kids just love going to Sunday school and fellowshipping with other kids. Philip cries when we bring him to the toddlers, but is fine right after we leave. I've been in contact with the church in Poltava. Everything is going well. We really miss everyone. The elections took place today and we'll see how the Lord will move after a new government will be established. I was able to share at Jeff Dillard's home group (he is a good friend of ours who has been to Ukraine 3 times) and be apart of his men's group in CC Viera.

We will have more opportunities to share in November and are looking forward to share what the Lord is doing in Poltava. I have also been in contact with the attorney that is handling our permanent residence. By now he should have brought some issues before the courts and we should have an answer within the next few weeks. This will be a two part phase. First Tanya and the kids, and then I will follow as a spouse. When we get back I still may have to leave the country and get a new visa as there is a limitation of the amount of times you can renew your temporary residency. I will have to go to immigration once we get back. Once Tanya is approved then no more renewal. Please keep this in prayer.

We are looking forward to spend time in the Ft. Lauderdale area and catching up with friends while we are there in the middle of November. Right now we have a wonderful friend, Ellen Bartlett, visiting us, who we've know for a long time. In fact, her and her late husband David were instrumental in my life to become a missionary to Russia. They also knew Tanya when they were serving there in the mid 90's. We've been having such a blessed time with her. We also are having a special visitor from Ohio coming to see us. Lot's of good things! Much different than our life in Poltava, but a very encouraging time for us.

It's been good to see some of you at the service at CC Melbourne. We hope to see more of you before we leave.

That's all for now. We thank you for your prayers and support.

Eric, Tanya, and kids



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September 20,2014

Dear friends and family,

Our time to head to the States is already here!

Tomorrow morning we'll be at the service, I'll finish the book of Revelation and a dear friend of ours is driving us to Kiev. We'll stay the night in Kiev and arrive at the airport at 7:00 am. Our flight goes through Madrid, and arrives in Miami at 8:00 pm the same day (Monday). We'll stay the night in Miami and head to Palm Bay on Tuesday.

We plan on having a garage sale on Saturday and Sunday and moving into our smaller place on Sunday after the garage sale! Thanks in advance for praying for our trip!

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible during our stay.

The Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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September 8, 2014

Dear friends and family,

Just wanted to send you a short update as we prepare for our trip to the States.

In the book of Jeremiah chapter 26 we are told about 2 prophets, Jeremiah and Urijah. They both were called to speak to the people of Judah: Repent or be destroyed by Babylon. I believe both were offered the Lord's promise of protection. One, Jeremiah, trusted the Lord, faced much opposition, and stood strong as he spoke a very unpopular message to hundreds, maybe thousands of people. The other, Urijah, was afraid, ran to another country, and was eventually killed. What promises of God are we having a difficult time believing today? What circumstance to you feel like running away from, when the Lord has already promised to see you through it? Jeremiah and the others were men and women just like us, flesh and blood, with their strengths and weaknesses. Many of them stood strong and remained faithful, while others turned away and left the calling of God.
Where are you at today? Will you stand strong or shrink back? Remember the love and promises the Lord has for you. Just because they aren't fulfilled today, doesn't mean they won't come to pass at a later date. Continue to be faithful to Him, even though an answer doesn't seem within reach.

August was a good month of ministry. We are doing our normal outreaches, such as evangelism outside our church building. This is a real active ministry as many people are passing by. This is an opportunity to reach hundreds of people in a few hours. As I had mention we have had 5 new people who are refugees from a troubled part of Ukraine. The Lord is working in their lives. Luba and her college age daughter Katya have received the Lord and are learning what it means to walk with the Lord. Yesterday during evangelism Luba received a call from a person from the city they ran from and stated the bombing was starting again. We have also received a few students from the same part of Ukraine and they will be with us for the next 4-5 years. So many needs! It's great to know the Lord provides all of our needs according to His riches and glory! Her elderly mother and disabled husband are still in the city. It was really hard for her to receive this news and panicked. It's just a time in their life where trusting in the Lord daily is a must to keep going on. Please pray for them.

Also we ask you to pray for Vera. Her husband died almost a year ago. We visited her yesterday and as we were talking to her we see that it is still extremely difficult for her to cope with her loss. She has know the Lord for a long time, so she has a very good foundation, but still very hard for her. We ask you to pray for her.

We will be having a wedding next year. We are just awaiting for the public announcement. We think a few more will follow after :)

This year we have four brothers in the church that will be teaching for me in my place. On Wednesday a few of them will continue to teach the book of Jeremiah while on Sundays they will start the Gospel of Mark (I'm finishing the book of Revelation right before we leave). I'm so blessed to have these brothers be used by the Lord in this day. Please pray that they will faithfully prepare and teach the Word of God in our absence.

This week an attorney from another city is going to complete the process of our permanent residency. He will be coming on Wednesday. Pleas pray the process will go smoothly and all the documents will be in order. He seems to be very knowledgeable of this process and pray that there won't be too many bumps along the road. The process is said to take a year, however, if the document are given successfully the first time, we WILL NOT have to reregister when our temporary residency expires at the end of January. We did this process by ourselves in the past and took up much of our time. We'll let you know what happens later this week in a separate email.

We are finishing another year of homeschool. The boys did very well this year. Next school year we are going to switch to a computer based program and we will be adding a new student, Sabrina! Yes, she will be starting kindergarten later this year. Boy does time fly by!

Once we get to the States we will be moving our things into a much smaller place. We will be having a yard sale and making the move the first weekend we are back. If you live in our area and desire to help in any way , please let us know. The move, Lord willing, will be on Sunday, September 28 in the second part of the day. We are departing Ukraine on the 22nd of September and will be arriving in Miami the same day.

Finally I wanted to finish to give you an update on the war/invasion in Ukraine. Poltava has been calm throughout the time. We are thankful for the peace we enjoy in this city. There have been no separatist uprisings. What we are hearing is that those in Poltava have been very open to help refugees and wounded soldiers. We may be helping a few wounded soldiers if the opportunity arises. Only the Lord knows if the conflict will grow and affect other parts of Ukraine.

Thank you for helping (though your support to us) in these areas. It is such a blessing to be used by the Lord in these ways. If you want to support our work here in Ukraine we'll have an address below.

Winter time a going to be a very interesting time. Russia has shut the flow of gas off to Ukraine. Slovakia is selling some of its gas to Ukraine, which is good. We already hear that the heating season, which usually begins on October 15, will start several weeks later this year. This may cause a domino effect in which the electricity will be turned off throughout the day because people will be using their electric heaters which will cause a overload. Of course these are things that are being reported, but we'll see what it will be when winter comes to pass. It may be much colder than usual! Anyway, we'll soak up much of the heat from Florida and bring it back with us!

While we are in the States we hope to see many of you during our travels. We thank you for your prayers, support and the small encouraging notes we receive throughout the month. We are blessed to be part of the ministry in a time such as this.

The Lord bless you all!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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July 27, 2014

Dear friends and family!

Much has happened this month! We don't where the summer went! The pictures are from the last two weeks of ministry as well as a church picnic!

Today at the service we had 4 people from Lugansk (a very troubled region in the eastern part of Ukraine) that have temporary housing in Poltava. Two are students from Nigeria and Uganda, the others are a mother and daughter. The stories are very, very sad and really praise the Lord for His mercy that Poltava has not been affect in such a way (by the war)!

THANK YOU FOR THOSE THAT HAVE SENT EXTRA SUPPORT SO WE OUT SUCH AS THESE!
People have been affected in the church to some extent that we have helped financially and plan to in the future. There is still a very good possibility that some of our men may be called us to serve in the the military to protect the country. In some cases, in the Poltava region they are taking up to 800 men in smaller cities and sending them to the east. The economy has been really hit hard because of all of this. I'm really asking the Lord to really encourage the church through these hard times. When I stand before the people and talk to them I really see hardship in their eyes. We are asking the Lord to life them up and that in this season they would be more than overcomers in Jesus and to learn the secret of contentment, being able to do all things through Christ is willing and able to strengthen us!

We are sending our document to start the process for permanent residency in the next few days. The process can take up to a year, but hopefully since we have started this process we won't have to reregister in January.
I'll write more later, but I really wanted to share the great things the Lord has been doing.

The Lord bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel. Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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July 15, 2014

Dear friends and family,

We have returned from the conference that was at the Sea of Azov. Praise the Lord for a wonderful time in the Word of God (Revelation Ch. 1-3) and of rest. As we traveled to the conference (a 6 1/2 drive) we passed some military posts and several tanks. We ask you to continue to pray for the situation in Ukraine. There is still a very serious threat of all out war in Ukraine. The eastern border cities have been really difficult and dangerous places. We know some people that have relatives in those areas that want to leave but can't because of the military conflict there. In fact some news outlets are reporting that Russia may come from all sides and start an attack within the next few days. Of course (and hopefully) they may just be rumors as well.

We have all the documents in order for our permanent residency, although many of them are in Russia and need to get over to Poltava. We have a possibility how that can be done, but we are waiting for a response from one person to see if this can happen.

This week we have our usual weekly events as well as our church picnic on Saturday and evangelism in front of the church on Sunday. Please pray for good weather for both events. We also plan on visiting a few camps and hospitals in the weeks to come. Summer is halfway over! Where did the time go?

The Lord bless you!

Thanks for your prayer and support!

Love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Daniel



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July 3, 2014

Dear friends and family,

June went by so quickly we don't know where it went! Ever feel like time just keeps slipping away! Stephan turned 9 in June! When we came to Ukraine he was just starting to walk! Now he's reading, writing, has his own News Boys MP3 player and is growing up into a young man of God! We went to the zoo and had a little family birthday party for him. Then after that he invited his best friend Nickeeta and all of his favorite grandmas and grandpa from church. What a blessing it is to be in the family of God!

June has been a real blessing in many ways. I have sent some pictures to show you what I mean : ) We said goodbye to a faithful brother, Robert at the beginning of the month. Robert was really involved in the church. We really miss him. We can notice that he is not singing in the worship group.

I already sent a picture of that event earlier last month. Now that summer is here we are outdoors sharing the Good News. We have several events planned for the rest of the summer as the Lord wills. A couple of weeks ago we had some fun making balloon animals for the kids as they passed by. We brought a table out and played some Christian music and handed out invites and Gospel tracts to those who were interested. Some people stopped by and were open to hear. The Lord kept the rain so we could be His light. It's a blessing to put smiles on the kids faces. May these kind acts draw people to the Lord. In July have 3 weekends in which we are going to do much of the same thing as well as a children's festival on the last Sunday of the month. Pray for these outreaches to bear fruit.

In June we also had a couples picnic. Kabobs are very popular here in Ukraine. This time we spoke about the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our marriages. We had a time where the couples rated each other, and themselves concerning evident fruit in each others lives. We are praying that this will lead to good health communication within the marriage so they can grow and be fruitful.

We also had a brother come and do a two day seminar about Jehovah's Witnesses. It was very informational and it was a blessing to see how many people in the church were interested in know how to share the true Gospel with them.

The Lord continues to open the doors at the children's hospital. We are so blessed to be able to give these little gifts out and be able to pray and share with the moms about our blessed Savior. The patients tell the doctors that they are so blessed that they allow us in to share these little handmade treasures.

We are leaving for our annual conference at the Sea of Azov. We always look forward to this conference as it is such a blessing to be in the Word of God in such wonderful surroundings. Of course, for some (because of the war that is going on in Ukraine and last years sad reminder of Samuel's drowning) it very hard to go this year. We will be going through the first 3 chapters of the book of Revelation. Eric will be teaching chapter 1 and the second half of chapter 3 (the lukewarm church). Pray for safety and a blessed encouraging time.

Answered prayer! We have been praying about getting permanent residence here in Ukraine so we don't have to go through reregistration every year. The first step was to establish that Tanya's grandmother was born in Ukraine. The person that is helping us was able to establish this fact which will eliminate a lot of steps. Please pray for this process. We are thankful to the Lord for His provision.

Thank you for taking the time to read our news and praying for us. We really are blessed to be able to serve here for the last eight years. We are thankful to be part of the work the Lord is doing. Thank you for faithfully supporting us! The Lord bless you!

Much love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip




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June 3, 2014

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

We just love the spring/summer season in Ukraine! Everything is blooming and the different smells (good ones) in the air. By our apartment we have a Jasmine bush that smells just like the green tea we drink. Of course, during this time all the fresh fruits and vegetables start filling the stores and markets with their bright beautiful colors. It's like a new awaking after the cold dead winter.

More people are outside, especially in the evening time and with all this new life the Lord gives us many chances to share His love and truth. Much has been happening since our last newsletter and I've tried to write this for almost a week already. Thank you for praying for the many requests I have sent. We see the Lord's hand working.

Many of you have probably been watching the news in the States and are getting a picture of what is going on in the eastern part of Ukraine. We are thankful to the Lord the recent election in Ukraine was decisive so there wouldn't have to be a runoff, giving more time for bigger problems to arise. We praise the Lord for the interim president, who, we believe was put in power in such a time as this. He is an active member (and even preaches) at a Baptist church in Kiev. It was a comfort to know that the one making some important calls was on his knees in prayer and asking the Lord for wisdom and guidance. The new president will have much to consider when he steps into his new role and ask to pray along with us so we, as believers can live quiet lives and continue to enjoy the freedoms we have here in Ukraine. We thank the Lord Ukraine is still a free country! We thank the Lord we can freely share the Gospel without hindrance and pray the Lord will continue to keep the many doors we have open.

Stephan is doing much better. He already is over his little asthma attack. His coughing was so loud and constant, but we know it sounded much worse that he was feeling. April and May seem to be months that affect him. Again, thanks for praying. We are really thankful to the Lord for sustaining our health this year and we know it's a result of your prayers. Stephan will be celebrating his 9th birthday. The rest of the kids are doing well.

Summer conferences: We had planned and prayed from Pastor Mark and Pastor Craig to share at a conference in Poltava we had been planning as well as our annual conference at the Sea of Azov. Both pastors had to cancel for different reasons. Pastor Mark promised to come next year (Lord willing, of course) and Pastor Craig, because of a "near death" experience with a heart attack and, also, in the future, Lord willing, will share at another time. The Lord has a plan, so we are not discouraged or disappointed. Please pray for a 100% recovery for Pastor Craig. Praise the Lord he is already doing better. Given that, we completely cancelled the conference in Poltava, but at the sea, a number of the pastors in Ukraine will be sharing from the Word. Please pray as we prepare. The conference at the sea will be from July 10-13.

Summer teams: No summer teams this year. We have several plans, however. We plan on having evangelism around the church, traveling to camps, having children's festivals, and various other events that we would normally do when a team is here. We are praying that a team from our church will make it here in January.

Permanent residence: We have officially started gathering the documents needed for permanent residence in Ukraine. We contacted a lawyer to assist us in this process. Lord willing, if everything goes well, we should have it by the end of the year or in the beginning of the next year. Tanya's grandma was born in Ukraine so therefore Tanya (and I as her husband) has this right. This will allow us to avoid the annul month long process. Please pray for a smooth process. The cost for both of us will be no more than $2400, but could be a little less. If we do this annually (like we have been doing) is close to $1000 if not a bit more, so it makes sense. It's hard to believe at the end of this month we have served in Ukraine for 8 years!

Robert: Our dear brother Robert, from Nigeria has finished his studies and will be returning there on June 12th. As a church we are having a good-bye party for him and a time of prayer for his future. Robert has faithfully served the Lord in many different areas (especially in the worship group) of the church and in his school. The Lord has used him to share with students who have never heard the Gospel or stepped inside a church.

He is officially a doctor and will continue his studies and work in Nigeria for a year or so. Please pray the Lord will continue to use him in the next chapter in his life. He will definitely be missed. Ludmilla son: Yaroslav, Ludamilla's 23 year son has been drafted and serving in the Ukrainian army in the war in the east. Please pray for protection and bravery. He knows the Lord so pray for strong faith, not only for him, but for mom, dad and siblings. Pray for his fathers salvation and perhaps the Lord will use this uncertain event in his dad's life.

Couples gathering: Next week we plan on gathering the married couple together and having a little picnic and a time of sharing. Pray the Lord would use this time to draw us all closer to the Lord and together as married couples. Pray for good weather as well.

Church building: It's been a little over a year since we have purchased our building! Having your own place has been a true blessing. We still are uncertain about what will happen with the room we are renting the our Sunday School kids are meeting. We are hoping to buy it in the future, but we pray for the Lord's timing. Our rent is due and the landlord wants to charge us 50% more than we have been paying. Pray that the landlord would be fair. If need be, we can clear the room out and us the kitchen, but we'd rather not. After the first year the church with a little help from other individuals have paid off 1/4 of the loan. We praise the Lord and pray that we can pay it off completely within the next 3-4 years. We haven't had any issues with flooding for almost a year and continue to pray that the adjustments we made will keep from any further incidents.

These are some of the things the Lord is doing in our ministry in Ukraine. We thank you for your prayer and financial support. We count it a blessing to be an ambassador for Christ in this wonderful city. We praise the Lord for stretching us and allow us to grow in our faith, which, for us is truly invaluable! Thank you for taking the time to read our news, and as the Lord leads partner in our minister in any way He leads you to. We are thankful for the small notes, phone calls, care packages, and other outpouring of love we receive to know that even though we are far away, we aren't forgotten.

May the Lord richly bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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May 7, 2014

Dear prayer partners,

Greetings from Poltava! Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

Just a small update for now.
Things are still calm in Poltava and have not affected our ministry or daily life here whatsoever. We are thankful for the Lord's peace here in the city and in our hearts. I'll share more after the conference that we will be attending in Kiev for the next four days. Please pray for our time there. We are expecting the Lord to refresh and renew our spirits there. We are leaving tomorrow morning and will be returning Sunday evening. We'd appreciate your prayers during this time away.

I have much to share and little time! The Lord is truly doing some great things in our lives and the lives of those in the church. This is a real testing time for some in several different ways. Our heart breaks for the things that are taking place in Ukraine, as we love the people of this country so much. The Lord has given us a new love for His people through this uncertain time. We plan on having several special outreaches in the weeks to come.

One last thing we wanted to share. Last weekend we went through chapter 7 in the book of Revelation. In John's vision he saw those that had gone through the 7 year tribulation and they were worshipping the Lord in heaven. The Lord said, there will be no more suffering and God himself will wipe every tear from their eyes. What a glorious time that will be, when we are with Jesus in heaven, and we will worship Him! As I was preparing, the Lord reminded me of Job. If you are familiar with the first few chapters of the book, we're reminded of the tremendous suffering he endured. He lost many of his possessions and his dear children, yet, even after that, it is written that he worshipped the Lord. Two different settings, one in heaven, one on earth. One very glorious the other full of sorrow, yet, in both situations, God is worshipped.
I know when I shared this on Sunday many were touched, especially those that had lost loved ones over that last few years. Pray that the Lord would do His work in the hearts of those He spoke to, so that their sorrow will turn to joy and worship.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength!

Much love and blessings to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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April 20, 2014

Dear friends!

This is a little bit of our day! Only a few people came to the sunrise service (not everyone wanted to get up at 4 a.m.), but the main service was filled! We even had a few new people, one being our old landlord (from the apartment we used to rent). For those who went to the sunrise service we had a small breakfast. We wish you all a blessed day!

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Happy Resurrection Day!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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April 12, 2014

Dear friends and family,

Where do we start!?? We can't believe what has happened over the last month! We thank you so much for your prayers and much needed support at this time (moral and financial). Thank you for the small letters concerning our well being and Skype/telephone conversations! They do mean so much to us, more than you'll ever know! We praise the Lord for the opportunity to be in Ukraine at such a time!

We really feel the Holy Spirit speaking through us every time we meet with the church or individuals about keeping our focus on Jesus and standing on the promises of God. I've been reminded (and have shared) of the words of our dear Savior "Do not worry about tomorrow", "I have overcome the world", "Why are you downcast O my soul, put your hope in God", and many of the verses concerning the end times.

Just this past Wednesday in Jeremiah 10 the Lord was showing what non-believers trust in (idols, which cannot do anything), compared to Almighty God who created the heavens and earth who has a storehouse filled with wind and rain. The same Lord that prepared a big fish just at the right time to catch Jonah, who was thrown overboard, able to keep him alive for 3 days inside the fish, and bring him close to where HE wanted Jonah to preach! Awesome! The same Lord that calmed the wind and waves in the middle of a storm. He is able to save us from EVERY evil attack and bring us safe into His heavenly kingdom! Praise HIM for all the great things He has done.

If you follow the news, you may be getting a small idea of what is going on in Ukraine. The most active parts (most of the protesting and provocation) of Ukraine are just east of where we live in Poltava. There have been unbelievable reports of groups of people storming city administration buildings, putting up Russian flags and declaring the area independent of Ukraine. It's still very tense in 2 cities. We continue to pray for wisdom for the transitional leaders and peace until the presidential elections that will be held on May 25. There is much uncertainty in the hearts of the people. Several people are out of work because of what's going on. The local currency has lost 50% of it's value in the last month. Hopefully things will stabilize soon. Prices haven't risen yet, but they will adjust to the dollar soon, which will be an addition burden to the Ukrainian people. Again, we are blessed to be here at a time like this, to build up, help and encourage those who desire to know Jesus more. We have told the church that we plan on staying and many are deeply blessed.

Spring is in the air and Easter is coming. We have several events planned to share the reason for the season. Yesterday we were able to visit the old folks home. The church organized a little concert for them. Some brought some baked goods, greeting cards, and most importantly the Gospel message. Daniel and Stephan went with Eric and gave out a few of their coloring pages. They went up to the old people and said hello and had a special conversation with grandma Anna. We hope to adopt here and visit her a couple times a month.

Next week we will visit the children's hospital and share the Easter story and visit the new mothers with preemies. We pray that each heart will be open to the things they will hear on that day.

Also this week we have planned a special night of worship (Good Friday), our EIGHTH annual sunrise service and breakfast, then our regular Easter service at our normal time. We pray that family member and friends would visit with open hearts that day.

This past month we had a few special events. We went out and shared the Gospel after service one Sunday (right after the possible war with Russia was announced). This spring/summer we plan on setting up a booth outside our church with Bibles and other Christian information as well as making balloons for the kids. We are anxious to start and know many will be interested in being part of this ministry.

The kids will be halfway through homeschool this month! Wow, the time goes by fast! We are happy with there progress. Mostly A's and B's. It was great to see that Daniel has a whole section about Ukraine! We were able to have some good discussions about what the Lord has done in this country over the years. Thank you for praying for Stephan's asthma. He seems to be doing really good. He hasn't had to take any medicine (except one or two times after he visited his friend who has a cat). Sabrina is getting along just fine. Philip is growing up SO fast!

Tanya and I keep meeting with the men and women from the church on a weekly basis in small groups. We are hoping that God's Word is going deep in their hearts that will bear good fruit.

We were informed from our missions department that the summer team was cancelled due to the current situation in Ukraine. Of course we were sad to hear that, but we understand why! On the flip side, our dear pastor Mark is still planning on coming to teach at the conference we are planning in Poltava at the end of June. Please pray for pastor Mark as he prays for a timely message of encouragement for the believers here. Please pray for all the preparation that is needed. I have made known our plans to all of the Calvary Chapel pastors in Ukraine and even hoping to have some visitors from Russia.

We are also planning on receiving pastor Craig Hall and his wife in July for our annual conference at the sea. These two events are "Lord willing" as we see how things unfold in Ukraine.

We feel safe in Poltava and can move freely throughout the city with no problem. Eric went to Kiev a few weeks ago to meet with the other Calvary pastors for encouragement and fellowship.

Thank you for your continued prayer. If anything pressing comes up, we will be sure to write to keep you updated so you can better know how to pray for us and the church. Please do pray for wisdom as we minister here, especially a few families that are going through difficult spiritual times.

Until next time,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Stephan



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March 3, 2014

Dear friends and family,

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight! (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We are in troubled times in Ukraine! In a way it's a very good place to be because drives us to trust in the Lord even more. Much has happened over the last two week, its really unbelievable!

If you watch the news, you are probably aware of what's going on here politically. Over 80 people were killed in the capital. There is much uncertainty. The president was impeached and fled the country. This all have seemed to bring much unity as well as division in the country. In Kiev, there was such a unity in the nation against a corrupt government. Calvary Chapel Kiev took part by having a prayer tent and ministered to many people, feeding them spiritually and physically. Pastor Losha sent us pictures of them praying with the many people and sharing the Gospel too. The new government is forming and presidential elections will be on May 25th. Russia, Ukraine's neighbor has moved in soldiers into Ukraine's territory without ANY provocation. Of course there are different stories coming from both sides of the political spectrum so it hard to discern the truth. In Russia they are hearing one thing, the West and Ukraine are reporting other, for now it a huge information war. Praise the Lord! - the kingdom we are awaiting will not be shaken, incorruptible, built on righteous and truth.

I am taking the church through the book of Revelation! What a wonderful blessing. We just started into the 2nd and 3rd chapter concerning the 7 churches in Asia. I love the way Jesus speaks to the church. First the encouragement, then the correction. The messages the Lord has given me have been really challenging and I'm asking the Lord to do a deep work in my heart as well as those who listen. It's so interesting how in Jeremiah (the OT book we are going through on Wednesdays) is so well paralleled with Revelation to a degree. The Lord continually is asking His people to return to Him (Jeremiah 3:7), even though they had turned away from Him. I the Lord, never change! (Malachi 3:6) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Hebrews 13 ) He is full of grace and mercy desiring close fellowship with those who are willing to come to Him on His terms. The Lord says, first, repent, then come to me. Jesus says, You have lost your first love, repent from the height you have fallen from. May we stay so close to Jesus in these last days. Jesus tells us "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of this world, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man". Luke 21:34-36

Our ministries continue to go on weekly. We continue to go through "Living Waters" (written by Chuck Smith) in our men's group and Tanya is going a book called "Finding Contentment" with the women.

We had a special couples meeting on February 14 and agreed that we'll have these type of gatherings every few months to encourage godly marriages in the church. On March 2nd we has a special lunch and prayer meeting concerning the events happening in Ukraine. I'm thankful for the passionate prayer warriors we have at our church. The service was full and there were those who had to stand in the hall. Pray that during difficult time that more and more will see their need for the Lord. Even though we don't know what is going to happen tomorrow, we are still planning for two conferences and a team in the months to come. We are actively looking for a hall that seats 200 people as well as adequate accommodations for those that would take part in this timely event. I have asked Pastor Mark to pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance on a theme that would be appropriate for these four days in June. Again, we are praying that things calm down in Ukraine so this event can take place.

We have decided that even though it's not that warm get, we are going to start outside evangelism. The winter has been really mild (except for a few weeks of -20 Celsius [-4 F]) and the Lord is showing us that considering the times we are actively going out to the street to share about God's Kingdom. Pray that many from the church will see the need to go out and share during these uncertain times. We decided that after the service on Sundays we are going to have lunch together and go out and share the Gospel. In Poltava, things have been calm, for the most part. Most people in Poltava are for the formation of the new government so there hasn't been violent protects that have been just east of us and the southern part of Russia. Thank you for praying for us. Please pray for peace in the hearts of the believers. There is a small panic since Poltava is only 110 miles from the Russian border. There is anticipation of war, and loved ones in our church may be called to go off to battle. People are ALREADY being called to come to the local army base to train and check in.

Tanya and I committed to staying in Ukraine no matter what happens, of course, as the Lord guides. We are not afraid so pray that His peace will rule in our hearts as well as our kids. The Lord has put Eric as a shepherd over this precious flock. We love them so much and to leave them in difficult times (if they come) would hurt them. We pray for peace and resolution in these governmental problems. Pray for protection, wisdom and peace.

Pray for our kids. They are advancing well in school. Sabrina is doing good in her preschool and Philip is keeping himself busy! Tanya and I celebrated 11 years of marriage on March 1st. We have such loving grandmas that were able to watch our kids so we could have a night out to celebrate.

Thank you for supporting us in prayer and financially. You know that we aren't ones to ask for money. If war happens, we will need extra finances, not only for the 6 in our family, but we may need to help many more in the church, especially those families that will be affected by the war. In Poltava, at some stores, the shelves are emptying pretty quick. Some banks are not giving cash out or in very limited amounts. Please consider and pray about this.

You can send financial support to:
Calvary Chapel Melbourne
2955 Minton Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32904
Memo line: Bougie Ukraine

May the Lord richly bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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February 22, 2014,

Dear prayer partners,

Well, things are happening all over Ukraine, and, in what direction they will go, only the Lord knows.
Don't believe the news in the States that everything is fine now in Ukraine (after the leaders of Europe and Ukraine made a deal). The protesters are still in Kiev, and rumor has it that the president left the country with others from his party (but it's just a rumor).

In a nearby city (Kharkov), near the Russian border, things are starting to happen.
Yesterday in Poltava (like in many other cities in Ukraine) 5000 or so people went to the center and tore down the big Lenin statue. We happen to see the video online.
We are encouraging the church to pray, be witnesses, and not to worry about tomorrow, as Jesus exhorted us to do, as He is still on the throne, and always will be!
We are honored to be here at such a time to be able to be used by the Lord. Pray for many opportunities for us (Calvary Chapel Poltava) to give people eternal hope!

The mood is very somber and we overhear people talking about the current crisis everywhere (in the stores, on the transportation). People are stocking up on food, gas, the lines for the ATM, at times are 40 people deep so there is a small degree of panic (almost like people in Florida preparing for a big hurricane).

We are fine and safe and we thank you for your concern, prayers and support.

Eric and Tanya



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February 14, 2014

Dear friends!

Thank you for your prayers! We just returned from a real wonderful evening! Our evening lasted almost 3 hours and we could have went on longer!

Our evening started with a wonderful dinner! We had the best servers you'd ever want to have (some of the single people in our church)! Afterward we had live music compliments of Ife, Robert, and Chima! Eric shared 10 short Biblical points about marriage (5 for the husbands and 5 for the wives) and each spouse rated each other how they were doing on that point (there were to write their answers down for later discussion). Afterward we had a test how well the couple new each other! The couple that won matched 20 out of 28 questions. After that we had that DELICIOUS cake! Didn't want to cut it because it was so beautiful! Eric had an fun idea to end the evening. We gathered all the singles together in a group and Eric threw a small box of heart shaped candy (like a bride throws a bouquet of flowers after wedding). Guess who caught it! Ife! We prayed and ended the evening. Almost everyone came up to us afterward and share what a blessing of a night we had!

It was a big joy to see the smiles on everyone faces throughout the evening.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Eric and Tanya



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February 14, 2014

Dear friends,

Today is Valentine's Day! The day of love. Of course, Jesus laid down His life for us, undeserving sinners, and made the ultimate sacrifice for us! For the Scripture says "...God is Love".

Tonight many of the couples of our church are having a special dinner together. We will have a short teaching, encouraging the couples to take a look at how they are measuring up to the roles God has given them in their marriage and how they can work on those areas that are lacking. Our hope is that after todays evening it will encourage good dialogue between those that attend and spark a new awareness and desiring being the spouse the Lord wants them to be. We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do.

Tanya is busy cooking part of the meal for the 30 that will be in attendance (11 married couples and the rest of those who volunteered to help serve). We ordered a huge heart shaped cake, and have added a few extra surprises. Pray the hearts and minds would be open to what the Holy Spirit wants to say. Several of the couples that will be in attendance have been married for over 25 years!

The Lord bless you!
Eric and Tanya



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February 11, 2014

Dear prayer partners,

Grace and peace be yours in the name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus!

Time is going by so fast! Just 6 weeks ago we returned from the States, had a team from our home church, went through a grueling registration period, started a new home school year with the kids, are are beginning to pray and plan for several big events this year! God has been faithful to give joy, peace, patience and love through everything that has happened so far!

First of all, we wanted to thank you for praying through our registration process. We did receive our renewal registration for another year. The Lord was gracious and merciful during this time and it's evident He wants us to continue serving here in Poltava. We are hoping to eliminate this yearly process by receiving a long term residence status. We are praying about receiving legal counsel to guide us through this process. We'll keep you updated when we make this move and how you can effectively pray for us.

Having our home church to come and serve with us is ALWAYS a huge blessing! The 6 person team was a joy to have. The Lord really used each team member in a special way and stretched their faith through the many events the Lord allowed us to have. The Lord opened up a few new doors, one being a preemie hospital that we had been able to minister to before, but for some reason, for the last year we weren't. When we stopped by to talk to the mothers and drop by the beautifully hand knit blankets, the workers asked us "Where have we been?". Eric told them that for some reason they didn't allow us to come (they didn't know why either). We also were able to minister in a small children's club in a small city outside of Poltava as well (first time). They shared a little about the traditions that go along with Ukrainian Christmas, and we share about the Christmas that is in Scripture. It was a real blessed time. We are looking forward to another team from CC Melbourne in early August.

Please pray about a new opportunity we may have with CC Bible College in Hungry. Every year we receive a letter from the college asking for the possibility of receiving a 10 day team from the Bible college. This year the Lord has placed it on my heart to respond to the college to see if they would be willing to send a team to Poltava. I have been corresponding with the college and the team leaders will be making a decision to which cities teams will be sent. I have brought this idea before the church, and of course, people are excited about this possibility and we are committing this to prayer to see what the will of the Lord is.

We also are planning for 2 conferences this summer. The Lord has put it on my heart to invite my pastor from CC Melbourne to visit Poltava and teach a four day conference. It seems like the Lord is putting this together and our dear pastor is making plans on coming. We are excited to see what the theme will be and how the Lord is going to put this all together. The Lord knows what the churches in Ukraine and Russia needs to hear and so we are praying that the Holy Spirit would reveal this for a very fruitful time. Our plans are to have the conference from June 27-30. We are already on the lookout for some possibly place we can have the conference and well as having a team from the Poltava church get everything in place for this big event. We know the Lord is going to do great things.

We also plan on having another conference at the sea. We have invited two pastors that we have known for a very long time and have been involved in ministry in this part of the world for many, many year. One pastor, Craig Hall, of Calvary Chapel Fortuna has already confirmed his plans on coming. We are still awaiting confirmation from the other one. We also ask the Holy Spirit to reveal a timely theme. The dates for this conference is from July 10-13.

On Sunday mornings we have started the book of Revelation. I believe the Lord put this book on my heart as a reminder of His soon return. He wants us to be ready and Revelation is a timely book. On Wednesday I just started teaching the book of Jeremiah. I remembered what a blessing it was to go through Isaiah as well as the minor prophets. For the last to Wednesdays I taught on Chapter 2! I was so amazed of the good hard spiritual food found in this chapter. God's people were so oblivious to what He was trying to show them because they had turned away from Him. The Lord had said that He had chastened them in vain because they didn't respond correctly. He asked them "Why are you turning to me during your hardships with your unrepentant hearts(v.29)"?, and he said "Because you have said "I have not sinned" I will bring my case against you (v.35) ". It's very similar to the attitude of those spoken about in the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3). They had a totally different opinion about themselves, that the Lord did (v.17). Just reminds my the need to be teachable, correctable, and flexible in the hands of The Great Potter. I'm so thankful to the Lord for His Word and His precious Holy Spirit to give us understanding, and the power to put it into practice!

The men's and women's fellowship is going very well! Please pray for a situation that touches a women that went to our church. Her name is Lydia. She had been going to the church for a very long time. When we arrived back from the States, I was asking about her. Come to find out she went to visit her granddaughter in St. Petersburg, Russia. One day she went out to walk her dog, and she never returned home. She was in her early eighties. This happened back in September and she still hasn't been found.

Daniel turned 10 in January and started the 4th grade! Stephan is in 3rd and Sabrina will start kindergarten later this year! Philip is already 2! Oh, where does the time go?! The time may go fast, but it is full of many good blessings from Him!

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, committing our ministry in prayer, and helping us in many other ways!

The Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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January 2, 2014

Dear friends and family!

Happy New Year!

We can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for all of us this year! 2013 had many joyful times, and several sad times as well.

We arrived back in Poltava on December 18th late in the evening. None of our suitcases were lost or damaged and coming through the new airport terminal (in Kiev was so smooth) I couldn't believe this was Ukraine!
When we arrived to our apartment we were met with some good home cooking from many of the ladies from our church!
On our first Sunday back, the Lord gave me Word for the church "Staying on the Potters Wheel" and establishing our heart in love, and holiness. Several people came up to me after service and said it was timely for them (and it was for me too!) The Lord showed me that after the New Year I should go through the book of Revelation.
We have already caught up to the 7 hour time difference (it takes about a week), celebrated Christmas, New Year, and getting ready for Ukrainian Christmas (January 7th).

New Year is always a fun time. This year there was 15 of us in our little apartment! 2013, for some that joined us this year was a difficult year. Almost half of us in the room had lost someone special to them this year. As we were approaching the New Year, we prayed, and asked for more of Him and less of us in 2014! We started at 8:00 pm and end at 7:00 am the next day! We had a great time answering challenging Bible questions, playing a few other fun game (including spoons, which is fun to play with a bunch of adults) exchanging small gifts, sharing bright points of 2013, and had a great feast of good home cooking! In Ukraine, New Year is the biggest holiday of the year, just as Christmas is in the US.

We already started our registration process! We only have a few more documents to get and everything should be fine. The funny thing, and a matter of prayer, is that our marriage certificate (which is in Russian) interpreted our last names a bit different than in Ukrainian. This year they are saying that our last names are wrong and cannot prove we are married (even though we have used the same certificate for the last to years for the same process). We just have to make a few extra steps, but please pray that this will be resolved once and for all.

A team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne are on their way to Poltava as I type this letter. We are excited to receive this brave team (brave to leave the Florida warmth : > 0 ). We have a active schedule lined up for them this winter! Lord willing we will be going to a variety of places during their 10 day stay. We are praying about visiting an orphan camp while the team is here. Please pray the director will allow the team to visit. We have a winter homeless ministry they will be a part of, hospital ministry, student ministry, winter VBS lesson, Christmas service, Chootava, a village ministry, and will be braving the cold for a few outdoor evangelism events. Fortunately there are no extremely cold days expected, but may have snow on the 6th and the 7th.

After the team leaves, we will start up a new men's and women's Bible study and new books on Wednesday night and Sunday morning! We are expecting great things the year! We hope to have one conference in Poltava (our church hosting) with a very special speakers and one at the Sea of Azov with other very special speakers. We'll see how the Lord will bring these two events together as the year progresses. Maybe in 2014 Jesus will come back for His church! Let be ready as we see the "signs of the times" continue to be so evident in our days.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 "The Spirit clearly says the in the later time some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.."
2 Timothy 3:1-5 "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying its power. And from such people turn away."
2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers."

May the Lord bless you in 2014!
May you experience more of Jesus this year! He is so faithful to us.
May he continue to do the good work in our lives that He will complete.
Let the water of the Word of God make us soft, flexible clay in the Potter's hands.

Much love to you,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip





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December 25, 2013

We wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a blessed New Year!

We hope you are able to open the picture that I attached! We have fun taking the picture with all 6 of us! It's a miracle they can turn out!



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We look forward to what the Lord will bring in our lives in 2014! Maybe this will be the year He will come back for us!

Much love to you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip





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December 16, 2013

Dear friends and family,

Our time in the States has quickly passed! We were so blessed by so many while we were here! We have been refreshed and are ready to continue on with our ministry in Poltava, Ukraine.

We are anticipating a wonderful and eventful year! There are many things we are praying about and will see how the Lord moves. Our flight leaves Orlando at 7:15 am so we are staying near the airport so Tanya doesn't have to pack all night and we can get a better nights rest before our 30 hour journey!

We'd appreciate you asking the Lord for a safe trip and that all our arrive with us : )!
We won't have must time to get over our jet lag as we have to get our documents for our registration ready as well as getting events in order for our upcoming team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne.

Thanks to all who have ministered to us this year and during our time in the States.
May the Lord bless you abundantly during the Christmastime season and very blessed New Year!

With His love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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October 6, 2013

Dear friends and family,

It's fall with SNOW today! We couldn't believe it when we woke up! The snow was mostly on the trees that still have leaves on them. We are usually in the States by now, but this year the tickets were a better price in October!

Now for some news.

We are really blessed to have our building! We have so much more freedom to many more things and spend more time in fellowship.
Last month we had a church lunch after a Sunday morning service. Not only did we have a great lunch with homemade goodies, but we watched a really good Christian film and had a fun Bible trivia contest. Having fun, laughing, and crying (the movie was really touching) together is what a family does together. We are having another one this Sunday before we leave for the States on the 13th. We are going to do much of the same. Our church has been a magnet lately! It's been wonderful to see the Lord work! For a whole week, we have had someone in our church (or standing outside our church) that was able to hear the Gospel. All of them were a little drunk, but the Lord is doing a work. If you remember, before the building was our church, it was a cafe. Some of those that might be coming, who are a little disoriented aren't looking at the new sign and thinking it's the cafe. Our location it such a great place too. We are watching the Lord work as He leads people to hear the Gospel.

We are staying busy throughout the week. We have ministry almost every evening. God continues to strengthen the church and unite us as we draw closer to Jesus and dive deeper in his Word.

Tanya just finished "The Proverbs 31 Women" series with the women. It has truly been a blessing with important discussions about what it mean to be a godly woman and wife. The men are going through Chuck Smith's book "The Man God Uses". We had great discussion time concerning the elements that are essential in the life of a godly man. Since we will be leaving for a time, I've asked the men to pray about a discussing one of the remaining chapters with the men. This will give the guys and opportunity to share in a small group setting and to use their gifts in sharing the Word of God with others. I'm expecting to hear great things.

Iffy has returned from Nigeria. His family buried Samuel on August 24th. Iffy reported that over 1000 people showed up for his brothers funeral. Iffy stayed in Nigeria for 3 weeks in order to spend time with his mother and 3 other siblings to morn the death of their loved one. Thank you for praying for their family. The Lord has truly given them peace and hope during this extremely difficult time.

It's been a little over a week since Tanya's grandmother died. Tanya has called her mother a few times since then. We invited her to come to be with us in Poltava after we return from the States. Valya has not seen Sabrina or Philip in person yet, so I know it will be a blessed time. Valya is not open at all open to talk about the things of the Lord, but we are hoping while she is with us she will be. We are hoping that our children will be an instrument in her life to soften her heart.

The kids are finished with home school for the year. They have done very well. We are looking forward to our break. We are looking into our next reregistration before we leave. The laws can change so quickly from one day to the next so we are getting things together beforehand so when we come back we can submit all of our document early. Pray that this will be a smooth process. We will return and we hope to submit everything before the New Year. It's important because we are expecting a team from our church after the New Year and won't have time to be sitting in the immigration office. One person in the church will be helping us while we are gone to get all the church documents ready in advance so there will be no surprises and won't interfere with the plans we have with the team.

Today we are celebrating Sabrina's 5th birthday with 10 of her closest friends. We ordered a cake in the shape of the #5 and Tanya is making her tasty borsht among other things. Most of those who are coming are her grandmas and grandpas who just adore her. We are so blessed to have such a sweet daughter. By the way, we will be visiting her doctors while we are in the States, and hope the doctors will see the progress we have seen, and hope that they will allow Sabrina not to wear her brace anymore. Please pray about that.

We are in the home stretch. This week we will be tying up loose ends and packing for our upcoming trip on Sunday. We will be traveling from Kiev to Amsterdam, then onto New York. We'll stay overnight there and travel to Florida on Monday. It's been a very eventful year and we are hoping to enjoy a time of rest. We hope to see as many of you as possible while we are visiting.

We thank you for your continued pray and support. See you soon!

Much love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip





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September 23, 2013

Please pray for this important requests:

Oksana Petrenko:
Please pray for her health. She has been diagnosed with anemia, second stage. She is very week and has affected her heart. Her mother died very young of the same disease. Please pray for her healing, and her immediate relatives faith (husband Vadim, daughter Alina, son, Vlad). If you have been to Poltava, you know Oksana is in the worship group, a real sweet, strong believer.

Yuri:
He started coming to church in summer when our team from our church came. He gave his live to the Lord a very short time ago. He had moved here to get a new start on life, and the Lord led him to our church. He has struggles with alcohol and needs some extra prayer.

Victor:
Victor showed up at our church last Monday right after our prayer meeting ended. He saw our sign and came into the church. He had no place to live and asked for a meal. His home was at the train station. On Wednesday, he came to the service, and during our worship night, he started weeping and asking the Lord for forgiveness of his sin (out loud). Then he started screaming and started swinging his arms around and fell on the floor. We are sure it was some kind of demonic attack on him and we believe deliverance! We to believe he gave his live to Jesus that night at well. The Holy Spirit was convicting him of his sin and we were just worshipping the Lord in song, no teaching, no preaching. Victor has had VERY LIMITED church background. One brother in our church, Kolya, took him into his apartment and is ministering to him. After Wednesday Victor has been to every service we offer and wants to know the Lord more. He asked for prayer to stop smoking. His parents kicked him out of their house because of his drinking so we are asking the Lord to radically change his life and for restoration to those he hurt.

Thank you for praying. We be sending an update next week. God is really working some great and special things in our church. We definitely in a new season and we see the Lord slowing adding on to the church! It's wonderful to see. He is showing me, that this is only the beginning!

Thank you for praying for these 3 special people.

The Lord bless you!
Eric and Tanya





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August 23, 2013

Hi dear friends,

Well, much has happened since I wrote before we went to the sea.

If we didn't have God's Word and the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, our lives would be much more difficult to bear. Much our our church (almost 60 of us) went to, what started out to be a wonderful conference. Our worship group (Tanya, Oksana, Vadim, Ifi, Robert, Chima, and Samuel) led worship during the whole conference! It was such a blessing! The teaching in Ephesians was wonderful! We made it through the whole book! I love that book! I love the chapter I was able to share, chapter 4! Walk worthy of the calling....!

On Sunday, the last day of the conference, we finished chapter 5, took communion together, and had a special time of worship! Our son Stephan even decided to be water baptized during the conference. How awesome! Afterward everyone went to eat lunch, we finished packing, and I was taking the kids for one last swim in the sea before we left. As we were going, one of the ladies from the church met me and said "Samuel was swimming and he was missing". I sent the kids back to Tanya and ran to see what was going on. As I was asking people what's going on, I couldn't get a straight answer. I thought, maybe he's out walking around, or went to his room. But I went to the lifeguard and told him that someone that was swimming went under water and didn't come up. His brother Ifi went looking for him on shore. After he left a received a more definite, but graver answer.

He was swimming with two people from the church, a big wave came and he went under and didn't come back up. Ifi came back and I told him that Samuel was out swimming not on the shore anywhere and that he is probably in the sea somewhere.

Guys started jumping in and trying to find him. The water was unclear and all stirred up from the waves. Four of us stayed behind to wait if Samuel could be found. Everyone was praying in circles of 4 or 5 for him to turn up. A few hours later, the sea calmed down and his body showed up almost in the exact place where he was last seen.

Samuel, went home to be with the Lord that day. He was 20 years old, two more years to finish University and had big plans. He is survived by mother, 3 older brothers, and 1 older sister. Two years ago, his father, a beloved pastor, went to be home with the Lord. Please pray for the family.

Ifi left today, August 21 back to Nigeria, with his brothers body to bury in Nigeria. The funeral service will be this Saturday. In Poltava, the whole week was spent helping Ifi making arrangements, comforting my family, the church, a memorial service for Samuel, a running around town to get ready as we were making arrangements. It's been a difficult, somber, emotional, but also deep fellowship with God for us. Since our kids knew and loved Samuel, they had many questions. We were able to talk to them about death, and heaven. Many Scriptures came to mind and the Lord gave me a message each time we gathered together for service after this tragedy. At the memorial service, many other African students came that either don't go to church at all, or go somewhere else. God has used this in the lives of several people at the church. Both of the young girls that were near Samuel when he drowned have decided to get baptized this week. God is using this event to draw many closer to Himself as well. May the Lord truly teach us to number our days and make good use of them while we are still here.

We are having our last picnic of the year and then school starts.

I'm going to take two groups of men we are going to go though a book named, "The man God Uses", by Chuck Smith. One with the Ukrainian brothers, another in English, for our African brothers. We will start this in the beginning of September. I'm looking forward to this because this will be yet another springboard for the men in the church to be discipled and to grow. I'm excited to see the fruit the Lord is going to bring forth in both studies.

The worship group is doing great. It was a great experience to be able to do the worship for the conference. It was definitely led by the Spirit. Samuel was learning to play the keyboard and was doing really well. He specifically learned to fill Tanya's place when we go on furlough. Samuel shared this with his mother about a year ago. When she was told what had happen to her son, she asked Ifi, now who is going to play the piano when Tanya is gone. (she was a pastors wife, and by that question, told us what a servants heart she had). One of the girls who is getting baptized is going to music school and is learning how to play piano, She is praying about being in the worship group in the future.

Our church building is coming along fine. Our bonus room is almost remodeled. Speaking about that room, please pray. The owner of that room finally revealed himself (after not caring about it for 7 years). To make a very long and complicated story short, we may have to rent the room from him (if we want to use it) and maybe we'll be able to buy it in a year for around $8000. He was going to sell it to someone else, but it seems the Lord is doing something to prevent that to happen. Please pray, we really need that room for the kids, but cannot purchase it at this time. We know the Lord is in control.

Our kids are finishing up homeschool. Most of there subjects are completed. We faired pretty well, considering everything. The Lord is really gracious to us and He is giving the kids a desire to learn and the minds to do so.

Much more to write, but well keep it down to a chapter, not a book! We will be in the States in the middle part of October. We are looking forward to our time in the States. The kids need to have some fun time after a long year of school and we do plan on having some fun with them time. They are growing up so fast! We want to cherish every moment with them.

We also know that a few weeks we get back to Ukraine we'll have another team ministering with us! Our last team was such a joy and it seems like the Lord is continuing to open new doors of ministry! Thank you for taking time to read our updates, praying for us, and send financial support to us when/if you can. We are so blessed to be part of the ministry in Poltava, even when it's difficult and sad at times. May the Lord teach us all to number our days, as we wait to see Him face to face.

Much love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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August 8, 2013

Dear friends,

Just a short little update for now.

We had a really wonderful 10 person team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne. We have many pictures to share and stories to tell. It really was a wonderful time. The Lord gave us PERFECT weather while they were here. This is needed since 90% of our ministry was outdoors. In fact, on Saturday, the day our our last children's festival, we were able to have a great time of ministry, fellowship, gather all of the things, get back to the church, with time to spare just before a HUGE downpour of rain. That was their final ministry event and went out with a huge BANG, literally! God is so faithful! Afterward we had a wonderful time of prayer and praise, thanking the Lord for all He did in and through us during the time the team was here! We are already praying for the new team that will be coming in January, Lord willing!

In a few hours we are heading to the southern part of Ukraine for our annual summer conference! There will be almost 60 going from CC Poltava and CC Chootova. We have a long overnight bus ride (about 6 hours), get to the base at around 5 am, spend the day on the beach, with the conference starting in the late afternoon. We will be studying the book of Ephesians during our time there. Pastor Vlad (from Chootava) will be teaching chapter 2 and I will be teaching chapter 4. There will be a few other pastors that will be sharing as well. It's always a blessed time for our church and are looking forward to the time in the Word, fellowship, and rest. Please pray for the Lord's protection for those who will be traveling from different parts of Ukraine. The conference is over on Sunday and we'll be traveling back that evening. One special blessing is that Stephan wants to be water baptized at the conference. He came to Tanya and I and shared his desire. Of course, we talked with him about this serious step and he said he was ready!

The Lord bless you!
We'll send pictures of the time with the team as well as the conference when we return next week!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip



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July 11, 2013

Dear friends and family,

June has come and gone. Time is going fast. We have officially ministered in Ukraine for 7 years this past month! Even though time has gone by so fast, there is much that has happened making it a full 7 years. We know that is was the Lord's will that we came to Ukraine and more specifically serve in Poltava. Thank you for partnering with us for this time. We don't know how much longer the Lord will have us here, but He does. We'll keep doing what He wants us to do, and He'll open His will to us!

We've made the full transition:
In 2 ways, we have made full transitions. Our apartment was to be ready by June 1st, so we moved all of our things that day. Well, come to find out, it wasn't so we were living in our apartment for the first week of June with construction dust all around us. The apartment was 95% finished, but took them a whole week to finish the last touchups. We spent much time outside the first week in June while they were finishing up!

Our church has fully moved! We had our first Sunday service in our new building on July 7th. No more paying costly rent! We have the main part of the church organized, but certain parts, such as the kitchen, will take some time. The main thing that is holding up back is the children's room. The room is shaping up, and hopefully will be ready at our grand opening this Sunday, July 14th. Everything is cleared out of the children's room so we can work on it with ease. We have an exit that has 25 foot ceiling. We were able to turn this empty space into storage as we built in shelves we can put many of the churches things in by using a ladder and still have easy access to the fire exit. So, as you can see, much of June was spent getting ready for a full move. Again, please pray for the children's room. We are meeting with owner and prayerfully we'll get it for a very low price. Hard to explain, but this room can only be entered by using our entrance door. The so called owner of this room can't get to this room, without getting through our main doors, meaning he'd have to have a key to our front door, of course, which we aren't about to give him. The room is tucked away in the back, but the perfect size for us. Only the Lord knows the outcome, so please pray, since we really need this space.

Funeral this month:
Pastor Vlad and his wife Tanya said goodbye to Tanya's 78 year mother this month. Vlad called me and asked to pray for Tanya's mother, as she was experiencing much pain from her diabetes. We passed along the request to others in the church. That day, Vlad called back and said that the Lord has taken her home. The most comforting thing is that she knew the Lord and is with Jesus in heaven. Vlad asked me to do the funeral, as for him, he shared, would be too emotional for him. I've only done a few funerals in Russia, so I asked the Lord for wisdom. The wonderful thing, is that at the funeral most of those from the Chootava church were there, as well as several relatives that were also Christians. There were a bunch of non believers that, once again, were able to hear the Gospel message. Tanya's mother, Nadia, is survived by 3 children and by many grand and great grandchildren.

Team from CC Melbourne:
Tomorrow (July 12) the long awaited short term missionary team will fly into Ukraine. We have many events planned for their time here. We first start off with a picnic and baptism. They will be part of our grand opening service on Sunday and throughout the week ministering to the spiritual needs of many people. Our focus, of course, will also be saturating our area with Gospel tracts and invitations to our new church in the area. We are excited that they are coming at such a time. We are praying for lasting fruit from their time of ministry here. Please pray with us this week. I'll send a mini schedule so you'll know how to pray. In the near future, on Saturday, you can pray for the picnic (good weather, a testimony for the Lord, and a time for the team to get to know those in our church, etc.). We may even do some evangelism that evening if the team isn't too tired from jet lag. On Sunday, our church's grand opening and later, ministry to some handicapped kids. We are anticipating a full time of ministry with them.

Regular ministry:
We continue to enjoy many events throughout the week. We many have to have 2 services on Sunday, as our first Sunday was at capacity, with almost 70 seats. In the summer, people tend to travel and be away on the weekends, so we are praying when we will have two have two service. Depending on what the Lord does, we may have to make this decision sooner than later. We'll see how He leads.

Stephan turned 8!
On June 23rd Stephan turned 8 years old. We treated him to McDonald's with one of his friends on Sunday, June 23rd and invited many of his caretakers and adult friends in the evening. We have a racetrack cake which looked like the #8.

Sabrina is doing great!
We are happy with the results of her operation she had back in November. Her foot stay down completely and stays straight (instead of pointing a little to the right). She wants to be independent and doesn't like her hand being held. When we are walking outside, she likes following her older brothers around going up and down step and ramps. She falls rarely, but most kids do. Thank you for praying for our dear daughter!

Tanya and I were able to get away for 4 night for our long awaited 10th anniversary getaway! We were able to go to Greece for an unbelievable price, which included airfare, hotel, and food!. We scooped this up 2 days before we left and had a great time together. We are so blessed to have a group of people taking care of our kids so we could get away to be together!

Thanks for taking time for read our update and praying for us. We are thankful for the support that we receive in prayer and financially!

The Lord bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Dear friends and family,

Time for another update! Spring is in full force with summer right around the corner. The Lord is faithful to His church and it's wonderful to see Him work in the lives of the believers we are ministering to. I really believe that the Lord is really giving an increase of spiritual growth in our church, more than ever before. It's interesting to look back and remember the different seasons in the church. We just read though John 15 as Jesus speaks about pruning us so that we can be more fruitful. I see that the Lord's pruning make be instant but the fruit, as the branch grows back, may take some time. It's wonderful to see some abundant fruit coming forth in the church.

Church building: This month was an adventure! It was an opportunity for fruit to come forth. I don't mean that new people came, since we have not fully moved there yet. The fruit was revealed in the family of God. As Tanya and the ladies were opening the door of the church to start the ladies Bible study and proceeded downstairs, there were a few inches of water on the floor! There was a minor flood because of a number of factors. We have a pump in case of a situation like this but it seems that it was turned off so it wasn't able to pump out the water. Once that was functioning correctly the water went away overnight. The next morning a whole team from the church went and cleaned up. Unfortunately that wasn't the end. The building next store to us (that we share a wall with) had some kind of water problem and flowed over to us. So it started again, however the pump was working this time. We had several brothers stay the night to keep and eye on the problem and by morning everything was fine. We've learned some things that we will now be prepared for in the future. It was great to see the church come together and handle the problem together. This is the joy of owning our own property. Another positive thing is that nothing important or valuable was damaged. We have tile floor and walls so their was very limited damage. Another good thing, after all of the happened is the a brother who was working on the building met the landlord of our bonus room. It seems like he is willing to let us use the room (for our Sunday School) and possibly give it to us or sell it for a really low price. We will be adding about 300 square feet to our area! In the beginning of the month we started working on several projects for the building. Most of them are done. The one that is left is the kids room. This month we will hopefully finish that room and then have our first Sunday service on July 1st, just before the team comes.

The church is now paying back the very low interest loan on the building. The loan is at 2.99% and is making payments every month. It's much better than paying rent that we'll never see again. The elders of CC Melbourne have approved to receive donations for CC Poltava's building. If you'd like to contribute, there will be info on how you can help paying down the loan.

New church administrators: Having a building we understand that there will be those who need to oversee the maintenance and upkeep of the building. We have been praying to see who the Lord might raise up. There is a retired couple in the church that we've asked to pray to be these overseers. Please pray for Tolya and Tia. Tolya is very handy with construction and Tia would be a great help to him. This Sunday they believe the Lord has called them to this position. Please also pray as we compose a list of weekly tasks.

We've moved: This past weekend we moved into our new apartment. We have anticipated this move since April, but we had to wait till the remodeling was finished. As I type the workers are finishing up a little bit and then we will start to get organized. Again, wonderful to see the beloved body of Jesus in action. There were over 20 people from the church to assist us with our move! Our move only took us 3 hours. This includes leaving the house we rented in great, clean condition! It will take us a week to get settled in, but it's a blessing to be here, closer to the church and to civilization : ). Of course, it's much small that we were used to for the last 1 1/2 years, but we aren't complaining!

Worship ministry: As we have been packing for the six of us and getting ready for our move, there have been those who have stepped up to leading worship in Tanya's place. Vadim and Oksana have been doing a wonderful job in the worship group and have been taking over much responsibility this past month. We are praying that the Lord would continue to use them and show them their place in the group as it continues to grow.

Youth group: Our brother Ifi, who leads the youth group is going to start taking the youth out to share the Gospel and invite youth to the church. They were rained out this past weekend, but plan for this upcoming weekend. He's made up invitations and plan to encourage the youth of Poltava not to "forget their Creator in their youth". Please pray for their efforts as he desires to see more youth in the city to be saved.

Our kids: We expect to finish 90% of homeschool before the team comes in July. After the team leaves the kids will finish their last review book and then we go on to our annual conference by the sea! They are doing a super job. Stephan will be 8 on the 23rd! Sabrina is doing well with her leg. It seems like the operation the doctor preformed last year is a success. She is outgrowing her brace, and will be replaced with a new one in October. Philip is unlike any of our kids. He is into EVERYTHING and when we deter him from one thing he gets right into something else! Keeps us very young! He is eating more than a teenager, it seems! His "guardian angel" is watching over him very well and is very busy when we can't be everywhere all the time! : )

Time in Poltava: We continue to go through the book of Genesis on Wednesday and John on Sunday mornings. We will focus more on outdoor activities in the coming month. Another season of planting seeds of the Gospel. This June will be our 7th year in Poltava! We are so blessed to be a part of the ministry and still see a need for us to stay. We thank you for your prayers and financial support to allow us to serve the Lord in the way. The Lord continues to mature Tanya and I as we serve and minister to others.

Here is information how you can support us or the church building fund:

Eric and Tanya (support us personally)
1) By check (make the check payable to Calvary Chapel Melbourne, but write "Bougie Ukraine" on the memo line of the check):
Calvary Chapel Melbourne
2955 Minton Rd
Melbourne, FL 32904

2)To give online use the following link:
https://my.calvaryccm.com/portal/online_giving.aspx?filter=campus:5&template=melbourne&remembertemplate=true

Under campus select CHURCH WIDE in the drop down box
Under designation select MISSIONS BOUGIE, ERIC & TANYA

Calvary Chapel Poltava (church building)

By check only
(make the check payable to Calvary Chapel Melbourne, but write Calvary Chapel Poltava" on the memo line of the check):
Calvary Chapel Melbourne
2955 Minton Rd
Melbourne, FL 32904

If you ever have any questions, comments, please don't hesitate to write. We love hearing from you!

May the Lord bless you!
Much love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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May 13, 2013

Dear friends and family,

Spring has come to Poltava! We are enjoying the new weather and the new season in our lives in Poltava! We live in the country (well, it's in the middle of the city, but it's like living in the country because our our surroundings) and we see the area coming alive. The cherry and apricot trees were in full bloom so it looks like there is snow on the trees! It's wonderful how the Lord in His wisdom created the seasons and watch it open right before our eyes. Even still, Florida is the best place to live!!! :)     Much has taken place since our last newsletter so let us give you some things to rejoice with us and pray for.

New Building: Our new building is such a huge blessing! We are able to have all of our ministries except Sunday service. We have 6 projects we are working on inside the church till we invite new people to the church. We hope to have everything ready by July 1st, right before the team comes from CC Melbourne. Just on Sunday we had a meeting concerning remodeling the building. We are dividing the projects into different groups with different abilities! Please pray for wisdom and safety as we work together as a team. It's a blessing for me as a pastor seeing our church come together in unity to build the Lord's kingdom. I encouraged each one to read through the book of Nehemiah to get insight to how the enemy make attach during this time. We are the only church in that region and in a prime spot where people will see our new big sign "Calvary Chapel" very soon. Light has moved in and of course, we know this is going to be a spiritual battle! We are excited that the team from CC Melbourne will be able to take part in sharing the Gospel and showing the love of Jesus to our new neighbors!

Our new place: We are moving to another apartment, in the center of town, Lord willing, on June 1st. The only reason it will be an easy move is because so many from the church are going to help us. Hopefully we will be at this new place for a while. The place is being remodeled and pray that we will be able to move in on Saturday the 1st of June.

Easter Sunday: This year Easter was later that usual. On May 5th we had our traditional Easter sunrise service at our usual place. Our family woke up at 4 am to get there at 5 am. The kids were in good spirits (even Philip) despite waking up so early! Afterward we went to have breakfast at the church (it has a kitchen!) and spent time in fellowship until the 10 am service. Afterward some of the families from church, as well as Pastor Vlad and his wife (from Chootava) joined us for SHASHLEEK (in English, kabobs). Needless to say, we were exhausted by the end of the day and we extended our holiday till Monday.

Special Needs ministry: Right before Easter, we were able to share the Easter story with a group of kids and their parents. It was fun to go through the resurrection eggs and then test them what they remembered. The kids and parents are open to hearing and the Lord has opened up the door to minister to them on a regular basis. We have received some model airplanes (they are called Cubby Canard). A man from our church has a ministry to reach children for the Gospel. While we were in the States he contacted me concerning this ministry. We finally talked by phone and agreed to send some of these model airplane to minister to children! We are getting together a team of people in the church who want to learn how to make them and then help the kids we meet up with at various place to make them as well. Please pray for those the Lord would raise up to learn how to make them and then to teach the kids we meet. The foundational verse for this ministry is Isaiah 40:31.

Hospital ministry: The Lord continues to open the door to most of the hospitals we have been going to. Please pray for one in particular. We have been ministering there from several years, and all of a sudden they don't want us to come anymore. We really don't know why. Pray and ask the Lord to touch the persons heart who makes that decision. We are still welcome at others, but for some reason not there. We are looking into another possibility. One of the ladies is going to visit another place soon to see if they would be open to having us. We are so blessed to receive all of the baby blankets from the "Threads of Comfort" ministry! Pray also for these dedicated women who spend hours making these beautiful blankets and clothes. Every time we come to the ladies to share the Gospel and words of comfort from the Bible and pray for there children several women usually cry. Most of the mothers we minister to have given birth prematurely and so it's extra hard for them during this time.

Special guests: Don and Marta (they are the ministers who planted CC Poltava in 2001) came to visit us in May. It was such a blessing to spend time with them and hear what the Lord is doing in there ministry in Israel. Don shared at two of our services and Marta shared at the Women's Bible Study. They are real special blessings to us and the church here in Poltava.

Main Services: On Sunday mornings we are continuing through the Gospel of John. As I prepare the Lord is continue to give me the spiritual food to feeds God's flock. On Wednesday, brother Ifi taught through the book of Ruth. It was great to hear what God showed him as he shared through this book. The Lord has a special plan for this brother. I picked back up in Genesis last week. By God's grace I continue to teach in Russian on Wednesday. I feel that it's more beneficial when I teach without an interpreter. Please pray that God will continue to supplement my vocabulary.

Family Life: The kids keep plugging along in school. They are doing a great job! We are so blessed to have such bright children. We see them growing in the Lord and that is a huge blessing to see. We see many benefits for them growing up in Ukraine since life here is pretty simple. Just yesterday we looked out our window and we saw a huge fire. Immediately Stephan started praying for the people that might be affected by the fire! Thank you for praying for us and our children. We are so blessed to serve in Ukraine! We have such a love for the body and are blessed to see the Lord mature those that have a desire to know, serve, and be His witnesses. We are thankful for the financial support that some of you send us. Without the Lord working in your hearts to pray and give to Him it would be possible for us to be here! God is so faithful to provide!

Thank you for being part of our lives and our ministry!

In His love,

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip





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April 14, 2013

Dear prayer partners!

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We wanted to take the time to share what the Lord has been doing since the last time we sent out our last newsletter.
It has really been a busy season for a number of reasons.

We have received our registration! That was a long process but endurance and patience paid off. We were finally registered in the first week of March! Almost 3 months! It was a lot of going back and forth to the officials. When you think you have given everything they needed, a law changes in the meantime and then need 2 or three more documents!

We will be moving, hopefully on or around June 1st. Our landlord raised our rent and we started praying about what to do. We decided to move and at the same time our landlord said she was going to sell the house. God's timing is perfect. We have been told that registering under our new address will be much easier! We'll believe it when we experience it! Pray for this transition.

The purchase of the building has taken quite a bit of time as well. Once the purchase was made there was, and it, still much work to be done. Not only do we have to get the building rearranged for our official "grand opening" in June, but also go to the electric company, water, fire station, land, and a few other places. The Lord is teaching us much through this process! The Lord is testing our faith and patience in all of this, so it's good. It's also allowing many in the church to be involved and roll up their sleeves and work! We've had a few moving and work days already. We have all of our services, except Sunday's, at the new building. We have built a stage, broke down a wall to make another door, and arranged some items that we have moved. It's been a great blessing to see many pitch in a work together as a family! It's an exciting time to see the Lord work in and through us. We are the only church in this area, so once summer comes we are planning a number of outreaches. Once we start Sunday's service in June, at the new building, we will probably go to 2 services. This will be something new since we've had the luxury of having a big hall. But the Lord has spoken to my heart and tells me, this change will be good in many ways for the church, "Watch and see".

I am still awaiting the way to receive funds to help CC Poltava. Thanks to the Lord for those who have showed a desire to help and for those continue to pray to help financially. Once I get the info from my home church CC Melbourne, I will write how to do so.

The worship ministry continues to flourish. We are enjoying a time of unity among this group with some students from Africa very involved. It's wonderful to have the whole worship group on stage from time to time.

I am teaching through the Gospel of John on Sundays and Genesis on Wednesday evenings. God is so faithful to open deep truths about His character to convey to the church. I'm so thankful for the privilege to teach the Word of God here in Poltava.

I have taken a break on Wednesday nights in order to give another brother a change to teach. Brother Ifi has been teaching through the book of Ruth. Ifi is a son of a pastor (from Nigeria). He has been a Christian for a long time. He has been an extreme blessing to the church for many years already. He is faithful in many areas in his life including being a full time student and working to pay for most of his education. Ifi's father went to be with the Lord about a year and a half ago. He was the main provider for Ifi's education. The Lord has really blessed this brother in many ways, so I ask that you would pray for him. The Lord, I believe has big plans for this brother, and God is using his time in Ukraine to strengthen him in many ways. It's been a blessing to hear the things the Lord is showing him in the book of Ruth.

Our season of feeding the homeless has ended till it gets cold again. It was interesting for me to see those involved grow spiritually through this season. There is even a few guys from this ministry that are coming pretty regularly.

We again plan to meet with some handicapped kids next week. Easter is coming on May 5th this year in Ukraine, so I'm going to share an Easter message with the kids. The kids, and their parents seemed to be real open the last time we spent time with them. We are planning to have monthly meetings with these special kids and their parents! I am personally very excited about this ministry because it's such a great opportunity to show the acceptance and love of Jesus to these special kids. We were sent some special model airplanes that we plan on using to bless these kids in the summer! We can't wait to see what the Lord is going to do in this ministry!

The kids are half way through homeschool! They have been making good progress! We all had a two week break from school! We are still praying for the right treatment for Stephan's asthma.

Much more to right, so little time! We can't wait to have our team come from CC Melbourne this summer! They will be a big part of our outreaches to the new area the church is in. We also hope to have a few more visitors come this summer to co-labor with us! We are still waiting for the Lord's will!

Thank you for taking time to read our newsletter and praying with and for us! May the Lord abundantly bless you!

Love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip!



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Dear prayer partners!

We wanted to let you know that today we signed the final paperwork to buy the new home for Calvary Chapel Poltava! Yesterday we spent almost 2 hours at the bank withdrawing the money (boy, in the States, to buy a building you just get a cashiers check at the bank, give it to the seller and it's a done deal). Here it's cash in hand, as they have no paper check system here. Today we spent a few hours finalizing the deal! Some had to go to another bank to make sure the cash wasn't counterfeit, recount it, etc.!

This Saturday a group of people from the church are going to start packing up things to move to our new place. We plan on freeing up two rooms we are using for Sunday School and storage, but will use the hall we are renting for a few months so everything can be in its proper place in the new building. We will be having our smaller meetings in our new building next week already. It is a really exciting time for the church! Thank you for praying.
The past Monday, instead of meeting in our prayer room we decided to go to our new neighborhood and do a prayer walk. We all sense the Lord is going to do a mighty work in the years to come.

We are still working on the details in order to receive some financial help for the building. The church had a good portion of the money, but not all of it. Once the details are finalized, I will write a separate letter. If you want to help out with the building, I ask you hold off for a few weeks until I have the complete details. For tax reasons, we do not want to mix our personal support with the building support! The new chapter in the live of CC Poltava has brought much joy to our hearts, as well as those have constantly prayed for this specific request for many years! Pray about coming on a short term missions trip or coming to visit to see what the Lord is doing if He so leads. We are anticipating a special time of evangelism in the summer filled with many children's festivals, and a team from my home church CC Melbourne.

As we were praying for this, the Lord gave a verse to us:

Psalm 90: 16-17
"Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands."


Thank you for taking the time to read our updates and pray for our ministry. We have been here for almost 7 years now. We see God establishing His work though CC Poltava like never before!

Love,
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip


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March 10, 2013

Dear friends in Jesus!

It's time again to share with you what the Lord is doing in Poltava!

He is doing much and we want to share some good things from far away!

First, I want to share our first big announcement. Calvary Chapel Poltava will soon be 12 years old! For many years the church has been paying rent as well as praying for a place to purchase. Just recently our landlord raised the rent enough that I started looking for a building. I started looking through different agencies and finally found an interesting place. I asked a few of the guys from the church to look at it with me again. We kept praying. In fact, last Saturday we had a 6 hour prayer meeting just to seek the Lord in regards to the purchase of this particular building and other important things. On Monday, March 4 we signed a contract and put down a deposit to buy a new home for Calvary Chapel Poltava. We are very excited to take this step of faith and see the body grow together as we make it our new church home! The building is almost ready to move into, which is a big plus! Once we make the final purchase, we will have all of there services there except for Sunday, for now. We are going to have to do a little work on the hall to make it a bit bigger by taking down a wall and making a stage. We may have to have two services on Sunday once we start having the Sunday service in our new place. Please pray for the additional funds we need as well as finalizing the purchase by April 4th.

The worship group continues to grow. A few Sundays ago the whole worship group led worship on Sunday morning! It was really wonderful. It seems like years ago that we never had such a large group of people in this ministry, but even more important, such unity in the group. This has been an extreme blessing for Tanya. We remember the days were those that we involved just didn't seem very committed to being on time, not many could make practice, and didn't seem to have a deep relationship with the Lord. God has really changed that, just within the last 2 years. It's been wonderful to watch the LORD transform the group!

We finished our 6 week study on the life of Solomon. It was a great study that gave us insight through the Scriptures plus some good probing questions about the spiritual rise and downfall of this wise man. It again reminds me of the importance of staying close to the Lord daily, bearing fruit keeping with repentance, and being fully submitted to Him. We would like to start home groups since we have completed this study, but we are still praying for God's timing.

On March 3rd Tanya gathered the ladies from the church to celebrate International Women's Day, which is the 8th of March. The theme was "Being the Fragrance of God". Tanya taught on the importance of bringing the Fragrance of the Lord everywhere you go by the things we do and say. The ladies we blessed by this encouraging teaching.

Calvary Chapel Poltava will be ministering to some kids that have special needs on a month basis. The Lord has once again opened up a door of ministry for us. We were able to have a meeting with some of the kids, ranging from 7 to 16 years old. We had the meeting right around Valentines Day so we spoke about the love of God. Pray for new ideas and how to reach this precious kids, as well as there parents, for the Lord.

Family:

Our registration:
Praise God that we are finally registered! I go to the immigration place on Tuesday to get our passports with our temporary resident stamp for the next year! I must have been there 10 times or more to bring document, new documents, corrections, mistakes, pictures...oh the red tape. But perseverance paid off. Thank you for praying for this process!

Stephan:
Please pray for him. He has a form of asthma. I have been going to the hospital with him every day getting tests and treatment. They want to put him on a spray that has steroids in them and we just aren't sure this is the way the Lord want us to go. We are asking the Lord for wisdom and most of all His healing hand to touch our dear little boy. For now, he is taking a tablet a day but he still is coughing. If anyone can give me some insight to this, please let me know. Hopefully the Lord will heal him and he'll grow out of it. His main allergy is dust and cat fur. He found out by doing the allergy tests and these were the things he is most allergic to.

10 year anniversary!:
Tanya and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary! We just can't believe how fast time goes by! We were able to have someone come over and watch the kids so we could go out for a nice quiet dinner and have some time together! We are thankful to the Lord for everything the Lord has done the past 10 years in our lives together! He is so good!

Please pray for us at your home groups, prayer meetings and the like. We know that going through the purchase of the building is going to be a spiritual war. We know that we are going to be in a new neighborhood that will have the light of the Gospel very close. We plan on doing many things once we get settled to share the Gospel and be a light in this new place. We know the enemy is not going to like it. Thank you so much for taking time to read our newsletter and taking these things to the Lord in prayer. We are eternally grateful!

      The place we are buying is a cafĂ©

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    Outside view

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    Foyer view

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    Hall view



The Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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February 27, 2013

Dear friends and family,

The Lord is doing a great work in our church! We are excited to share some news with you to pray about. After the New Year the landlords of the place we rent for our services went up pretty dramatically. We have been praying for many years about buying a building, but we never found anything very good or something within our reach due to the fact that many places on the market needed much repair that would surpass the purchase price of the building. For the last few weeks I have been actively looking for a place to buy. I believe we have found a place. I have shared this news with the church on Sunday and asked them to pray concerning this decision.

This week have have committed to pray for this important step. On Saturday from 3 - 9 pm we will gather together and pray, fast, and worship and ask Him concerning this decision as well as other things the Lord is doing in the church. Please pray with us and we ask the Lord His will for this major step. If the Lord lays on your heart, as you pray, to help the church in any way with this please contact me and I can answer any questions. I have alerted my home church, Calvary Chapel Melbourne about this step of faith and the missions department have agreed to pray with us as well. We have committed to give that final answer to the seller on Monday. Please ask the Lord for His understanding and His will for this decision. For the time being the leaders of CC Poltava are in agreement that this a place that would be good our church, unless the Lord shows us something different this week as we commit it to prayer.

The Lord bless you and thank you for partnering with us in prayer. I will keep you updated!

Eric

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January 27, 2013

Dear friends and family!

It's been a little over a month since we've been back in Ukraine! It's been great to be back. We really missed the church and it's great to be back in fellowship with everyone! It was wonderful to hear of all the great things the Lord did in and through those who took some extra responsibilities at the church while we were gone! I'll just give a brief update about the ministry and our family so you can pray.

Tanya and I are really pleased about the spiritually maturity displayed in many of the people. God is really doing a special work! It's just wonderful to see. Here are some praise reports and areas of prayer.

Men's meeting:
A long time brother, Sasha, is leading the men's ministry which takes place 2 times a month. At first he was planning on leaving to Poland with his family to find work. In fact, we were not expecting him to be in Poltava when we returned. At the last minute he was his wife were denied a visa to Poland. God had clearly shut the door. Please pray for Sasha, as he has been out of work for close to a year. Good jobs are scarce in Poltava so please pray God would open up a door for him.

Sunday School:
Not only is Sasha involved in the men's meeting but also plays a major role in our Sunday School (as well has his wife Oksana). During the Christmas/New Year break we had a VBS camp for the kids in the Sunday School and their friends. The camp was wonderful!! Our kids came home each day and were excited to go back the next day. Tanya even taught a lesson one day! Our Sunday School is maturing in many ways! Please pray for this to continue. We have some really dedicated people and it's a blessing that our kids are always looking forward to going each time. We'd like to have a VBS during spring break! Please pray. Since Tanya is now only doing worship every three weeks, she is going to teach one lesson. Tanya was a school teacher in Russia before we were married and is really good with kids.

Worship group:
This is a ministry we seen much maturity. We have different teams that rotate each week. I have stepped away from the men's group since the guys are doing fine without me. Darina leads sometimes with only herself and with Tanya too. Vadim, Oksana, and Natasha are leading once a month as well. The guys from Africa are leading as well. God is doing some great things. Please pray this continued.

Women's meeting:
Tanya has started a new women's group! She has some wonderful material that encourages and challenges the women's to grow. She's busy preparing to make it relevant and for the women to draw into a deeper relationship with Jesus!

Youth group:
Ife is still leading this group! Right before New Year he asked me to share. I was surprised to see all the youth that were there. Pray that God would keep blessing this ministry! Ife has been a huge blessing to our family and to the church. New small group:
On Thursdays we have started a 6 week study about Solomon. We have material from "Walk Through the Bible". The name of the study is "The Importance of Integrity". We just started last week and our room is full! We've got into good conversations that draw us closer to the Lord and to each other. I'm praying to start 2 or 3 home groups after this small group! We have different life studies from the same organization and pray the Lord will raise up a few faithful men to be home group leaders in about 8 weeks. Pray the Lord would show that man as me as well. Home groups have been on my heart for a long time and I believe we are arriving to this point!

New Ministries:
We have been invited to reach out to homeless people. This past Saturday two ladies from our church took part and shared this Sunday morning. I believe the Lord is going to use others in the church as well! It's excited to watch the Lord answering prayer as we ask Him to open doors to share the Gospel.

Teen prison:
We also have been invited to take part in this ministry. We don't know exactly what are part will be, but we are praying how. It's really excited to be involved in new things as God opens the doors!

Family life:
Our registration:
We are getting everything together so we can stay in Ukraine without leaving the country. I started to find out what we need. We will be registered from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014. We hit a small snag when we brought our letter of invitation to our city administration. Sabrina's passport expires within this time so they told us we had to get a new US passport for her. So Tanya, and I, along with Sabrina has to make a quick to Kiev to apply for one. It should be ready on Wednesday. Please pray that the city administration will do the letter quickly so we can turn in the rest of our documents for our registration. Otherwise we have to leave and get another visa! May God's will be done.

Homeschool:
The boys started home school. They are doing pretty well for being off for their 3 month vacation. We (Tanya and I) are getting reeducated while we teach them : )

Daniel:
Daniel turned 9 on January 23rd! He is such a blessing to us! He is growing up so fast!

Well, this is our news for the month. Thank you for praying and/or supporting us! We are so blessed to be part of the work God is doing! We are privileged to serve the Lord in this way! Thank you for partnering with us and taking time to read our updates!

May the Lord bless you!
Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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December 12, 2012

Dear friends and family,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our time in the States is almost over. We have had a wonderful time while we have been here. The Lord has really taken care of us and blessed us in so many ways (some of them unexpected). We were able to meet with many family and friends and saw many people from prior Ukraine trips as well. Sabrina has had her surgery and we can see a big difference in her leg. We praise the Lord for His oversight in this process and pray this will be the one and only time she will have to have it. She will still be wearing a brace for a season but hopefully as she grows older she will not require it. We are looking forward to our return to Ukraine. We certainly enjoyed our time here with some great time together with many of you but know that God desires us to return. The church has been doing very well under Pastor Vlad's oversight as well as many others that have united together to fill in as we were away. We expect some good changes in some of the ministries as we hear of the faithfulness of some of the brothers that were stretched during this time.

Tanya and I have found some great leadership / discipleship training that we plan on using when we get back to invest in the beloved believers. We have been packing since Monday and hope to finish everything before Friday so we can have a few days to rest before the big trip. We will continue to update you as we continue to serve in the year to come.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletters, pray and supporting us in so many ways!

We love you and have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Tuesday October 30, 2012

Dear friends and family,

Hello from sunny Florida! We are enjoying our first 4 weeks of our furlough in Florida (and a week in Wisconsin with relatives). We have had somewhat of a restful time. This week is the first we are staying home and going nowhere out of the city limits!

We have enjoyed rejoining friends and family in Florida and seeing great grandma Winkka (86 years old) and Eric's sister Heidi and her family.

We were invited for a radio interview for missions with a local Christian radio station (which went well and we'll let you know when you can listen if you want to) and to a small missions update meeting. We are expecting more opportunities to share now that much of our busy time is over. This Wednesday (Oct. 31) Eric will be sharing at CC Melbourne for a few minutes.

We had some unexpected news when we visited Sabrina's doctor concerning her right leg. We know that eventually she would have to have surgery, but not this soon. Last year the doctor told us that when she was 5 or 6 she would have get a procedure done. When we went to our appointment this year he told us that it should be done this year! We were surprised!

On October 23rd Sabrina had outpatient surgery. We arrived at the hospital at 8 am and left around 4 pm. The boys did really well (patient) waiting for their sister from beginning to end. The surgery went well, according to the doctor. She now has a cast on her right leg. She is already off pain medicine and walking with help. The cast won't come off until December 4th! She sure has been a little trooper through it all. Not only did the Lord have His hand on the surgery, He also took care of our need to change the flights AT NO COST! We had to deal with Aeroflot and Delta airlines since we bought the tickets separate. Once I finally got ahold of a representative from Aeroflot, they immediately changed the tickets and no extra cost! Same with Delta! We will be flying back to Ukraine on the 17th of December instead of the Nov. 28th date. We want to make sure Sabrina gets all the care she needs before we go back.

Our care team at our church also put on a big birthday party for all of the kids. Our kids were showered with gifts and they were exploding with joy. It's such a blessing to see others pour out the Lord's love on our kids.

We have been in touch with Pastor Vlad who is taking care of the church in Poltava in our absence. He says everything is going well and several people have stepped up to help to serve! This is wonderful news! Jesus is faithful to take care of His church!

That's all for now.

We hope to see more of you as we spend a few more weeks than expected.

We'll send a few pictures soon.

The Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Wednesday August 28, 2012

Dear friends,

It's been awhile since our last newsletter! We have been extremely blessed (and busy) with a team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne for the last two weeks! Right before the team came we had a wonderful conference at the Sea of Azov in the southern part of Ukraine. Time is just flying by! We have less than a month before we will be in the States!

Our time at the Sea. Almost 70 people from the church went to our 5 annual conference at the Sea of Azov. We studied the book of 1 Timothy. We had a few different pastors teach from the different churches that were represented at the conference. Each year seems to get better! The Word and the fellowship were just wonderful. It's good hearing the other pastors teach and see their growth in the Lord. The Lord really did a wonderful thing for this conference. Just before we came there was bad weather in this location for 3 weeks. Swimming was prohibited because of the rough sea. When we came everything clear up and had beautiful weather up until we got into the bus to go home (then the rain came). One person from the church was baptized along with a few others from the other Calvary Chapels.

A few days later Augusta from Florida came. It had been a year since Augusta had left to go back to the States to go to college. She was able to sneak two weeks in to visit Poltava until her next semester started. She was a great help to us serving the team, as well as catching up with the many who love her. She also came alongside the team some days to serve with them. She was a great blessing all around. She said her trip couldn't have been better.

The team from CC Melbourne came for a total of two weeks. Like usual, we had a whole schedule of events for them. We were all over Poltava and the region. We were able to minister at camps outside of Poltava as well as doing many events within the city. This year we had a children's festival in our new neighborhood. I was surprised to the amount of kids live in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, rain stopped our event short that day, but we will be having another one next year! We had quite of few opportunities to go out onto the streets to share the Gospel as well. Many people were open to talk about the Lord. We also made a trip to the old folks home, which is always well received! It must blow the minds of some of these Soviet era folks to have American's come and visit them and give them gifts like lap blankets and shawls. We also were able to go to a few hospitals to give out baby blankets and have a children's festivals for the toddlers and older kids. For some reason we weren't allow to go into one department we have been going to for years. If God wants to keep that door open, He will, so pray for this.

After the team left we were really tired and Eric was gifted with a bad cold. Pray for his healing.

Now were are in the homestretch. We have many preparations to do before we come for our visit to the States. This will be the first year we won't have to call on others from other churches to help with teaching and worship! God has raised up several people to serve in the worship ministry this past year. This is such a blessing for us. We also have a few guys that will be able to teach in my absence. I want them to be able to do a verse by verse study so I am going to ask them to go through the Gospel of John. On Wednesday, they will pick up with where I left off in the book of Nehemiah.

We are also praying for a new Sunday School leader. Please pray that God would choose the right people to take over this precious ministry. Before school starts the Sunday School kids and their family were able to travel 2 hours away to a zoo. Tanya went with the kids and Eric stayed home with Philip. They had about 6 weeks of lessons about the different animals God created, then they went to see them in living color.

I do apologize for not having any pictures. I hope to have some in the future. I was too busy to take any, but the team promised to get me some so I can publish them.

We will be arriving to Florida on September 25th if all goes well. We have plans to visit friends and relatives as well as sharing at a few churches. We may even share on Christian radio as well!

We thank the Lord for our fruitful year of ministry and look forward to our time of rest. We hope to see as many of you as we can while we are in the States.

The Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Philip, Sabrina, Stephan, and Daniel

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Wednesday August 1, 2012

Hi All!

Not a newsletter but some prayer requests. Today we are leaving for our 5th Annual Conference at the Sea of Azov. There will be a little over 60 of us traveling on a night bus to the Azov Sea tonight. It's takes around 7 hours to get there. Pray for safe travels and spiritual refreshment (we are going to be going through the whole book of First Timothy for the 3 1/2 days we will be there). Eric will be teaching the 3rd chapter of the book.

Right after we return from the conference (late Sunday night) we have much organizing to do as we are waiting for an 8 person team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne that will arrive on August 9th. We have much planned, so please ask God to fill in the details for them and direct our steps! They will be in Ukraine from August 9th to August 22nd.

May the Lord bless you!

Eric and Tanya

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dear friends and family!

Sorry for the delay! Here are some of the great things the Lord is doing in Poltava! Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and pray for the things we are sharing with you!

Before I share, I again would like to bring your attention to the book of Ezra! The Lord tells of many practical ways He provides for His people when He is doing a work. God was doing an awesome work by touching the heart of the king, even in the midst of opposition. Those that were against the plan of God failed and "His good hand were on His people". So we know that when God has called us to do something even when there are delays and opposition His will stands. So if we are sure we are on the Lord's path we don't have to quit and be discouraged when obstacles appear! We have to keep our eyes on Jesus. Also in Ch. 8 Ezra called a fast while they were traveling to Jerusalem. He was traveling without any of the kings army for protection. Ezra tells us that he was ashamed to ask for this protection because he had told the king how great our God was and would bless those who seek them but fight against those who would oppose Him. There are many applications for us so I encourage you to open Ezra chapter 8 (after vs. 14 (many names)) and reflect on the wonderful area of Scripture.

So as you can guess, we are going through Ezra on Wednesday night and still going through Romans on Sunday morning.

So far our summer has been really busy. Each night there is something going on at the church or some type of outreach. Our main outreaches are our Thursday night evangelism and our Friday night outreach to a children's camp. This is the first year we've focus on just one camp and have had a weekly contact with the same kids. Both ministries are such a blessing and I'm pleased with the amount of people that are coming out to serve! We also have and are going to do several children's festivals this summer. We already traveled to a small village! What open hearts God had prepared in the children and their parents. We may go back later this summer. We also plan to do one in our new neighborhood as well as doing a VBS (vacation Bible school) in the first week of August that will include our kids from Sunday School as well as neighborhood kids.

It was also a huge blessing to share the Gospel with two people from a restricted country. One a student the other her mother. God had already been working on the mother's heart for years and while in Poltava was the first time she had even been in a church and around Christians! The Lord had touched her live in a dream many years ago and she had never forgotten about it. Tanya and I had them over 2 times an had an awesome time. The daughter understands English very well and she interpreted for her mother. I pulled up the Bible in there language and we went through the Scriptures. The mother was thrilled to finally talk with people that could share more of what the Lord had revealed to her in the past. They left the other day. We sent them with some things to help them continue on in the faith. Please pray for them. We are excited to see what God will do in the future. By the way, as last weeks evangelism I also spoke to a young man who was from America and studying in Ukraine who is Muslim. He was once Catholic. We talked for almost an hour. I believe God is working on his heart. Pray for Abraham.

This past month we a special guest from Kiev to share with the women in Poltava and Chootava. The women's study is going very well as the ladies dig deep into the Scriptures.

The men's worship group will be leading worship this Sunday. It is such a pleasure to serve with these men with a great spirit of humility and unity.

The youth group is going very well. The Lord is using brother Ifi in a wonderful way. The youth really receive from him well. We praise the Lord for bringing together the youth of our church.

Upcoming events:

The Sunday School is going to the zoo in a nearby big city (Kharkov). They are learning about God's creation (specifically animals) so we are sponsoring a trip for them to go see the animals God created. Please pray for a safe trip.

We are waiting for a short term missionary team on Augusta 9th. Pray for a safe trip and an effective ministry time. Pray also for good weather as many of our events are outside.

Augusta Hintze is coming for two weeks to Poltava to minister and visit those who miss her. Augusta faithfully served with us in Poltava for a little over a year. We are all excited to see her again.

From August 2-5 we are having our annual conference at the Sea of Azov. We are taking a busload of people from the church to be strengthened in the faith a have a great time of fellowship. We will be going through the whole book of 1 Timothy while we are there. Pray for safe travels, open hearts and spiritual growth.

Our family:

The kids are doing well. They are growing so fast. They are almost done with school for the year! (the teachers are probably just as glad as the students are ; )!!! The kids have had there little coughs and colds here and there but for the most part the Lord has kept us healthy!

Well, that's it for now. Thanks again for taking time to read our news. Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

May the Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, Philip

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Resurrection Day from Ukraine!

Here are some pictures we took throughout the day.

We started at 5:30 am for our 6th annual sunrise service.

We worshipped the Lord in song and read through John 20 to remember that many years ago, early in the morning Jesus rose form the dead.

This year our whole family went, even Philip.

Afterward some of us went to the church to have breakfast.

Then we got ready for the main service at 10 am.

Many people came and several new people. It was a special time of worship with a few special songs about this wonderful day.

Even our children sang "Jesus Loves Me" for the church. Sabrina was supposed to do a solo, and she sang "SO LOW" nobody could hear her! The boys did good too.

Unfortunately we weren't able to snap any pictures of the main service, but this is what we have this year. Enjoy the pictures.

Many blessings!

Eric, Tanya,

Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Worshiping Jesus                         Sunrise at 5:50 am
at the sunrise service

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Jesus rose from the dead               Breakfast at church
and the few that got out of bed. :)

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Tanya and I                             The worship group

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The Vlasenko Family with               Petrenko Family
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Wednesday, March 28th:

Dear friends and family,

Greeting from Poltava, Ukraine!

We wanted to let you know what is happening in our ministry in the last two months.

At our main services Eric continues to teach through Romans (on Sundays) and Judges (on Wednesday nights). The Lord is allowing us to go through some very important areas of Scriptures to strengthen our faith and challenge us to live godly lives in these last days. During the winter season, the Lord has given us a time of small groups to strengthen the believers in Poltava. I give you a run down and prayer needs.

Men's fellowship:

We have started a wonderful men's fellowship. It's great to see a renewal in this ministry. In our 2nd meeting we watched the movie "Courageous". The men were really blessed to see such a quality film challenging men to seek after God. We are waiting for a men's Bible study based on the movie. I hope that that God will drawn the men at the church into a deeper relationship with Jesus as we meet twice a month. God is raising up two men to lead a few ministries in the church. Pray for Sasha as he prays about leading the prayer meeting. Also pray for Vadim (and his wife Oksana) as they lead worship for Sunday school and for the prayer meeting on Monday evenings. We are excited to see these men answer the calling of God on their lives.

Women's fellowship:

Tanya has started a new women's fellowship named "Women After God's Heart". There first meeting was this past Saturday morning. The women were blessed to hear about the need to have a heart like Mary who was sitting at the feet of Jesus and receiving from Him.

Young women's fellowship:

Tanya continues to meet with the young girls at our church. They are learning what it means to be a women of virtue. We are blessed that we are able to have these 3 small groups at our new home. Our dining room is able to accommodate up to 20 people.

Video seminars:

Walk through the Bible has wonderful Bible seminars. We just finished "How to Restore Broken Peace". Many of the people that attend are in there 50's - 70's on Thursday evenings. It's a wonderful blessing to be able to fellowship with them on this type of topic. This seminar was extra special because there were a lot of good input within the group. This group of believers are the most faithful in many ways so it is such a joy to invest in their lives. I'm so thank that we will start another 7 week seminar tomorrow. Please pray that God would continue to strengthen these precious believers.

African fellowship:

We still have quite a few African's that attend our fellowship. Some of them are real witnesses in their universities. We find it important that we get together with them now and again to be able to pray and minister to their needs as they are so far away from home. We are praying about a ministry to bless the widows in our church. In the last few months a few women lost their husbands of 40 or more years. One lady who was already a widow lost her son who was in his 30's. It's been a time of uniting around them in prayer. We are praying for a way to do something special for them from time to time. We have around 15 ladies that are widows. Just on Sunday one lady lost her husband and she called Eric to share her sad news. Pray for Galina who lost her husband of over 45 years.

Keep praying for a youth ministry. We are praying the Lord will put is on the heart of the right people to start this ministry in His timing. The church is growing in several ways. God is adding on as He sees fit. We are praying that God would send new believers as well as those who would want to know God's Word in a deeper way.

Family life:

As many of you know we just return from Poland to receive new visas. The trip was successful. We have asked our landlord to register us at her home. She will go to the immigration office tomorrow to see what she needs to do. If we are successful, we will be able to stay in the country without leaving every 90 days for the next year. Pray that the process will be smoothly.

The boys are doing well in their homeschooling. Sabrina is learning as she listens to us teach the boys. Philip is going to be 5 months in April and has been sleeping though the night for a 2 months already. We thank the Lord for learning a wonderful secret (starting with Daniel, our firstborn) so we can get sleep as well as the baby! Praise God that He has given us really good health throughout the wintertime.

Tanya and I celebrated 9 years of marriage on March first. We are so blessed to have a pool of ladies in the church that are willing to watch all 4 of our kids for a few hours while Tanya and I can go out from time to time.

We are so blessed that we were able to move at the end of January! Our new house is such a blessing! We have so much more space! We are thankful for the landlord we have had for almost 6 years (she also owned the apartment we previously lived in) and the favor God has shown on us through her. Pray for Sveta and her family. Pray that they would come to know the Lord.

This past Sunday we had an "Agape Night". We watched "Amish Grace". If you haven't seen the movie, I encourage you to find it and watch it. The movie touched the heart of everyone who saw it. It's based on a true story of forgiveness. Thank the Lord that Christians are making these movies to bless His people as well as reaching out to the lost. We can't wait till "October Baby" is translated into Russian! I know that film is going to be a blessing for the church here too.

Unfortunately, our CC Melbourne team had to cancel their short term mission trip for June. We are hoping God will bring a team together before the summer ends. Teams bring a special element into the church in many ways. Maybe the Lord is calling you to come!?

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. On a separate email we will send some pictures. We are blessed to be able to serve here as long as the Lord allows us. Thank you Jesus for making it possible to serve the people of Ukraine!

The Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Having Fun!                   Last day of winter, we hope!

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our armor of God!

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Baby dedication               Baby Philip is growing.
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Tuesday, February 7th:

Dear prayer partners,

We finally have a short time to write about what the Lord has been doing since we have been back in Ukraine!

So much has happened since we have been back!

We returned back to Ukraine December 16th. The weather was like spring! We thought we'd be coming back to the usual cold temperatures in December. Right away we knew we had much preparation since we would be receiving a team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne. So after being away for 3 months we had much to accomplish.

The Lord was faithful. He arranged a full schedule for the team. Every time a team comes, the Lord seems to broaden the people we can serve and share the Gospel with. This time the team was able to serve at a few hospitals, an old folks home, a children's museum, a children's club, and a few outreaches to college students. Their time here was such a huge blessing! Each team member was ready to serve in the way He wanted them to. Each time a team comes the church is so encouraged. As a pastor, I'm blessed to see the lasting friendships that are made and how Christians from different cultures can serve the Lord together! I pray the Lord continues to bring teams and continues to add people all over the world who want to know the Lord. When we went to minister to the students we met people from Africa and Asia. Some had never heard the Gospel before.

Right before the team came, our the landlord of our apartment wanted to collect the rent and speak to us about moving to another property she owns. She had made this offer before, but we really didn't want to move. But, now that we have six people in our family and about 530 square of living space, we were open just to look at this house. When I (Eric) went to look at it, I knew the Lord wanted us to move. Now we have double the space than we did before. The house is nicely remodeled and we are paying about $50 more a month. The place we live in is in the old part of the city where there are homes instead of in the main part of the city, where there are apartments. Fortunately the house is not far away from the bus stop and transportation comes on a regular basis (but not as often as in the city). We haven't fully unpacked since we have also started a new school year. When we did move, our church family really helped us. We had over 20 people from our fellowship help us move our thing and clean up our old apartment we had lived in for 5 1/2 year. We did say good bye to some of our neighbors. Praise God that they were actually sad to see us move, meaning we left a good testimony behind us. It will take awhile for us to unpack, but we are getting settled slowly but surely.

While we were in the process of moving we were invited to a wedding in Kiev. If you remember, this past summer Eric went to Azerbaijan. Little did I know that there was a romance going on between one member of our team (from Ukraine) and one of the brothers from Azerbaijan. When we were in the States, Anya wrote to us and invited us to their wedding! Wow! I was invited to be one of the best men in the wedding. Pastor Losha directed the ceremony. It was a blessed event!

Before we went to this wedding, Vadim and Oksana Petrenko let us know they were celebrating 25 years of marriage. They had never married in a church with an official ceremony. Their desire on there 25th anniversary was to have a small wedding ceremony. I officiated the ceremony. We didn't have much time since they only gave us a weeks notice, but everything turned out wonderful.

This past week Eric celebrated his 44th birthday. We invited all of the people who helped us move and their spouses. We had over 30 people at our house to celebrate our life in our new home as well as Eric's birthday. He was blessed with a new traditional Ukrainian shirt! We really appreciate our church family! They are so loving toward us. On January 23rd Daniel celebrated his 8th birthday at McDonalds with some of his friends from church. It was fun to watch the kids have fun together.

We are in the winter season. And even though it was like spring when the team was here, now we are in sub zero temperatures! During this time we like to have several small groups to build up the church. We will be having 4 or 5 small groups this winter. We will have a men's and women's small group as well as young women's, video seminars and possibly some home groups.

Please pray as we renew our visas next month. We are getting all of our documents together and plan on going to Poland. Please pray for this process.

(We sent another email with pictures of the many events that happened over the last two month.)

Thank you for your prayers and support. We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletters and praying for us and sending us comments back!

May the Lord richly bless you!!!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Friday, December 30th:

Happy New Year!

A New Year brings new changes!

First, we wanted to thank you all again for a wonderful time in the States! We really felt "cared for" by our care team! Thank you for all you did for us! The Lord is so good to us through you!

We did have a good trip back from the States (well as good as a 30 hour trip can be). We have adapted back to the time and life in Poltava. It was great to be reunited with the church. We had a nice home cooked meal waiting at our apartment, complements of some of the ladies from our church. We really love the church here!

Next, we wanted to let you know we are waiting for a team from CC Melbourne on January 4th. A team of 6 are going to be ministering with us till they go home on January 14th. We have several special events lined up for them and are waiting for confirmation for a few more. Praise the Lord! He has opened a wide variety of events for us. Please pray for them as they make a very long journey from Florida to Poltava.

We are moving at the end of January! We have lived in our apartment in Poltava for 5 1/2 years! Our landlord had asked us in the past several times to consider renting a home that she has in another area of Poltava. We had always told her "no" because we really didn't like the area. Well, it seems that she wants to sell the apartment we now live in, and she had asked us again right when we returned.

Eric reluctantly went to look at it just so we could say "no". Well, after looking at it, the answer is yes! We have such a nice landlord (which is hard to come by here) and so we are more than likely going to move at the end of January.

The house will better accommodate our big family. We had thought about moving before, but its such a hassle to move. Eric had even looked at places before but we always said "Let's just stay here". We will have to buy a few pieces of furniture since it's barely furnished. There are a few minuses living in a home than an apartment but the extra space and bigger kitchen is a bigger plus. (Plus having that same landlord). We will be upgrading from 600 sq. ft to around 800 sq ft.

Please pray for our move. Moving is never convenient at any time of the year, especially with the little ones, but we feel the Lord is giving us the go ahead to move. We'll send pictures once we are able to.

After all the holidays and the team leaves, we will focus on some special small groups. Tanya and I are always looking forward to a more closer time with those in the church this way. We are praying for the material that would be best for the season the church is in right now.

On Sunday, Eric is teaching through the book of Romans and on Wednesday, the book of Judges. The first two chapters of Judges are so awesome. There is so much application! Please read it when you get a chance! I'm sure the Lord will speak to you as he did me.

We will send updates as we go places with the team. Your prayers are appreciated! May the Lord bless you! He has a special plan for each one of us this year! Fulfill it!

Please pray our weeklong vacation Bible school that is from January 2nd till January 6th. We have a weeklong schedule filled with activities for the kids at our church while they are out of school. Pray for those who will teach and do many behind the scenes things. During this time, the kids will prepare for a special recital for our Christmas service on January 8th.

Thanks for praying!

Love,

The Bougie family

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Saturday December 17th:

Dear Friends:

We made it to Poltava without any problems!

Thank you for praying! It took us 34 hours from door to door! We slept 13 hours after we returned home. Tomorrow is service!

God bless you!

Eric and Tanya

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Wednesday December 14th:

Dear Friends:

Tonight is our last night in the States. Tanya and I are getting ready for tomorrow's journey.

We did have a wonderful time and we saw how the Lord worked in our lives and He just worked everything for the good for us.

Thank you for your fellowship, prayers, encouragement, kind words, generosity, faithfulness, care (and the list goes on). If we think of all the situations we have been in, events, and the like, God has been faithful.

Philip is doing well, Tanya has quickly recovered (her doctor said quicker and better than most), and we've all been in good health for our stay here.

Pray for traveling mercies, divine appointments, and smooth travel for us.

We are first flying from Ft. Lauderdale to Dulles (Washington D.C.) at 11 am. In Washington we has a 3 hour layover and fly to Moscow (with a 6 hour layover) and then on to Kiev.

We are looking forward and getting back to the flock and see what the Lord will be doing this coming year (we have a team from our church coming right after the New Year).

That's about it for now...back to packing!

We love you all and wish you a very blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Wednesday November 30th:

Hi everyone!

Here is a picture of Philip!

Thanks for praying!

In Him,

Bougie Family

Photo of newborn Philip Bougie. Born 11/12/11 at 2:03 pm in Boca Regional Hospital. Philip was 8 pound 4 ounces

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Tuesday November 22nd:

Hi everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the first time in 6 years we celebrated Thanksgiving in the States! Tanya is excited to make a turkey and a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner!

We all have much to be thankful for! We'll share some things we are thankful for!

Tanya and baby Philip are doing fine. Tanya is almost 100% better and almost 100% recovered from the surgery!

Yesterday we went to Miami to get Tanya and Philip's passports. Praise God that the agency processed the passport applications the same day! We were able to pick up the passports the same day! Also, we are thankful for the Lord's protection! On the way to Miami a pretty serious one car accident happened right before our eyes. If we would have been just a little bit closer to that car we would have been involved too.

We have a little over 3 weeks left of our time in the States. We are thankful for the many blessings the Lord showered on us! Too many to count! We are thankful for the many people that have helped us in so many ways!

We were hoping to get our visas to Ukraine while we in the States, but the Lord has a different plan.. and we are thankful that HE ALWAYS HAS A PLAN for us!

Last Sunday Pastor Mark shared a wonderful message in Philippians 4 about joy. If we know the promises in the Scripture, know the Lord loves us, and all things work together for good for those who love Him and called according to His purpose we'll never lose our joy!

Have a joyous Thanksgiving Day wherever you may be! Know that He loves you! He has so many promises for you! Trust and believe Him!

With much love,

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, Sabrina, and Philip

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Saturday November 12th:

Eric and Tanya are proud parents of:

Philip Eric Bougie

Born 11/12/11 at 2:03pm EST Boca Regional Hospital

8 pound 4 ounces

Tanya is recovering fine from the surgery. Baby Philip is doing well. Pray for stable breathing.

Thanks for praying!

Eric

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Monday November 7th:

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that we received a call from a US immigration officer today. He told Tanya that her oath ceremony was scheduled on the 18th of November. Tanya explained that her C-section was scheduled the same day! Since the 11th is Veteran's Day they have no ceremonies, which would delay the date till December (and we are leaving on the 15th).

So the officer said he would see what they could do. The officer (who happens to go to Calvary Chapel) called us back just now and said to come in today for a special individual oath ceremony! We are getting everyone ready to go!

Praise the Lord! Thanks for praying!

God bless you!

Eric and Tanya

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Thursday November 3rd:

Dear friends and family,

We just wanted to send you a little update on the things we have asked prayer for. We have already seen the Lord answer some and we are still waiting on others. Thank you for partnering in prayer with us.

Praise reports:

Tanya passed her citizen test!

Praise the Lord that our 3 other children will be taken care of by friends while Tanya is giving birth! (Thank you Anzhelika and Pete and The Hinzte Family!)

Our Ukrainian dinner turned out great! It was great to have over 40 people show up (in increments). The food and fellowship was wonderful. Lord willing we will have another one next year when we come for a visit.

Praise the Lord that we are meeting more new people at the church various Bible studies. It make our big church small!

Praise the Lord for the good amount of rest we have been given!

Praise the Lord that while we are away things at the church in Poltava are doing very well!

Praise the Lord that the boys homeschool year was evaluated and accepted. The new school year starts when we get back to Ukraine.

Prayer requests: We are waiting for the oath scheduling. Please pray this will happen before the birth of the baby. Hopefully it will be tomorrow or next Friday (the ceremonies are only on Fridays).

Tanya's pregnancy is going well. Her C-section is scheduled on November 18th at 12:30 (Eastern time). Pray the Lord would guide the hands of the doctor as this is the 4th C-section Tanya will be having. Pray for Tanya's and the baby's well being during the birth.

Visas to Ukraine. With new laws just implemented there is still uncertainty of what to expect. Unless something changes we'll have to apply for our Ukrainian visas in a nearby country. Pray for wisdom and the Lord's leading. There is a small possibility to get them while we are here in the States.

Tanya and baby's passports. Speedy and smooth process. Tanya can only apply for hers after the oath ceremony.

Pray for Daniel and Stephan. They are getting over a cold.

May the Lord bless you! Thank you for your prayer and support. We'll keep you posted as the Lord answers our prayers.

Pray for good weather this Sunday as we have another gathering with friends at Fred Lee Park in Palm Bay at 1 pm. Hope to see you there you are invited!

In His love and service,

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, and Sabrina

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Monday October 17th:

Dear friends and family,

Tanya passed her test with FLYING COLORS!

She will be an official U.S. citizen the first week in November! The man that interviewed her was from our church! Now that was NOT a coincidence! God had His hand on everything! It was such a joy! Her oath ceremony should be the 1st week in November!

Thank you so much for your prayer and support!

Many blessings!

Eric and Tanya

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Thursday October 13th:

Dear friends and family,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus. Hope all is well and you are fighting the good fight of the faith. May the Lord come quickly as we see the signs of the time as Jesus has already told us in advance. Be ready!

This is the first time we've written since we've been back to the States. We mostly want to share with you a few prayer requests. Our time has been wonderful so far. We have been able to see some of you that live in Florida and that has been a great joy. Our time is going very fast. It has been a special blessing to share the Word of God with a few men's groups and at Calvary Academy.

In the weeks to come we will be visiting a few home groups within our church as well as sharing with the singles group this Friday. It's always a blessing to meet new people in our large church. We are being blessed and well taken care of by our care group. We praise the Lord for giving us some rest, great fellowship and great teaching from the Word of God. Our pastor is going through the whole Bible on Wednesday nights in 70 weeks! We heard the first teaching in Genesis last night after we share a little about what it is to be a missionary with a 2nd grade class. Thank you for praying for our time here.

Just a few prayer requests:

Tanya will be taking her citizens test on Monday, October 17. We have been told that we can just stop in anytime (without an official appointment) at USCIS in Orlando. We have been working with our local governmental official to make this work. Pray our drive won't be in vain (they won't turn us away) and that Tanya will remember everything she has and is studying.

Tanya's pregnancy is going well. Everything looks good with baby. He is going to be really big if the ultrasound is correct. Tanya will have her fourth c-section for pray for safe surgery, a good recovery time, and a healthy birth. We have scheduled the birth on the 21st of November, unless Tanya goes into labor before that. We have a two hour drive to the hospital, so we pray that she won't go into labor before that date. However, we may need help watching Daniel, Stephan, and Sabrina. Thanks for praying for this. We know the Lord already knows the day.

Pray for our visa situation. We were hoping to get our visas in the States but it seems like it won't be until we get back to Ukraine. At first we were going to go one route but it seems like we will be going to Ukraine without visas then leave to a nearby county (maybe Hungry or Poland) to apply for visas. We were hoping to take care of this here but unless something changes and a certain processes can be sped up, we will have to travel outside Ukraine in March. This in not the best option since we will have a little baby, but it seems like the only one we have. However there is still a bit of hope so pray that if it is the Lord's will we can get visas while we are here.

Most importantly Tanya's passport needs to be processed after she gets her citizenship.

We have our Ukrainian dinner next weekend. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do so by this Friday. We are looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it.

May the Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, and Sabrina

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Wednesday August 31th:

Hi Everyone!

We are winding up our time here in Ukraine for a time. We thought the best way to keep in touch with ALL of our friends in the States, Ukraine, and Russia is to sign up on Facebook! If you would like, send a friend request and we will add you!

Can't wait to see everyone in the near future! Tanya is feeling well! The kids are finishing up school! Looking forward to our time of rest.

We will be in the States from September 16 to December 16. Pray for the things we should get accomplished (Lord willing, of course!)

Birth of our son (around the middle/end of November).

Tanya's recovery after the birth (this will be her 4th C-Section

Tanya's citizenship

Tanya and baby's passports

Lots of great fellowship with friends and family

A possible trip to Wisconsin to see my 85 year old grandma and sister and family.

We'll send updates, but we will start updating on Facebook now (including pictures of baby : ) )

May the Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, and Sabrina

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Saturday August 27th:

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to let you know that you can visit our Facebook page.

A brother in the church had the desire to make this for the church. Please enjoy!

Here is the link

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calvary-Chapel-Poltava/147107468699578?sk=wall

Many blessings!

Eric and Tanya

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Wednesday August 10th:

Hi Everyone!

Here are a few highlights from our trip to Azerbaijan! It truly was a wonderful time! I hope to go back in the months to come if it is the Lord's will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di6cuJiQrG8

In Him,

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Wednesday August 10th:

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to touch base. I've sent so many mini updates this month so I've decided to make this one short and sweet.

We are heading off to our annual summer conference at the Sea of Azov (from the 11th to the 14th). There will be 60 of us from CC Poltava heading down south tonight on a bus we rented out. During the conference we hope to get through the whole book of James. I will be sharing from chapters 2 and 4. Tanya will be leading worship a few times during our time there.

Pray for a safe trip and a good time of fellowship and spiritual encouragement. After we get back we'll have a month left in Ukraine and will be heading back to the States!

We've had a great summer of ministry! Going to Azerbaijan was icing on the cake! Thank you for your prayers and support! We are looking forward to seeing many of you during our time in Florida.

May the Lord bless you!

Eric, Tanya, Daniel, Stephan, and Sabrina

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Saturday July 30:

Hi Everyone!

Wow! God is really doing a great work! I am so blessed to be able to be here!

Yesterday was another awesome day! The guys went to another city to see what the Lord is doing. We met with a pastor from the Baptist church. They were ending a week of VBS. One of the young guys took us around town...a huge difference from Baku!

At 9 pm we went to the center of Baku and brought the guitar and started singing worship songs. At first no one came and after awhile around 30 people (if not more) gathered around, started clapping to the music as we sang! During the time we got to share the gospel on a personal level with several people. I was able to share the full Gospel with Terrell (below). He spoke good English and said he will think about it. We are going to meet up with him tomorrow.

Our time is running short and don't want to leave (except wanting my family with me). It's a very different culture with some very respectable characteristics that can't go unnoticeable. We will probably do much of the same tonight.

Thanks for praying!

Many blessings!

Thanks for supporting my short mission trip here! I would have missed out on much if I didn't go!

Eric

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Friday July 29th:

Hi everyone!

Thank you for praying! The Lord is doing some GREAT things!

Life is totally different. It seems like life begins in the evening! So many people walking outside enjoying the cool of the night. So many impressions of the capital city Baku! A very very beautiful city with many pretty fountains! Today we had some important meetings with some other believers. We have been handing out tracts.

Today I was able to share with Mumed (one guy Dima, one of our team members met a few days ago) and his friend the full Gospel. I will send a few pictures on a separate email.

Today we went to the center and started singing Christian songs (in English, Russian, and Ukrainian) and several people came up and we started some great conversations about the Lord. Today was a real eventful day and we are hoping for more. Continue to pray with us. God is starting a good work and I'm honored and humbled to be a part of it.

Till next time!

Eric

Tuesday July 26th:

Hi everyone!

I made it to Azerbaijan! It's REALLY hot! It's 101 degrees! We are heading to the Caspian sea for a little rest.

(It's 6 pm here and seems like noon) I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do!

Thanks for praying!

Eric

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Tuesday July 19:

Here is a short update!

We are having a blessed time with the team from Melbourne! Words (and time) can't express the MANY divine appointments we have had! It has really been an incredible time! There has been some real warfare as well.

We continue to trust in the Lord! Here are some pictures from one of our events today! Please pray for some dear brothers (3 of them) from Nigeria that are studying in Poltava. They got word that his father unexpectedly died of a heart attack today. I left the team to minister to one of them before he told his other two younger brothers the news. Their father was a respected pastor at a church in there country.

The Lord bless you.

Tomorrow we are going to a hospital and later showing our "Heaven's Gates, Hells Flames" drama. We are expecting a good turnout. Pray for endurance! It's HOT here!

Until next time,

Eric and Tanya

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Saturday July 16:

Dear Beloved!

Our team from CC Melbourne at 10:30 pm last night. They were supposed to arrive at 3:55 pm but there was a big dely. On top of that 10 of their suitcases are floating around and have yet to arrive in Poltava. Please pray for their quick return as some of the items in the bags are needed for ministry!

We finally arrived into Poltava around 6:00 am. Everyone got a little sleep and then we had a wonderful picnic! We had a great time of fellowship as some good teaching around the Word of God! I enclosed a few pictures.

Tomorrow is the service brother Art is teaching and then we are going to Camp Lighthouse to minister to many children. We will have our children's festival and then show our "Heaven's Gates, Hell's Flames" drama. Should be a blessed time.

I will try to send updates everyday. Pray for a good nights rest for everyone and a fruitful day of ministry tomorrow.

Many blessings!

Eric and Tanya

PS.

Yesterday I received my visa from the Azerbaijan Embassy! Praise the Lord! This is definitely going to be an interesting trip!

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