I have been traveling to Minsk Belarus in the former Soviet Union since 1996.
My ministry there began with teaching students the Book of Romans at the Baptist Union Bible College. Since that time the Lord has seen fit to increase my ministry to not only the believers in Belarus, but in Romania as well. I have also done conferences and seminars in the Czech Republic and various other locations in Europe. In all of these locations, we meet with and train pastors and church leaders. We now travel to Minsk, Belarus and Comanesti, Romania each year to hold conferences, seminars, and meet individually with believers.
- VLADIMIR BUKANOV
Pastor of New Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Gatava, Belarus
Gatava is a village of about 15,000 folks that is located about 30 minutes south of Minsk. Vladimir Bukanov is the pastor and his wife is Ludmilla or Luda. They have two daughters. The eldest (Marina) is married while the youngest (Yulia) and is married to Oleg Zaiatz, who heads the ministry to the youth of the church. The deacon of the church is named Anatoly Sunduchkov, while the missionary of the church is Igor Gurov (his wife is Tanya). The size of the church is about 50, but the ministry of the church is remarkably effective and the desire of the folks to be grounded in Scripture is without question. They regularly reach out to the surrounding villages and establish Bible studies.
Prayer request: Vladimir needs funds to finish the building of his new home and the church is seeking to expand its building.
- ADRIAN BARZU
Pastor of Victory Baptist Church, Comanesti, Romania
Adrian and his wife Delia have two boys (Andy and Stefi) and they live in the town of Comanesti, Romania which is in the northeast portion of the country.Comanesti is 5 hours (by train) north of Bucharest, the capitol of Romania. Adrian is a very faithful pastor who desires to promote New Covenant theology and the Doctrines of Grace. Each May I return to do a conference for Romanian Baptist pastors and Gypsy pastors. Adrian is establishing a teaching center in his portion of Romania.
Prayer request: That the Lord would raise up other men to teach and lead Adrian’s fellowship.
- PAVEL AND KLARA STEIGER
HCJB Missionioinaries, Prague, Czech Republic
Pavel and Klare Steiger are missionaries for HCJB (missionary radio). They produce a theological magazine that goes out to about 5,000 to 7,000 Czech and Slovak subcribers. Pavel embraces the doctrines of grace and New Covenant Theology. Pavel and Klara are special friends of mine and I usually stop by Prague on my way home. I have done some theological seminars in Prague which Pavel and Klara have arranged for me.