Please Pray for
The Mahers
Missionaries to the
Ukraine
"Go ye into all the world."
 Mark 16:15
 

 

Sending Church:
Berean Baptist Church
Pastor Charles Davis
24241 State Line Road
Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
Tel (812) 637-5822

Working With:
Charity Baptist Mission
P.O. Box 692
Bristol, TN 37621-0692
 

 

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Summer of 2014

 

UKRAINE is still in distress:

 

We want to thank the Lord that the May 25th Presidential Elections went well- that is peaceably! We are not certain in which direction the new President; Mr. Poroshenko will lead the country. He is a very successful businessman who owns three large chocolate/candy factories, which hopefully means that he won't be looking at his office as an opportunity to get richer. It is also yet to be seen how tight he will be with the Orthodox “Church”. Please pray for his salvation & that the doors for Ministering the Gospel will stay open.

 

BUT We also see that RUSSIA IS STILL STIRRING UP TURMOIL & UNREST IN EASTERN UKRAINE!

 

Everything is being prepared to create a need for a Russian “peace making” invasion. PLEASE!!! PRAY HARD for the situation in UKRAINE. The country is still being threatened by an outside invasion. Russia has already taken over the Crimean Peninsula & would like to have a land route to access the peninsula.

 

It is truly incredible how much the NEWS media slants and twists things. While in a local grocery store, we were amazed to overhear the (pro-Russian) radio broadcasting anti- American propaganda about our involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Sadly almost every home in the villages listens to the radio, so it is completely understandable why there is a growing Anti-American sentiment in the Southern and Eastern regions of Ukraine.

 

A very big “Thank You” to all who prayed for Oksana and her sinus infection! At this point all of the pain is gone- Praise the Lord!!! The Surgeon advised that we should wait and do new x-rays when we return from our upcoming Furlough.

 

On June 9th we'll be returning for a furlough. We hope to contact each supporting Church to schedule a visit to give an update, but if you have a special event or a Missions Conference which you would like us to attend, then please contact us soon, so we can schedule accordingly. Our contact number is (513) 488-1288.

 

*Keeping in mind that we will be leaving on furlough & the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, we ask you to please pray hard for Brothers Sergey and Slavic as they will be leading the Church and feeding the Sheep. We praise the Lord for Bro. Alexander who retired and is very willing to help out & available to also fill-in. The present political situation has created many differing opinions and has even led to divisions in both Churches & families. Please pray for Lakeside Baptist Church to walk and serve in unity, trusting in and looking unto Jesus. Also pray for the safety of our Church members as the Crime rate is on the rise & Inflation is rising unbelievably.

 

At the Leper Colony (Thursdays), the new head Doctor forbid holding services on their hospital territory, but the Lord worked out this small set-back for good as we continue meeting at a brother's house just outside the territory.

 

We had two more funerals recently. It is always hard to part with a faithful saint, but is often a great opportunity to proclaim the Gospel & explain what hope truly is through faith in our living Saviour.

 Eccles. 7:1-5 & 1Thess. 4:13-18

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VBSs will be held in “Onok” Western Ukraine, Lakeside & Lord willing in Crimea, (Russia) again this year.

 

Bro. Slavic & the VBS team will continue the Gospel Flyer Evangelization in many villages in their travels.

 

Summer Football Camp-(June 30-July 6) will be a great week of football & Bible training. Pray for God's conviction.

 

To God be the Glory,

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher  Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288] Our new email address is mahers4jesus@gmail.com

 

*Thank you for your Prayers for safety in all this turmoil!!!

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 Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                          September of 2013

Elisabeth (our daughter!!!) followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism on Sept. 1st along with Sis. Marina (who had an Adventist background & recently trusted Christ after studying our course on Salvation), and also Brother Slavik (who lost his arm last year when pushed under a train) & Brother George – who is our first Gypsy convert.

 The Lord Saved also George’s younger Brother Valera (17) and their Sister Svetlana (13). {All 3 of them are half Gypsy and half Moldavian.} Anastasia (13) also called upon the Lord in July. Also on September 1st, the Lord saved Larissa (50) from a life of alcoholism- even her children had given up hope on her after her last drinking spell lasted for almost three months straight. (At the Tues. night Bible study she was joyfully thanking her Lord for salvation. Yuri, her X-husband who is very much of a “cool dude/bandit” even asked her for a Bible.)  Also in nearby Acheretovka, Tanya (40s) was led to the Lord by one of our members. She wants to attend the Thursday meeting our church holds in her town, but her husband is very much against her faith in Christ. Recently Victoria (20) received Christ, but her live-in “husband” Alexander, who drinks and beats her often & won’t leave her and their 14 month boy alone. He’s made some terrible threats. She doesn’t have any documents, no job or relatives.

Please Pray for another Gypsy family that George & several others have been witnessing to; their names are Yanoosh and Larissa. She is recovering from a stroke, but she still came to Church along with her 3 grandchildren.  

 All of our Summer VBS(s) went very well as we taught them Salvation using the Wordless Book:

1.    In “Onok”: 55 children (25 of them were gypsies) attend daily – some are still coming out for Sunday School.

2.     In Lakeside: 80 children attended everyday –Over half of them were lost & a few are coming to Sunday School.

3.     The VBS in “Orlov” was held in a different town named “NovoSavitskoe”. The turnout of 12 children was actually a pretty high percentage for this small town where the school has an attendance of only 40. People actually spread rumors that we were really there to steal the Children and sell their bodily organs. This is a very communistic/orthodox redneck village where many of the people still use horse and wagon for transportation.  Since the VBS, we have been continuing Bible classes for children and adults. Oksana has been visiting and witnessing to the lady director of the town hall where we hold meetings. Presently we are looking for a house to rent, since the town hall is getting too cold to hold the meetings in. Please pray that the Lord will save these people out of spiritual darkness, and that His glory will shine in this and the surrounding villages.

4.     Youth Camp went well, but many of our youth need much prayer that their hearts would see the beauty of Christ instead of the glitter of the world, so as to love Him and not the things of the world. 1 John 2:15

 Pray for our Calendar distribution: Praise the Lord! This year He blessed us with 8,000 (Daily Devotional Evangelistic) calendars to distribute for 2014. We already went to Brother Nick’s town of “October”. We will soon start going from house to house in Lakeside, Kuchurgan, Pavlovka, NovoSavitskoe, (etc? Pray) until they run out.

 The Lord Provided a 7 DVD Duplicator & it’s on its way across the Ocean!!! Pray for God to use this new ministry of DVD duplication for free distribution. ***We truly need God’s leading as to which Preaching Messages, Christian Testimonies and Christian Films the Lord wants to use to reach these seeking souls.

  “Thank You” to all who prayed for my Gall Bladder removal. It was done here in Ukraine and the Lord blessed the surgeons and gave some good opportunities to witness for Christ. I’ve recovered from Surgery, but am still learning what I should & shouldn’t eat. To God be the Glory,

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher          –        Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]   ***Please note the Change in our Mailing Address - POSTAL CODE ABOVE: from 65086 to 65069

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                        Prayer Update for Summer of 2013

 I will be having Surgery to remove my Gall Bladder tomorrow Wednesday June 5th, 2013 at 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. (If you get this soon enough, please pray for my surgery, but if not, then please pray for my recovery and that the Lord will use me to witness there at the hospital.)

 Recently we had two drug addicts get saved - Maxeem and Igor. Both of these are sons of our faithful Sisters. These were a small confirmation to a great need for which we’ve been praying for since last year. It is beginning to look like it is the Lord’s will to open up a: (Halfway House) or

 Rehabilitation Center: This is one of our BIG PRAYER REQUESTS!!! PLEASE PRAY with us about this need and that the Lord would supply the financing to begin such an endeavor. He knows!!!

 Please Pray hard for Valera (~45) who was saved in prison 5 years ago and was released last year. Recently his 12 year old daughter got saved and his wife started coming with him to Church. But, sadly to say he’s gone back to drinking again and of course he quit coming to Church and has lost his job due to drinking. Both he and his prison buddy Yuri could both use spending some time away from everything and everybody until they dedicate their lives and are accustomed to society again. Another local man who supposedly got saved in prison, recently got released and came to Church for one service and then disappeared out into the world like a prodigal. Please pray for Genady. 

 The Jewish Evangelism Conference in Kremenchug went very well and was encouraging to me and for the 130 who attended. Continue to Pray for Israel.

 Evangelizing from house to house has been going very well in towns ~1.5 hours north of us. Please pray with us for the Lord of the Harvest to send forth labourers into His harvest. “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Mt. 9:36-38

We are also planning to help Brother Nick evangelize several of the villages around his town of “October”. He is praying for God to save souls in some of the surrounding villages, so he could preach in a circuit.

 Pray for these Upcoming Events:

1.    June 10-14th - VBS in the Crimean Peninsula.
2.    
July 1-5th - VBS in “Orlov” which means Eagle. (This is one of the new towns we Evangelized.)
3.    
July 15-19th - VBS in Western Ukraine in “Onok
4.    
July 29- August 2nd Youth Camp will be held in Simferopol, Ukraine. Pray for God to stir and change their hearts to love Him more than this world & all that it pretends to offer as a replacement for Him.
5.    
August 12-16th - VBS in Lemansky.
6.    
August 23-24th - our Youth Conference. Pray for wisdom and direction as we prepare for it.

 To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher          –        Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]

 

I’ve attached a copy of the last two Prayer Letters for our Missionaries to  Altai, Russia.  Please pray for them!

April 2, 2013 Altai Prayer Letter

Greetings to all those who love the Lord!! We thank Him for you and your part in the Evangelization of the Altai region! We would like to once again give you an update on our activities.

This month two Brothers from Ukraine, Brother Slava Yatzkeev and Brother Vasya, have come to visit.  Also from Ukraine is Brother Oleg, who came to visit in the middle of January and is still with us.  Glory to the Lord for them! For us and all the local Believers, their arrival has been a joy and encouragement.  With their help, we were able to do some necessary work on the church building in Oost-Khan.  They also greatly helped me with some plumbing work.  In Yabogan my well went dry.  With Brother Oleg’s help, we dug a new well.  The Brothers helped me finish the work, and now, praise Jesus, we again have running water in our home.  Sisters, you already know what a blessing this is, especially if have several children like us.

As the Brothers are also preachers, this has been a breath of fresh air for our churches.  Here is a schedule of our regular services each week, not including Evangelizations: {There is an 11 hour time difference from EST.

Monday: 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m.  the Christian portable library ministry and at 3:30 p.m.  church service in Vladeemeerovka at Bro.  Boris’s house.

Wednesday: 5:00 p.m.  church service in Yabogan.

Thursday: 12:00 p.m.  church service in Belee Anooii and at 6:00 p.m.  church service in Oost-Khan.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m.  a church service for all members in Yabogan and at 6:00 p.m.  a church service in Oost-Khan.

In January we had a successful Evangelization in the village of Oost-Koomeep.  There were several meetings and a lot of witnessing.

Currently we are going house to house with packets of Christian literature which include the Gospels and a Christian calendar.  We have already been through part of Yabogan and Oost-Khan.  We plan to keep Evangelizing this area, as well as Belee Anooii.  Right now we are printing tracts for this purpose.

On March 31st in Oost-Khan, we had a church service for all members.  We brought all the church members from every village where there is a church service.  The Lord’s Presence was especially felt during this service.  After the message during the invitation, three people came forward and prayed for the salvation of their souls.  We rejoice with and glorify the Lord!!! During the second half of the service we had the Lord’s Supper.  Afterwards, there was tea and a lot of good fellowship.

Also, Andrey and Neena, a husband and wife from Oost-Koomeer, got saved during a church service in Vladeemeerovka.  Please pray for them.  As so often happens, the devil is trying to hinder their Spiritual growth through various life problems.

Our prayer requests:

· For the raising up of workers from among the local Believers

· For the salvation of Ezher, Zhenya, Aleksey, and Deema

· For the salvation of the youth

· For all of our church services and ministries

· For funds for car repairs (while Brother Stas is in Ukraine, the demand on our vehicle is even greater and the roads here are terrible)

· For the finishing work on the church building (we plan to make a sign in 2 languages)

· For Brother Stas and his family in Ukraine

· For my (Bro.  Eugene’s) family, especially for our youngest who has been diagnosed with anemia

· For the destruction of the devil’s strongholds in the hearts of those to whom we witness.

· For strength from the Holy Spirit for the ministry

Blessed be our Lord Jesus!!! And through all things may He receive the glory and honor!! We thank you for your prayers! May God richly bless you!

Brother Eugene, Sister Julie, Abner, Cassia, Hannah and Elijah

 

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.  Amen.  Ephesians 6:23-24

 

May 25, 2013 Altai Prayer Letter

Greetings!

I cannot wait to share our joy with you which the Lord has blessed us with.  We are able to work here by His Grace and with the help of your prayers.  Glory to my Lord Jesus Christ!! We are especially grateful to all the Brothers and Sisters who regularly pray for our prayer requests for the Lord’s Work here.  Jesus is building His Church here.

Last Sunday there was repentance at our church services.  Recently a 45-year-old man from the village of Keerleek accepted Jesus in his heart.  We were overjoyed and comforted by his repentance.  He sincerely testified about the joy of his salvation.  He said the devil would not allow him to come to church.  He was a heavy drinker and several of his relatives had died from alcoholism.  When he tried to come to church, a man met him and just gave him a bottle of alcohol.  This happened on more than one occasion.  He again began to drink and was unable to come to church.

Also the medicine men or shamans had tried to corrupt him.  He was haunted by evil spirits.  At night he was so tortured by nightmares that he tried to kill himself.  However, the Lord intervened and had someone tell him that there are Believers in Oost-Khan.  He managed to find us and came to the church.  The church was closed, but he waited half a day until it was time for the church service to begin.  He came in and listened to the Gospel.  He got saved at the following church service on Sunday.  When he slept in the church building, he said, "For certain, God is here.  I slept quietly and was not bothered by any nightmares." Hallelujah!! We want to praise Jesus for this even more!! This man's name in Russian is Edward, but he is a native Altai.  He is currently staying with us in the church.  Please pray for his spiritual growth.

Praise the Lord, Deema also got saved, whom we asked prayer for in our last prayer letter.

God protected us in a small car accident.  It occurred in a mountain passage when there was black ice.  We will need to replace the side sliding door on our van.

Please pray for Uncle Sasha.  He repented at church, but is still held in the grip of several sins.  Please pray for Andrey who recently got saved.  I have helped him find work, but he still needs a place to live.  Please pray for Rada's salvation.  Please pray for the spiritual growth of Brother Sergey and Brother Anchee, that God would give them strength to quit smoking.

Please pray for Sister Tatyana (she is spiritually sick) and for Larissa that she would return to church.

Please pray for Brother Oleg Solodeelov.  He is still visiting us here.  He is a great help and helps with whatever he can.  He will soon be returning to Ukraine.

Please continue to pray for workers and for the vitality of the church.

We are so grateful to you, Brothers and Sisters, for your extensive help in the founding of the church here in this corner of Russia.  May this all be to the Glory and Honor of the Lord!! And may the Lord bless you with even more of His mercy!!

If God calls you and your pastor supports your decision, come to the Altai Republic to minister in the other regions in this area.  Believe me, there is a great need.  I pray that the Lord will bless those with financial support who feel that the Lord is calling them to Altai.

By the way, the door is open for Ukrainian citizens to Evangelize Mongolia.  Ukrainians do not even need an international passport to travel there.

May the Grace of our Eternal, Loving, Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.

Brother Eugene, Sister Julie, Abner, Cassia, Hannah and Elijah

May 25, 2013 Altai Prayer Requests

Please pray for a Ladies’ Meeting on June 6th.

 Please also pray that the Lord would help us with our Summer Vacation Bible Schools.

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                           Spring of 2013

 Souls saved: February: Michael (60’s) & Victor (25+) both made professions of faith after having a long background of alcohol problems. March: After a long time of witnessing from a couple of our sisters, an elderly blind woman named Maria finally asked Christ to save her. Alona who got saved only last year decided to take in Vicka (a 19 yr. old orphan girl who was unwed and 7 months pregnant). 2 days before her delivery, she prayed for salvation. God began working on Valera (~45) who was saved in prison 5 years ago and was released last year. After coming to the end of himself (Luke 15:17), he finally came to Church and has gotten Joy & Peace. He’s been working on his prison friend Yuri too. (PRAY!) *The Lord also saved a Gypsy named Gregory from the neighboring town of Pavlevka. He’s been growing in grace & bringing 3-5 friends & relatives almost every Sunday.

 Last Spring God worked a miracle in answer to prayer for Slavik. He deserted his family for 4 years, and then was pushed under a train, having his arm cut off and his neck broken. His family took him back in, God restored his health, and just recently he testified at church, “I'm glad God stopped me when I was on the wrong road. Finally, I've really come to know God, and though I lost my arm, I gained my soul!” Last fall they were married before God!

 Evangelizing from house to house has been going very strong in town’s ~1.5 hours north of us. The roads to get there are terrible though, so whenever it is dry enough we end up using the tractor paths instead of the main road. After distributing all 7000 calendars, we began making Evangelistic gift bags with tracts & a New Testament. Thus far, we’ve gone door to door in 10 villages, including the hometown of Sergey Yeshan (a church member). He moved home for 2 mos. to witness to his family, & his mother & Cousin Andrew got saved. Praise God!

 ***We’ve found that 10 to 50 year olds everywhere are very eager to watch DVDs of Testimonies, Preaching or Christian films. Having a burden to reach these seeking souls, we see the need to begin a new ministry of DVD duplication for free distribution. Pray for us as we order a DVD Duplicator & find a cheap supplier of DVDs.

 Bro. Stas, one of our two Missionaries to Siberia is back on a 6 month furlough getting encouraged & encouraging his supporting Churches here in Ukraine. Our Church was blessed to hear how that Christ is fulfilling Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” It was very encouraging to see his slide show and video clips of their ministry, especially the unswerving devotion of the believers as 4 of them followed the Lord in Believers’ Baptism in a 39 F river on a snowy day in September. (The 12 yr old girl who was baptized would have had to work at home that day, but because God sent snow, her unbelieving parents let her go.) Another Altai sister who got baptized was her town’s authority on their heathen customs. Praise God now she can point her people to Jesus Christ. The Church also rejoiced to hear how Ejeer and Adar finally got saved. (For 4 years they both had attended off and on.) Brother Slavic from our Church went for a month to help with evangelizing and preaching. God blessed the trip as they saw 5 souls call upon the Lord for Salvation during the different Church Services. Now the whole Church is rejoicing and glorifying God!!!

 Pray for these Upcoming Events:

 1.    May 10-11th I’ll be preaching at a Jewish Evangelism Conference in Kremenchug. Pray for Israel.

2.    Summer VBS will be held in Lemansky, in “Onok” & also in the Crimean Peninsula.

3.    Pray for wisdom and direction in preparation for the upcoming Youth Conference.

 To God be the Glory,

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher          –        Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]

P.S. Our family truly thanks all of you who prayed for both Oksana & Elisabeth to have God’s “Peace which passeth all understanding”.

It has been hard for both of them, but God has been Good giving His Grace & Peace!

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,{God’s Blessings on You in the New Year!}                        Winter of 2012

 Souls saved: Sisters Katya & Valentina were asked to care for a bedridden 92 year old retired Colonel whose son is also a Colonel in Russia. When they began taking care of him, he said, “Don't talk to me about God! I don't believe in Him!” Sister Katya said, “God sent me to be your caretaker and wants you to know about Him, so I will tell you about Him!” After hearing about God for a couple months, he finally accepted Jesus as His Saviour. Katya later asked him, “Where will you be when you die?” With assurance he answered, “With God in heaven.” Alexander (an old school friend from Russia) who Sister Tanya hadn't seen in 45 years came to visit her and got saved while visiting our services. We Praise the Lord that when he returned to Russia, he found a Baptist Church there to attend. Sister Tanya later broke her knee while trying to help a drunken neighbor. While in the hospital, she led a woman with a broken ankle to Christ. They’ve been staying in contact to help her find a church.

*Remember that we asked prayer for Sergey, Alexander & Victor who recently came from the world. Well they’ve been witnessing to three of our occasional visitors, and recently the Lord answered your prayers as Oksana received Christ. Please continue to pray for her husband Alex and their friend Deema. Alexander also prayed for & witnessed to his cousin who later called him at 11:00 pm crying and said, “I just received Jesus as my Saviour!”

 Water Baptisms: September 9th was a great time of rejoicing for all of us as 9 souls (two men, five ladies and two teenage girls) testified of their faith in Christ by following the Lord in Believers’ Baptism in our lake.

In Brother Nick’s town of “October”, Sister Hope who received Christ during the summer evangelization also followed the Lord’s command and was baptized in a cold artesian spring on the edge of town.

 Evangelization for the New Year: The Lord helped us to distribute 3300 (Daily Devotional Evangelistic) Calendars to every home in Lakeside. We also included 2 new testimonial tracts, a 3 x 5 Calendar with a Church invitation and a Gospel booklet. We were also able to pass out 1300 Calendars in the neighboring village of Kuchergan. Please Pray with us for these lost souls to read the literature and understand their need for Christ as their Saviour. Our church will be doing a forty day fast and prayer time with different members taking different days. This year we decided to print our own bags with the Gospel message printed on them. We plan to continue passing out the rest of the 7000 calendars that the Lord blessed us with, so please pray the Lord will lead just like He “…sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” Luke 10:1  

 In the town of “Onok”: Leanne’s ministry to the local gypsy children is going again full swing with up to 22 attending Sunday School every Sunday afternoon. Please pray for this wild group of Children to be truly saved!

 Dec. 31st- Jan. 6th a Soccer Camp will be held with 15 of our 10-13 yr olds learning the true meaning of Christ’s birth as the Saviour of the world. Bro. Oleg continues Mon., Wed. & Friday afternoon devotions followed by training sessions as weather permits. Each of the 30-35 players comes to Saturday morning Bible Study followed by a training session. Continue Praying for their salvation as some are getting close.

To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher   –  Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288] 

Special Family Request:

 Friday Dec. 28th 45 minutes before Church Service we had a masked armed robber come into our Church building, burst into the second floor apartment where we live. He put a gun to Elisabeth’s head and demanded that Oksana give him money. She gave him all we had in our wallets and told him that we help people therefore we don’t have a lot of money. He took it and ran out of the building. Please Pray for our family’s safety, for both Oksana & Elisabeth to get God’s “Peace which passeth all understanding” and for the robber’s salvation.

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,    {Thank you for your Prayers!}   June - August of 2012

 

“Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Isaiah 59:1

 

Souls saved: We Praise the Lord for saving both 13 yr.  old Alexandra (*from Oksana’s Sun.  School Class) and 12 year old Andrew during the Youth Conference in Simferopol July 30th-Aug.  3rd. 16 year old Oksana finally understood her need for Christ after reading a Chick Tract Faith (70+) came forward to get saved on Aug.  26th (her neighbor, Sis.  Marina had been dealing with her for two months).  {+ Please Pray for Sister Marina!!! She is a great soul-winner, but her lost son Alosha is devil possessed.  He constantly hinders her joy!}

In June Ludmilla (45) got saved.  Her mother in law Galina (65) also trusted Christ for Salvation after she had had a stroke.  God then raised her up, and they were both coming to Church faithfully, until August 5th when Ludmilla’s alcoholic husband Vitallick - beaten down by debts and hopelessness felt sorry for himself and committed suicide.  He left her alone to deal with their debts and the tremendous job of caring for and raising their 6 children aging from 6-20.  Pray for these two and for all the new converts. 

 

Pray also for Sergey, Alexander & Victor who have just recently returned to Church from the world.

 

During the Evangelization in Brother Nick’s town of October, a 50+ lady named Hope received Christ.  Since then, Bros. Nick & Alexander continue to make house to house follow-up visits of the new contacts.

 

Our 1st ever overnight Youth Conference was held from Aug.  23rd-25th.  It went very well with 5+ lost youth attentively listening.  One young lady from Dnepropetrovsk went forward and got saved Sunday morning right after the conference.  “God’s Vision for Your Life” was the portrayed theme as we examined God’s leading and discipline in the lives of many Heroes of the faith - even from their youth up.  We looked at biographical sketches of the Apostle Paul, David Livingstone, George Mueller, Adoniram Judson, Gladys Aylward & Bro. Nathan Bemis – “whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”. Heb.13:7 The emphasis was upon devoting your life to fulfilling His will (perfect plan) for your life.  Pray these 40 youth will seek and follow His vision for their life and dedicate their lives to glorifying Him.

 

Lakeside’s July VBS was Blessed of the Father with over 70 Children attending everyday (40+ of these were Children from unbelieving families).

 

VBS in Yuri & Leanne’s town of “Onok” (Western Ukraine) was blessed as 50 Children attended every day.

 

Summer Soccer Camps went well with 15 of our 10-13 year olds travelling south for two separate weeks.  This fall Bro. Oleg continues Mon., Wed.  & Friday afternoon devotions followed by training sessions.  On Saturday mornings each of the 30-35 players comes to their hourly Bible Study followed by a training session.

 

Pray for these Upcoming Events:

 

1.    Sept.  9th will be our next baptism – Seven Souls will be obediently following the Lord in Believers’ Baptism.

2.    Bro.  Paul Gray (my partner) & Bro.  Slavik continue to travel from village to village hanging up flyers which clearly explain the Gospel of Christ and give our address & website to write for free correspondence courses.

3.    Pray with us about holding a two day conference for families’ to get on track raising their Children for God.

 

The Home school year has begun with new challenges and excitement as Elisabeth begins 6th grade & David goes into 2nd grade.  Pray with us that our Children would grow in the knowledge that will help them serve the Lord.

 

To God be the Glory,

 

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher  –  Your Missionaries to Ukraine

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                                  Spring of 2012

 

 

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” 2 Thes. 3:1

 

 

Souls saved: We Praise the Lord for saving Costya (38, whose wife Natasha got saved two years ago and to whom we witnessed and prayed for intensely), a man named Valodya (~38) & also a woman who had lengthy resisted the Gospel, but finally got reconciled with God on her deathbed just 2 days before going to meet Him!

 

Special Request for: Slavik (33) who is the husband of Alona and father of two children who after 4 years of absence, recently returned to Church. Slavik had been “running with the wrong crowd” for almost ten years until in April someone pushed him under a train. He miraculously survived, but broke his neck and his whole left arm was cut off from the shoulder down. I visited him in the hospital and everyone has been praying for his salvation. He eagerly listens when he comes to Church and when we visit also. Please Pray for him and his full recovery!

 

Please Pray for Oksana’s Sunday School class of 11-15 yr old girls. Most of them are not saved!!!

 

Evangelistic Play: “The Good Shepherd and His Lost Sheep” went very well with 80+ children (40 from our Church). We also had a chance to show the play to 65 lost children from the nearby “School for slow learners”.

 

March Soccer Camp went very well with 15 of our 10-13 yr olds travelling to Rovno (in western Ukraine) to experience first hand how a “Christian” soccer team plays together and has their Bible time. Our team learned how to pray together as a group. Weekly Bro. Oleg holds training sessions followed by devotions on Wed. & Friday afternoons, as well as Saturday morning sessions when each of the 30-35 players comes (by age) to their groups Bible Study which is followed by a training session. Please pray for God’s conviction and their Salvation.

 

Bimonthly Family Fellowships are going very well. We’ve recently started teaching through a book named “Shepherding a Child’s Heart”. Everyone needs help and wise counsel to properly raise their children for God!

 

Quarterly Youth Conference was held at Bro. Mark Priem’s Church with a theme of “Redeeming the Time”. Many understood how short time is during a skit showing how the Communists had persecuted the Church here.

 

Recently, the Lord has given me the opportunity to preach in 3 other Independent Baptist Churches. It was good to see the Saints exhorted and encouraged through the Preaching of His Word. 

 

Pray for these Upcoming Events:

 

1.     May 25-27th Evangelization in Brother Nick’s town of October: Many Brothers from our Church will be going to help cover the whole town from house to house to find contacts for follow-up visits.

2.     June 9-16th Soccer Camp: The separation from family & friends makes it the ideal situation for God to speak.

3.     June 18-21st VBS in the town of “Onok” (Western Ukraine). Bro. Slavik and a group of teachers from our Church will be helping Yuri and Leanne with their VBS & evangelizing other surrounding villages.

4.     July 2-14th Bro. Slavik and these teachers will also be helping with another VBS in the Crimean Peninsula. Bro. Paul will also be going along on both of these trips as they begin once again the “gospel flyer” evangelizations – travelling from village to village (phone pole to phone pole) hanging up flyers which explain the Gospel and give an address where to write for free correspondence courses. Last year they finished up the State of Odessa, and now want to spread out and do longer trips while also placing New Testaments in the Hotels they will stay in. *Please pray for God’s provision of more Chick tracts for distribution. We thank the Lord we can now print them here for only $80 per 1000 tracts and no more customs or overseas postage fees.

 

To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher          –        Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                              Winter of 2012

 “Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; … for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Isaiah 58:14 & 59:1 

Souls saved: We Praise the Lord for answered prayer! He saved our daughter Elisabeth!!! After a couple years of praying that the Lord would show Elisabeth if she was saved or not, we saw her prayers begin to change as she started admitting that she needed the Lord to save her. Then, finally after a convicting message on a Friday night, she came and said that she’d prayed and God had saved her during the closing prayer. We are so happy for her & glad to see Him changing her desires. Eena visited off and on for over a year before she realized that she needed God’s forgiveness to take her burdens away. She testified that she’d been heavily burdened for 13 years. Pray that God would save her husband Vitalick. The Lord also blessed with 2 bedside conversions as souls passed on to meet God! Are YOU prepared to meet God? “…prepare to meet thy God…” Amos 4:12 

11 lost visitors. Deema (the 26 yr. old alcoholic who always comes drunk & late for services) finally came sober and even brought two of his friends, Alex & Oksana. Valodia and Tatiana need Salvation and are having some marriage problems. Igor just got out of prison and is a former (?) drug addict. *Eena’s relatives Svetlana, Nick & Eera. Alexander & Deema are both friends of our believers. We truly thank the Lord that He is bringing them in to hear His Word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Ro 10:17 Pray for them and also for Sergey (a lost worker) who’s been doing some welding and carpentry work around the Church. 

Bimonthly Family Fellowships (which are meetings for couples) are going very well. Right now, we’ve decided to teach through some books on how to properly train and raise our children for God! 

English as an Evangelistic tool: My partner Paul Gray began teaching English classes for younger children both to help the children from our Church do better in school and as a means to evangelize local lost children.  

Evangelization: The Lord helped us distribute 3400 (Daily Devotional Evangelistic) Calendars to every home in Lakeside. We also included a chick tract, a Church invitation and a Gospel tract of a local sister’s testimony. 

Jan.3-5 we held a 3 Day VBS which went very well with an average attendance of 70 Children. Bro. Slavik our assistant Pastor wrote the lessons based on a story of Christ’s birthday being forgotten at Christmas time. It made clear our need for the Saviour to be born and how He came to save. You could see the Lord working on hearts!

 Soccer Club is still growing:   On Saturday Mornings we now have 30 - 35 intent listeners from ages 9-15. We have expanded to add another group of 10 from the localSchool for slow learners”. They also must first attend Bible study to be able to participate in the soccer training session. *PRAY for our March week long Soccer Camp to be held in Rovno with a mature Christian soccer team. Please pray for God’s conviction and their Salvation.

 Quarterly Youth Conference went very well. Brothers Mike Ireland & Perry Demopoulos both preached terrific messages and our youth group made up a great skit about the war between the flesh and the spirit.

Winter arrived in late January. Most peoples’ water pipes have frozen even 2.5-3ft. underground. With no snow cover, it’ll take a while for things to thaw out. Those who don’t have gas are never prepared for prolonged periods of freezing temperatures.

Brother Slavik’s wife had a baby girl. 3 of our National Missionaries’ wives are also expecting. Please read the attached letter.

 Prayer continue to Pray for these Needs:

1.     The Lord helped us find a cheap Christian printer and some Ukrainian Brothers who are willing to help us print “Jesus our Destiny” - a great Evangelistic book. Pray for God’s help to print 5000 copies for free distribution.

2.     We need to Drill a well for watering the grounds and for outdoor summer showers for campers.

 To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                                                       April - June of 2011

 “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:” Jeremiah 32:17

 Soccer Camp: went very well, SO well, that we just finished another one in mid June. This has opened a door of opportunity to have 20+ intent listeners attend a 1 hour Bible study every Friday afternoon which is then followed by an hour long soccer training session. Only three of these young (11-14 yr. old) boys are saved, so please PRAY for these precious souls to understand their true need for Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

 The Quarterly Youth Conference was held at Bro. Mark Priem’s Church on May 28th. It went very well.

 Family Camp (end of June) was a great week for our families to knit closer together for these trying times ahead.

 Souls saved: Two weeks before her death, the mother of Sergey our former translator finally accepted Christ after her recently saved 9 yr. old granddaughter, Anya witnessed to her. 13 yr old Oleg (who received Christ in March) is now so excited to be at Church, that he rides his bicycle 8 miles each way for Wednesday night prayer. When Valeriy (35+) was hit by a car, he thought he might die. Since he had received a Bible from us years ago, he called for some church members and told them, "I know I have a lot of sins and I have to get right with God before I die."  On the next visit, he made a profession of faith, but since his health has improved, he hasn't shown much interest. Gregory, 52, (who visited services off and on over the past year and was studying our Bible course for seekers) JOYfully testified that he had accepted Christ as his personal Savior while visiting his sister in Moldova. He now comes regularly & often testifies how good God has been to him. Pray for these new Converts.

 On April 29th, a woman visiting our church services told us afterwards how she had come to be with us. While walking back to her home, she had become very weary and stopped to rest at the community center. She prayed, "God if you exist, prove it to me.  Give me the strength to walk home." Brother Yuri and his wife who were working there, seeing that the woman looked exhausted, invited her to rest inside. After she had rested some, they offered her a ride home and she gladly accepted. When she wanted to pay for the ride, Yuri said, "No, I did this in the name of the Lord."  She began to think to herself that if he is doing this in the name of God, then I should go where God is and that is how she came to visit us for the first time. She’s come back, but is not yet saved.

 Leper Colony Ministry: Pray especially for 3 lepers from Moslem backgrounds: Kolya, Eesimby & Eebrageem.

 Please be in Prayer for the following upcoming events:

 Annual Youth Camp to be held the week of August 1-5. Pray that their devotion & faithfulness be stirred again.

 Lakeside’s VBS to be held the last week in July. Pray that the parents will let their children come and for souls to be saved.

VBS will be held in “Onok” in western Ukraine in Mid- August. Please continue to pray for Bro. Yuri & Sis. Leanne.

 May 12-July 26th Deputation/Furlough: Praise the Lord for His safety & blessing as we update our supporting Churches & the 2 new Churches which have taken us on for support. We are now at the 92% level in our Support.

Praise the Lord! We only need $2500 more to purchase a good Passenger Van for our Church’s Bus Ministry. Please Pray with us that the Lord would supply for this need. Our Stateside phone # is (513) 374-1413 until July 26.

 To God be the Glory,  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                                                         Winter of 2011

“… the Lord … sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” Luke 10:1

Souls saved: In the past two months, three children, ages 9 and 10, from our church asked Christ to save them. Sister Maria recently visited 80 yr. old Katya (Cathy), whom I had witnessed to years ago, but she wouldn’t listen.) For years the “Jehovah's Witnesses” had her confused with their heretical booklets. Like all religions, their goal is to turn man’s attention inward, so he will try to save himself by his own good works. They try to destroy Christ’s power as God & the sufficiency of His Sacrifice on the cross, thus they rob Him of His ability to truly save a soul. Now, finally after much sickness and her inability to take care of herself, Katya was finally ready to receive Christ.

*Please pray for: Alosha (30), his wife Alona and for Deema who is only 26, but already a full-fledged alcoholic. Each has a very bad drinking problem, but each one has shown a desire to hear what the Bible has to say.

Sister Ludmilla has been witnessing to her Brother for a couple years now by telephone. He lives in Siberia, and the cost was very high to call him often, but last year the Lord moved her to take a job in Moscow. From there she has been able to call him very often. Recently, she called us to ask for a Church contact in his city. He is finally ready to receive Christ, but has a few more questions. Praise the Lord there is a Missionary Church in his city!!!

We’ve had two new families visiting over the last couple months. Sergey and Olya want to become members, but Vitalick’s family isn’t convinced that you can’t lose salvation. *We definitely could lose it if it was our Salvation, but “Thank God it is His Salvation”. We are Saved by Grace–“not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph. 2:8,9

March 21-24 Soccer Camp: In efforts to reach the local 11-13 yr. olds, we will be holding a Spring Break Soccer camp- to teach them both the Bible and Soccer training techniques. ***Pray for these 14 lost Children.

Leper Colony Ministry: Pray especially for 3 lepers from Moslem backgrounds: Kolya, Eesimby & Eebrageem.

The Quarterly Youth Conference was held at Bro. Chris Rue’s Church on Feb 12th. The theme was “Preparing for the Good Life” which God has Chosen for us. God blessed & encouraged many of them not to settle for less.

Evangelization at Lakeside: God has been blessing our two by two door to door evangelization. We’ve had a few visitors coming as a result. This year we printed up a 4 x 6 calendar with an invitation to our Church services as well as a New Year’s greeting from our Church which tells how there is only one way to find real happiness in life, because Jesus Christ is the source of true happiness. “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8 ***We’re almost finished passing out these calendars along with some new Gospel tracts and a yearly devotional calendar in a small decorative bag -to each of the 3000+ homes in our town.

*Please pray also for the works of two national Missionaries as we help them go door to door in their towns.

“Couriers for Christ” was once again used of the Lord to supply us with 204 regular print & 180 large print Bibles. An individual also gave funds to buy 28 children's Bibles for younger aged kids. We’ve found that parents who won't come to church will often read a children's Bible to their child, and through this one or both could get saved.

To God be the Glory! Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine [Toll free # (513) 488-1288]

***Many Churches/individuals ask: What do you Need most (besides our prayer)? We Need a newer used van.

Praise the Lord! We only need $2500 more to purchase a good Passenger Van for our Church’s Bus Ministry. You can help by sending an offering in any amount (whatever you or your Church can give will help meet this need). Please make the Check out to: Charity Baptist Missions & In the Memo (Specify): Church Van for Ukraine.

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                                                 Fall of 2010

 

LOCAL & STATE ELECTIONS will be held this Sunday October 31st. Pray for our freedom to be maintained!

 

God has been answering your prayers! PRAISE His Holy Name!

 

Leper Colony Ministry in Acheretovka: Recently, in answer to your prayers, an elderly lady named Maria began listening very intently and soaking in the preaching of the Cross. Then the Lord opened her eyes to see herself and her need for Christ the Saviour - Heb 7:25. He Saved her! And now she wants to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”. 2 Peter 3:18 Please continue praying for the other lepers.

 

Aug: Tamara (~60) also received Christ after her relative, Tanya, who is a member of our church witnessed to her many times by phone. Tamara finally came to hear more in person, and said all the smiling faces at Church touched her, & then the Word of God did its work.  When leaving for home, she asked prayer for her lost relatives.

 

God has blessed us with other visitors over the last couple of months, especially with Alla and her son Vova (29), Larissa and her son Igor (10).  They don't always come, but they do keep coming back. Pray for their salvation.

 

Aug 2 – 6th: The Annual Youth Conference went very well with Bro. Gerald Sutek from Romania preaching and stirring up the Youth. The conference theme was “Preparing for the Good Life” which God has Chosen for us.

 

Aug 22nd: Brother Slavic conducted a Baptism because Sister Natasha (30), who is pregnant wanted to follow the Lord’s Command while it was still safe for the baby and the lake water was still warm.

 

Sept: Sister Valya (55) who because of illness couldn't come to church for years, passed on to be with the Lord. Before her death, she requested that as many brothers and sisters who could, would come and sing at her funeral so there would be a greater witness for Jesus Christ for her lost neighbors.  Many lost came & heard the Gospel.

 

Sept 24th: We arrived Safe & “somewhat” Sound back in Ukraine. The Lord greatly blessed our 4.5 mo. furlough.

 

Oct 9th: I married Bro. Michael & Sis. Tatiana. Pray for them that their Ministering will increase not decrease.

 

Oct 16th: We hosted The Quarterly Youth Conference with an emphatic theme of “God’s Mission for your life”. Each person chose an unknown Mission to prayerfully accomplish in God’s Plan to reach the lost with His Word.

 

 

On Deputation: Praise the Lord for His safety & blessing as we updated/presented work in 42 Churches.

 

He Blessed us with 5 new Churches & also helped 4 of our supporters to raise their monthly support amount!

 

***Many Churches/individuals ask: How can we help? What do you Need most?  We Need a newer used van.

 

Praise the Lord! We’re now $8,200 closer to purchasing a good Passenger Van for our Church’s Bus Ministry.

 

You can help by sending a Check to: Charity Baptist Missions  In the Memo (Specify): Church Van for Ukraine

 

Health Issues:  Please Continue to pray the Lord would help us resolve our Family Health Issues:

 

·      Praise the Lord! David has been doing a lot better with his digestive problems. Pray for complete healing.

 

·      Pray for my back as I work to strengthen it again & that I will find a good Chiropractor who can help.

 

To God be the Glory!

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine Toll free # (513) 488-1288

 

The Lord’s been working in Altai, Russia where Eugene & Stac through Evangelizing have started 4 house Churches.

*If you are interested in receiving E-mail updates about our Missionaries in Altai, Siberia. Write us!

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 Maher  Family  Prayer  Letter                                  Summer of 2010

 

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” Psalms 143:5

 

9 Souls Saved:  1)  Elijah (8), who had been thinking for a long time about his sin and his need for the Saviour, came early one Sunday and prayed from his heart in his own words to be saved.  2)  Natasha, 30, came to stay with her mother, who is a member of our church, to keep from getting the abortion her mother-in-law and husband wanted her to get.  After being witnessed to by several in our church, she has now accepted Christ, and is praying for her alcoholic husband to trust Christ as well.  3)  After a year, Sister Nina’s continual witness brought forth fruit as her neighbor Ira trusted the Lord4)  After two years of faithful witnessing by two of our Sisters, blind old Zina finally got saved.  5)  Sister Galya has been faithful to pray for and witness to her co-workers for years. Recently one got saved and now she is joyfully reading the Bible.  6)  Bro. Paul led an 85+ old woman to the Lord. He gave her a Gospel tract. She read it aloud, & said “I’d like to pray & receive this Saviour.” *7-9)See Below.

Sister Maria has been praying God would allow her to visit and witness to her sickly elderly sister-in-law. On the second visit, she said, "Maria, leave me another book to read. I will die soon & I don't know anything about God!" 

 

The Family Conference was a great blessing for our parents as Missionary Chris Rue taught us the practical wisdom God has given him on how to more effectively “Train up Children for the Lord”.

 

Leper Colony Ministry in Acheretovka: The lepers who come are religious - they "believe" in Jesus, but are still trusting in their good works to save them and not Christ’s full payment on the cross. Pray for God to give Light!

 

June: 2 WEEK VBS in “Onok’s local Public School. This year God worked an even greater Miracle when the School’s Director asked them to hold 2 WEEKS of VBS at the School. The Gospel was clearly presented to an audience of 100+ students, SO Please Pray for Holy Ghost conviction on these young hearts unto Salvation.

Upcoming Events: VBS in Lakeside will be ~August 10-14.

 

Please pray for Bro. Nick & the VBS in the town of “October” and that the Lord would build up His work there. *7-9) After taking our New Life in Christ Bible course, Natasha received Christ & now her daughter got saved too! After evangelizing a neighboring village, a man invited Bro. Nick to return for Bible study-Now he’s received Christ.

 

The Annual Youth Conference will be August 2-6.  Pray the Lord will stir up a Burden & a Fire for Souls.

***Our Furlough/Deputation is going well! The Lord has given us 4 new Churches!

Health Issues: Please pray the Lord would help us resolve these unexpected Health Issues:

David has some serious digestive & bowel problems. The doctor says treatment will take 3 months.

 

My back is not handling the traveling as well as we would like. I threw it out last fall and it hasn’t regained full strength. We thank the Lord for a good chiropractor’s: adjustments & home therapy advice.

 

Oksana’s Gall Stones to be dissolved. We are trying some new preparations that appear to be working.

 

Please Pray as we witness to relatives & the lost. Two Evangelizations will be July 17th with many lost in attendance------ That the Lord would give us Utterance, Boldness and Convict Souls!!!

 

Praise The Lord! Our home Church has provided us with a dependable minivan to use on furlough and a wonderful place to stay in the Church Parsonage!

 

To God be the Glory!

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine      [Stateside cell # (513) 259-5916]

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Maher  Family  Prayer  Letter                                     Spring of 2010

 

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 Our Conference Theme!!!

The First Quarterly Youth Conference was Blessed abundantly as the Lord brought in 100+ from our Region and from the middle section of Ukraine as well as 5 from Bro. Paul Hamilton’s work in Moldova. We thank the Lord for what he did in the hearts of these His growing youth. Please Pray that they will stay on Fire for the Lord and continue to faithfully serve Him as they seek to know and fulfill His Perfect Will.

 

The Ladies Fellowships have been Blessed of the Lord! He gave Oksana wisdom to have 5 Sisters speak about how He’s been using His word to work in their lives. It went so well that no one wanted to go home.

 

Young Mothers’ Fellowship lasted four hours & only ended so the husbands could attend the Men’s Fell.

 

At the Men’s Fellowship, I challenged every Brother to Pray about what Ministry the Lord would have him fulfill in edification of our local body according to the spiritual gift given him to that end. Romans 12:3-13

 

Sat. Morning Preaching in the Open Markets while passing out tracts & Christian Newspapers is going well. We’re also opening a portable Christian Library for the lost to check-out Evangelistic books & films.

 

We want to thank you all for your prayers for Ukraine and our Ministry here at Lakeside Baptist Church!

 

Please continue to pray for these Upcoming Events and possible Open Doors:  (2 Cor. 1:11)

 

A Family Conference will be on April 3rd with Missionary Chris Rue speaking to all our growing families!

 

A Leper Colony Ministry might be opening up in the neighboring village of Acheretovka. One of our Sisters whose husband has a mild case of leprosy has invited us to begin holding services in her house. This is actually the only leper colony in all of Ukraine, Moldova & Belarus.

 

Prison Ministry (Low-Security) near the town of October might open –up in May! Please pray for the Need of sponsoring this ministry and for Bro. Nick that the Lord would prepare him for this ministry. 1 Tim. 3:16

 

Pray for Bro. Michael and Sis. Tatiana as I counsel them in preparation for their upcoming Marriage.

 

***Upcoming 4.5 month Furlough:***

 

We are now making plans for a short Furlough from May – September.

 

If you would like us to visit your Church, then please let us know soon [Contact Us at: (011-38 067-488-6570) or by using SKYPE (Richard Maher- skype account: mahers2ukraine or write to us at mahers2ukraine@juno.com], so that we can schedule you in. Sorry we can’t visit all.

 

Also, if your Church will be having a Campmeeting, Revival or a special event that you think might be a blessing for us to attend, then please let us know the dates you will be holding your meeting so we can plan to be in your area and attend for our edification. We always like to plan attending several meetings where we can get exhorted and charged up.

 

Please Pray with us about these furlough details: our Meeting Schedule, witnessing to relatives & the lost in our travels and the Lord’s provision of a dependable minivan to use during our travels.

 

To God be the Glory! Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine

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Maher  Family  Prayer  Letter                                     Winter of 2010

 

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Ukraine held its final Presidential Elections on Sun. Feb. 7th! One of the two candidates made an  election Promise to give Official Authority to the “Orthodox Church”! 

 

His Party just recently submitted a new law to be voted on: 

Ukraine is preparing to pass a law which recognizes only one “Church”- the Orthodox Church!!!

 

This new law is against all “sects” (including the Baptists & Protestants). It basically forbids personal Missionary\Evangelistic work by imposing large fines on all individuals conducting such activities.

 

Also affected will be any work with Children. They must have legalized permission from their parents to attend Church Services, VBS or Church camps. (Ukraine is Following Russia’s lead.)

 

Upcoming Events: “Ye also helping together by prayer for us,…” 2 Cor. 1:11a And For UKRAINE!!!

 

Quarterly Youth Conference on Feb. 27th. The first Quarterly (Regional) Youth Conference will be held here at Lakeside then in rotation with both Bro. Chris Rue’s and Bro. Mark Priem’s Churches. We’ve also invited Bro Paul Hamilton’s Church and some other Churches to attend. Please Pray the Lord will work in hearts to build up, encourage and excite these youth to serve Him with more fervor in the Last Days.

      Also, 18 yr. old Andrew will go to the Army this spring. Pray for him to stand strong and witness clearly.

 

Ladies Conference to be held in late March with Missionary guest speakers Sister Susan Hamilton and Sister Robin McCurdy who are serving Faithfully with their husbands in nearby Kishinev, Moldova.

 

Church Discipline Problems: Pray for more men to be saved as single ladies and young widows are being tempted to go to the world for husbands- thus disobeying God’s Word. Pray for Tatiana, Anna, Neena & Zeena.

 

Blessings we’ve Experienced this Winter:

 

Snowiest winter in 17 years that I’ve been here ~40 inches. It’s hard to believe in Global Warming.

 

New Missionary Joshua Brazeale (22 yrs old from California) recently arrived with his wife Adriana. She is presently learning Russian, whereas he can get by already since he’s been in different parts of Ukraine for two years. *Pray for them to see & know God’s will as to in which village God is opening the door to start a new work.

 

Jan. 1st New Years Service: was a great blessing. The Brothers who usually don’t preach gave 5-10 min. messages & many Sisters recited verses, poems or sang specials. This was followed by dessert & Refreshments.

 

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course,

and be glorified, even as it is with you.” 2 Thes. 3:1

 

Also continue to pray for our Church Planting Missionaries: In Ukraine- Bro. Nick’s family in “October” & Bro. Yuri’s family in “Onok”.  In Russia: Also Bro. Stas & Bro. Eugene in Altai, Siberia,

 

To God be the Glory! Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine

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Maher  Family  Prayer  Letter                                                                                                                                              Fall of 2009

                      “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” Psalm 86:5

Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,      
 
3 more Souls saved
: *Michael (18), one of our helpers at the building site called on the Lord Sat. afternoon Aug.29th then was baptized on Sunday. Michael brings many of his friends to visit services. Michael’s friend *Ruslan came on a Friday night and made a profession. The following week he brought 5 of his 7 step-brothers and step-sisters. They were all listening and learning in S.S. for a few weeks, but then he ran away to his Grandmother’s town and now none of them are coming. Please pray for Ruslan! For over 5 years, Hope (60) faithfully witnessed to two (80+) Orthodox neighbors and (Praise the Lord!) the seed finally sprouted as *one of the two called upon the Lord Jesus Christ to be her Personal Saviour.
 
6 New Converts followed the Lord in Believers’ Baptism on Aug. 30th as we held our Baptism, Preaching Service, Lord’s Supper and followed them with Fellowship & Dinner on the Grounds. 

Lakeside Building Project:
Praise the Lord! [We finally moved into the 2nd floor Church Parsonage. I’m now able to minister more effectively & oversee the building project.] The Paint Crew - Claudia, Olga & Yuri have finished painting the Church Office & 4 Sunday School rooms. Pray the Lord will provide for these Fall Projects: Installing gutters, downspouts and vinyl siding (5700 sq. ft. of siding). Pray for the Salvation of Volodya, the paint crew and Yuri the welder- He is immigrating to Russia in December & is close to Salv.
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Please Pray for the privatization of our Church’s land. We truly need your prayers for this difficult process.
BS at Lakeside: went very well with 50-55 Children participating everyday. We Praise the Lord that some of this year’s visitors have been faithful in attending Sunday School ever since the Vacation Bible School.
 Both Youth Conferences: went very well as the youth returned encouraged and excited to serve the Lord. 18 yr. old Andrew will be going into the Army for 3 yrs. Pray for him to stand strong and witness clearly.
 
Brother Slavik is now officially Lakeside’s Assistant Pastor! His present goals are to develop our youth ministry & help with discipleship. *Pray with us to know God’s will concerning Lakeside’s future Pastor {and for the much needed deacon(s)} and also to see His open doors for other villages and/or for new ministries. 
Lakeside Bible Institute
is up & training again with evening classes on Tue.-Thurs. & Sunday AM before Church.
 
In the town of “October”:
 God has been answering prayer as 15-30 Gypsy Children have been coming every Sunday. Pray for God’s Conviction and their Salvation!!! Missionary Bro. Nick’s family has thus far only been able to fix two rooms - due to limited funds. His Mother-in-law gave them her used wood furnace\boiler. We gave 8 radiators, bought the pipes and paid the welder – now a little over $500 later and he’s able to heat the house. Pray for God’s supply as they fix up this rundown house into both a house of Prayer and living quarters. Please Pray for: Alexander, Julie, Alexandra & Sergey (who recently got baptized) to continue growing in Grace.
 
In “Onok
” Brother Yuri is continuing to hold Sunday services there. The Lord recently added their 4th Blessing. They named him Joseph. Pray for him and their daughter Love. She gets sick often.
­Altai, Siberia:
In the village of Kozool a 49 yr. old Mongolian named Aleksey asked Christ to save him and
immediately desired to follow the Lord in Believers’ Baptism. Pray for Ruslan & Yuri to return to Church.
 To God be the Glory!  Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher – Your Missionaries to Ukraine
 

Urgent Prayer Request: Russia is making an Amendment to a law which will forbid personal Missionary\ Evangelistic work. Also, Ukraine is now preparing for its Jan 17th Presidential Elections!

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Dear Praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                     April - June 2006

  “Blessed be the Lord God,…, who only doeth wonderful things. And blessed be his glorious name…” Psalm 72:18

STATESIDE:  The Lord has - 1) Blessed our travels: Over the past 13 weeks, we’ve presented our burden for Ukraine & Altai, Siberia in 9 states [incl. for the 1st time Wisc. & Minnes.]. We appreciate His travel mercies: In 22,000 miles we’ve only had to change oil and do one brake job. 2) Blessed your Prayer Requests: Our schedule has been non-stop, but we’ve seen the Lord’s hand encouraging and challenging His people. He’s been stirring up an even greater Missions prayer burden for lost souls through seeing the faces of Ukrainians saved through your faithful prayers and support. 3) Blessed His Word to the Churches: The Lord recently called a young man to follow Him. It was such a blessing to see God’s peace come upon him as he fully surrendered.
4)
Blessed our New Meetings: We thank Him for the opportunity to Show our Slides and/or Testify in 27 new Churches and 14 more of our Supporting Churches [incl. Participating in 8 more Missions Conferences.] He’s given us 6 new supporting Churches {bringing us up to the 82% level of needed support}. Please Pray for the many Churches & individuals who are still considering us for monthly support.

 PRAY that the Lord would help us with these US Prayer Needs: We need His Blessings:

iiiiiiII In our MEETINGS & SUPPORT: We are flying back to Ukraine on August 21st and immediately have our first of 3 weddings to perform on the 26th. Until we Fly back, Pray for us as we continue our Deputation presenting our burden to still another 14 new Churches & updating 3 more of our Supporting Churches in 9 States.

SPIRITUALLY: In July “Lord Willing” we’ll visit 4 camp meetings to get ourselves built back up from our busy schedule.

PHYSICALLY: We’ll also be visiting the Dentist, Herbal Doctor & Eye Doctor for the Children’s eyeglasses.

EDUCATIONALLY: We are deciding on and ordering Elisabeth’s Home school Curriculum.

PROVISIONALLY: Need some more special offerings to help remodel our 5,700 sq.ft Lakeside Baptist Church and

Bible Institute Building. We’re are already about 35% finished, but much must be done this summer to begin holding services there. We must put a new pitched roof on and finish at least 3 of 5 Sunday School rooms.

Upon our BURDEN: For some Churches or individuals to help pray for and support our Ukrainian Missionaries who’ve gone out to the unreached Mongolians in the mountains of Altai, Siberia. [They still need $180\Family\mo.]

*If you’re Interested in supporting them & or receiving Prayer Letters, call (513)708-2603 {before Aug. 21st}.

Raising Funds: Need $6,000 more for a 20 Passenger Church Van to bring Children & people to Church & for Evangelizing the many Churchless villages. (Much needed to do practical training with our Bible Institute Students & to help them start new works.)

 In Ukraine our Prayer Need is for God’s Blessing upon our:

1) Bible Institute Graduates who are Church Planting in their new works & those who are preaching in the Church.

2) Salvation Scripture Signs being glued up at every bus stop in every town in our oblast (state) of Odessa. Pray that souls would read His message of Salvation & that many would write to study the Bible by Correspondence. 

In Altai, Siberia: Praise the Lord! They were able to buy a used car & small trailer for their Summer Evangelistic Outreaches to the neighboring mountain villages. Pray! Both of the “newly wed” Missionary Couples are expecting babies by years end. Also, one of their drunken neighbors has hit several of them on several occasions.

Also pray for the gospel tracts which were passed out at the areas largest sports/cultural event in Gornom Altai, Siberia.  

Souls saved: By Grace through Faith in Christ - Eph. 2:8,9 “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Thank God!

·         In Lakeside: 3 more called upon the Lord to be their Saviour.

·         In Carpathia in the town of “Onok”: Yuri & Leanne have seen the Lord bless as 3 more boys (Vasya, Ivan & Gavrilo) received Christ as Saviour.  Praise God! Their V.B.S. will be held August 1-4th. Pray!!

To God be the Glory!

Richard, Oksana, Elisabeth and David Maher- Your Missionaries to Ukraine

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