WORD OF LIFE EUROPEAN REPRESENTATIVE
Our hearts are so full of praise to God after returning from our Word of Life Europe retreat in Croatia. It was just overwhelming to hear the many stories of people coming to the Lord and growing in Christ. 206 of the 280 staff members were able to attend from 15 of the 18 European countries where Word of Life has ministry.
In our last prayer letter, our itinerary listed visits to Serbia and Bulgaria before the staff retreat. God had other plans for us. Due to an influenza epidemic in Serbia, and the serious illness and hospitalization of Elizabeth Vika, we rerouted to Germany where Bob spent many hours in consultation with the staff. We were then able to minister to Sergio Tyschenko and his associate staff in Varna, Bulgaria.
Tidbits From Europe: All Word of Life Europe campgrounds are being prepared for the thousands of children and teens who are already registered to be at one of our camps this summer. We would so much appreciate your prayers for our staff as they prepare the camp facilities as well as their hearts for the activities of this summer. Pray for protection, for the sports programs, for the many counselors and for the Spirit of God to speak as the leaders and guest Bible teachers minister to the campers.
After being in Europe, we came home with a great burden for our staff in Russia and Bulgaria. Sergey and Margarita Lapin in Russia and Sergio and Tania Tyshchenko in Bulgaria are both under-supported and need many more partners who will become part of their monthly support team, as well as one-time sponsors for campers this summer.
Matthew Melville gave a great report about the blessings of their Easter camp in Portugal. God is again doing a great work in that country.
Matals Radziwiluk in Ukraine told of the changes taking place in the hearts of so many of the Bible Institute students from the many surrounding countries. They are thankful for their new building.
Our International Bible Institute in Hungary is again filled to capacity. We have a good number of students from USA and Canada studying there.
The Tim Good family tour was a great blessing to many, and people we meet are still talking about the inspiring concerts. They are now back in Poland training leaders in churches and preparing for the upcoming summer camping season. Pray that their swimming pool will be ready for camps this summer. It was such a blessing for Mary Anne and me to sing with them during this tour, as well as bring a short missions message in each of these concerts. Our ministry in Poland is beginning an “English for Life” program this fall and is in need of short term teachers (who can use the Bible to teach English to the Polish young people), as well as kitchen, maintenance and house-keeping personnel. Please contact Word of Life Poland if you are able to give two months to serve in this endeavor. Check out this link: https:www.english4life.pl/volunteers
Kenya, East Africa: Harrison and Flo Airo had 200 campers at the satellite camps in Marsabit and Mundeku, and 250 in a home for orphaned children in Rangwe. 24 received Christ, and 22 made dedication decisions. Chris and Teresia Mwal’wa reported they had a wonderful camp in the slums of Nairobi again in December. Our campgrounds in Nairobi and Mombasa were also filled with teens, and many made lifetime salvation and dedication decisions. Please pray for our Kenya staff. God is doing great things in that country in spite of the unrest due to terrorist attacks.
Bob & Mary Anne Parschauer
Word of Life, European Representative