HeartCry has been privileged to partner with Brother Vladimir since 2003. He and his family labor among the peoples of Siberia. Physically and spiritually, this is a very difficult place both to live and to work due to the harshness of climate as well as the vast and rugged landscape. It is an undesirable place in almost every way, and only a small percentage of the world’s population calls it their home, nevertheless, the need is great!
My wife and I moved to Siberia from Ukraine over twenty-three years ago to establish a biblical church in an area where there was none. At first, we thought it would only take a few short years to help build a church and train others to be leaders. Our plan was to accomplish this and return home to Ukraine. However, we remain in Siberia to this day. We never imagined the difficulty of ministering in a place such as this, but we know that the Lord has called us here for His purpose and glory, and we have no plans to leave. HeartCry has made it possible for me to continue on in the work that God has given me here. We sincerely thank you, the donors, for your continued prayers and all your financial support for our service to the Lord.
We also thank the Lord for two newly baptized brothers who learned obedience to Christ in our church community. And we thank the Lord for the return of one sister who, several years ago, broke fellowship with us because of conflict. Recently she has been restored to our church! Please continue to pray for us, especially that we will always: (1) See God’s guidance in our lives. (2) Shine the light of Christ’s love. (3) Use every opportunity to serve the needy in the name of Christ. (4) Be faithful to Christ and serve Him to the end of life
Maxim Manakov is an evangelist/church planter working in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. He is a part of the fellowship of pastors led by Sergey M. He is married to Vera and they have one son.
Greetings to you, brothers and sisters! I want to thank everyone who has invested resources in the HeartCry Missionary Society. I know that the mission would not be able to maintain a large number of supported missionaries if no one sacrificed. Thanks to your support, my work and service and that of many others becomes easier.
Here is an example from my own life. I have been supported by HeartCry for more than two years. My family lives only by the mission – I do not have another permanent job. This enables me to devote more time to the ministry. As a result, I have some time to engage in self-education, using the resources of the good books and the internet. I am able to devote a lot of time preparing sermons and growing spiritually. I have the wonderful opportunity to visit towns and villages each week to preach the gospel! Through this work, and with the Lord’s help, there has formed an autonomous church in the city Cheremhovo, a group of believers in the village of Haratirgen, and a group of believers in Tulun. Earlier this year, the group in Tulun invited me to be their pastor.
In order to live and work in Tulun, we had to reconstruct an old house that my grandmother gave me. HeartCry helped us financially to start this process. Praise God! Because of HeartCry. I am able to serve unhindered in the church in Tulun, continue with the construction of the house, and raise my two sons along with my wife. Without your sacrifice and the continued support of HeartCry, our situation would have been worse and there would not be the same amount of fruit here. Therefore, we thank the Lord for your contribution and participation in our life and ministry. Thanks be to God, Who put in your hearts the desire to pray and donate. We ask the Lord to spread the limits of HeartCry and bless all who sacrifice for the work of God. May He reward you and bless you abundantly!
Eugene is a graduate of Samara Center for Biblical Training. He is pastor of a church in Isil’kul, Siberia. HeartCry began supporting Eugene in October of 2012. He is married and has four sons.
My name is Eugene M. I am a pastor in a small Russian town in western Siberia, near the border of Kazakhstan. Though it’s not the far north, the climate here is harsh. The summer went by in the blink of an eye. It is almost the end of September now and the temperature has not been above nine degrees Celsius for several days. However, I thank God that in this place, which is, as some believe, “forgotten by God”, the church of Christ exists!
I am writing to you, dear friends, because I sincerely want to thank you for your sacrificial service. There is a great distance between us, thousands of kilometers. Perhaps I will never, at least in this life, see your faces. Yet, it seems that I know you. I know about your sacrificial service because of your love for our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Only those who really love God can unselfishly donate their resources to God’s work. Our family can clearly see God’s hand in your assistance to us. For us it is the grace that the Father has granted us through His children. This is a great encouragement and support for us, as we realize that He approves our humble ministry in this way.
Previously, in order to provide for my family, I had to work hard as a construction worker; and it took a lot of time and effort. I had to search for work for long periods of time, because my work was seasonal. Our small church’s assistance was not enough for us. Now, thanks to your help, it became much better for me to plan my time and to serve the Lord. I now have the opportunity to devote more time to study the Scriptures, to read spiritual literature, to preach and evangelize. My sermons have become deeper and the ministry of the Word more effective. The blessings of your service have affected not only the ministry, but all my family also. I have more time to spend with my children. Every day in the morning and almost every evening we read Bible stories and pray together.
Unfortunately, I cannot see your faces, shake your hands, and hug you. This short letter is not able to convey all the gratitude I feel in my heart. But I believe that in eternity we will meet and share the prize for our joint work