Each year, HeartCry provides fifty-five students with some of the best resources that have been translated into the native languages of Eastern Europe: Romanian, Moldovan, and Ukrainian. Each student is required to carefully read approximately 150 pages every month, make notes in the book or underline, make an outline of the reading, and participate in a forum discussion online.
Each year, the students must read and dialogue about five key works: one each of doctrine, ethics, history, ministry, and the devotional life. By now, each student has carefully studied more than fifty prominent works. Among the historic theologians and the contemporary authors that we have studied are: Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Richard Baxter, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, C.H. Spurgeon, John MacArthur, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, D.A. Carson, Paul Washer, and Charles Leiter. Every year, there is also at least one biography included in the study program. We have studied such men as Martin Luther, Henry Martyn, Leonard Ravenhill, A.W. Tozer, David Brainerd, George Muller, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, and Haralan Popov. A number of specific studies have also exposed the students to church history (Earle Cairns), nouthetic couseling (Jay Adams), systematic theology (Wayne Grudem), cults (Walter Martyn), and biblical theology (Martyn Lloyd-Jones). Special attention has also been given to understanding the religious context of Eastern Europe, where we proclaim the Gospel and plant churches. For this purpose, we have studied the systematic theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few books that give an Evangelical perspective on the dogma of the Eastern Church (Robert Letham). Other areas of study have been the history of the Reformation, its impact in Eastern Europe, and the Puritans.
After almost one decade of training, all the students confess that our training strategy is one of the most effective forms of study. We target the best resources that exist at the moment and teach the men to read them in the most effective manner possible. At times, we also meet personally and discuss the works that are being read. We debate constructively over some of the key doctrines and make corrections where we realize that we are not being biblical. I can see the great progress that each student has made through exposure to these prominent writers and their works. There is a solid knowledge that has been developed over all these years for which we are in debt to God and the men of history that He has raised up.
This is the ninth year of our training program, and we are currently reading through John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion and Augustine's Confessions. The biography for this year is Tortured for Christ, which is an account of the life of Richard Wurmbrand.
We are deeply thankful for the supporters of HeartCry for providing the funds so that these valuable resources can be distributed to the pastors and missionaries from Romania, Ukraine, and Moldova.