Leonid has planted a small church among the Russian Jews in a city in Israel. Though the church is small, their hope is that God would use them to bring many hearts to His Son. Leonid, also reaches out through his evangelistic tour ministry and performs evangelical concerts in cities throughout Israel. He also writes articles on Israel that are published in various Christian magazines. He has published these articles in a book entitled Around Jerusalem with the Bible. In the past, Leonid has been severely beaten for preaching the Gospel, and he has suffered much for the sake of Christ. Pray for him as he ministers throughout Israel.
Dear brothers and sisters! Greetings to you from Israel!
The beginning of the new year presented us with both joyful and sad events. The mother of our translator and musician in our church passed away due to a serious illness. But, by God's grace, our translator Lisa successfully passed her examinations to become a professional guide, which will enable us to expand our evangelistic tours into all parts of Israel.
During my last tour, we met a couple named Roman and Oksana from Lugansk, East Ukraine. Families that were wealthy in Ukraine are now living as refugees in Israel because of the war. This couple has found a temporary haven with relatives in Israel, but soon they will return to Ukraine to try to begin a new life in another city. They were discouraged because of all that has happened. They had prepared notes to put into a slot in the Western Wailing Wall. In these notes, they asked God to help them. When I became aware of what they had written, I opened the Bible and read:
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 54:23)
I explained to Roman and Oksana that they have no need to put notes in the Wailing Wall. Rather, they must believe that Jesus Christ is God and deliver over all of their cares to Him. I prayed for their return to Ukraine and also for the end of the fratricidal war. I ask you to pray that they would believe in Jesus and devote their lives to following Him.