I arrived in Minsk on Friday, February 20, 2015. I left Boston on Thursday evening, February 19th. After several hours in Amsterdam, I was met at the airport by Andrei and his wife Natasha. I am staying in a spacious apartment they have in Minsk.
I'm reminded after this first weekend here in Belarus why I'm here in Belarus. This school has trained men and women like Sergei. The church here is growing. I saw so many young people who love the Lord. I am looking forward to meeting the young men and women who studying this year. Who knows where I might find some of them ten years from now!
Yesterday I began my class here in Minsk. I am teaching on The Gospel and Evangelism. I have thirteen students, eleven from Belarus and two from the Ukraine.
Please keep us all in your prayers.
Yesterday we finished our first week of class, The Gospel and Evangelism. Everyone did well on the exam and we even had time for a few of the students to practice sharing their faith with each other.
Today I will head to the village of Stolbtsy where we will also share the Peacemaking Workshop and preach at the church there tomorrow. On Monday we will begin teaching the hermeneutics class.
This past weekend I had the joy of ministering at the Resurrection Church in Stolbtsy (just southwest of Minsk). On Saturday evening I taught the Peacemaking Workshop and I was blessed with the comments from people who thought this was very valuable. We enjoyed the hospitality that evening given to us by Vladimir and his wife Tanya. It was a great time of fellowship with these art teachers.
On Sunday morning I worshiped with these believers and had the opportunity to preach the Word! The music was excellent. I heard the testimonies of two people who had just come to faith in Christ. Hallelujah!
Well, it's been a great week. On Monday I began my second week of teaching here in Minsk. We worked on Hermeneutics--Understanding the Bible and Applying it to today's world. I have a feeling the students were challenged!
In addition to teaching the class, I had the opportunity of completing the Peacemaking Workshop in two churches. On Wednesday, we were at the Church of Christ here in Minsk. The pastor of this church is Andrei, who is also the dean of the seminary. On Thursday, we returned to the village of Rakov. After we had a wonderful dinner with Andrei's wife and children, we completed the workshop at the Church of God's Mercy.
Today we completed the work with the students. I am so delighted to see the passion and commitment of these young women and men of God. I will miss them. After class, I had the joy of having lunch with my two translators, Galina and Anatoly at my favorite restaurant--Lido's!
Well, before I got home, I had the opportunity of ministering at the Reconciliation Church in Bobrysk. I was there on my last trip and I was glad to see my friends again as I led them in the Peacemaker Workshop. This is a vibrant church filled with young people and I was delighted that Pastors Slava and Sergei again welcomed me to the church.
On Monday morning, Andrei picked me up and drove me to the airport in Minsk. I spent the night in Amsterdam and arrived back in Boston yesterday.
Again, I think I was ministered to more than I ministered! The students at the Bible College are passionate about their faith. The pastors are committed and sacrifice much for the sake of the gospel. All in all, I had the privilege of leading six churches in the Peacemaker Workshop, preached in three different churches, and taught two classes at the Bible College.
Thanks to all who supported me financially and in prayer. You all made this possible. I look forward to my next trip!
Blessings to you!
Dr. Roger Haber