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A Note of Thanks

Holly Friesen on May 8, 2013

anatoliy Pastor Anatoly and his family


This note was sent to me by one of the Odessa pastors that we work with. He is also planting a church in the village of Limaniy where we hold monthly clinics. This note was written to YOU – those of you who support the ministry prayerfully and financially. May you rejoice to see how God has used YOU to bless this pastor!

Beloved children of God! Peace to you! We are eternally grateful for your love in Christ. Praise to Him! May the Lord richly bless you in all things!

God has greatly helped us in establishing the Baptist church “Praise to God” in the village of Limaniy, through the mission ABWE. Our friends Bruce & Carol, Caleb & Christina, Miriam, Holly, and all of their team have worked hard and greatly helped us. They helped us obtain our prayer house (church building) and always uphold us in prayer, preaching, material help, and every month Miriam and Holly organized the medical ministry giving out free medications. Several times dentists & eye doctors came from America and they organized evangelistic ministry. This is a strong testimony to the people who live here. Many of them especially fell in love with Miriam and Holly because of their attention to them, their professionalism, and their joyful laughter. They are very good friends! May God greatly bless them! Praise God! This mission organized the Church Ministries Institute under the leadership of John Taylor where I completed all three levels of study over 7 years. With their help we founded in 1999 the church “Philadelphia” in the city of Odessa. Caleb & Christina often, when we were going through hard times, came and helped us. They are true friends! May God bless them greatly!

We understand that behind all of these laborers are children of God who we have never seen.  But our Father in Heaven knows you beloved! We are very grateful to God for you and rejoice. Your sacrificial love gives us great joy. Thank you our dear brothers and sisters in Christ! Praise and thanks to our Great God!

II Cor. 9:9-13 As it is written:  “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.  For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,  while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men.

With gratefulness and love,

Pastor Anatoly & Alla Cherepinsky