For my 1000th post, I'll just draw your attention to an interesting evangelistic strategy from our Ukrainian brothers: evangelism through celebrating the Christian holidays. (link will only be good until they update their news section)
We will be going to serve International Partnerships in two weeks, though in the city of L'viv rather than Dnepropetrovsk. IP is an indigenous Ukrainian ministry which evolved out of the efforts of Co-Mission back in the early 90's. Co-Mission was a cooperative effort to spread the gospel in Ukraine and Russia following the fall of the Soviet government. The post-Soviet governments asked westerners to come in and teach American values in the public schools, so a number of mission boards got together and divvied up territories to work on. Our good friend John Hamilton was involved in this work through the Navigators and helped identify a young couple who went on to found International Partnerships.
I am thrilled to be able to serve this organization again for a short English School project. I feel a little overwhelmed by the logistics and the various unknowns involved, but I'm sure God will help us where we are weak. Plus all we are really doing is drawing in people so that they can get into extended small groups and classes with the Ukrainian staff there. If we screw up a little it won't matter too much :)