Eastern European Mission https://www.eem.org The Bible. We want everyone to get it. Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:22:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 2018 Q4 https://www.eem.org/2018-q4/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:09:18 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=8648 REFUGEE MINISTRY UPDATE EEM recently received an exciting update from ministry partner Matt Gulley, who wrote, “Great news! I received a text from an Afghan brother that said, ‘This is a happy day! God is working. Brother Masoud baptized his mother in Lesbos. Praise the Lord!’ “Just over four years ago in a camp gathering, […]

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REFUGEE MINISTRY UPDATE

EEM recently received an exciting update from ministry partner Matt Gulley, who wrote, “Great news! I received a text from an Afghan brother that said, ‘This is a happy day! God is working. Brother Masoud baptized his mother in Lesbos. Praise the Lord!’

“Just over four years ago in a camp gathering, I was sharing Gospel truth with a group of Muslim men, when Masoud threatened my life because of the Gospel. He would come to believe six months later. Masoud has grown to become an amazing disciple along with his wife. They live out an incredible Gospel witness among Afghan and Iranian refugees. They are faithful teachers of the Word, and they pray as if the Psalms have been downloaded into their brains.

“Today, as I sat on an island in what I thought would be a simple Bible study, I watched brother Masoud walk in with his mom and dad. He had shared three days with them and was passing the conversation to a brother here on the island to continue investing the truth in his mother.

Toward the end of our time, his mother leaned over and said, ‘I believe.’ She would later communicate a clear Gospel understanding.

“After studying with his mother, Masoud looked at his father and said, ‘Do I have your permission to baptize her as the Scripture commands?’ His dad, a former Afghan commander, looked at him, smiled, and
said, ‘She is free to make a choice herself.’ “Masoud looked at his mother and asked her if she wanted to be obedient to the teaching of God’s Word.

He started to teach her about the commands of Christ, and then he asked what kept her from being baptized today. Shortly after, she gave her life to Christ in baptism! “Join us in praising the Lord for the fascinating ways in which He works. Continue to pray for Masoud’s father and that his frustration with religion will change as he sees the love displayed in the transformed hearts of the Christians around him. It is incredible to see the Word of God work in people’s lives and new people being added to God’s Kingdom. I am confident that this
is one of the best days of Masoud’s and his mother’s lives. Let’s share in their joy by praising and thanking our Good Father!” We are thankful for our faithful partner, Matt, and his family as they continue to work and serve the Lord in Greece!

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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

“The power of prayer has overcome enemies, conquered death, brought healing, and defeated demons.(1)” (1) Psalm 6:9-10; 2 Kings 4:3-36; James 5:14-15.

The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Instead, the
power resides in God. Prayer is essential to this ministry as we ask the Lord to guide our every move. While gifts have increased, the requests for God’s Word continues to outpace our funding. We humbly ask that you join with us in prayer for the people of Eastern Europe and beyond, so that more of the lost will be found. Not only do we pray for this work overseas, we also cry out to God to dramatically reshape the lives of our EEM team and Donor Family as we continue to encounter Christ and the power of His Holy Spirit.

Our desire is for all, in the east and west, to receive and take to heart this message of hope and transformation we are blessed to spread to the world!

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM EUROPE

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We are having difficulty obtaining Estonian Bibles. Please pray that God will provide another translation or help us build bridges with the license holders to the most popular translation so that they may grant us permission to print the Bible in Estonian.

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Bibles in Kazakhstan is now legal but the delivery and distribution logistics are very challenging due to the government regulations of evangelistic activities of Christian communities. Pray for the courageous servants of Christ in Kazakhstan who are helping us distribute the Bibles there!

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Distribution in Belarus – Due to government restrictions, transportation of large quantities of Bibles in Minsk is difficult. Pray for a solution to this issue.

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Budget planning for 2019 –
As we begin to plan the next year, please pray for God’s Spirit to lead us and for us to listen to His guidance.

SERBIAN ARMY RECEIVES BIBLES

Twenty years ago, Serbia and the United States were fighting in a war. Now, brick by brick, we see evidence of God continuing to build bridges of peace in this relationship. Through your loyal support, EEM was able to provide funds to purchase 1,000 Serbian Bibles for the Serbian Army this year. EEM partner Drasko Djenovic had an opportunity to present these Bibles at a meeting that included both US and Serbian Army Chaplains. Your support of this ministry is allowing God’s Word to be another brick in this process of building bridges of peace.

Avramov attended the EEM event and expressed his thankfulness for the Bibles and for the Children and Pre Teen Bibles that were given last Christmas to children of parents who work for the Serbian Army. Drasko wrote, “When I served in the Army, it was strictly forbidden to possess or read the Bible or visit any religious worship place during military service. Today, 25 years later, Army Chaplains are allowed to give Bibles to those who serve Serbia.”

For more than a century the people of Serbia only had access to a Bible in an archaic translation until this year!

In early 2018, EEM partnered with Biblica to publish the first complete contemporary Bible translation taken from original biblical languages since 1868. You partnered with us to publish 5,000 Serbian Bibles at the beginning of this year, and more requests continue to pour in. The demand for this new Bible is growing.

Please pray with us for the possibility to publish an additional 10,000 copies in 2019.

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VOLUNTEERS AT WORK

Geoff Casella With By Example Youth Missions

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While we primarily print and distribute Bibles freely through a vast network of partner churches and organization, we want to highlight individuals and organizations who are working to be the hands and feet of Jesus on the front lines of Bible distribution through our partners overseas. This month we want to highlight Geoff Casella serving through By Example Youth Missions (BEYM). BEYM is the latest incarnation of a mission that started over a decade ago—a remarkable result of God’s hand moving in Ukraine. In 2006, The National Association of Ukrainian Youth Camp Workers invited EEM to bring and teach the Bible to the children attending their camps. EEM happily obliged with a youth camp program, eager to answer God’s call to spread the Gospel and plant the seeds of salvation in nations hungry for the truth.


In 2017, EEM passed the baton to the camp team leaders, who formed By Example Youth Missions (BEYM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing the mission of teaching God’s Word and principles in the daily lives of children in a fun camp environment.
This is another testament to God’s faithfulness & another opportunity to show His transformative love to youth who are in need of hope and spiritual awakening. Each year the youth camp teams distribute Bibles to every person in various camps. Bibles are going into homes that may not have ever held a Bible. These families are receiving the message God intended for everyone, everywhere. Geoff wrote EEM Regional Director Darryl Willis and reported that after the Bibles were given out at the camps this year, BEYM was able to use the extra Bibles to give away in the marketplace in Mykulychyn, Ukraine. Geoff shared, “I am encouraged each year I go to Ukraine. I cannot express the difference between how they look at us now at [Camp] Smerichka vs. how they looked at us in 2005. We’ve got folks on our team who have no inhibitions about [sharing] a Biblical message and it is totally accepted. It was not always so. But God’s word affects people, and that’s what EEM does. I’m happy about our partnership. If EEM withheld Bibles from our camp, I would quit. It’s all about getting the word of God to the people.” We are thankful for this continued partnership in the Gospel with BEYM and the work of volunteers like Geoff. If you are interested in giving Bibles for this ministry or signing up to work at a camp, visit www.beym.org

MILLION DOLLAR SUNDAY 2018 UPDATE

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God has given us the opportunity to get the Bible to as many people as possible in Eastern Europe and beyond. Thanks to you, hundreds of thousands of women, men and children have already received Bibles in 2018. Even though you partnered with us to help distribute God’s Word to a record-setting 1,184,902 people last year, millions still do not have access to the Bible in their language. Now through December 31, we are promoting our 2018 Million Dollar Sunday (MDS) annual campaign. Our goal is to raise $2.4 million to fill requests for over a million Bibles and Bible-based materials for more individuals through public schools, refugee communities, churches, orphanages, prisons and more.

It is evident that God is doing whatever it takes to get the Bible into the hands of his people. We’ve had Bibles ready for Kazakhstan but couldn’t legally distribute them until God changed that in a significant way this year.

In Serbia, we’ve had the freedom to distribute Bibles for years, but there’s been no readable Bible in the Serbian language to distribute until this year. Praise God a modern Serbian translation is now available. For different reasons, Serbia and Kazakhstan haven’t been receiving Bibles, but God changed all that this year.

He is kicking down walls in all directions to get his Good News to all people!
Which walls will he kick down next?!

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We simply can’t reach our goal of $2.4 million without you. Your support will make an eternal impact in the lives of those who are given a Bible. God is doing whatever it takes to get the Bible to people where it’s not previously been legal or hasn’t been translated.

Will you make a gift of $50, $100 or more to help us meet our goal?

If you would like copies of this newsletter to share with someone or any other materials we can provide you, simply contact us at info@eem.org

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2018 Q2 https://www.eem.org/2018-q2/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:52:47 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=7976 Twice Ransomed – A Story of Risk, Rescue & Redemption *Details have been omitted and names have been changed to protect those still in prison and in danger of being imprisoned. For English speakers, words like “freedom,” “redemption” and “ransom” can sometimes lose their effect. For Asad and Akbar, young Muslims from Iran, those words […]

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Twice Ransomed – A Story of Risk, Rescue & Redemption

*Details have been omitted and names have been changed to protect those still in prison and in danger of being imprisoned.

For English speakers, words like “freedom,” “redemption” and “ransom” can sometimes lose their effect. For Asad and Akbar, young Muslims from Iran, those words resonate deeply because they have experienced them on a far more personal and more significant level than most Americans.

Asad encountered Jesus through the pages of the Bible while living in Iran. His desire to become a Christian alienated him from family and friends. One of his greatest opponents was his uncle, a high ranking official in the Iranian government. In fear for his own safety, Asad fled his home to Austria. His status was reduced to “refugee” and he found himself a stranger in a strange land; but he continued his study of the Bible. Soon he was baptized.

Back in Iran,  Asad’s brother, Akbar, and his wife, also began reading the Bible. They knew, however, that giving their lives to Christ was a decision that could be quite costly. In Iran, submitting to baptism is equivalent to embracing a death sentence. When the opportunity to visit Asad in Austria presented itself, Akbar and his wife made the trip and found the perfect environment to put on Christ in baptism.
When Akbar returned to Iran, he started a Bible study group that grew to more than 12 people in just a year. With growth comes the risk of discovery by the secret police. So, the group began to rotate their meeting locations. In spite of their precautions, they were later discovered by the authorities. Two of their members mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen again.

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The remaining group went into hiding for several weeks but continued their meetings. One Sunday morning, the secret police raided their meeting place, beat all of the members, interrogated and imprisoned them.

In a moment of divine irony, the uncle who had caused such misery for Asad years before became God’s instrument to rescue Akbar and his wife.  Upon locating his nephew, he and the family were able to raise over $100,000 to ransom Akbar and his wife out of prison. God’s irony continued; this moment of rescue made them “twice ransomed,” first, through God’s love on the cross, and secondly, by an unbelieving uncle.

Akbar and his wife eventually escaped to Europe where they have applied for asylum.  Unfortunately their friends are still missing.

” These two brothers became transformed followers of Jesus Christ through the power of God’s word: both the written word and the embodied Word, Jesus. “

Your financial partnership in this ministry has had a direct impact in the lives of many like Asad and Akbar who have received Bibles in Arabic and Farsi.  We praise God for the passion to follow Jesus in places most hostile and lethal toward Christians.

We ask that you please pray diligently on behalf of the believers still in prison, as well as for Asad, Akbar and their families. We mourn, hope, and pray for believers around the world who are persecuted for the cause of Christ.

God’s Word is a gift that keeps giving. It has transformed my life—and because we share the Bible freely with others, I know it can help change their lives too.

Jaro Marcin,
EEM Coordinator for Central Europe

Slovakia. He received his first Bible from EEM in the mid-1990s, and it was then that he developed a passion for God. He is a former teacher and assistant professor, who now serves as one of the lay leaders in the Prague Church of Christ. For many years he has served as a song leader at church retreats around Central Europe. He has also composed a number of songs commonly sung by the churches in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He is currently a non-residential student in the final year of the Master’s program in Christian Ministry at Abilene Christian University while working for EEM. Jaro and his family reside in Prague, Czech Republic.

God’s Word, A Gift

For many years, the Bible was not allowed in schools of Hungary . A couple of years ago, the Hungarian government decided to allow religious bodies to operate the formerly state-run schools. The government sought to decrease state spending and to improve the quality of schools since the government could no longer effectively manage the system needs. Christians in Hungary rose to the challenge. They made inquiries with the local populace, and when parents voiced their approval, the Christians started working in schools. Schools retained a largely non-believing student body and faculty, but programs were established to provide spiritual care and guidance for both. Bible classes were introduced and, wherever possible, school chaplains were hired. There are two examples of how the Lord is using his people to bring light to schools in Budapest.

Established in 1910, time has taken its toll on the historic school building, with restorative work in recent years. This school is called a gimnazium—a highly selective high school whose graduates often earn advanced degrees and enter promising careers. Many in the local elite want their children to attend this school for its academic record. Religion is tolerated, but believers are in the minority. Over the last four years, out of 500 students, 40 have put on Christ and so have a number of the faculty members.

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There is great demand for Easy-to-Read Bibles, says David, the school chaplain, who uses them to introduce all students to God’s message of grace.

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Another school demonstrates a contrast of how the Lord works in a different environment. This school still close to the nation’s capital, a city of nearly 1.8 million, and yet the landscape has changed significantly. You have to drive down a country road with a sign that reads “Úthibák” (lit. “road flaws”), meaning “bumpy road.” It is bumpy indeed, with not just bumps, but also cracks, potholes, and bits of surface chipped away on the side. The accepted state of affairs surrounding this village and school fits the Eastern European stereotype. There is a high unemployment rate and no industry to speak of. The vast, empty field right next to the elementary school serves as a metaphor that describes the lack of promise of the area. However, the school is well-maintained and the principal very professional. Her school, though small and lacking in resources, is a safe place of learning for the local children.Several of the faculty members, including the principal herself, are Christians and want to give these kids a chance for a better life.

The Christians in Hungary continue to do His work, knowing that they will not always have the opportunity to openly speak His truth. Every day that they are given the opportunity to distribute Bibles and Biblical materials. They are given the chance to show the communities the compassionate heart of Christ through the gifts. There was once a time where religious organizations could not work freely and Bibles were not welcome.

God has provided another window of opportunity to offer the Bible, and the needs are urgent. EEM is prepared to work with these Christians and thousands of other schools that are seeking to educate and inspire a love for Jesus and God’s Word!

History Made in Slovenia

June 8, 2017, was a historic moment for the small nation of Slovenia for two reasons. First, it was the national holiday honoring Primoz Trubar, the father of the Slovene language and Reformation preacher–during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation movement. Secondly, it marked the roll-out of a contemporary Slovene-language New Testament by EEM.
On that day, EEM presented Borut Pahor, president of Slovenia, the first of 50,000 copies that would be completely distributed within just six months‘time.

Now, “it’s the book everyone is talking about,” according to a national publication.

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The New Testament is a thoroughly contemporary revision of the 1584 Dalmatin translation. Taking advantage of the Reformation’s anniversary, local church volunteers and missionaries distributed copies of the New Testament free to all in a variety of venues, from concerts to fairs. The book has quickly gained significant attention.
A retired local preacher gave away several copies of the New Testament to classmates at their 58th high school class reunion.

“We arnism. Some former communists are now reading the Bible,” he exclaimed.e all 74 or 75 years-old, the generation of socialism and commu

Steve, a missionary in Slovenia, writes, “The Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry stopped by our booth. He was amazed that this historical and cultural pearl had been produced and was being offered as a free gift to the Slovenes. The Secretary General is part of the team that produces the largest book fair in Slovenia. He asked, ‘If we gave you free space at the upcoming book fair, would you be willing to come and pass out these Bibles?’” Taking advantage of the free space, Steve and his volunteers distributed over 3000 of the final 5000 New Testaments.

Christian, a missionary in another town, writes: “One sister from our church has been taking the New Testaments to her workplace. She remarked last week that she had been working with a colleague for many years—in fact, they had studied together—but she had never been able to discuss the Gospel with him. These New Testaments gave her an opportunity to not only present the Gospel, but also to give the Word of God to her coworker”.

With nearly 50,000 copies distributed in just six months, the impact is in progress. In the words of Darko, a local missionary, “The seeds you have sown in Slovenia will bear fruit for generations to come!”

A Letter from Romania

EEM distribution partner and local children’s minister in Romania sent us the following letter to thank EEM for the opportunity to give children their very own Bible. This letter represents the countless messages and letters we receive weekly, and we are continually humbled by what God has invited us to be a part of. The demand for Bibles continues to increase, and with your financial partnership, EEM is able to supply the need to feed those who are hungry for God’s Word.
We are thrilled to work among the most passionate Christians who seek to inspire a love for God and His Word to children, while teaching a message of hope and transformation.

 

Dear Brother,
We have given all the children’s Bibles to local ministries. Upon hearing of the possibility of giving Bibles to children that they work with, countless ministers have asked if more are available. I told them that I will speak to EEM and see if this is possible. They see this as a beautiful opportunity to introduce Jesus and God through his word in the engaging children’s Bibles. There are some small churches in the villages that have older people, but God has sent young preachers in this area with a vision and they have started several children’s ministries. Some time ago, I started a ministry outside of church with children who come from parents who do not believe in Christ. These children visit every Tuesday and we were able to provide EEM Bibles to them.

God be praised for the ministry we do together with you and other local ministries. If possible, please send more children’s Bibles. There is a great need.

   

“If possible, please send more children’s Bibles. There is a great need. “

   

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First Modern Translation In 400 Years https://www.eem.org/first-modern-translation-in-400-years/ Sun, 24 Dec 2017 19:01:46 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5821 Take a moment and read the following text from the Bible below.  And it came to pa∫∫e,  in tho∫e daies there came forth an edict from Cae∫ar Augutus, that the vvhole vvorld ∫hould be enrolled. This fir∫t enrolling wwas made by the Pre∫ident of Syria Cyrinus. And a vvent to be enrolled, eury one into […]

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Take a moment and read the following text from the Bible below. 

And it came to pa∫∫e,  in tho∫e daies there came forth an edict from Cae∫ar Augutus, that the vvhole vvorld ∫hould be enrolled. This fir∫t enrolling wwas made by the Pre∫ident of Syria Cyrinus. And a vvent to be enrolled, eury one into his ovvne citie. And Io∫eph al∫o wwent vp from Galilee out of the citie of Nazareth in to Ievvrie, to the citie of Dauid that is called Beth-lehme; for-becau∫e he vvas of the hou∫e and familie of Dauid, to be enrolled vvith Marie his de∫pou∫ed vvife that vvas vvith childe. Lvke II.1-6

How did you do? If you are like most people, you might have been able to figure it out because you’ve already read and heard this text before in various English translations. But what if this were the first time you’ve read the story? Would you want to keep reading it? Would you give up in frustration?

The version you were reading is the Douay Rheims version that was translated in 1582. Could you imagine that this was the only version of the Bible available to you for the last four hundred years? It would be difficult to imagine.

But this was precisely the case in Slovenia. In 1583 Jurij Dalmatin, a Protestant reformer translated the Bible into the Slovenian language. It has been the standard Bible for the country of Slovenia until this year!

Thanks to partners like you, this Christmas the story of Jesus’ birth will be read in thousands of homes in a contemporary version of the Bible!

This new version is just one of the projects you have helped fund through your generosity! This year our European staff have completed over 100 projects due to your help.

And the requests keep coming in. This year we will distribute over 1 million volumes of materials (mostly Bibles) throughout Eastern Europe. This will potentially represent a 50%-60% increase in distribution by the end of 2017.  At EEM we are committed to getting Bibles into the hands of people who want them. We cannot turn them down! But we need your help to do that.

We want to ask for your continued help this year. Please consider making one more year-end gift to help us meet this wonderful opportunity to provide more and more Bibles to those who desperately want them!

You can either make your gift online at  www.milliondollarsunday.org/donate/ or you can mail a check to: Eastern European Mission | P. O. Box 670928 | Dallas, TX 75367.

Thank you for giving a contemporary Bible to the people of Slovenia this year! Thank you for providing Bibles to refugees in Greece, schools in Ukraine, and thousands more to Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia! Thank you for placing us in your hearts; please keep us in your prayers.

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Bring the Good News Back to Greece https://www.eem.org/the-bible-its-greek-to-me/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:28:33 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5812 When Paul journeyed to Greece to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, he observed people who were starved to know a higher spiritual power. As the apostle walked around the city of Athens, he saw thousands of idols being worshiped. Each idol provided an insight into the Greeks’ capacity for wanting to know God and […]

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When Paul journeyed to Greece to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, he observed people who were starved to know a higher spiritual power. As the apostle walked around the city of Athens, he saw thousands of idols being worshiped. Each idol provided an insight into the Greeks’ capacity for wanting to know God and a desire to worship something beyond man.

As he continued on his journey through Greece, he preached and “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as also did many prominent Greek women and many Greek men.” Acts 17:11

Greece is more than just a place we hear about when we open up our Bibles. Even today their search for God and hunger for a higher power continues. Greece has a desperate need for the Bread of life – The Good News of Jesus Christ.

Ironically, even though the New Testament was written in the ancient Koine Greek language,  they do not have easy access to God’s Word in the modern Greek language. EEM is dedicated to sowing the Word of God across Greece trusting in our God who promises a harvest. To meet their requests, EEM plans to print and distribute 20,000 modern Greek language Bibles free of charge.

EEM works closely with churches and ministries who diligently strive to get the Bible back into the hands of the people of Greece. When you financially partner with EEM, you are actively playing a role in the mission of God to bring the Good News to this country, just as Paul did on his missionary journey. Be a part of sending God’s Word to awaken and draw God’s people back to Him.

During this holiday season, please prayerfully consider donating to reach a goal of 20,000 Greek Bibles. Partner with us by giving online at milliondollarsunday.org/donate.

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The Language of the Heart https://www.eem.org/the-language-of-the-heart/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:22:27 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5806 They say you need to read the Word of God in the language of your heart—the language in which your mother used to sing you lullabies, in which your father imparted his gentle instruction, and in which your grandparents showed you their loving care and affection. Only in this language can you ever truly relate […]

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They say you need to read the Word of God in the language of your heart—the language in which your mother used to sing you lullabies, in which your father imparted his gentle instruction, and in which your grandparents showed you their loving care and affection. Only in this language can you ever truly relate to the story of God’s love for humankind and His unending grace.

Having access to the Word of God in the language of your heart can be a problem: Over time, the community in which you live may have become part of a geopolitical unit that no longer shares ties with the land of your ancestors. As a result, getting hands-on materials in your mother tongue can be quite a challenge.

The Serbian province of Vojvodina is one out of many such cases in Eastern Europe. Historically part of the Habsburg Monarchy, this region was settled by many Slovaks seeking religious freedom. With the first Slovak settlers arriving more than two and a half centuries ago, the first Slovak school was established here as early as 1770. To date, it remains the world’s oldest school in operation with Slovak as the language of instruction.

As time went by, this multicultural region became part of Serbia (formerly part of Yugoslavia), and access to Slovak books became more difficult. That also limited the opportunities for people to read the Word of God in the language of their heart.

 

EEM is changing that.

 

As of November, EEM has started the distribution of Slovak Children’s Bibles among the Slovak minority in Serbia. Of the 5,000 copies available for distribution, the first 360 were presented to the students at the Janko Cmelik Elementary in Stara Pazova—the school where classes have been held in Slovak for nearly 250 years.

Janko Havran, the school’s principal, responded with these words: “We are very grateful for this precious gift. It is wonderful that every student will have a chance to read [the Bible] in their language.” The language of their heart.

UPDATE: In just a few weeks, almost all of the 5000 Slovak Children’s Bibles available for distribution in Serbia have been handed out to children across Vojvodina. EEM has already ordered a reprint of 4000 more, so that all Slovak children in Serbia, as well as children near Croatia, will receive a free Children’s Bible in their mother tongue!

The delivery of Slovak Children’s Bibles also opened doors to new opportunities. On hearing about the recent gift of Children’s Bibles to the Slovak school, a local Serbian school in Stara Pazova requested Serbian Children’s and Teen Bibles for their students. It is very encouraging that God continues to make it possible to distribute Bibles to more and more schools in the post-Communist Bloc!

The Slovak Children’s Bibles were previously launched in Slovakia at a (secular) parenting conference in Kosice, the country’s second largest city. In the early weeks of December, with Christmas around the corner, 500 more copies will be delivered by a traveling ministry bus to low and no-income families in the poor regions of the Slovak countryside.

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A Widow’s Offering https://www.eem.org/a-widows-offering/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:35:16 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5801 In August, EEM received a letter containing a special donation for Bibles from a humble village woman named Zinaida living in Semenovka, Ukraine. She wrote of her desire to give as much as she could in hopes of furthering the ministry that God has used to change her life. Zinaida writes, “Peace to you, beloved […]

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In August, EEM received a letter containing a special donation for Bibles from a humble village woman named Zinaida living in Semenovka, Ukraine. She wrote of her desire to give as much as she could in hopes of furthering the ministry that God has used to change her life.

Zinaida writes, “Peace to you, beloved by the Lord, our friends at EEM. We thank you for the burning love that was revealed to us through the great books that came from you. We are not able to express how thankful we are…”

Zinaida’s letter was full of gratitude on behalf of her and her church family, which is made up of 7 believers. She expressed how encouraged they all were after receiving their own Bibles and Bible-based materials.  

It was reported to EEM’s National Director in Ukraine, Dasha Novikova, that Zinaida only receives $50 a month from her retirement payment. Money has been tight as she continues to help pay her daughter’s medical bills, but Zinaida wanted EEM to know that she genuinely appreciated the life-transforming gift of God’s Word.

Zinaida’s willingness to give EEM a special gift- a significant portion of her current resources- reminded us of Jesus’ response in Mark 12 to the sacrificial offering of the widow of His day. The widow Jesus described gave what little she had, and the heavens celebrated her generous heart. Despite her poverty, she gave to the work of the Lord in faith. Zinaida’s  actions reflect the actions of the Widow from Jesus’ day, reflecting the true spirit of giving.

We are humbled to know that the Lord opens doors to partner with the wealthiest in faith.

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Teaching Mercy https://www.eem.org/teaching-mercy/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:07:48 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5796 As a result of EEM placing Bibles in public schools in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, we had a follow-up visit to a kindergarten whose leaders had requested and completed the Bible-based character curriculum seminar. This kindergarten, with the help of character curriculum, is doing something revolutionary in their classrooms as they teach students to love and treat […]

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As a result of EEM placing Bibles in public schools in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, we had a follow-up visit to a kindergarten whose leaders had requested and completed the Bible-based character curriculum seminar. This kindergarten, with the help of character curriculum, is doing something revolutionary in their classrooms as they teach students to love and treat others with kindness, especially those with developmental delays.

Olga, the principal of the school, led us on a tour and introduced us to several teachers and students. More than 300 students performed a  mesmerizing choreographed dance to several songs, the performance concluded with each of the young performers presenting us with hand-drawn pictures. Many of us were tearful as these children showed us much love and respect.

Following the performance, we shared refreshments with Olga and other school leaders. They impressed upon us their gratitude because the  Character Curriculum Seminar reinforced the belief that character must be taught at a formative age. At this young age (kindergarten), the mind and heart can be so powerfully shaped and prepared for the future.

Leaders also spoke of the integration of a number of “Sunny Students”—students with developmental delays—into their schools. The successful integration of these developmentally delayed students has been greatly influenced by the Character Curriculum. Very few institutions have been able to do this successfully.

All the teachers have been amazed at how the other students have treated the Sunny Students with such acceptance and kindness, even looking out for their individual needs. This is not typical behavior among students in Ukraine’s schools.  In response to our awe of the love being shown,  Olga said, “How else can you teach mercy?”

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Scott Hayes: 35 Years With EEM https://www.eem.org/scott-hayes-35-years-with-eem/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:44:08 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5787 In 1982, Scott Hayes studied at European Christian College in Vienna. During this time, he became acquainted with the Austrian church, EEM and a young Austrian girl named Sabine. Scott married Sabine in May of 1984 in Vienna. In the same year, EEM founder Gwen Hensley invited Scott to join EEM. Scott began as the […]

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In 1982, Scott Hayes studied at European Christian College in Vienna. During this time, he became acquainted with the Austrian church, EEM and a young Austrian girl named Sabine.

Scott married Sabine in May of 1984 in Vienna. In the same year, EEM founder Gwen Hensley invited Scott to join EEM. Scott began as the distribution manager, which included the responsibility to organize Bible smuggling between the years of 1984 and 1989. EEM relied upon partnerships with Christian organizations dedicated to working in secret for the Kingdom of God. During this time, Scott also worked with the book production process.

 When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the need for smuggling ended and EEM was able to ship commercially. While in charge of printing and book production, Scott went back to school to get his license as an offset printer, and to obtain a license to run a printing company to meet the demand for more Bibles. In the fall of 1989, he returned to the U.S. to finish his degree at Oklahoma Christian where he received a bachelor’s in both business and theology.

In 2004, Scott began his current role as publishing director. His present responsibilities include coordinating translating and editing, layout design, and negotiating with commercial printers who do the printing.

Initially, the role involved just a handful of projects each year. Now, EEM is publishing in over 20  different languages. Because of many technological advantages and gains in efficiency, the project list often includes up to 130 different projects per year.

When Scott was asked why he has worked for EEM for 35 years he said, “I have been able to adapt to EEM’s needs because I strongly believe in our mission to get the Word of God to the people of Eastern Europe. I have had the advantage of a front row seat to see God’s hands at work on a regular basis here.”

EEM is beyond thankful for Scott’s heart and 35 years of service with EEM to get the Word of God to the people of Eastern Europe!

 

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Reaching the Unreachable https://www.eem.org/reaching-the-unreachable/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:56:54 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5774 At the end of September, more than 20 refugees were baptized by our ministry partners in Greece. This is the direct result of God’s power transforming lives through His divine Word, all because you chose to provide Bibles so others might come to know our almighty God.  Hundreds of Muslim refugees have been baptized in […]

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At the end of September, more than 20 refugees were baptized by our ministry partners in Greece. This is the direct result of God’s power transforming lives through His divine Word, all because you chose to provide Bibles so others might come to know our almighty God.  Hundreds of Muslim refugees have been baptized in the last few years by our partners at Glyfada Church of Christ and Omonia Church of Christ because of people like you were willing to join the Gospel movement.

Why is this important?

  Over the last 1400 years, the Muslim world has been unreachable. Christianity is forbidden in many countries, and these countries have intense social & family pressure to adhere to Islam.

It is humbling to think that  God has chosen right now as the time for His Kingdom to ignite and burn like a mighty wildfire through the Muslim world! We see radical Islam, terrorism and immigration as crises taking place across the globe, but God is using these crises to invite the desperate to Himself, and we have the opportunity to be the invitation that they are seeking.

More than 10 million refugees from the Middle East have entered Greece. Because of your compassion, EEM has been able to partner with churches and ministries to print and deliver over 100,000 Bibles in Arabic and Farsi directly into the hands of thousands of refugees in Greece.

Many of these refugees have been dispersed across Europe, and they are taking God’s Word with them! Your gift of God’s Word is an active part of the biggest church movement in history to share the Gospel with the Muslim world.

EEM Partner Matt Gulley, Director of Mercy Ministries in Athens said, “Right now, Greece is the most geographically strategic place to reach Muslims for Christ. They are far from home and comfort. They are searching for hope and truth, and their ground is not firm. They are the most open to the Gospel they will ever be.”

This is why our Million Dollar Sunday campaign is so important, and why your participation is vital. With your help this MDS season, God’s Word can continue to reach those that we often see as unreachable.

 

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Help Sow The Seed on Million Dollar Sunday https://www.eem.org/help-sow-the-seed-on-million-dollar-sunday/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:13:01 +0000 https://www.eem.org/?p=5739 Through God’s unending grace, the fruit of our efforts to sow the seeds of truth across Eastern Europe is flourishing. But the fight is long from over. The evil one continues to sow seeds of godlessness in an attempt to undo God’s work. Together we must push forward to advance the Gospel. You can sow […]

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Through God’s unending grace, the fruit of our efforts to sow the seeds of truth across Eastern Europe is flourishing. But the fight is long from over. The evil one continues to sow seeds of godlessness in an attempt to undo God’s work.

Together we must push forward to advance the Gospel. You can sow God’s Word alongside us through Million Dollar Sunday (MDS), EEM’s annual fundraising campaign. This year, our goal is to raise $2.3 million to distribute Bibles and Bible-based materials to 29 countries in 20 languages – free of charge.

Among these 29 countries, God has revealed a number of unique opportunities to get involved in what He is doing:

 

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EEM will also continue to provide Bibles and materials for refugees. 

We have already seen a great increase in 2017, with 570,398 Bibles and Bible-based materials distributed in the first six months alone. At this rate, EEM is expected to hit one million in annual book distribution, exceeding the annual distribution totals for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Throughout the years, MDS has been instrumental in the successful implementation of various projects to give the Bible to the lost. One recent testimony to the impact of the campaign comes from Slovenia, where 50,000 copies of the first modern adaptation of the original Dalmatin New Testament were distributed to schools, libraries and citizens in Slovenia. EEM’s Vice President of European Operations, Bart Rybinski, presented the first copies of these books to Slovenian President, Borut Pahor.

“EEM is excited to be part of this effort to bring back the Word of God to the people of
Slovenia, to enable Slovenian passion and love for reading God’s word in their modern
language,” Rybinski shared. “We can’t wait to see how God will change lives in this beautiful country.”

Another inspiring story comes from Croatia, where a two-year journey of bringing modern translated Croatian Bibles to schools came to fruition. EEM was able to secure approval from the Vatican to print and distribute Bibles without the apocryphal books of the Old Testament. This was the first time in Croatia’s history to get approval to print the Bible this way. EEM made these Bibles easily available to many churches in the region— reaching more people.

Read these complete stories and more in our upcoming newsletter. If you would like to receive a printed copy, email newsletter@eem.org or call 1-800-486-1818.

Day by day, we are filled with gratitude and joy as we hear about all of the inspirational stories that the Good News of Jesus has brought about in the lives of our brothers and sisters abroad. We invite you to participate in Million Dollar Sunday. Your partnership helps provide and nurture the seed of God’s Word.

To learn more about Million Dollar Sunday and how you can partner with us, visit www.milliondollarsunday.org.

The Bible. We Want Everyone To Get It.

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