Mariana Vakula: Inspire, Challenge, and Change

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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

“The Seven-Day Generosity Challenge is an unusual book. It’s not the type of book that you read and quickly forget. This book inspires, challenges and changes you. God’s Word accompanied by the writers’ life stories is not dry theory. Because of the challenges at the end of each chapter, the biblical principles of generosity get implemented in our everyday lives. I am grateful to God and everyone who participated in making this valuable book possible. I am planning to use it in our ladies’ groups.”

Mariana Vakula serves in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

This testimony was collected by Mission Eurasia after Mariana went through the Seven-Day Generosity Challenge by Jon Wiebe, my friend and fellow stewardship author and administrator at MB Foundation.

I’ve been moved by the impact of this short devotional translated for Russian readers. It is inspiring, challenging, and bringing about change. Translation is what brought me together with Dr. Mykhailo (Michael) Cherenkov less than one year ago.

At that time, at GTP Yuri Boldirev, GTP Regional Facilitator for Eurasia, and I were praying for God to open doors in Eurasia. Then Mission Eurasia requested the rights translate The Sower, The Choice, and The Council in Russian. GTP freely provided these rights for publication in both Ukraine and Russia.

The translation should be completed by the end of 2021. Please pray for health and strength for the translators as they devote themselves to creating resources for people to study, much like the early church discussed and shared the teaching of the first apostles.

At GTP, we have resources, which we share freely, that aim to inspire, challenge, and bring about change. Mission Eurasia has a network to get them to people who will use them and share them with others. GTP may also provide training when the translations are done.

Today I meet with the Mission Eurasia staff in the morning. Then Dr. Mykhailo (Michael) Cherenkov, Mr. Don Parsons, Mr. Denys Gorenkov and I drive to the Black Sea and Odessa Theological Seminary. Graciously, they will lodge us for one night.

If the schedule seems full, know this: on my first visit to a country I let my host plan the days. I ask only that we gather to pray Psalm 2:8 on the first day we enter the country, and that we fast and pray about next steps on the last day. They plan the schedule. Tomorrow we enter Moldova.