Roman Rakhuba: Unlock the Potential

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When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. Acts 17:1-4

“Roman Rakhuba, leader of MB churches in Ukraine, teaches at Mission Eurasia’s School Without Walls (SWW) program, which is specifically designed to train and equip young leaders for ministry. He began sharing this resource with others and the Seven-Day Generosity Challenge became part of SWW curriculum throughout Eurasia.

Thousands of young leaders can read the book, download electronic versions, and even see these lessons in video format. As Mission Eurasia built on the idea of the “generosity challenge,” they started an online video program called, “Time to Be Generous.”

Seventy years of the Soviet regime taught many people to hold tightly to food, money, and other possessions. This mentality also affected the church. Today, the topic of generosity – and the legacy and experience of MB churches – helps unlock the potential of other sister churches for a more active and effective ministry in Eurasia.”

Roman Rakhuba serves the Mennonite Brethren churches of Ukraine and teaches at Mission Eurasia’s School without Walls (SWW).

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

After ministering with Lydia in Philippi, Paul, Silas, and Timothy moved on to Thessalonica, where many men and women were persuaded and joined them. In similar fashion, with negative PCR tests, we hope to have an uneventful border crossing to Moldova today, and are praying for receptive hearts.

Before embarking on this journey, we overnighted at Odessa Theological Seminary, thanks to their gracious hospitality. Pictured above is the collonade near the Black Sea. This takes me back to the ancient world and makes me think how they would have responded to a visitor challenging them to think differently.

I can only imagine the shift in mentality for a person to come to faith in Jesus in the ancient world. Think about it. It might be similar to the new way of thinking the “School Without Walls” offers people who formerly lived under the Soviet regime.

Actually, it may be worse in my home country, USA. The pull of the culture is so strong. Is it “time to be generous?” I am praying daily for more people to become monthly supporters of GTP to unlock potential globally. Consider this prayerfully and set up your monthly giving here.