IMB: JOURNEYMAN LEARNS FAITHFULNESS AND FLEXIBILITY ON MISSION FIELD
August 17, 2022
When training to be a missionary, instructors and mentors emphasize the need to be flexible, even fluid. Jaden Williamson listened but never thought he’d be put to the test so early in his two-year term with the International Mission Board.He arrived in Ukraine on Jan. 21, 2022, excited to jump into ministry, learn a language and share the Gospel message. One month later, Russia invaded Ukraine. The next day, the Journeyman missionary received the call to evacuate.
FIRST PERSON: HOW TWO UKRAINIAN BOYS PERSONALIZED THE WAR
April 20, 2022
Den and Dimi are the same ages as two of my nephews—2 and 4. They also look and act like my nephews—blonde hair, blue eyes, with a childlike joy and the desire to capture the attention of adults. What made these four boys so similar made their differences much harder for my heart to handle.
OKLAHOMA BAPTISTS BOARD MEMBERS INSPIRED BY MEETING, DESIGNATE FUNDING FOR UKRAINE RELIEF
March 9, 2022
On March 8, members met at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City for times of business, prayer, and encouragement. Chris Wall, pastor of Owasso, First, serves as convention president and presided over the meeting, a time that resulted in the board designating $50,000 toward Ukraine relief efforts.
PRAY FOR UKRAINE
March 3, 2022 - Todd Fisher
In the summer of 1993, I was in my first year of seminary and pastoring Bethel Acres, Hopewell. At the time, I was dating Jamy (my wife), and she was about to leave on a mission trip through the student ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University to a country that had just become accessible due to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
CHRISTIANS IN BESIEGED UKRAINE: ‘KEEP PRAYING’
March 2, 2022
“Thank you for your prayers. Keep praying!”
This message was sent to many Oklahoma Baptists who have served on mission teams in various places in Ukraine over the years and have remained in contact with acquaintances made in that country. Updates came from Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ via cell phones and social media, thanking them for praying and asking for more prayers.
Feb 25, 2022
As we continue to pray for Ukraine and follow this situation closely, we want to update you on a few things:
- As you gather this Sunday, please continue to lead your people to pray for Ukraine. There are prayer points below.
- Please read about Send Relief, the SBC’s ministry response, and consider supporting these vital efforts.
- I am currently talking to people with partnerships in this region of the world on ways Oklahoma Baptists can directly help our sister Baptist churches in Ukraine and in bordering countries who are helping refugees fleeing Ukraine. In coming days, we will share more specific information about Oklahoma Baptists’ efforts to send support to these churches to help all who are in desperate need in this crisis. I encourage you this Sunday to take time in your worship services, Sunday School classes, and small groups to pray for all affected in Ukraine and especially for our brothers and sisters in Christ there.
Thank you for all the ways you lead, serve and minister, as we advance the Gospel together!
- The people of Ukraine. Pray for strength, courage and perseverance as their home is threatened by conflict.
- Safe passages out of conflict zones for displaced populations.
- Government officials to lead with wisdom in this tense time.
- The estimated 4 million displaced people who will be forcibly removed from their homes. Pray that in the face of conflict, they will find psychological, emotional and spiritual healing from this trauma.
- Soldiers on both sides of this conflict to be safe from harm.
- Local churches, relief workers and humanitarian aid organizations to care for what could be a massive wave of displaced peoples in Ukraine.
- Disciples Church in L’viv, Ukraine, and its church plant in Bryukhovychi. Many of the people there are displaced from the East. Pray for peace for these believers as they had hoped this conflict from eight years ago was over and now, they are facing it again.
- The Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary as it wrestles with how to assist its students in this time of crisis.
- Ukrainian believers as they seek to be a light in the darkness.
- Ukrainians who have never heard the gospel to have an opportunity to experience the hope of Jesus.