News From The Field

Valentina - the Church's Cook Turned Librarian

Dec. 17, 2018

The weather was perfect on Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Kremenchug, Ukraine, as fifty students were joined by teachers, families, and friends to celebrate their graduation from Kremenchug Evangelical Seminary (KES).  Among these grads were 10 sisters and one brother who graduated from the department of Church Library Ministry, sponsored by READ Ministries. 

Valentina was one of the church librarian grads   […]   Read More »

Seeds Planted a Century and a Half Ago Now Ripe for Harvest A Minnesota-Ukraine Connection Bears Fruit

Dec. 12, 2018
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ODESSA Township in western Minnesota, first settled in June 1870, was named for the city of Odessa in southern Russia (today’s Ukraine), from which the wheat-seed used in this vicinity was purchased.  Ukraine supplied the first wheat-seed planted by western Minnesota’s first Scandinavian immigrant farmers almost 150 years ago!  And those who farm these fields, as did their parents and grandparents,   […]   Read More »

Keeping Hope Alive in Moldova

Nov. 28, 2018
Boys at Hope School

Earlier this year, Bill Arvan, representing READ Ministries, spent three days in Moldova at the invitation of Dumitry Sevastian, the current acting Academic Dean of the University of Divine Grace (UDG) in Chisinau, Moldova. 

Beginning with a handful of students in 1998, UDG has grown into a four-year college with over 500 students, 1200 graduates, and several extension campuses in   […]   Read More »

Come and See What God is Up To

Sep. 15, 2018
Alan and Elna Loved Ukraine

When Bill Arvan invited Dr. Alan Tims and his wife, Elna, to “Come and see what God is doing,” this pair did a quick review of Ukraine’s history. Stalin’s tragic War had robbed Ukraine of its national identity, its language, and an estimated 3 to 8 million people, who died from starvation.

Recent events have resulted in further loss of land   […]   Read More »

Librarians Brave March Blizzards

Apr. 18, 2018
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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” 

Though this description comes from Herodotus, a Greek historian who lived 2,500 years ago, it aptly describes the delegates who attended a recent three-day conference for theological school and evangelical church librarians in Kremenchug, Ukraine.   […]   Read More »