This article was originally published in the January 2022 edition of ITMI Monthly.
Romania - Ukraine
ITMI’s Adi and Ema Ban returned to Romania after ministering among Romanian believers in the US. Many of the churches they visited were hungry for the Biblical wisdom they have to offer in the area of family life, parenting and relationships.
The Q and A sessions lasted hours over their allotted times!
The Bans also spent some time strategizing and praying with ITMI Director, Steve Evers about the Lord’s direction for their ministry during the time he spent with them in Florida.
In recent years, Adi and Ema have visited Ukraine to encourage the believers living in the areas that have been under Russian attack for years now. Their Young Couples’ Fellowship groups have supported some of the faithful pastors and their outreaches to the hurting in their areas.
Due to the hardships the locals are facing, many are open to the message of these churches.
As Russian troops increase near the border of Ukraine, the political situation seems to be intensifying. Amid circulating rumors of a Russian invasion following the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022, the Bans’ contacts are busily reaching everyone they can with the Good News.
Their desire to see people come to Christ is intensified as the future of the everyone living there is more uncertain than ever.
One of these pastors is prayerfully hoping to reach families in his area through a winter break camp for children and youth. This type of outreach is one that has a good track record for effectiveness in this area.
While these people can still be reached, we can help Adi and Ema provide Pastor Ilya and his church with the funds they need to put on a winter break camp.
A gift of $17 provides the meals and craft materials needed for one student to attend camp.
Dasha, 15, was killed by a bomb in her backyard just months after attending a church camp in her Ukrainian city, where she was believed to have responded to Jesus.
The Bans also have a large personal need ahead. Due to a hereditary condition that causes the supporting structures of the teeth to degenerate, Adi is experiencing pain and missing some teeth. He will need implants, but before implants can be done, bone augmentation is required.
Having this dental work done now not only addresses pain that Adi experiences, but also helps prevent further bone loss. The Bans are looking at over $20,000USD in dental bills to cover this work that is necessary in the near future.
As a missionary, Adi isn’t an employee where he can benefit from group health insurance. The Bans, if they had the funds, would need to pay these out-of-pocket expenses from their missionary income. Please pray with us about this need, and consider helping the Bans if you are able.
About the Authors
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.
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