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Today’s “Barnabas” (by Denis Kozlov)

26 February 2011 One Comment

Every spring and fall, I fly to the other side of the globe for a few weeks. This has become a very special time for me – both spiritually and mentally. When I go to the United States I have a two goals: 1) to keep the connection between Russian and American churches alive by sharing at and updating partner churches, and 2) to find new churches and individuals interested in connecting with this mission field. Both goals are challenging and rewarding at the same time. Both make me leave my comfort zone and trust in God more.

Just the thought of speaking publicly in front of audiences in a foreign language used to make me very nervous. Today, it still makes me nervous, but much less, because I have seen God’s faithfulness in helping me with this challenge. Since I am not native to this culture, I know that no matter how fluent my English may become, it will always be an area where I have to really trust God. I believe that it is truly a miracle when people respond to my sharing. Every time I fly to the States, I know that I will have to pray and wait upon the Lord to guide me in sharing with my American brothers and sisters, trusting Him to help me communicate and connect with people of a very different culture.

Finding new churches for potential partnership is a challenge for me. There are churches on every corner in America, but most of them are already committed to programs and mission work. In order to connect with new churches, I need to find a few Barnabas’ who are willing to introduce me. In the last two trips I have found two new church connections. One is now supporting Russians Reaching Russians on a regular basis and both churches are considering a short term mission trip to Russia this year. I was very moved by the connection with a church in Kentucky, immediately feeling at home with them. I would ask that you consider being a “Barnabas” to me.
Every time I return to the States, the task seems overwhelming, but when I take a step of faith and contact churches, pastors, and friends – amazing things start to happen. For the next several weeks I will be available to meet with groups and individuals who might be interested in learning about the ministry, the mission work, Russia and Russian culture, or just to getting to know me. I will mainly be in Ohio, and Kentucky, but am willing to consider traveling to other states if there is an interest.
Please contact me if you can provide any help in introducing me to pastors or church leaders. I am open and willing to meet with anyone who is interested in learning about the ministry and the country of Russia. I am also willing to speak to students and teachers at colleges and schools. I look forward to talking with you soon.

Email me at reachingrussians@gmail.com
or call me at (937)523-05-25 or at (937)360-12-72

Pray for these specific needs:

1) For me to effectively communicate the need for missions and to introduce the ministry in Russia. To reignite the passion in mission-oriented churches and to plant seeds of passion for missions in churches not involved in mission work.

2) For provision with lodging, transporation, and food during the trip

3) To promote more interest in RRR (i.e. subscribe to our newsletter, consider taking a short-term mission trip to Russia this fall or in the future, and give on a regular basis)

4) To raise enough funds to cover the expenses of this trip.

If you want to invite me you can check my availability on this calendar. It’s updated on the regular basis.



One Comment »

  • Brenda Fagan said:

    Hi Denis,

    We are looking forward to having you as a guest at our Small Group on March 30th. We meet from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Marvin & Karen, Riley, 4960 Bosart Rd, Spfld. Please let me know if you would like us to pick you up.

    Bill & Brenda Fagan
    bfagan@wittenberg.edu
    937-652-1359
    Fagan Small Group Family

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