Monday, November 24, 2014

Bucharest Mission Conference Beneficial for Both East and West


Oleg and Vitali in Bucharest, Romania
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA. On November 18-21, 2014, Vitali Turlac and I (Oleg) participated in the mission conference dedicated to celebration and reflection on "25 Years of Christian Mission in Eastern Europe and the Former USSR." From the very time I heard this forum being announced, I knew that it would be a tremendous opportunity for us at Turlac Mission to come together with other missionaries to reflect on the magnitude of work that was done in the region since the collapse of Berlin Wall.

This forum was beneficial in so many ways. (1) It was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and partners in ministry in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. I think that it is important for all of us to know what different mission organizations and churches are doing in the region, so that we could avoid duplication in certain areas of work.

At the conference on East-European missions
(2) The conference was a great time for making new connections that will help us and people that we minister as we look into the future and plan various ministry opportunities.

(3) It was a great encounter of East and West. National church workers from Eastern Europe had a great chance to talk to their partners in the West. In this way, we all tried to make sure that Eastern and Western Christians are on the same page in understanding mission work and the context of the region.

Conference participants pointed out that Christian mission in Eastern Europe, besides being theological and evangelistic, is also to be relational. Relationships with people that we minister to do matter. Also of great importance are relationships of missionaries with each other and of missional organizations to one another. Partnership in the work of spreading the Gospel of Christ is essential, for together we can do much more.

I appreciate so many of you who support our work with your generous giving and pray for safety in travels.