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Serving in leadership training in Ukraine

God At Work
“Of course” is the most common response when people who truly know Jason and Kerri Gupta hear about their ministry overseas. Their unique pasts that include years spent in different countries might seem like reason enough to predict a future of cross-cultural service.

However, the Guptas’ motivation goes beyond their past experiences. As newlyweds comfortably pursuing their own careers, Jason in engineering and Kerri in publishing, they began to realize that God had different plans for their new life together. In order to be trained for a future of full-time ministry, the Guptas left their jobs in Colorado and moved to Dallas. While at seminary, Jason and Kerri began to understand how God had crafted their abilities, passions and life experiences to prepare them for overseas missions.

The need for trained Christian leaders in Ukraine captivated the Guptas’ interest as they realized that Jason’s gift of teaching could be especially strategic there, allowing him to develop pastors and leaders who have the potential to touch more lives for Christ than he and Kerri ever could. An investigative visit to the area confirmed this direction. Now Jason and Kerri have a long-term ministry that combines classroom instruction with personal discipleship and the opportunity to be involved in the ministry of a local church.

Nearly five years spent in India as a “missionary kid” and two years working overseas with Operation Mobilization gave Jason a realistic picture of the challenges that missionary life entails. Kerri is also well acquainted with life in a foreign culture–her father’s work took her family abroad, living in Malaysia and England for almost half of her pre-college years. She also spent three months in Africa as a short-term missionary.

While they are aware of the challenges ahead, Jason and Kerri know of no endeavor they would rather be involved in than communicating the gospel of Christ and training others to do so. Sharing the peace, forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal hope that this message offers is a mission in which the Guptas feel privileged to participate.

How To Partner
Until 1989, Eastern Europeans lived under oppressive Communism, which severely persecuted Christians. Understandably, the mass exodus that followed the fall of the Iron Curtain included many trained Christian leaders. Western missionaries of all denominations, sects and cults rushed in to fill the spiritual void left by Communism. The enthusiastic welcome they initially received has been replaced by skepticism and suspicion of the West.

Please pray that God will open the hearts of Eastern Europeans to the gospel. Please pray that more people will share the vision for ministering to Eastern Europeans and will join the team! Please pray that financial partnerships will make it possible for Jason and Kerri to continue using their gifts and abilities to the ongoing ministry in Ukraine.

Your financial partnership makes ministry possible. Thank you for being part of God’s transforming power in Eastern Europe!

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