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Nordic / Baltic / Eastern European Newsletter
August 13,  2009                                Issue 9          
 
In this issue    
God's Holy Day Booklet Published in Ukraine in July
Good News Subscribers in Iceland
Featured language--Romanian translations on United Church of God Website
Ryan Foster helping with Web Content
Teaching English as a Second Language in Vinogradov, Ukraine
Greetings!
 
From Cincinnati, Ohio 
In July I completed a most productive trip to Scandinavia and Ukraine. I was so pleased to visit our members and potential members. In the early Church in the book of Acts in chapter 15:36 we read "Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, 'Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.'" Personal contact and visits are very important to those of like faith, especially in the scattered regions that we serve. I was very happy with the time and substance of our gatherings in Denmark, Norway and Sweden during the first part of this trip.
 
     In Vinogradov, Ukraine four United Church of God members taught a two week Teaching English as Second Language program as part of a day camp program for disadvantaged children. Read the article about this in this newsletter. 
 
     By now you should have received your July/August issue of the Good News which contains these articles of special interest:
July / August 2009 Good News
* The Warnings Are Loud and Clear-But Are You Listening?
* Four Biblical Keys to Understanding World Events 
* A Modern Menace: Emerging and Reemerging Diseases 
* The World's a Mess: Can You Be Positive? 
 
     There are other articles about prayer, meekness and gentleness, as well.  
    
     You can view this newsletter plus all the previous ones on our Web site at http://kubik.org/ucgee.  If you had this newsletter forwarded to you, you can order your own automatic subscription on that page.  We always enjoy hearing from you. 
 
                                                       In Christ's service, 
                                                       VK signature
                                                       Victor Kubik
                                                       Senior Pastor
God's Holy Days Booklet Published in Ukraine in July 
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God's Holy Days booklet cover We are happy to announce a new United Church of God in Russian:  God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind.
 
     The booklet starts by asking the question, "are the Holy Days relevant today?"  Then the biblical Holy Days and festivals are discussed one by one describing their biblical origin and Christian orientation.
 
     We will be happy to send you a free copy of this booklet if you send me your address to victor_kubik@ucg.org.
 
     In Russian we also offer The Gospel of the Kingdom and Sunset to Sunset - God's Sabbath Rest along with the complete 12 lesson Bible Study Course. 
 
     The booklet was printed in Western Ukraine.
Good News in Iceland
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Flag of Iceland We have expanded the reach of Internet keyword advertusung of the Good News magazine to include Iceland. As a result we have recently added 14 subscribers in this Scandinavian nation.
 
     Our total Good News subscription list in the Nordic/Baltic/Eastern area is approaching 2000. 

     We look forward to more contact and more literature requests soon. 
Romanian Translation
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 Dr. Dumitru-Dan Teodorescu and Georgeta Teodorescu
Dr. Dumitru-Dan Teodorescu with mother Georgeta Teodorescu
Our featured languaged for this month is Romanian.  Dr. Dumitru-Dan Teodorescu who lives in Tampa, Florida, US has done voluminous work in tirelessly translating many of our booklets and the entire Bible Study Course.  His mother Georgeta Teodorescu has worked along side of him.
 
     All of his work is available on United Church of God's Eastern European Website at http://www.ucg.org/easteuropean
 
     Do you know anyone who is Romanian?  If so, refer them to this site. 
 
     We appreciate the work done by enthusiastic volunteers who want to help preach the Gospel into all the world! 

     In the next issue of this newsletter, we will have a few words about our translations into the Serbian language.  
Ryan Foster helping with web content
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 Ryan Foster
        Ryan Foster 
We have been consulting with Ryan Foster on how best to propogate United Church of God literature in the diverse language of our region. Ryan visited with Victor and Beverly at their home on July 23 and spent much of the day discussing how best to face our challenges in reaching people electronically. This not only includes Russian, Estonian and Swedish, but the languages of our Karen refugees who live in Finland and Norway. 
 
      We also have literature translated into Romanian (this month's featured language on this site), Lithuanian, Serbian and soon other languages.    
 
     Web technology constantly changes and it's possible now to deliver material through content management systems much more efficiently. 
     Ryan has been helping out with the development of content managment systems in others areas of the United Church of God. We plan to use an Open Source system called MODX. 
Teaching English as a Second Language in Vinogradov, Ukraine
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                                          by Cherie Zahora

From July 5 to 17 a LifeNets delegation of Dan and Cindy Harper and Ken and Cherie Zahora taught English and helped with a day camp in Vinogradov, Ukraine,
for the second year. We learned several lessons last year, not only about curriculum, but about culture, schedules and the children themselves.
 Boy at monitor
         The Genki English Program 
Unlike last year, this year Victor Kubik was with us the first week, which was a huge plus as he speaks Ukrainian fluently. We only had to ask, "Now what's happening?" And we got answers. He translated the daily Christian living classes, which followed the theme of the week of creation.

     This year two classes were taught simultaneously in adjacent buildings. Ken and I taught 18 to 20 beginners with the Genki program of pictures, video, gestures and song. Dan and Cindy Harper taught the next level of 20 children, who had a smattering of English already. They learned additional vocabulary, conversation and even delved into pronouns. We came armed with very clearly outlined curriculum maps prepared by Cindy.

     Each day we arrived at the Light of Love Mission that Vasyl and Irina Polichko began more than a decade ago. Our day began at 10 a.m., when we were all treated to tea, bread and cheese to start. Then came the 90-minute lesson. The lesson began with a warm-up song, review of the previous day's lesson, then new vocabulary using pictures, computer, song and lots of physical action. Games to reinforce the lesson were also used, and the children glued picture words into notebooks. Ukrainian children really enjoy singing, so they really soaked up the Genki lessons.
 Cindy Harper teaches ESL

     As the children became comfortable with the songs and with us, they were excited to lead the warm-up sessions and the closing each day. They were becoming very confident "teachers." The children then had free time to jump on the trampoline, play volleyball, badminton, Ping Pong, swing, bounce or kick balls around. They also had 30 to 40 minutes of Christian living class with lots of singing. Then it was time for lunch with more free time, then off to an excursion that included some type of swimming in a river or lake. We interacted with the children in all these activities, encouraging them to use the English they were learning.

     The children, many of whom come from difficult family backgrounds, are growing in many ways. They are calmer than last year. We could tell all the patience and hard work of surrogate "parents" Vasya and Maria is paying off. All of the love they receive from the Polichkos is showing results intheir lives. We were surprised how much English they remembered from last year. The seven boys that live with Vasya and Maria Tomaschuk also receive two hours of tutoring in English a week.

      It was a real plus to have Ken, Dan and Cindy return as the children had already developed a relationship with them. As the week wore on, the warmth and smiles of the new kids increased. The children love the attention and want to please. The boys reminded Cindy and me to fasten our seatbelts. The children began to put forth the effort to converse with us in casual settings using the phrases they have mastered. "What's your name?" "How are you?" "What's the weather like?"
     
 Angelica leading class
Young Angelica leads the class in warm-up exercises 
Yuri, age 7, had difficulty at first fitting into the group. The first two days he did not attend class, but played alone in the yard. Ken invited him to join us and he sat in the back of the class, but did not participate. As the days wore on, he moved closer to the front and was totally engaged. He joined in with the other children, and even played the games with them. The socialization and acceptance motivated his participation.

      LifeNets was able to supply four new robust computers to the ESL program and the Rosetta Stone English-language software was networked to these to create a lab for English lessons. This program is very interactive, using headphones and microphone to listen, look and speak. The children could not wait to try out these lessons, even before Dan totally had it all installed. One of the boys had difficulty speaking the word women and the computer would not accept his pronunciation. He listened carefully and repeated the single word almost 20 times, but he did not give up.

      The next day one of our students ran to me in the yard and beckoned me to come with him. Vladislav had sent him to get me, so he could show me that he had scored 100 percent on his lesson. I snapped his picture, and he was very proud of this achievement. We can't wait to see how the students progress with this new tool in the next year.

      Some of the children come from the immediate neighborhood and love to stay at the mission as long as they can. They go there to sing, pray, work in the kitchen and enjoy the warm company of the Polichkos. They wash dishes, serve the other children their meals and mop the floors at the end of the day.
The mission provides light in so many ways: food, shelter, Christian foundation, love and hope for a brighter future.
 
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