Compassion is a core piece of Live Oak’s DNA; it combines all four of our core values: radical life-change, real community, reckless generosity, and relentless prayer. From the very beginning we have been committed to loving people locally and globally in tangible ways, creating new partnerships along the way. As you read this short Q&A, we hope that you might be able to get to know and love Ghenna Nebeskul, one of our wonderful Compassion Partners at Island Christian Church in the Ukraine.
- What does a day look like for you?
For me, every day looks different. I have three main areas of responsibilities within my ministry: teaching and preaching in the church, pastoring the children’s ministry, and being the country manager of the international ministry for “Marked Men for Christ”. I usually start my day by doing a quiet time with God. I love memorizing passages from the Bible (especially Psalms). I like to pray and meditate on them. I also study foreign languages for half an hour each day. Once those things have been completed, I work on one of my areas of ministry.
For one day of each week, all staff members come together to work in the church building in order to fix or build something, depending on the need. Aside from that, my duties tend to fall on whatever day is necessary. For the church, I prepare for the Sunday sermon and for the weekly course that I teach in a small group for those who just got baptized. For the children’s ministry, I plan their big events (like the holiday programs or summer camps), communicate with the kid’s ministry team, and lead the master classes for kids (English lessons and table tennis). We also communicate with the non-Christian parents of the kids who come to our Sunday school. For “Marked Men for Christ,” I coordinate the men’s ministry and translate the materials into Russian\Ukrainian.
- Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because it makes me happy. I can share the Good News with some people and also help others to grow spiritually.
- What has been your greatest joy in your job?
My greatest joy is that I can see the changes in the lives of people we work with. I love witnessing the smiles on kids’ faces and the changing attitudes of their parents (Christian churches are counted as the sects in the orthodox world). Some of the children even serve in our Sunday school once they have grown up.
- What does LOCC’s support mean to you?
It is hard to express with the words what LOCC’s support means to me. It is a great help for food and clothing, but also for the feeling of a true family in Christ.
- How can we pray for you?
There are good and bad days in both ministry and in my everyday life. Please pray that I may keep the love of God in all circumstances. And I would also appreciate it if you would pray for my older son Gleb who is not yet a Christian.