YFC came into being at the end of the Second World War as a way of bringing the Gospel message to young people. Our first full-time worker was Rev Billy Graham. Today, we work in more than 110 of the world’s 196 countries, employing more than forty different ministry models.
YFC Eastern Europe is one of the six Regions with the Europe, Middle-East, and North Africa Area of YFC. It was established in 1995 with the creation of an office in the Ukraine. Since then, YFC EE’s work has been developing steadily. Now, the Eastern Europe region comprises 7 countries:
• RUSSIA • UKRAINE • MOLDOVA • BELARUS • ARMENIA • AZERBAIJAN • GEORGIA
YFC EE has teams in all of these nations except Georgia and Azerbaijan. It extends the mission of YFC to the people of Eastern Europe who have been oppressed by poverty and by religious persecution. It is a new and dynamic area of the world for us and a chance to make a real difference to the lives of a generation of youth.
Each of the national teams was established over the last 15 years and is led by a dynamic and enthusiastic national leader. The strategic focus for each of these leaders has been: “To see God’s glory coming across the nations through the mobilizing and equipping of churches so that they can be salt and light in their communities and rescue lost kids at risk and young people for Jesus Christ”.
My main responsibility as the Regional Director of Eastern Europe is to be a catalytic, galvanizing force able to cast vision, motivate volunteers, peers, and board members, and to raise resources for the work. The RD works with the Area Director of the Europe, Middle East, and North Africa Area to support existing and pioneer new YFC ministry in the region to develop mission vision. The clear aim is to scale our work in Eastern Europe from its current size to something much larger, reaching more young people and developing more youth leaders. This will mean developing a team of people who will catch the vision of YFC and co-operate together to make it happen.
God blesses different ministry models in different Regions. YFC EE’s main focus is the development of a church-based model of outreach to vulnerable young people, the so-called Day-Centre Model. 2,597 children, aged 6 to 16, are cared for through 154 projects in 5 countries at this moment. This model is described in animation and can be found via this YouTube clip: http://youtu.be/0oML-1GcLP8
The work is built on an extended model of after school clubs that children attend between 3 to 5 times every week. Next step is children and volunteers of DC are initiating monthly Sports Festival for children and their parents at local school and annual to prepare celebrating summer camp. This strategy helps to change the real lives from one side and to influence to area where concentrated work of DC from other side.
My responsibility includes regular visits to the nations and the training of steering committees or boards, staff, volunteers, and youth leaders in the nations, with the goal of engaging, equipping, and empowering both those young people in the region whose lives are characterized by spiritual strength and also the native church. Also I will be involved to build and develop contacts and partnership with other regions and YFC International.
I like this job and I am exciting by God’s work reaching a new generation of children and young people. YFC EMENA office has taken responsibility to find a part of my personal financial support for the first three years leaving me to find the remainder.
My hope is to find a small group of close supporters who will join Inga and me in this adventure in this way. People who will pray for us and support us with finance.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate, ask me more by my new e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
With thanks and God’s blessings,
Inga and Mikhail, Elijah, Jan and Zachary