Far more than just a building, the Eurasia Training Center is the hub of a ministry that now flows beyond the former Soviet Bloc countries into North Africa and the Middle East.
Precept Ministries Eurasia covers more than 40 languages, including Arabic, and ministers to a population approaching one billion people.
The Kingdom work happening at the Eurasia Training Center in Romania is being duplicated at numerous other locations. On average, there are 24 Training Institutes (intensive, two-week Leadership Training Workshops) happening somewhere in the region every month. Each leader agrees to attend three two-week sessions per year for three years. As they return for each session, they are required to bring someone else along.
Led by Eurasia Directors and Romanian natives, Mia and Costel Oglice, the future of Precept Ministries in Eurasia is bright! Nearly 300,000 students are meeting in 39,000 classes, and more leaders are being trained every day to meet the ongoing demand for Inductive Bible Study in a part of the world that desperately needs to know God in a personal life-transforming way.
Creativity has always been part of the approach to ministry in Eurasia. When you come from a background where Bible study was forbidden under communist rule, creativity was a must! Today, Precept trainers and leaders are using that creativity to reach more people with the Inductive Bible Study Method.
A new project, funded through your generous support, Answering the Call is a mobile computer learning center that is projected to reach over 37,000 new people. This includes 600 leaders who will be trained to teach others basic computer skills, as well as the ability to study God’s Word inductively. We have had a computer lab at the Eurasia Training Center for several years, but this will be the first mobile lab and will alllow us to reach those who are unable to make the trip to the training center.
This past summer, we were able to print 30,000 books for areas of ministry that desperately need them. Camps, prisons, rehab centers, and churches across Eurasia were able to convene classes and provide the necessary resources. In our summer camps alone, more than 20,000 students were in attendance learning English and studying God’s Word inductively. We expect 30,000 books to reach more than 95,000 people. The majority (80 percent)of these students will be brand-new to Precept and the Inductive Bible Study Method.”
Please join us in praying for the work God is doing throughout Eurasia. We’re grateful for the generosity of individuals who support the work of Precept around the world. Countless lives are being changed, and His Word is going forth in a profound way.
Back in the late 1970’s, when the Ministry was little more than Kay Arthur teaching a weekly Bible study in Atlanta, Georgia, Verdie Brady was invited to a friend’s Precept Bible Study.
“We studied the book of John,” Verdie recalls. “We didn’t have an official teacher. We just sat around the kitchen table and listened to Kay on cassette tape.” Verdie was later trained as a Precept Leader in Columbus, Georgia, by Betsy Bird. For nearly 35 years, she has been studying God’s Word inductively as well as teaching others in her own Precept classes.
“I immediately had a love for the people of that part of the world”—Verdie Brady
Verdie has been very involved in Precept’s work in Eurasia. She says, “I would go to Chattanooga for training or a conference and hear from Mia and Costel Oglice about their work in Romania.” This was when Romania was still under communist rule. “Kay would pass out names of pastors and other church leaders in Romania and ask us to send Easter and Christmas cards for encouragement,” Verdie remembers. That was the beginning of what turned out to be a lifelong ministry.
Verdie began traveling to Romania and Moldova in 1992 to help in Precept Training Institutes and youth camps. This past summer marked her 21st year of making the annual summer trek to Eastern Europe to help others learn to study God’s Word for themselves.
Not only does Verdie physically participate in Precept’s work in Eurasia, but she also supports the work financially. “I immediately had a love for the people of that part of the world and wanted them to know the Lord and study His Word, so I started giving right from the beginning,” she says. “I give to Precept because it equips you to study that which keeps you from error.”
Verdie also says that she sees the results of her giving in the “phenomenal multiplication” that is happening across the Eurasia ministry. “I know Precept is careful in how they spend the money God provides, and to me that is important. I see it. The Bible teaches us to ‘lay up treasures in heaven,’ and Precept is a great place to do that!”
We are thankful for Verdie and her faithful generosity in support of Precept’s work across Eurasia, North Africa, and the Middle East. She, along with thousands of other partners, is enabling countless people to discover God’s Word for themselves.
The Eurasian Team tirelessly teaches and trains people from all across Eurasia with Precept Inductive Bible Studies. Pastors, teachers, orphans, widows, missionaries, juvenile delinquents, men, women, and children are all being equipped and changed by God’s Word. Their heartfelt dedication in ministry is making an eternal impact in the lives of people who otherwise may never have the opportunity to hear and study God’s Word!
The Eurasia Training Center held a camp for 50 juveniles and 20 guardians from three penitentiaries. Forty youth, mostly pastors’ children also participated in the study, Loving God and Others. There were 40 who prayed to receive the Lord! The guardians were also very open to the teaching they had studied. The prisoners shared how deeply grateful they were to be at the camp. Their lives had dramatically been changed through their time in God’s Word. At the end of the camp, all the youth went to a local church and participated in a program with songs, poems and testimonies of how God and His Word had changed their hearts and lives. An inmate from another prison writes:
“As I studied I was touched with the words from Matthew 5:44, 'Love those who hate you, bless and curse not, do good to those that hate you, pray for those that persecute you.’ These words were exactly for me! Living in this prison I have great need of love, forgiveness, prayer and faith. I kept trying to change things here, but without any results. I was trying in my own efforts. After I understood the truths I had studied, I asked Jesus to help me. It was only then that I could love others. Everything changed around me. The Word of God made great changes in my life!”—Romania prison inmate
The Eurasian Training Center:
It is through the precious gifts of our faithful partners that this Training Center was built and the work of establishing people in God’s Word throughout Eurasia continues. What a blessing to see God’s hand greatly bless the donations of our financial partners!Donate Online Now
It is through your prayers and God's faithfullness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us a vision to reach 10 million more people by 2015. And we can now see that it was truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not by a long shot. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you, Beloved, for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.