All Articles for Eastern Europe

Ukraine—Small town, big impact

How can one couple in ministry make a difference when sin and brokenness are tearing homes apart at alarming rates? FamilyLife Ukraine volunteers Volodymyr and Olga Shvets are seeing this question answered through their ministry in the Khmelnytskyi region of Ukraine. Although ministering to families can be discouraging work, God is taking the offerings of […]
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Romania: Sharing hope

Romania is a southeastern European country rich in history and legends, known for its forests and medieval villages as well as its notable castles and fortifications.  But this country of 19.7 million people also faces many challenges. Fifteen percent of Romanians are working abroad, leaving family members and even children behind. Twenty-three million abortions have […]
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Slovenia—Prayer Walking

Dani and Vilma Siter, leaders of the ministry Family and Life Slovenia, have always wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago, a well-known pilgrimage route in Spain (also known as the Way of Saint James). Although circumstances prevented them for many years from making the trip, in 2014 God used their dream of walking the […]
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Moldova—International Family Day

Since the International Family Day has been accepted in Moldova officially, we’ve had the desire to do something on this day to share about godly families.  But our resources are limited. This year we asked our friends, whose business is making animations for kids, to help us do something for 50 families and their kids. […]
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Croatia—Marriage Week Outreach

Organizing 50 events in 20 cities over the course of one week is no easy task—it takes a lot of prayer, preparation, and a team of excellent volunteers. These elements all came together in February during Croatian Marriage Week. The FamilyLife team, in cooperation with their network of over 70 volunteers around the country, held […]
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Romania—Adopted into the family

Daniel is a man we met at a recent Art of Marriage® event. When he was younger, he experienced kidney failure and received a kidney from his father. Once he was healthy again, he rejected God. He neglected to follow his treatment plan and developed unhealthy habits. His father died and this angered him even […]
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Poland—Asia’s Testimony

My name is Asia, and I live in a small town in southwest Poland. I grew up in a multigenerational family with my parents, two sisters, my grandmother, grandfather, and grandfather’s brother. My parents took my sister and me to church, but we never talked about our beliefs or prayed together. I thought of God […]
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Romania: A new legacy for the Gypsies

For the past few years, Gina Teodorescu has been involved in ministry to a Gypsy community in the Romanian town of Craiova. Although Gina’s husband, Ionel, passed away in 2012, she has been able to continue FamilyLife teaching and training by using messages they recorded together in previous years as well as HomeBuilders® studies. Gina […]
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Slovenia—Dani and Vilma Siter’s ministry

Each summer for the last few years, Dani and Vilma Siter have taken a couple weeks out of their schedule to walk across their country of Slovenia. They wake up early in the morning and walk for six to eight hours, often covering 20 miles or more while battling blisters, rain, and other discomfort. Why? […]
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Ukraine—Seven years of striving

Igor Logvinenko met Olga at a disco in the Military Academy when he was a cadet. Olga attracted Igor’s attention with her sincerity and laughter, and the two began dating. When Igor finished Military Academy, they got married and moved to L’viv, where Igor’s military unit was located. Their early married life was far from […]
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Poland—One couple’s testimony

Magda and Wiesiek Grabowski, FamilyLife leaders in Poland, received this encouraging testimony from a couple (Paula and Jarek) they met more than three years ago. We met Wiesiek and Magda Grabowski in May 2011. We participated in a weekend retreat for parents about raising children. During the two-day conference Wiesiek and Magda addressed the topics […]
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Belarus—Seeing God move

Back in February 2011 we had a Weekend to Remember getaway in the town of Pinsk in southwestern Belarus. Thirty-six couples attended, including Valentina and her husband. They were both surprised and blessed that we talked about problem solving, God’s plan for marriage, romance, and sex. They repented of their sins and trusted Christ during […]
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Romania—Parenting seminars in public schoo...

FamilyLife Romania has begun a unique ministry in Bucharest and nearby areas. The FamilyLife staff was recently invited by counselors at local public schools to help conduct parenting seminars for the parents of their students. FamilyLife is using this invitation as an opportunity to use biblical principles as they speak to many parents on how […]
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Croatia—Small group testimonies

  Davor and Sanda Kukec, FamilyLife leaders in Croatia, prayed that God would raise up ten more HomeBuilders® groups throughout Croatia in addition to the ten that were already ongoing. But God didn’t just add ten more groups—He raised up leaders and group members to create 20 more groups throughout Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia! Feedback […]
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Belarus–Divine intervention

We all remember Christ’s parable about one repenting soul that makes the whole of Heaven exult with joy, and it was our joy and privilege to see that with our own eyes—in a married couple’s life! We did a Marriage Seminar for couples titled “Plus out of a Minus” meaning that God can turn a […]
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The Art of Marriage® Danube River Cruise

Come see a part of the world you never thought you’d see, with a fascinating history and amazing beauty. Or perhaps it’s an old favorite. Either way, you will have fun as we sail up the Danube over the course of 8 days and 7 nights. We sail from Bucharest to Budapest, through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia […]
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Romania–getting to know the gypsies

My husband, Ionel, passed away a little over a year ago. I recently spent some time in Craiova, the city where I met him. God gave me an extraordinary chance to minister there within the Gypsy culture. While there, I attended a Gypsy church where Ionel had preached two years ago on Easter. His heart […]
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Poland–transformed by God’s love

During our conference in Bielsko Biaa, a handsome, well-dressed man came up to us with a smile on his face. “I wanted to greet you and thank you,” he said. We looked at him with surprise as we tried unsuccessfully to remember who he was. “I came to a conference for parents a few years […]
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Slovenia–a conference for childless co...

“I hope someday,” our parents said, “that you have children just like you!” This mild form of parental revenge gave them a small measure of satisfaction in their frustration at our behavior. Someday, they assumed, justice would be done. Had we thought about it, we might have agreed: “I hope that my children are like […]
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Ukraine–reaching out through HomeBuild...

Editor’s note: Scott Stemple, leader of FamilyLife in Ukraine, collected this testimony from Andrei and Natasha Davidenko, HomeBuilders leaders in Ukraine We were married in May of 2004, and we had many conflicts from the very start of our marriage. We just couldn’t seem to understand one another. Natasha always wanted to solve our conflicts […]
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Poland–from failure to victory

It is so wonderful to experience God at work. Sometimes we might feel like we’re failing in our ministry, but He can turn our efforts into a victory and be glorified in the situation. That’s exactly what happened during a recent marriage conference in Poland. A man in Mielec had taken part in our conference […]
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Romania–murder, jail, and forgiveness

During his days as a heavy drinker, George got into a fight in a bar and killed a man. He was sentenced to ten years behind bars. Meanwhile, his wife not only raised their children but also found new life in Jesus. George heard of it while in prison and decided that when he got […]
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Croatia–marriage café

I know, I know, we are always doing something strange. But the truth is that it is not as strange as it is new and just plain different, but the best part is… people like it! We invited people to join us for a night of romantic music, practical marriage tips, and romantic atmosphere. People […]
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Croatia–God in a “box”

Marija and Ivan introduced themselves to us at our marriage conference last year—our mutual friends, Petra and Hrvoje, had told us to be on the lookout for this newly-married couple who had been involved in the Campus Crusade student movement in Rijeka. As we talked with Marija and Ivan, we were really impressed by his […]
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Russia–family courses

Lev and Maria Grinfeld, FamilyLife leaders in Russia, were invited to teach family courses to the Eurasian College in Kazan. This school provides professional training of evangelical church planters in Central Asia, Tatarstan, and other predominantly Muslim regions of Russia. Kazan is called the third capital of Russia and the gate to the Muslim world. […]
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Bulgaria–a support-raising story

Toncho Tonchev was praying. He asked God to show him people who would have a heart to financially partner with the FamilyLife ministry that he and his wife, Annie, started in Bulgaria. He felt that if God brought some names to his mind, he needed to be faithful to call and meet them. To his […]
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Croatia–extreme forgiveness

From 1992-1995 there was an inter-ethnic civil war between the Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats. Formerly the Serbs and Croats lived together peacefully in this country. Then neighbor turned against neighbor as the war began.  Serbians occupied the towns and were in control. Martina had to run for her life during the war, leaving her house […]
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Ukraine

Ukraine FamilyLife calls their ministry Ukraine for Christ.  In 2009, they held 14 events for couples and saw over 350 people involved in the HomeBuilders Couples Series small group studies.  They held ten trainings for leaders to assist in building a spiritual movement in their country. Ukraine is one of our more mature movements and […]
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Albania–training camp

“Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.”–Acts 6:3 Avni and Maklen Menalla, FamilyLife directors of Albania, had an objective to start a network of volunteer leaders with FamilyLife so that a movement would spread in […]
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Poland–a family redeemed

This story begins in 2007 when the FamilyLife leaders in Poland, Wiesiek and Magda Grabowski, organized a marriage conference in their town. They invited a couple who were in serious crisis. Unfortunately, only the husband, Alfred, attended. They talked with him during the lunch break, and he told them about his difficult marriage and how […]
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Croatia–dancing as a ministry

  Davor and Sandra Kukec in Croatia are trying to be creative in a country where people like to dance. They decided to ask one of the couples in their discipleship group to lead dancing lessons. First, couples come for a marriage Bible study, and then they have dance lessons. Davor said, “It is a […]
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Albania–FamilyLife through the years

Population 3.5 million; 850 thousand families Albania has gone through a long transition from Communism, which ended in 1991. What has suffered most has been the family. The Albanian family is going through a very hard time because of the unstable economy. Parents are under constant stress and time pressures to eke out a living. […]
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Reaching Russia–from the Netherlands

When Jan and Nel Kits began ministering in Russia in the early 1990s, they faced challenges that could be expected within a country that had been under communism for 70 years. “We were ministering in cities where large evangelistic efforts were taking place,” says Jan. “We were there to train people and churches to follow […]
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Russia–the HomeBuilders effect

During a men’s prayer meeting, the men were asked to pray about usual things such as the ministry, families, and for their health. But there was one prayer request that sounded very different from the others. The man asked to pray about himself. He said, “I was in the ministry for quite a long time, […]
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Romania–the entrance ticket

Two hundred families came together at the Baptist church in Braila, in southern Romania, for a FamilyLife conference. The entrance ticket for every person was his or her spouse. All of them were attending this kind of conference for the first time. They came from the villages and towns around Braila with a strong desire […]
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Bulgaria–learning how love can grow

Rousse, Bulgaria was the location of a marriage conference.  The FamilyLife team had been praying that the attendees would be mostly couples.  They saw that prayer answer when 50 people attended. Many were believers who were able to strengthen the foundations of their marriage.  They also had some non-believers who heard the gospel for the […]
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