In the summer of 2005, I embarked on a ten-day backpacking trip with fellow missionary Nathan Day. Our objective was to visit villages located in the Carpathian Mountains of Western Ukraine and determine how to best reach those people with the gospel. The result of that trip was the birth of an annual outreach that has become one of our most effective and far-reaching. We call it simply Carpathian Mountain Outreach, or CMO for short.
Our first CMO project took place in the summer of 2006. In addition to our full-time missionaries (Jessie Beal, Nathan Day, and me) we were joined by eight young men from the United States, including a father-son team. Together, we began making weekend trips into the mountains, showing Christian films, preaching the gospel, and inviting our audiences to enroll in Bible First, our correspondence Bible course. On weekdays, we conducted large-scale literature campaigns in our base city of L’viv and other urban centers in the west.
The outcome of that first CMO project was far beyond our expectations. One after another, Ukrainians began requesting our Bible lessons, and our enrollment climbed quickly into the hundreds. The American men who assisted us received hands-on evangelism training and returned to the States with new vision. Several of them are now in ministry, and one even started his own correspondence course!
Each year, God has blessed us with outstanding groups of men who travel to Ukraine for one to two months at a time, assisting us in advancing God’s kingdom in places that are truly gripped by spiritual darkness. Since 2006, our CMO teams have reached over 60 mountain villages with the gospel message. In addition, over 885,000 pieces of gospel literature have been distributed throughout L’viv, mountain villages, and other cities in Western Ukraine. As a result, we maintain an active enrollment of around 500 students in our Bible correspondence course.
This year’s CMO team is already being assembled, and the call for laborers is going out. Young man, will you join us? If you feel that God is directing you to respond to this opportunity, there are several steps you can take right now in order to prepare yourself for Carpathian Mountain Outreach.
We look forward to serving with you in the harvest fields of Ukraine!