For the students of the Lebedin Bible School at the Church Ministry Institute (CMI), the blessed time of study has ended. On May 14, 2017, 16 graduates were awarded certificates for the completion of the first level of the CMI program.
At the solemn service for this significant event were the director of the CMI Vladimir Nikolaev and the coordinator of the distance program of the CMI Alexander Khandus. Despite the overcast day and cold weather, they were met with great warmth and affection by the brothers and sisters of the church “Spiritual Revival”.
On Saturday, May 13, a discussion was organized in which church youth had the opportunity to get to know more closely the brothers from Kiev and learn about the CMI ministry in Ukraine in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Sunday was a celebration service. Instead of the usual liturgical meeting, the atmosphere in the hall was filled with triumph and anticipation of something unusual. And now the graduates, dressed in black robes and graduation caps with tassels, appeared. The eyes of many were riveted on them. The church took part in the celebration, as well as both the graduates of the school, and the administrative board of the CMI.
At the end of the service, the graduates were solemnly awarded certificates, and warm words of encouragement were spoken with the call to apply the knowledge they gained in the practice of church ministry and the desire not to stop in their desire to know the Lord, but to continue studying at the CMI in the Diploma Program.
With compliments of the CMI, each graduate received books, and the administrator of theLebedinschool, Bogdan Timchishin, was presented with a special gift – the Slavic Bible Commentary, on which 94 authorsworked.
In their turn, the graduates of the schoolpresented gifts to Vladimir and Alexander. They gave them paintings, which depict the local beauty, the river Olshanka, meadows, and forests.
After the service, filled with delicious food and sweet Christian fellowship, the brothers Vladimir and Alexander took the opportunity to visit one of the most meaningful places for Christians – the grave of Ivan Veniaminovich Kargel.Kargel was a spiritual writer, exegete, theologian, elder of the St. Petersburg Church of Evangelical Christians, a prison missionary, and the author of “The Brief Statement of the Doctrine of Evangelical Christians,” compiled in 1913 and in 1966 became the official doctrine of the all-Ukrainian Baptist Union
According to the testimony of the brothers and sisters of the Lebedin Bible School, they had good and the most positive emotions from the educational process. Many of them expressed a desire to continue their education in the CMI’s diploma program.
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