K J B 

UKRAINE

Salvation

     Mark grew up regularly attending a Lutheran church with his parents and brothers.  At age seventeen he first attended a Gospel preaching church where he witnessed the living testimony of true believers.  Seeing their testimonies drew Mark to want to receive Christ.  He began listening to a Gospel radio program regularly and finally came to repentance and faith in Christ and called on Christ as his Lord and Savior.  As a senior in high school he met some Baptist believers.  In the course of time he began attending Baptist churches and was immersed about two years after being saved.

     Donna is the oldest of nine children and grew up on a farm in Manitoba, Canada.  Her family lived with her Grandma who truly knew and loved God.  When Donna was eight years old she had the opportunity to attend Bible camp.  Although most people saw her as a good little girl, she knew she was a bad liar and sinner.  She turned to God from her sin and trusted what Jesus had done for her on the cross.  The camp had a Bible reading and memorization program that helped her to grow spiritually and know what God wanted for her life.  Her life’s verses are Proverbs 3:5&6.

Schooling and Service

      In 1977, God led Mark to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College to pursue a degree in Bible.  There God called him to fulltime Christian service and directed him into elementary education.  At Bible College Mark met Donna and they were married in 1980.  Mark and Donna are blessed with four children who are all grown and married now.  For 29 years Mark taught in Christian schools.  Through the years both Mark and Donna have served in a full range of ministries in Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches.  Mark received further Biblical training from correspondence courses and earned his Certificate of Theology from a local church Bible Institute. 

Surrender to Missions

    In the fall of 2013, Mark and Donna took just over a month to go on a mission’s trip to help and be a blessing to missionary friends, Eric and Jessica Curtis.  While preparing and preaching a parting message challenging Ukrainian believers to reach their own people for Christ God clearly spoke to Mark’s heart, calling him to reach Ukrainian souls for Christ.  Since our call to Ukraine, unrest and war has broken out, but we are confident of our call and believe God has called us to Ukraine for such a time as this.  See I Corinthians 1:26-31.  Brethren, pray for US.  Ukrainian Sinners; Ukrainian Saints; Ukrainian Servants—Mark and Donna Kuenzi


 PRAYER LETTER

March 2020 Kuenzi’s to Ukraine Prayer and Praise Update




Since our return to Ukraine on January 15,2020, I resumed weekly preaching/teaching at a Christian rehab center for drug addicts and alcoholics and Donna resumed weekly Bible/English lessons at an orphanage. We also ordered 25,000 Scripture pocket calendars advertising our website and 10,000 gospel tracts. We personally distributed all 10,000 tracts and 23,000 of the calendars and gave 800 calendars to others for distribution. These, plus other tracts and John/Romans have been distributed near the University, at various metro stops across the city, and in about 8,000 apartment mailboxes in the area of the city near where we live. Pray for the tens of thousands of people who have received these. Pray they will check out our website at www.way2life.in.ua especially during this time of restricted activity and fear of Corona virus..

P resently government restrictions (due to Corona virus) are limiting our ministry here. Opportunities at the rehab center and the orphanage have closed and mass literature distribution is not permitted. Till a few days ago, we had not even considered going back to the States. When the U.S. Embassy in Kiev sent us a notice about specially arranged flights to take Americans back to the US our first thought was no. These flights departed March 19-21. Then we got notice of one more flight leaving this Wednesday, March 25. We did not want to go back, but while reading the Bible I became convinced that this is what God wanted me to do and I was fighting Him. We have now purchased tickets and will be returning to U.S. for this present time. We will be in 14 days of quarantine.

PRAY: 1) For salvation for Pasha (one of our translators) and his family. Pasha, a professing atheist, has allowed us to teach his 9 year-old son Bible lessons to help his boy learn English. So far, we have had 5 lessons and Pasha’s wife has joined in on one lesson. 2) Our general health 3) Witnessing opportunities where ever we are. 4) For our continuing Russian lessons.

PRAISE: 1) Praise to our LORD for His timeline in completion of our document renewal which was completed on March 13th. 2) Thanks for all who prayed for our medically fragile grandson, Dillon. He is back home and is stable. 3) Our 8 year-old granddaughter, Haddie, recently trusted Christ as her Saviour. 4) Our home church , Grace Baptist Temple in Blackstone, VA, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with our newly called Pastor in place—Pastor Tim Weems. 5) Another church in Texas has taken us on for support.

Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support. In these unsettling days we rest in the promises of our God. “And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Mt. 28:20. Pray for us and our ministry and we will specifically be praying for each of you during our time of quarantine.

Because Christ lives, Mark and Donna Kuenzi