Jerry and Kellie Benge serve Christ at the Kiev Theological Seminary in Ukraine (this is where Todd Marshall, one of our former missionaries served; son to Dale and Pat). At the age of 56, Jerry resigned his position at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Roseville. He and Kellie sold their house and most possessions and moved to Kiev where they are investing their lives in a new generation of Ukrainian pastors and wives. Jerry was very influential in my own pastoral counseling. And he and Kellie played a big part in Susan’s and my life too. He spoke here back in 2008 introducing biblical counseling to HBC. You could say he’s the grandfather of our counseling ministry.
Sue and I personally support the Benges. Last summer they were visiting us and asked if we would be willing to come to minister in Ukraine. A pastor friend of Jerry’s, Valera from the city of Chernivtsi, has invited us to come to speak at a multi-church family conference in early June. Paul and Eric agreed to use a special gift given by our Florida friends last year to fund this trip. Susan and I are humbled by such an opportunity.
Please pray for us as we begin putting together what we will speak on and about. God’s truths for the family cross national lines – they transform homes for Christ’s glory. Pray for our safety in travel. Ask God to begin preparing hearts of those who will be attending. What a joy for you to partner with us in this adventure.