Estonian Ministry Flourishes as MIWC Associate Returns to Teach
MIWC's Serhiy Bilokin returned to Tallinn, Estonia in December and said he "was met with warm and family-style greetings."
He held a seminar on the very first day of his trip, targeting a wide range of musicians, from beginners to music ministry leaders. The 18-20 seminar attendees included among them interested students and a Tallinn pastor.
For several hours, Bilokin taught Biblical principles for music in the church using MIWC Associate James Janzen's material, which Bilokin has translated several times in his ministry work.
For this seminar, Bilokin focused on the spiritual life of the Old Testament's David, stressing David's creative personality through examples and lessons.
On the next day, Bilokin met with each student individually, listened to them talk about their spiritual backgrounds and heard prayer concerns. This gave him insight into how MIWC may be able to better help their ministry in Estonia.
While Estonia's ministry is currently flourishing, Bilokin feels now is the time for Estonians to prepare the next generation, training students to serve with them and offering assistance to churches that still do not have a music ministry.
One student in particular, who has just earned a Bachelor's degree in choir conducting and music education, aims to do just that. This student, Igor Orekhov, feels God calling him to several eastern Estonian cities where churches with great potential still need a great deal of help: Narva, Narva-Jõesuu and Kohtla-Jarve.
With assistance from the head of the Russian-speaking Baptist churches in Estonia, plans are in the works to send Orekhov to minister in this area as early as the beginning of summer.
Raising up nationals to lead and train their fellow citizens in scripturally-sound worship is what MIWC does. Again and again, MIWC sees God working to make this happen.