The Long Haul Missionary
By Gary McLain
Chapter 2 - Little Books
Ghennadii hands out books mainly in four languages: English, Spanish, Russian, and Moldovan. Sometimes though, God tells him to purchase something else. Some time ago Ghennadii was in the Adventist Book Center when he saw some books in Korean. He does not speak or read Korean, but by comparing some other nearby books he was able to decipher that the little books were Korean Steps to Christ. He was impressed to buy four or five of them, just in case he came across a Korean-speaking person. Unbeknownst to him, God had plans for the little books. Just a couple weeks later, Ghennadii was talking to his mother, who lives in Los Angeles. Just by chance, his mother told him that the building she lives in has many tenants from Korea. Immediately Ghennadii realized why he needed to buy those Korean books!
In the beginning Ghennadii had some doubts and concerns about sharing his faith with others. “But this interaction with other people actually helps us to grow our faith,” says Ghennadii. Ghennadii has four children and he is the sole breadwinner for his family. “Make a decision to do something for God and He will provide. I can affirm that,” Ghennadii asserts. From his point of view, if you go where God leads, you will not regret it.
God always finds a way to provide for His work too. Five years ago, Ghennadii set aside money each year for missionary needs. "We were able to set aside about $1,000 as a family. This year, though, we were able to set aside $8,000 for missionary needs!" And that's above and beyond the money he buys his literature, CDs, and DVDs with!
Ghennadii admits there have definitely been ups and downs in his life. He feels blessed by God, despite the fact that God’s blessing does not always show itself in a monetary way. Sometimes it shows in the good health of his family. But the biggest blessing of all is the peace he feels in his heart.
You can read another adventure in Ghennadii's travels each month in the eCommuniqué. You can find the beginning of Ghennadii's story here.