Teaching Ministries International
PO Box 1483
Snellville, GA 30078
March 14, 2014
To open their eyes and turn them from dark-
ness to light, and from the power of Satan to
God, so that they may receive forgiveness of
sins and a place among those who are sanc-
tified by faith. (Acts 26:18 NIV)
Hypocrisy, double standards and disinformation (lies) are
tools of the trade when nations, politicians, and groups are
self-serving, particularly when they think that their cause
justifies their means (of course, they condemn others for
using the same tools). When even the facts are hard to de-
termine, it is very hard to find the truth. Spinning, spinning!
Everyone and everything is spinning.
Writers of history will sort through how this day happened,
what could have prevented it, the legalities and illegalities,
and of course they will not agree with each other, even
given the advantage of both time and distance — which
writers of current events do not have. Still, illuminated
hindsight will be so much wiser than dim foresight or mud-
Meanwhile, while some cry Russia and others cry Ukraine,
machines of war are gathering.
“Do you know where Crimea is?”
“I do now!” Recently, some of our American friends
rightly located us not far from Sochi, after they learned
the geography of the Winter Olympics.
I think that anyone who keeps up with the news now
knows where Ukraine is, and even Crimea! They know
who our easterly neighbor is, too.
Soon, it may be that our geopolitical identification in Cri-
mea will change. After twenty years of some supporters
erroneously referring to us as living in Russia, they may
be right. It will be hard to stem the tide that is moving
Crimea toward either becoming a part of Russia or inde-
pendent (that is, essentially a Russian Protectorate).
The fear of national fascism spawned its own fascism.
Now those who swim against the tide in Crimea are
largely silenced by fear and intimidation.
Without a referendum that honors the 2006 “Code of
Good Practices on Referendums” that Ukraine and Rus-
sia subscribed to, we will never know the will of the ma-
jority of people of Crimea.
I fear that what does not start well will not end well for a
very long time. But may Kiev and Simferopol prove me
The CIU Center
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the
duty of all mankind. 14
For God will bring every deed
into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it
is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what
does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love
mercy and to walk humblywith your God. (Micah 6:8
Disciple-making student ministry
Bible degree granting school
Ministry & outreach center
Life at the & through the CIU Center
Shannon’s English/Bible class
Valentine’s party at the Center (it was a tough day
to celebrate due to what was happening in Crimea)
The Orphans are Coming!
The Center will host at least 30
orphans and 7 supervisors/
mentors during the March 16
referendum when their boarding
school will be used for a polling
station. This is to ensure their
safety and replace their fear with
joy for at least a day. They are
afraid of all the uniformed men.
Anastasia says that there will be
games, crafts and food for them.
You can be sure that Christian
witness will flow as well.
Below are Anastasia (“Nastya,” CIU
staff) and Anya (our graduate who is
an administrator at the orphanage
Nastya & Vika with orphans celebrating Valentines Day
Life of Christ course to start
We offer Bible and English courses at
various levels. Our spring academic
course is the Life of Christ. Thus far
we have 7 students registered. Four
of them are leaders in the IFES stu-
dent ministry and three are their
Send donations to TMI, PO Box 1483, Snellville, GA 30078. TMI is a non-profit 501(c)3 which quarterly provides tax deductible
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Georges at one of his work stations, and at Lake
Aurora’s Men’s Retreat & 30’ climbing tower.
Update on LaVerne
It looks like LaVerne’s medical issues will consume a year, starting with the
knee cap surgery of 18th of November and the complications that followed.
LaVerne is in outpatient physiotherapy for her knee till her shoulder surgery
April 3. From her fall in Ukraine, LaVerne has a torn tendon which has gotten
worse. When all is healed and functional, she will have her ankle fused. Given
the time needed for healing and physiotherapy after each surgery, she is prob-
ably looking at another seven months of medical leave.
Andrei is meeting prerequisites to
complete his application for Milligan
College’s Masters in Counseling de-
gree. He is preparing to take the
Graduate Record Exam and an exam
in Developmental Psychology.