Teaching Ministries International
PO Box 1483
Snellville, GA 30078
July 20, 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)
be more changes, but these two things are for certain:
(1) God will always want people under any and every
circumstance to know him and his redemptive love in
Christ Jesus; and (2) TMI and CIU are committed to
continue working together to proclaim the gospel,
make disciples, and equip Christians for ministry in
whatever their vocation or occupation—including in
We cannot work as directly in licensed and accredited
higher education as we once did, especially under
Russian rule in Crimea, but the CIU Center can still
teach Bible and Christian Worldview courses at aca-
demic and non-academic levels through our CIU Cen-
ter in Simferopol. In our first school year as ‘the CIU
Center’ (the House on the Hill as our students and res-
idents affectionately call it), we have had over 100
different students regularly under our influence
through our ‘dorm’ (20), regularly scheduled Bible &
English classes (30), Summer English School (11), and
student conferences with our partner IFES [CCX] in
Ukraine (40). Our staff continues to plan for the com-
ing academic year and expects to have more students
in our ‘dorm,’ more students in our classes, and more
students in outreach events. Meanwhile, three of the
staff are serving in five camps this summer. Olya, our
team leader, is in a leadership workshop in Berlin
sponsored by IFES.
Questions we are still answering
Didn’t we say in our thank you letter in January that
it was “another year of change”? Wow, last year’s
changes pale compared to this year’s changes – and
the year is just half over!
Everyone wonders what the future of Ukraine and
Crimea will look like and what the future of the min-
istry of TMI and CIU will be in that case.
We wonder too! When you consider that the se-
cond Chechnyan war in Russia went on for some ten
years and the North Caucuses insurgency has been
going on since 2009, we realize that it is possible for
Russia to continue to undermine Ukraine’s territory,
economy, sovereignty and development for years to
come. At the same time, we cannot imagine the
‘war’ in East Ukraine going on interminably. For one
reason, Ukraine does not have the resources. For
another, world pressure will lead to some sort of
compromise. But in reality, there are so many
things that can change the direction of current
events.* Our ‘world order’ is changing rapidly. So
much is unpredictable, except for ‘wars and rumors
But what about the ministry of TMI and CIU?
We have undergone some changes and there will
The CIU Center
What about CIU’s remaining staff?
Due to various Russian laws, we could lose Natalka (a
Ukrainian citizen but not registered in Crimea) and Shannon
(an American whose temporary Ukrainian registration is hon-
ored by Russia in Crimea till the end of this year), but even if
that happens the remaining three are committed to pressing
forward. However, Natalka is going to go to court to de-
mand her ‘right’ as a long term resident of Crimea to remain
in Crimea. And keep in mind that Natalka is from West
Ukraine where some of my staff and friends have fled to.
Ukrainian is her first language. She loves her country. But for
the sake of the gospel and CIU’s ministry to students, she is
even willing to take Russian citizenship to remain in Crimea. I
will post her letter to me so that you can see the kind of
commitment your prayers and finances are supporting
First of all, my Russian status. It has been very diffi-
cult for me after I had gotten my first rejection [to be
able to stay in Crimea]. The process of getting a Rus-
sian ‘passport’ [=quasi citizenship] has become more
complicated. And being honest, I had no desire to go
to those lines again... Anyway to make a long story
short, this week I started the process again. First I got
to the line, where I was #379, where in one day only
10 to 12 people are going through, so it meant I had
to go every day at 12 noon for check in, and that was
only the first step, after which I would be rejected
again (100% for sure), but now I can get a piece of
paper with a stamp to take to court (what I didn't do
after my first rejection since I did not know about
After first checking in, I decided to call a lawyer (there
was an advertisement at the tree nearby) and they
gave me another option.
The main thing they told me is that I
can go directly to court. It will cost
me 1500+200 rubles, which is about
$50. Then it will take me about two
months to win the court case, and
after that I can start with another
line to submit my documents for [a
For going to the court, I need to have
a pile of documents - really a pile -
about 10 points of different kind of
documents, which will testify to my
in Simferopol during last few [10?]
years. I also will need someone
to witnesses with me. So, before my
going to Russia on Saturday 26th, I
hope to gather all needed papers
and they will send it to the court.
Then I will be back for some time and
maybe go to Kiev or Lviv in August to
be back for September (as you sug-
gested [since currently she can only
be in Crimea 90 days out of 1980])
and hopefully sometime then I will
have the court session.
Pray for Natalka and Shannon that they
might find the way to remain in Crimea and
serve the Lord there, if that is his will.
Pray for Olya’s lead-
ership and the rest of
the staff. Olya is off to
a good start. Some
good thinking and
discussions have tak-
What about you and LaVerne?
You did not get a visa. How can you lead?
How can the team serve effectively without you?
Most of my work is
done in an office. My
office can be any-
where in the world
where there is Inter-
net access. With Skype
I attend staff meetings
and meet one on one
with staff members as
needed. Just the other
day I met with Olya (our
new team leader) for about 90 minutes. I got an up-
date on the ongoing strategy planning meetings and
the facts and figures posted in this letter; we dis-
cussed priorities, finances and personnel issues; we
agreed on the next steps forward, including hiring
part time a current student ministry volunteer to
help with maintenance (he would be funded from the
‘dorm’ income). Staff members and I can set up a
Skype call at any time to handle any questions that
would normally come up when I am there.
Of course there is no substitute for personal pres-
ence. I still hope that I can make several trips a year
to teach modular courses and encourage the staff,
inspect the facilities, and talk with students. If I can-
not get a visa, we will do like we did this summer:
have a retreat somewhere in Ukraine where we all
can be together for planning and fellowship. The top
leadership of many overseas ministries is based in
the US. We planned for a 2014 transition – we just
did not expect the current changes in Crimea or to be
denied access to the location of our ministry.
Soon we will try for a visa for September. We do not
expect to get a residency permit like we had under
Ukraine, but we hope to get a tourist or business visa
with multiple entries. We want to pack up whatever
we want returned to the States then put our apart-
ment on the market – as soon the laws on the right
to sell property are worked out by Ukraine and Rus-
sia. Our leadership base has already shifted to Flori-
Your prayers and financial support are appreciated
and necessary to our moving forward in this time of
change. The CIU staff has created a very brief
‘homemade’ thank-you video for you. Currently you
may download it from my nephew David Carillet,
who tried to salvage the terrible audio: http://c-
Soon it will be posted on the Missions Network.
By the way, we continue to partner with the Chris-
tian Center for Science and Apologetics. Sergei
Golovin opened an office in Kiev which facilitates as-
pects of the ministry that would otherwise be
brought to a halt in Crimea since there is still no
banking and no use of ATMs. We help each other
with some of our mutual logistic issues. We are also
exploring ways to assist and be assisted by the Rus-
sian Outreach Network in Russia.
Furthermore, as an outreach of CIU due to its well-
earned reputation, I have been invited to teach three
-week modular seminary courses for two months at
a time in various parts of Ukraine – I can combine
these visits with meetings with my staff in Crimea or
TMI and CIU’s ministry will continue, though its
shape may continue to change. Please remain faith-
ful with your prayers and financial support.
[*Note: This was written before the downing of the Malaysia
Airlines flight. Also, part of this piece was included in our thank
you/receipt letter that was sent to Cynthia last week for mailing
this week. ]
Working in airports and on the road.
Working ‘at home’ in Florida.
Send donations to TMI, PO Box 1483, Snellville, GA 30078.
TMI is a non-profit 501(c)3 which quarterly provides tax
deductible receipts. Make check payable to TMI.
For more information, please see the following:
http://bit.ly/YwNDHH A 12 minute interview of some of
Go to the home page of The Missions Network (http://
www.themissionsnetwork.com/) and search for Carillet
Commonwealth International University’s
Center in Ukraine is a
Disciple-making student ministry
Bible degree granting school
Ministry & outreach center
be given a chance to de-
velop and peace come to
Donetsk Christian University —insurgents took over
their campus. Everything is canceled there.
Several friends that are facing serious surgeries, be-
reavement, and cancer.
Andrei’s Mom—radiation treatment for stage 3 cancer.
Malaysia Airlines crash—families & friends; may the
truth be found.
Camp –Shannon’s report—PTL for the Crimean Tatar
kids' camp and that 40 kids got to hear truth from God's
PTL that a 60+ year old Tatar woman, who was a cook for
the week of camp, and is getting baptized!
LaVerne’s medical odyssey is
not over. It seems like she has
one problem after another addi-
tional to her joint issues. She has
two more sessions of PT for her
shoulder, but will need to contin-
ue to strengthen it after that.
Her repaired joints are bothering her – maybe in part
due to her ankle having become worse and her limp-
ing on it. Pray for healing for her, and wisdom about
the ankle surgery which has not yet been scheduled.