Abe & Diane Bible
Serving Russia and Ukraine
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Abe was born and raised in Holland where as a young boy he came to know Jesus Christ personally. Abe felt called to be a missionary after watching a film on Albert Schweitzer's work in Africa, even before he was saved. In early adulthood he immigrated to Canada where he attended a Bible college, and later he transferred to and graduated from Malone University.
Diane grew up in Damascus, Ohio, in a church where she was constantly exposed to visiting missionaries and missionary stories. She felt called to be a missionary herself as age 12. That calling stayed before her and she also attended Malone University, where the Lord brought Abe and Diane together.
Abe was recorded as a minister in EFC-ER, and during a short-term assignment in Kotzebue, Alaska, God gave Abe a 'seed' calling, both to a church-based leadership training ministry and to work in the USSR.
God continued to prepare the Bibles for their life calling after that assignment in Alaska through home mission work in Calgary, Alberta, where they worked extensively in evangelistic outreach. After serving there for nine years, they learned of a ministry in Eastern Europe focused on training church leaders. And so the family moved to Austria where Abe traveled regularly into Eastern Europe training church leaders secretly behind the Iron Curtain. After the fall of communism in 1990, the Bibles moved to Ukraine, which was a part of the USSR at that time, and so Abe’s calling many years before in Alaska was finally fulfilled.
The Bibles have now lived in Ukraine for 25 years and continue to serve in both Ukraine and Russia. Their efforts have been devoted to what came to be called CBLT – Church Based Leadership Training. Presently they have an intense focus on helping pastors and other leaders evangelize men, as church membership in Russia and Ukraine consists of less than 25% men and the church is suffering accordingly. Abe is doing this through training, supplying resource materials, and motivating leaders to hold prayer days with other men for the salvation and discipling of men.
The Bibles have 5 adult children and 11 grandchildren.
Ukraine is a bit smaller than the state of Texas and has just over 45 million people. Most people in Ukraine consider themselves to be Christians in the Orthodox faith, but for the majority that only means being baptized, married, and buried in the church. The main language is Ukrainian, followed by Russian.
Russia is territorially the largest country in the world and has a population of about 145 million. The majority there also consider themselves to be Orthodox Christians, but they are even more nominal than those in Ukraine. The main language is Russian but there are over 100 ethnic groups with various languages.
- Pray that spiritual leaders would catch the vision of mentoring others in the area of evangelism and discipleship. The church in Russia and Ukraine needs leaders who are active in evangelism and mentoring others to do the same.
- Pray that through the war in Ukraine people would become desperate for the eternal and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for hope.
- Pray that the church in both Russia and Ukraine would awaken from its apathy to become passionate and sold out for Christ.
- Pray for wisdom for the Bibles as they prepare more resource materials for leaders to use and to share with their churches.
- Pray for Abe as he travels constantly in Ukraine and Russia holding workshops and prayer retreats.
- Pray for his health, safety, and wisdom as he seeks to relate spiritual truths in a way that will grip these leaders.
- Pray for Diane as she seeks to mentor several young women—two of whom are single missionaries—and speaks to local groups of women.
- Also pray for her as she manages the office team developing materials and carries on the communications.
CBLT – Church Based Leadership Training
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