Providence PCA of Lansing is currently a prayer partner with Melinda Wallace, a PCA missionary in the Ukraine, and is providing partial financial support for her.
Melinda Wallace was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan. She moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1974. Though raised in church, she did not come to faith in Christ until 1977. She became a member of Coral Ridge and served in various ministries of the church. While on the staff of Evangelism Explosion III International, God began to stir her heart toward missions.
Melinda was invited to join the Church Planting Center in Orlando as administrative assistant. Her home church was a new church plant, and she served in various ministries, experiencing the growth of the new church.
In 1992 Melinda heard about a project called “The CoMission” and responded to God’s prompting. In 1993, she began a one-year term as assistant team leader with the first Mission to the World (MTW) team sent to Odessa, Ukraine. During her second year, MTW sent a team to follow up with the people who had come to faith in Christ through the work of CoMissioners. God led Melinda to make a career commitment with MTW to serve on the church planting team in Ukraine. As new churches are being established, Melinda’s responsibilities involve equipping lay leadership in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, and leading Bible studies.
(The above taken from Melinda’s Prayer Card: http://www.mtw.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/PrayerCards/WallaceMelinda.PC.PDF )
Melinda is a lifetime missionary with PCA Mission to the World (MTW). Others on the MTW team with Melinda Wallace in Kherson, Ukraine, are Mel Pike and Jamie and Julie Thornton.
(also see http://www.mtw.org/Pages/LOC_UkraineKherson.aspx )
Church planting in the former Eastern Bloc at one time seemed like a fantasy. But recently, MTW and the community of Holy Trinity Reformed Church celebrated the dedication of a new church building in Kherson. This exciting transition from a church plant to one led entirely by nationals represents the culmination of 14 years of hard work by the team there. The new building will go a long way to help expand the church’s gospel ministry in Kherson.
A Future and a Hope
There is now a growing, giving church body in Kherson with regular attendees who are able to provide for the basic needs of the church. They have a committed pastor, several outreach ministries, and a good relationship with the protestant and Orthodox community. Church ministries are focused on children and the growing youth group. Through a Sunday school outreach, several kids from a local orphanage are regularly engaged in church activities. And the church’s dreams have not stopped: future plans include outreach to the older children in the orphanage, including a skills training program for young girls to keep them employed and off the streets.
see page 11 concerning the church plant in Kherson, Ukraine)