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Start The story really begins with my father who lived in the Ukraine when it was taken over by the Communists.
He left his family and escaped across Siberia, 6,600 ks to freedom in China. There he married my Lithuanian mother.
Before long they moved to Shanghai.
1938 I was born in Shanghai, and there I started school. We spoke Russian at home and German at school.
We lived through Japanese occupation; and then at the end of WWII, my school was closed...
1949 Meanwhile, Communist forces were advancing from the West.
In 1949, when the communists were only 3 months from Shanghai, my family fled China. For the second time, my father lost everything! With Mao Tse Tung as leader, Communism’s Internationale sounded triumphantly.
1949 My first journey brought me to Sydney, Australia. At nearly 11 years old, I had to catch up to 3 years of missed schooling...
1967 We were in our late twenties when we were invited to teach in a mission school in the SHP of PNG. By this time, we had two small children.
1967-1969 Papua New Guinean children are lovable and eager to learn. Some of 6th grade boys were 16, 17,18 years old! But they valued the opportunity of schooling.
I was in charge of a 6-teacher area boarding school at Samberigi for 3 years. During that time there was plenty of opportunity to teach them about the Lord.
It was a highlight of school holidays that I could visit pastors in very remote areas with some of the school boys.
1970-1975 I was invited to teach at Dauli Teachers’ College, to head up the English department, and serve as Dean of men students. This college trained teachers for all Evangelical Alliance missions in PNG.
1976-1979 Although I had been studying with London Bible College, I undertook a further 4 years of theological study & pastoral training at Morling Baptist Theological College, Sydney.
After ordination we served in city & country churches in NSW for 13 years.
1992 In 1992 I received an intriguing invitation.
It was to join an evangelistic expedition in W. Siberia, Russia.
I had been concerned for persecuted Christians in this land for many years.
1992 Stepping onto Russian soil was like a visiting different planet, or entering a different time warp…
Christians and political dissidents had suffered great cruelty under the Russian Orthodox church as well as under Communism over many years. After 70 years as a closed society, many Russians were suspicious and depressed…
Russia was in great need of the Gospel.
Siberia The journey began at Tobolsk and followed the Ob River all the way up to the Arctic circle at Salekhard.
We held meetings in various towns along the river.
Many responded, because they wanted something deeper to fill the emptiness that atheism had left behind. It was on this trip that I first met pastor Roman, Sveta and family. They were a young missionary couple from the Ukraine. They existed in this harsh land with little support from those who had sent them.
Russian Federation After this, regular visits to Russia helped me to build a network of relationships with Christians and non-Christians.
Bishop Pavel Bak was committed to training promising young people from the very start.
2005 In 2005 my wife Cheril and I were invited to teach ministry students at the Kiev Christian University.
It was a time when people in Ukraine were excited over their independence from Russia.
Ukraine has a population of over 46,000,000, and evangelical churches were making the most of every opportunity to reach Ukrainians with the Gospel.
They were training young people such as Olga, to carry out this task.
2005 Although young people were training for various aspects of ministry the priority was to give them a solid grounding in the Bible.
To date Experience shown us that the most productive help we can give to churches is through face-to-face teaching, and DIY study materials that pastors can use with their congregations.
To date Christian workers and pastors from isolated areas cannot afford to study in large cities. So, one of the great needs has been to provide distance education for them.
We are now taking some of Ewald's Russian lectures and gradually putting them up on YouTube.