Tavriski Christian Institute (TCI) in Ukraine has the mission to train leaders from the former Soviet Republics. WRCC partners with them by sending monthly financial support for their extensions in the Republic of Georgia and Tajikistan as well as for their campus in Ukraine. The two extensions were made possible by the financial support of WRCC. At these two extensions as well as on the campus in Ukraine, TCI trains leaders in theology and practical ministry. We also have been sending teams since 2007 to do training of church lay leaders. We recently sent a women’s team to Georgia where they held three women’s retreats and we also send our pastors to teach extension courses in all three places.
One of the difficulties in working in these countries is the lack of Christian literature in the local language. Because of the small number of Christians there is not a wide market for traditional Christian publishers to produce books. Earlier this year, WRCC was able to help fund the purchase of print on-demand equipment and with this equipment we can print any quantity of Christian literature that is needed in each of the countries at a very reasonable cost of $1-$2 per book. This equipment was developed by a mission out of Minnesota in a way that makes literature very economical to print and produce. For example, the book Disciple Essentials that we are currently using at WRCC, could be printed on this equipment in the same quality of book we are using at WRCC with same cover, in color, for only $1.50 per book. We are currently working with the publisher in the US to have the copyright permission to translate, print and distribute the book, Disciple Essentials, in the Republic of Georgia.
In addition to having the equipment at the main campus for TCI in Ukraine, this equipment will be placed in each of the countries where TCI is working and will provide a micro-enterprise opportunity so that not only can literature be produced but also provide an opportunity for income for local Christian leaders as outside customers pay to use the equipment. The training on how to the use the equipment has just happened in Ukraine and so far we have been able to obtain the rights to produce two different training materials with no royalty charges. We are really excited to see how God will use this equipment to disciple leaders and the growing church and further prepare leaders serving in the 10/40 window in predominantly Muslim countries.