Office Building on Karl Marx St. where church meets. May 2003
The mission work of David & Galina Binkley is sponsored by the Dalraida Church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1994 The Magadan Church of Christ first began meeting in the Trade Union Hall. We occupied one rented "conference" room for over a year. Then in 1996 an opportunity opened up for the church to have a more visible and semi-permanent presence in the Dalstroy Proekt office building. We also rented additional rooms to accomadate classes for children, and when the Binkley's worked full-time in Magadan, the church had an office/classroom there. Many people visit this building to purchase goods and services.
The women have a Bible class every Saturday afternoon followed by a time of fellowship. (chai) The church also conducts a Children's Bible Class for children every Saturday as well as Bible classes on Sunday.
The Cedar Key church makes regular shipments to Magadan of clothing, lessons and encouragement, oversees rent payments, and helps with any relief efforts. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Atlanta Church of Christ continues to help the Magadan church pay the rent on their meeting place. North Atlanta also contributed to both trip expenses in 2002. The Northern Lights Church of Christ in Fairbanks, AK helped with the trip expenses and the Fairbanks brothers and sisters continue to send packages to Magadan. The Valley Church of Christ in Wasilla, Alaska helps with the monthly rent payments, and has provided relief to members and sent teaching materials. Old Jefferson Church of Christ in Smyrna, TN helps support this work also.
Magadan Hungry for Gospel When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined.But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.”Then he set sail from Ephesus.(Acts 18:20-21 NIV) Yesterday afternoon’s telephone call to Magadan, preaching the Gospel was another uplifting emotional experience.Brother Ivan was not able to be there due to his work schedule.Praise God, there was a good crowd assembled in our meeting room to hear the message and we also had a little time to visit and remember some highlights of my recent visit.I felt as if I was right there in their presence even though we are separated by thousands of miles. The church was so happy to hear Galina helping me as an interpreter. One young man is now beginning to show much promise as a future servant leader for the church. Olga’s son Dima is very interested in all aspects of the church. He wanted to be with me constantly to provide whatever help he could offer. It is rare for a teenager to make any comments whatsoever about a sermon. Dima always had some specific comment about a point in the lesson from the Word. I am praying for Dima and for his family as they work to encourage him in service to the Lord. He is a very talented chess player and has a coach who is a Magadan champion. Dima wanted to know yesterday: “David, when are you coming back?” I can understand how the apostle Paul must have felt as an evangelist to so many different churches. Each church has a special place in the heart of a preacher. The Cedar Key church has a special place in my heart because of the manner in which you have accepted my ideas and programs to spread the Gospel in our community. I know that many people before me felt the same love for this church. One of our men – Vasily and his wife Ekaterina are both busy with their jobs and taking turns caring for Vasya’s ailing mother who lives with them. I pray that soon Vasya will be able to return to helping lead the church. They take turns attending services when it is possible. Everyone in the Magadan church sends his or her greetings of love to the church here in Cedar Key. They know the sacrifices that many have been making to show your love to them. They especially wanted me to tell you “bolshoy spacebo” for sending David to preach the Gospel.DB