Last weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at the national Campus Crusade for Christ conference in Vinnystya. Their were about 275 people in attendance from Ukraine and Belarus, as well as few from other countries. The theme of the conference was “Living Upstream”. That is, following after Christ (upstream) as opposed to following the world (downstream). The topics were primarily aimed at believers, though I also had many opportunities to present the Gospel to unbelievers. Here’s a quick overview of the four sessions I taught, followed by some pictures.

Session 1: Conformity to Christ
In this session I spoke about God’s universal plan for all believers, conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.

Session 2: Hearing God
I spoke about how a believer can hear from God, how to find God’s will, etc. The session concluded with a five-point “quickstart guide” to finding receiving direction from God.

Session 3: Freedom from Sin
One of my favorite topics. I went over the basics of freedom from sin found in Romans 6 & 8.

Session 4: Running the Race
This session was primarily a call to action. I discussed the importance of remaining focused on the race, and serving God through evangelism.

Students arriving at the conference center in Vinnytsya

The Bible was continually emphasized as our final authority.

There were about 275 people in attendance, mostly students.

There were many opportunities for fellowship at the dining hall.

The winter weather didn't stop this crowd from having a good time!

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." (Matt. 28:19)

Thanks so much to all of you who prayed for me during the conference. It went very well, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to teach. Also, a very big thank you to Tolik Deminko and his crew for putting the conference together. All I did was show up and talk, but there were many others working very hard behind the scenes to make this event successful. I am confident that the Lord was honored, sinners were challenged to repent, and saints were edified. To God be the Glory!

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About Joshua Steele

My passion is leading people to Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. To that end, I have served as a missionary in Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, the United States, and currently Ukraine, where I have lived and ministered since 2001. In 2004, I married Kelsie, the girl of my dreams, and God has blessed us beyond measure with a precious family. Our five children Abigail, Rebekah, Hosanna, Kathryn, and David are the joy of our lives! Together, we live to glorify our Savior and proclaim His Word to those around us.

3 thoughts on “Upstream

  1. We prayed for God to be glorified through the conference. I think the organizers chose an insightful name: Upstream. We ALL need that challenge! Interesting that the banner behind you was in English. Praying for monumental progress on Bible First! Wish I could be there to love on those girls and free y’all up to work on it. 🙂

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