by Joshua and Kelsie Steele

To the Ends of the Earth

Raphaël Villeneuve

EDITOR'S NOTE: Raphaël "Ralph" Villeneuve served with our team in L'viv during the summer of 2017. In the article below, he recounts in his own words how he learned to discern God's will and direction. If you haven't already, I encourage you to first "Meet Ralph", and then introduce him to your family. Our kids need examples of other young people who have wholly dedicated their lives to Christ.


Are you a Christian teen wondering where to head out in life, what God may want you to do? You want to find out, but you're not sure how. If so, then you're just like I was a few years ago. It may seem hard or mysterious, and you've probably heard someone say "God told me" or "God wants me to." How could they possibly know? To answer these questions, I'm simply going to tell you my story.

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Sharpening Arrows

There are days when I feel too exhausted to go on. Sometimes I think, “I have so many other ministries…maybe I'm stretching myself too thin with this kids' class?” Then my phone rings. A child's voice greets me from the other end of the line in the respectful Ukrainian “vy” form which makes me feel old. “Good day, Uncle Joshua! Do you have time for me to come over and recite my memory project?” And just like that, I'm back in the game.

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Two Robes

"Wow, I've never heard anyone teach that before!" That is the response I often receive from Ukrainians when I have the opportunity to explain the concept of righteousness imputed by faith — the idea that Jesus' perfect righteousness completely replaces my own and becomes the basis of my justification before God. (Romans 3:21–22, 4:4–5; Philippians 3:9)

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Coming To America!

When last we departed America, Kathryn was only a few weeks old. She recently turned 3! Meanwhile, David has cleared the one-year mark, and he's never been out of L'viv! Yep — it's been a while, and we're ready to see some friends and family face-to-face.

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A Chance to Give Back

“God,” I whispered, “will you help me?” I sat in a small bedroom hearing the spring breeze rustle the curtains and play in my hair. I wiped my sweaty palms and tried to take some deep breaths. It wasn’t the first time I had to face my nervousness and take on a public speaking opportunity in a foreign language.

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Meet Ralph

Over the years, I've corresponded with many young men about ministering in Ukraine. The ones who come here usually do so to participate in our CMO project. This year, we decided to skip CMO so we could focus on some behind-the-scenes work, but God sent us a young man anyway. His name is Ralph, and I'd like for you to meet him.

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