Kenneth E. and Mary Virginia Helm Endowment Fund
Established in 2006 in honor of Ken and Jinnie Helm, the Kenneth E. and Mary Virginia Helm Endowment Fund is committed to providing scholarship opportunities for outstanding TCM students based on their ministry focus and academic performance.
Recently, a generous donor couple has provided a $15,000 gift along with a challenge to other TCM donors and supporters. They enthusiastically challenge others to join in the endeavor and by December 31, 2014, add an additional $15,000 to their $15,000, providing a total gift of $30,000 to the Helm Endowment Fund. These gifts will provide an opportunity to make scholarships available to even more students through the Helm Endowment Fund.
Ken and Jinnie Helm served as long-term workers at Haus Edelweiss a part of each year for 20 years, setting an example of true servant leadership. When interviewed recently Ken shared that Christian leadership education scholarships provided by the endowment fund will "cause the gospel of Christ to spread far beyond Austria, Eastern Europe and Central Asia to the ends of the earth."
Will you accept the challenge and help the $15,000 become $30,000?
If you would like to honor Ken and Jinnie and provide the means for even more Christian leadership training to take place CLICK HERE to give. Be sure to designate your gift "Helm Endowment Fund".
Ministry in Ukraine
Serving in his home country of Ukraine, Zhenya is involved in many aspects of ministry. In an autumn update he shared that he has recently been able to resume visiting prisons as the political situation in Ukraine has become steadier. During one visit he spent time with some of the prisoners preaching, counseling, and praying. Zhenya observed that many who listened had a desire to change. In hearing the stories of their lives he understood how unique each man is and he was able to offer them comfort and emphasize God's control in their lives.
Early in the autumn he made a presentation to about 50 police officers in two police departments, sharing on moral character. There was mixed response to his message, but even those who seemed uninterested gladly took the Christian material that he provided for them. Being surprised by their response encourages him to pray more diligently for them!
Each month Zhenya and his wife, Natalia, and their three children travel 90 minutes from their home to minister in the town of Mospanovo. There they meet with different families, as well as help a local widow prepare her home for Sunday worship services that they lead. A part of their ministry to the families there is to pray for them, serve them, and share Christian principles of family life.
Zhenya asks that we continue to pray for his country. While he and his family are doing well there are some regions of Ukraine where Christians experience persecution. He requests that we "pray for them and against the spirit of darkness in the souls" of those who persecute them.
Employment Opportunities to Serve at the Haus
TCM is currently looking for two qualified candidates to fill full-time staff positions at our Haus Edelweiss campus. Available positions include Assistant Coordinator of Facilities and Assistant Coordinator of Guest Services. To view job descriptions click on the appropriate link below.