Even as the ministry was growing, the Holy Spirit began to speak prophetically to them about working in the Soviet Union. They pondered these things until one day they met a young evangelist from the USSR who invited them to come and do what they were doing in South America.
A preliminary trip was taken during the whole month of August 1991, the very time the Soviet Union dissolved and released Ukraine, where they were at that time, to become free. It was no accident that they were down town KIEV when the USSR flag came down and the Ukraine flag went up, amidst many tears and little flags waving. The Holy Spirit showed them in the very first trip how the ministry would develop with a Training Center first and then Fellowship for Pastors and wives. They started a monthly teaching weekend in a Pentecostal church that met in the woods Jan.92. They were invited to begin a Ministry Training Center in September of 92 with the pastors and leaders from 7 churches that had recently been established. It developed into a two year training course with homework, tests, and accountability. Many churches participated. After 13 years, thousands graduated and it evolved into a Video School, which continues today. It is in other nations where there are Russian speaking churches.
As the churches grew in Latin America, there was less need for their presence. More time was available for Ukraine. In 1995, Rick and Bette began to invite pastors from the city and surrounding areas to a monthly luncheon in a hotel or dining room. The goal was just fellowship. They began in Berdychiv with 3 pastors and wives. Spring and fall retreats continued growing then began to include the youth. This is a normal progression when you grow! Make room for the next generation. Rick and Bette traveled to churches all over Ukraine each weekend to fellowship with the pastors and their families, as well as prophesy and share the Word of the Lord in church. They became a large family.
In the very first meeting in the woods and in the very first class in Sept. 1992, sitting in the very first row was a young man by the name of Slava Kostenko. At the end of the first year, he told them he wanted to work for them. They replied that if he could speak good English by September, he would be welcome. When they returned, he did. It started a long trail of learning and changing, Slava was preaching, teaching, prophesying, traveling and administrating Koinonia.
Their sons and wives and grand children have participated in the ministry there. Their son Rick began the transition to include the Youth in the Koinonias by planning extreme sport retreats with youth and dads, to help them share the vision.
Their second son Randy started the Youth Culture meetings that are continuing to grow. They are reaching Ukraine, Europe and the USA. The love of the Father is transforming the culture through these youth and their gatherings. You will find them on this website.
Bette’s brother, Darrell Davey and his wife Nancy have worked consistently teaching, traveling to churches, and in administration, even until now.
Victor Ptavshevskyy studied at MTC, and then began to develop the Media outreach. Volodya and Liuba Kogut also attended the first meetings in the woods, the first classes of MTC and continue to work with the Video Schools. Ira Iaremchuk came up through the youth culture gatherings and has now become their administrator. The Lord has brought together a faithful family.