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Enrollment Campaign in Progress PDF Print E-mail

Interview with Maryna Yarmolenko, dean of the UETS Music Department

Is there anything new about this year's campaign?

This year’s enrollment campaign is characterized by some new trends. What impressed us the most is the maturity of our perspective students. Many of them are already actively involved in various ministries at their churches. Also, most of them are conscious of the need to improve not only professionally, but spiritually, paying attention to theology-related disciplines. This, in my opinion, is extremely important, as each church musician, singer or sound engineer is supposed to understand spiritual grounds of his or her role in a worship service.

Where do perspective students get to know about UETS?

There are two main ways prospective students learn about the seminary. The first is through the testimonies of our former and current students. In explaining their decision to enroll, some of the applicants refer to the changed lives and improved professional skills of their friends or relatives who have already been UETS students (Pavlo Stelmakh, David Lekh). Hearing about the positive influence of those we teach is the best reward we could hope for.

The second source is the international Music in Worship conference, which has been held at UETS for three years in a row now. The labor has turned out not to be in vain, and this year the event set a record in attendance, with more than 200 participants from all over the country and beyond. Special thanks to Fred Heumann, whose contribution to this project would be very hard to overestimate.

Are there any changes you plan to introduce next year?

It’s the first time in the 25-year history of the seminary that we expanded the program by introducing a third year of study to our program. And even though it’s optional, up to 8 resident students have already decided to continue their studies for the next academic year. It means that, first, they find the knowledge and experience they get here valuable for their future ministry and, second, they trust us.

On one hand, these changes are a huge step forward in our development. On the other hand, it is a challenge with respect to music instruments and facilities. The more students we have, the more difficult it is to schedule individual classes. However, problems exist to be overcome, not the other way around.

Serving the Lonely Elderly PDF Print E-mail

Apart from its mission to glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide, the Ukrainian Theological Evangelical Seminary is trying to serve the needy in surrounding communities. ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me,’ Jesus said. It is so important to live what we teach!

There are many practical ways to address the needs of the elderly, one of them being to feed them. For the last 5 years UETS has been conducting a regular feeding program for the lonely elderly people living nearby, many of whom often cannot afford to eat three times a day. There are up to 20 of those overall who benefit from it on the weekly basis (6-7 come to the seminary premises every day).

Some the elderly people are not able to come, as they are too weak physically. Alexa Rusanina, of Marcel Fund Ministries and a UETS employee, pays them regular visits and brings them food. ‘They call me an angel,’ she says. ‘My mission is to bring hope to the elderly by providing them with basic needs, sharing my time and a meal with them, and help them feel loved and appreciated. Personal contact is a wonderful way to brighten their day and meet their needs and just hold their hand, and above all, listen to what they have to say, show you care, and pray together.’

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