Adopting Orphans

Neal Pollard It was nearly twenty years ago that I walked with Keith Kasarjian through an orphanage in eastern Ukraine. I cannot remember how many children were there, but there were many. My first impression was their appearance--unwashed and tattered clothes, dirty bodies, and many had mussed or shaved heads. But my overwhelming impression was … Continue reading Adopting Orphans

Act While You Can!

Neal Pollard Recently, I was corresponding with Arthur Ohanov, a gospel preacher in Donetsk, Ukraine, who served as my translator on a couple of mission trips to eastern Ukraine in the early 2000s.  In part, he wrote me, “As I am typing this letter I hear bombing in our city, but God is good! We … Continue reading Act While You Can!

“Freedom Is Not A Luxury. It Is A Necessity”

Neal Pollard Earlier today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint-session of the United States Congress. It was an impassioned plea, from beginning to end, as he spoke in his broken English about the trials his people have endured for many months now.  He gave poignant examples of brave men who were killed for … Continue reading “Freedom Is Not A Luxury. It Is A Necessity”

Our Brethren Are Suffering

Neal PollardThe United Nations' very conservative estimate is that well over 2,000 people have died in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine in fighting between that nation's government have clashed with separatists.  So many of the towns and cities in the region have congregations of God's people, many of their preachers trained in our foreign … Continue reading Our Brethren Are Suffering

Giving Up Ground To the Enemy

Neal Pollard On at least three fronts, there are major battles occurring—ISIS and the existing governments in a handful of Middle Eastern countries, Israel and the Palestinians, and Ukraine and Russian-led rebels. In each of these conflicts, both sides are trying to gain ground or at least hold onto what they already have. They are … Continue reading Giving Up Ground To the Enemy

Gay Marriage, Miley Cyrus, Clive Bundy, School Shootings

  Neal Pollard The internet is such a great search tool.  Many, including Christians, use it on a daily basis to be informed, inspired, and intrigued. Yet, it seems to me in the years I have been blogging, and especially in the last year or two, that so many are most interested in provocative and … Continue reading Gay Marriage, Miley Cyrus, Clive Bundy, School Shootings

Unity In Ukraine

Neal Pollard My first mission trip was to eastern Ukraine.  Ironically, years before coming to preach at the Bear Valley congregation, I was in attendance with many other American brethren at the first graduation of a Bear Valley Bible Institute extension in the city of Kramatorsk.  Despite mildly corrupt practices at the airport and in … Continue reading Unity In Ukraine

This World Is Not My Home: Some Reminders

Neal Pollard "My team" got crushed last night in embarrassing fashion. Today, life continues. A talented actor succumbed to his cruel coping mechanism and craving and is found dead in his apartment. Heroin is not the answer. Unrest and fighting in Bangkok, Kiev, Aleppo, Moscow, and Bangui remind us that men of various earthly motives … Continue reading This World Is Not My Home: Some Reminders

Blessed Assurance

Neal Pollard In the spring of 2002, I went with Keith Kasarjian, who is currently the assistant extension director of our Bear Valley Extension Program, to Kramatorsk and Slavyanagorsk, Ukraine.  One of the first things I recall doing the day after arriving there was meeting to fellowship with the Christians from that general area of … Continue reading Blessed Assurance