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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pursuing Christ in Cyprus!

Hey guys!

So, I haven't been extremely busy since my last update, but I have been doing a few different things that I thought you would like to know.  Weekly I have pretty much the same basic routine; I try and clean up around the church by sweeping, mopping and organizing.  I also play drums in the worship team.  I have been practicing guitar quite a lot since I arrived and hopefully one day will play a song or two in church!  During the week I try to stay connected with God through daily bible time and by maintaining a steady prayer life.  I have become friends with Ollie, a 16 year old English dude who comes to the church.  I have also formed a few relationships with some other people here in Paphos.  One guys name is Koko, he is a 19 year old Egyptian kid.  He and his family are Coptic Christians (Egyptian Orthodox), and I try to spend time with him.  Ollie and I also met Koko's friend named Waheeb.  Waheeb is a forty something year old Palestinian man, who is really nice and I enjoy hanging out with him! He is muslim, so I am praying that God would use Ollie and I to be able to speak into his life and that God would use us to help transform his heart and soul, that he would come to know Christ!  On Friday nights I have started a guys bible study, so far it is only Ollie, Koko and I, but it is good and I am sure God will use it to strengthen all of our lives!  On Saturday nights we have Youth For Christ, a youth night where the kids can invite their friends to come in and hear the Word of God being taught from 5-6pm, and then from 6-8pm we have games and small lessons.  It is a really great time and we are trying to encourage many of the young people to come to it! 

There is a somewhat troubling matter that I am facing that is quite difficult.  Well it is somewhat troublesome to me being that I am but an insignificant human who unfortunately seems to have a slight problem with letting God take control of situations. But when I really stop and think about the situation, I realize that God is in control and I have absolutely nothing to worry about.  Here is the dilemma, as an American passport holder, I am only allowed to stay in Cyprus for 3 months without any documentation.  After the 3 month period I must leave for 3 months before I can return and spend another 3 months here.  It's the 3 in 3 out system.  So in order to stay it will require me to obtain a visa.  Getting a visa for Cyprus is very difficult though, so I really could use your prayer and financial support for my visa situation.  I say financial support, because in order to get a visa you must have quite a large sum of money (don't know how much yet) in a bank account here.  So, as of now God has given me a peace about leaving here after my 3 months are up (that will be May 7th).  I have been contacting other Calvary church locations around Europe and Israel and asking if it would be possible for me to come and help them for a period of 3 months.  I received a response from the pastor of Calvary Chapel York England, where one of the bible college campuses are located.  He told me that if my time is drawing near and I have no where else to go, that I could go there and help with their ministry. But yesterday I received a message from Calvary Chapel Helsinki, Finland.  The message I received was very encouraging to me, because through it God showed me that it is the clear option for me if the Lord should not provide a Cypriot visa for me .  Here is what Pastor Pecoraro said:
Hi Evan! 

Thanks for writing. And sorry about your visa situation.

The Summer months are probably some of the slowest months in Finland as many Finns take a whole month or more sometimes and go on holiday. With that can come a lull in activity. However it is always nice to have more people with us through the summer so if the Lord leads you our way we wouldn’t be troubled to have one more person around.

With the warmer weather in summer there are many more opportunities on the streets to reach out to people. It would be of great help to have someone oversee outreach activity once or twice a week, if not more...  Along with outreach we have weekly practical tasks that need attention too.

... We can see if there is a brother here that might let you room with him for that time. My house would be available for a part of the time but I wouldn’t be able to put you up for three months. Maybe we can shift you around several houses throughout the duration of your stay, would that be a bother? Not saying these things to deter you from coming but just wanting to let you know the reality of the situation. Honestly if housing works out here and you can afford to feed yourself then I don’t have any problem with you joining us for the time you need to be out of cyprus. 

We will be in prayer about this

Again,. thanks for writing.


Bob Pecoraro

So this is what I have been up to over the past month and a half.  I can't thank you all enough for you support, whether that be through prayer support or financial support! 

With that said, I would like to just remind everyone that the support that the Lord is providing me through you guys, is incredibly important.  I hope you will all continue to be faithful to do as the Lord leads you.  Once again thank you for your help, your support and your encouragement! I hope you are all having a blessed day!

In Christ!

P.S.  I almost forgot to mention, that for my birthday I had the option of going to the city of Larnaca and watching the U.S. vs. Ukraine football (soccer) match! It was such a cool opportunity!  I had never seen a live soccer match before, and it was an experience I never thought I would get the privilege of, especially not while on the mission field in Cyprus!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

New Adventures from Cyprus!

Hey everyone!

     I first just want to say thank you for all of your support, whether you are praying for the 
work over here in Cyprus, or donating money to the work here or both, I really appreciate 
it!  Without your prayer and financial support, none of what I am doing would be possible. 
So thank you!

       To anyone who feels God leading to give to this ministry then you may do so by sending your checks (made out to Calvary Chapel Downeast, with Evan Valarik written in the memo) to the following address:
                                                     Calvary Chapel Downeast
                                                        513-1 Bar Harbor Rd.
                                                         Trenton, ME 04605

     I have only been in Paphos now for about 2 weeks, and God is already doing awesome    things here!  I have become a part of an awesome new group of Christian people and I 
really feel like I am already one of the family!  I was introduced to a really cool guy from 
Egypt last Tuesday, named Koko.  He and his family are Coptic Christians (See below for 
links explaining what a Coptic Christians are and what they believe?), he is 19 years old 
and he lives with his 4 younger siblings.  His father is still in Egypt working to help 
support the family here in Cyprus.  He is a really nice kid. We have hung out twice now, 
on Monday we took a walk down to the pier together. We got to talk about life and how he 
is doing, and also we talked for a good portion of time about the Lord and faith.  While we 
were walking, he received a call from one of his friends.  His friend wanted us to meet up 
with him so that we could all go to the mall and look for a phone for Koko's friend.  We 
eventually met up with his friends, they were Palestinian guys living in Cyprus.  So we got 
in their car and went to the mall.  After a bit of searching they could not find the phone 
they were looking for.  So we went to a coffee shop and sat a had a good conversation over 
a cup of coffee.  They spoke in Arabic about some business with a hotel they are 
managing, and then we just got to know each other.  It was a great time, getting to meet all 
of these really cool guys from the West Bank.  I hope we will meet up again soon. Please 
pray that God would use Koko and I to minister to them.

      There is a woman in the city here who is friends of Tim and Darlene (the pastor and his 
wife), she has a son who has been struggling with depression and feeling like he is truly appreciated, like many teens struggle with.  So Tim gave her my number and told her that if her son ever wants to talk to someone or to meet up and hang out with someone who can encourage her son, to call me and set something up.  So please pray that God would be moving in him, that he would call me and that God would use me to really pour into his life, and that he would repent and come to know and serve Jesus!

       I would also like to ask you all if you could please be praying for my visa.  It seems like 
obtaining a visa will be impossible, due to their checklist of requirements you need to 
even be able to be processed!  So pray that God will perform a miracle to keep me here! 
Here is a list of some of the things that I will need just in order to stay here beyond 3 

- A copy of health insurance
- Multiple passport sized photos
- A valid passport
- A local (Cypriot) bank account with 850 Euros (in case of emergency)
- A bank statement from a local bank account, showing that I have enough money to support my self for 6 months. The bank statement they need, may need to show as much as 10,000 euros in the account.  Maybe not, but that wouldn't be unheard of.  I need a miracle!

      So please pray that God would provide for me, if staying here for more than three months is His will for my life.  If I can't get the things they are asking for then I will need to leave for three 
months.  So I am praying that God would show where He would have me go if this is the 
situation that I am faced with in May.  My options as of now are this:

- Go help at a Calvary in Israel
- Maybe go to the North half of Cyprus and help at a new church plant up there
- Go to the Bible school in Hungary and help out there

     The most practical option seems to be Israel.  It is the closest, and therefor the 
potentially cheapest of the options I have.  But ultimately God will have me wherever He 
wants me! Please be praying for this.

     There are a few other people that may be coming here to do mission work with me.  This would be awesome so that when I am gone if I will need to do that, then they will be able to work while I'm gone, then vice versa when they leave.  So pray God will send more help!

      Lastly, being that I am living in a place where many of my ministry possibilities are 
stretched out over a somewhat broad area, it would make things so much more 
convenient and efficient if God would provide me with a small form of transportation.  I 
have found  a few mopeds for sale around the city for around $550 - $600.  These are the 
cheapest forms of transportation that I have found.  Now what I need is for people to be 
seeking the Lord to see if He would have you help in funding me to be able to get moped. 
Being that I have my own daily agenda of ministry to different people I have no form of 
transportation to somewhat far away locations.  A moped would make doing what God has 
me here to do, much more efficient.  

      Thanks once again to everyone who is supporting the work that God is doing through me in different parts of the globe.  I appreciate your prayer and all financial support given to this ministry. God bless, and I hope you all are having a great day!

In Christ!
Info about Coptic Christians:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Already a spiritual battle!

Hey everyone!
     This isn't a very exciting update, but I really just wanted to let you all know how things are going, and to ask you all for prayer for the mission work that I will be doing in Paphos, Cyprus.  I am currently at a hotel in Portland, Maine, as my flight that was scheduled for this morning was cancelled.  So I will be flying out early tomorrow morning and will be arriving in Cyprus later than I initially intended.  But I know that God is in control and I want to have faith that He has a reason for everything!  Please pray for my time of travel, that everything from this point on would go smoothly if it is Gods will for it to be that way.  I hope you all are doing well, and I will send you another update letter once I get to Cyprus!

In Christ