Come Over and Help
The Reformed relief organization “Come Over and Help” exists to give support to pastors and churches in the former Soviet Union. The thrust of the work is to promote the preaching of God’s Word and the spreading of Puritan and Reformed literature in these countries. Extensive support is provided for pastors, church building projects are financed, and various forms of humanitarian relief work are carried out.
To assist Christian families during the severe winters, help is given in the form of funds to local churches, who will buy necessary food and supplies, which in turn are given to the church members and also to unbelievers living in the vicinity of these churches. An increasing number of children are financially supported, often by admitting these children into homes of Christian families, who are then reimbursed through the local churches.
It is encouraging to see how the gospel is expanding in these countries. In remote areas as well as in many towns in Ukraine and Russia, the gospel is being preached as never before. There is an apparent hunger for the Word of God. Churches are poor, and pastors need support in order to fulfill their work. Extensive prison ministries are conducted, and repeatedly prisoners are converted. Some of these converts are in turn becoming preachers themselves.
There is a rising desire for puritan and Reformed literature. Currently “Come Over and Help” is in the process of translating Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards. Recently J.C.Ryle’s classic work Practical Religion has been translated into Russian; it is now being distributed, and a second printing will be needed shortly. The Russian translation of The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges has just come off the press. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is scheduled to be reprinted in the Ukranian language, while The Soul Winner and Sermons on the Holy Spirit from C.H. Spurgeon are to be translated into Lithuanian.
For this ongoing work, much support is needed. For more information, visit www.coah.org or phone 1-888-844-COAH. May the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified in these countries that have suffered so much misery and spiritual famine in the previous century!
Reprinted from the Banner of Truth Magazine, Issue 501, June 2005