Ukraine Mission 2017 - Travel and Fundraising information

Links below will take you to information you need for making travel plans as well as fundraising.

VIDEOS:
Video: Invitation to Ukraine, with Lev Vertylo

Video: Greetings from Ukraine, April 2017

BASIC TRAVEL INFORMATION
Travel dates – PDX to Bucharest to Kiev:
  • Arrive Bucharest on or before Friday, June 2, 2017. Coordinate arrival time with others as there will probably be only one bus pick-up, heading directly out of town for concert location. More detailed info later.
  • Sing in Alin’s 10th year Reunion of RAMC Concert
  • Join Romanian singers on Sunday and travel to Kiev by bus
  • Depart for home on or after June 18, 2017.
Travel dates – PDX to Kiev:
  • Arrive Kiev on or before Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7 pm. Buses will only be picking people up approximately every 4 hours, with the last pickup at about 8 pm. Getting your own transportation is highly discouraged for safety reasons. We’ll publish a bus schedule later.
  • Depart for home on or after June 18, 2017.
Your total amount due to OAMC is $1,500 for in country costs, due on the payment schedule listed in the Group or Individual travel information links below. This includes supper June 5 – breakfast June 18. Arriving early or lengthening your stay will be at your own expense.

TRAVEL INFORMATION FUNDRAISING INFORMATION
  • Fundraising Packet. This contains all of the individual pages listed here.
    • Fundraising Letter and Pledge. Send this letter to prospective donors. The letter introduces you and your participation in the Mission. The pledge allows your supporter to specify the amount they can contribute. Use the Word form of this document if you want to fill in donor information electronically.
    • Gift Identification Chart. Use this form to make a list of prospective donors, as well as amounts you might consider asking for. Sometimes, asking for specific amounts can sometimes help the donor make a decision. Use your instinct and knowledge of the donors on whether to ask for a specific amount. Some of you may want to use the Word form of this document to keep track of your donors.
    • Information Handout explains the mission. You may want to print extra copies of this handout to share with interested people. Remember, you also want as many people as possible praying for you and the mission!
Send any questions you have regarding the mission or fundraising to members@oamc.org

WAR AND RUMORS OF WAR WON’T STOP THE PRAISE

Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Ukraine Mission detours to Romania

An international chorus led by the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus (OAMC) should have been in Ukraine in April of 2014. However, the unrest in Crimea and subsequent turmoil throughout Ukraine led to postponing, and ultimately, redirecting the mission.

Instead, through a series of miracles and lots of hard work, OAMC returned to Romania Sept. 21 to Oct. 5, joined by singers from Romania, South Africa, Spain – and neighboring Ukraine.

"Postponing the mission was a natural choice to make when considering the safety of our singers," says David Schmidt, president of OAMC, "But it was a very difficult and emotional decision because we have become friends with our Ukrainian counterparts. We are very concerned for their safety."

Pastor Lev Vertylo, who was a guest conductor at the OAMC concert in April, returned to Ukraine to take up his new post as president of the Donetsk Conference. Just before Vertylo left Portland, riots and unrest flared up in the Donetsk region. With a heavy heart and with much prayer, he flew back to uncertain conditions.

"We have not heard much from him, other than that Lev and his family are safe. We certainly appreciate that their priorities are for members of their families and churches," Schmidt reports. "One positive result of our work together is that the Adventist Church in Ukraine knows we are praying for them."

Though travel agents warned that airlines did not make concessions when canceling as many tickets as were needed, after a prayer session, OAMC submitted its requests. Most of the tickets were canceled with only a small penalty.

The OAMC planning team sought God’s direction on what to do next. Flying into Romania and then proceeding to Ukraine became an option which would protect further ticket cancellations. As the possibility of peace in Ukraine diminished, a mission began to take shape in Romania.

Thus it came about that in September, OAMC and its partners in Romania, South Africa, Botswana and Spain worked with the Religious Liberty department of the Romanian Union. Religious Liberty programs, followed by concerts, took place in western Romania, a region influenced by western European secularism. The chorus kicked off a major evangelistic series in the city of Pitesti. Of the 11 cities on the itinerary, Bucharest is the only city in which OAMC sang in its 2009 mission.

"Speranta TV, Romania’s version of the Hope Channel, has been airing OAMC’s 2009 concert regularly, broadcasting throughout the country," says Pastor Edi Ciobanu. "We will be reaching a much broader audience with the gospel message on this trip."

Some singers from South Africa joined the mission. "We will have singers from Botswana and some from Spain," says Donna Schmidt, mission project manager. "Our prayer is that some of the leaders and singers from Ukraine will be able to join us. That will help them and us lay the foundation for a future mission to Ukraine."

2014 Tour Route: Click for large map.
  1. Stupini Seminary (rehearsal)- Sept. 22-24
  2. Sinaia - Wednesday, Sept. 24
  3. Cluj-Napoca - Thursday, Sept. 25
  4. Oradea - Friday, Sept. 26
  5. Arad (Church service) - Sabbath, Sept. 27
  6. Timisoara - Saturday, Sept. 27
  7. Alba Iulia - Sunday, Sept. 28
  8. Sibiu - Tuesday, Sept. 30
  9. Ramnicu Valcea - Wednesday, Oct. 1
10. Craiova - Thursday, Oct. 2
11. Pitesti - Friday, Oct. 3
12. Bucharest - Sabbath, Oct. 4

Invitation to Ukraine

A Message of Peace and Comfort

When you ask God what He wants you to do and commit yourself to doing it, prepare to be wowed. Just a few years ago, the OAMC planning team asked that question during a weekend of prayer and exploration. The young men you see on the platform today are the first part of God's answer. The second part, helping to develop men's chorus ministries around the world, has seen OAMC work side-by-side with choruses in Romania and South Africa. A new chapter is flourishing in Spain. And now comes a second invitation to take this ministry to Ukraine. OAMC had plans to go to Ukraine in 2014. A couple of months prior to our departure, Ukraine found itself embroiled in war and political upheaval. We might have continued with the mission but our hosts needed all of their energies and resources focused on the growing and heart-rending needs of their people. Over the past couple of years, OAMC has helped support aid efforts to the war-stricken portions of Eastern Ukraine.

VIDEOS:
Video: Invitation to Ukraine, with Lev Vertylo

Video: Greetings from Ukraine, April 2017

A new invitation has been sent, asking OAMC to help bring healing, unity and peace. "Our country needs something like this," says Stanislav Nosov, president of the Ukraine Union Conference. While we will be in the more peaceful western portions of the country, the entire country has suffered.

We asked for God's leading in this mission, asking for clear direction. Every answer led us to accept this invitation. This international mission will include singers from the U.S., Romania, Spain and South Africa, singing side-by-side with Ukranian men. And in each city where we sing, the pastors will host meetings to follow our concerts.

We would love for you to join us in this mission.

  • Pray for the mission and continued guidance
  • Help us financially to take our young men as well as singers from other countries. We will be updating information on how you can help fund this mission.
  • Tell others about this mission project.
  • Pray for the people of Ukraine.

New Adventist Mens' Chorus in Madrid, Spain

Alin Apostol from Romanian Chorus extends the vision


YouTube videos have just been posted showing Corul Barbatesc Adventist din Madrid singing three songs...
Fie-n veci laudat Dumnezeu
Prinsi in pacate
Fiti tari!

Stephen Moerane's Story and Baptism

How Stephen was introduced to OAMC, and the way God led him. See his baptism in a cold hotel pool, in South Africa's winter; hear his father's story.
VIDEO: Stephen's baptism

OAMC Mission to Romania featured in the Gleaner

Cover story in August 2009 issue


The August 2009 issue of the North Pacific Union of SDA monthly magazine, the Gleaner, told the story of OAMC's Mission to Romania.

Read the OAMC Mission to Romania Blog

Read personal experiences on the Mission to Romania blog.
Read an online exclusive story on The Gleaner website.

See Photos from the Romania Mission

See pictures from the Mission shared by Denny Nutter, Ralph Stathem and Keith Owen. More photos here.

Tour Launch Concert in Johannesburg

August 1, 2012 - St. Mary's Cathedral

Immediately after this tour launch concert, the singers boarded the buses for Cape Town and points beyond.
Mokale Koapeng, Conductor of the host choir, Southern Africa's Arise O Man, invites us to listen in at this free concert for the inner city dwellers.
VIDEO: First concert in Johannesburg

Watching God Work in South Africa

Video from Live Stream now available online

Hymns and prayers of thanksgiving resonated through the Vancouver Church on November 10, as the Oregon Adventist Mens Chorus (OAMC) celebrated what God did in South Africa this past summer. Five guests from South Africa were on hand to help tell the stories and relate the growth of the church in South Africa as a result of this mission. Live streaming enabled viewers from all over the U.S. and South Africa to participate remotely, and an archived version of the program is available (click the link below).
Please let us know how you liked the live stream and/or the archived video program. VIDEO: Watching God Work in South Africa

Hear interview with Alin Apostol and Lou Wildman

Excerpts from an interview with Alin Apostol and Lou Wildman.

  1. Alin and Lou explain how the relationship between the OAMC and Romania developed.
  2. Lou talks about the call to go to Romania.
  3. Alin talks about the Romanian response to a visit by the OAMC.
  4. Lou talks about the challenge of raising funds for the trip and the faith-affirming miracles that happened along the way.
  5. Alin talks about the growth of the Romanian mens chorus.
  6. Lou talks about the OAMC learning to sing in Romanian.
  7. Alin talks about the Romanian mens chorus learning to sing in English.
  8. Alin and Lou talk about the blessings shared by both groups as they traveled together.
  9. Alin talks about impact this experience had on the members of the Romanian mens chorus.
  10. Lou talks about the impact this experience had on the members of the OAMC.

Watch the Video Clips



Campmeeting Report

Oregon Adventist Mens Chorus Report from Romania from Richard Crowley on Vimeo.

"Rise Up, O Men of God" in Targu Mures



Singing outdoors:



Various scenes in Romania while the men sing

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