Odessa, Ukraine is the starting location for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute. Valentin and Tatyana Sviontek joined Dr. Wayne and Bonnie Wilks to leave Shady Grove Church in 1996 to move to Ukraine and found the MJBI. Valentin and Tayana were both raised under Communism in the Soviet Union. Coming from Jewish families, Val and Tatyana professed faith in Yeshua in their teens, and met at a youth camp for believers shortly thereafter. The camp was located in the very city that MJBI would be hosted outside of Odessa in 1996!
After planting Or HaMashiach Messianic Congregation in 2003, Val and Tatyana continued to oversee MJBI’s flagship school in Ukraine. Today, the congregation has grown to over 400 weekly attendees, with the majority of them Jewish.
Odessa is a city with over 100,000 Jewish people today. Most of them have not met their Messiah, Yeshua. Through the MJBI training school and the congregation, Val and Tatyana are raising up leaders to see this Jewish community ministered to in Yeshua’s name.
Vision – Partnership, Education, Planting & Care in the Name of Yeshua
“The crowd asked him, “Then what are we supposed to do?” “If you have two coats, give one away,” he said. “Do the same with your food.””
Luke 3:10-11 MSG
“And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
Matthew 25:40 TLV
Mission – Strategic Ways to Accomplish our Vision
1. Towards One New Man – is an initiative of Messianic Jews and Christian churches toward the salvation of Israel in the Former Soviet Union, Europe, and the Land of Israel.
2. People That Care for Israel – is a ministry in Israel with elderly people (many from Russian descent, and Holocaust survivors) creating “Friendly Homes” with the goal of introducing them to Messiah Yeshua
3. Lost Tribe Ministry (Lemba) – a ministry of education and practical development of Zimbabwe’s budding Messianic community through entrepreneurial business and rural economy & agriculture innovation.
4. Messianic ministry in Europe & Israel – a ministry that involves congregation planting, youth & children ministry, evangelism, leadership retreats, and cultural Jewish music outreaches.
Thank you for prayerfully considering how YOU can participate in reaching the Jewish people through an investment in MJBI Ukraine under Val and Tatyana Sviontek!