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Small Group Discipleship with Volodymyr and Maria


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About the Ministry

The Sagadyeyevs aid the development of local churches through small group discipleship ministries. They also provide leadership and logistics for current wartime outreach efforts that help many churches to maximize their gospel opportunities by helping those in need and sharing the love of Christ.

Meet the Leader: Volodymyr and Maria Sagadyeyev

Volodymyr and Maria Sagadyeyev

Volodymyr and Maria both came to faith in Christ after the fall of the USSR in the early 1990s when a local church did a special Christmas outreach. They became some of the first members of “House of Gospel Church” in Cherkassy, Ukraine. As the Church grew, Volodymyr became active in outreach ministerios and was eventually ordained as a deacon. During the late 1990’s he lead a team to plant a village church outside of Cherkassy where they lived.

In 2012 Volodymyr and Maria moved to Odesa, Ukraine where their son-in-law and daughter, Caleb and Christina Suko, were serving with their family. Volodymyr began ministering by leading small groups, overseeing various outreach ministries, developing audio and sound for the church and serving as a leader on the church board. In addition to their ministry at “Hope for People Church” in Odesa, Volodymyr and Maria were central in helping to plant “Odesa International Fellowship.”

After the first invasion of Ukraine in 2014 Volodymyr led a fruitful evangelist ministry with disabled refugees. For over 2 years he weekly conducted outreaches at the refugee center and many came to the Lord through this ministry. In 2016 the refugees were sent to different areas and Volodymyr and Maria prayed for new opportunities. God answered by opening the doors to a military base just 20 miles outside of Odesa. For several years Volodymyr led an outreach team that ministered weekly to young soldiers, veterans, and conscripts.

Small groups and discipleship have been at the center of Volodymyr and Maria’s lives since their early years of ministry in the 1990’s in Cherkassy. Up until the war began on February 24th 2022 they led several home Bible study groups that ministered to youth, families, and the older generation.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that God would give them strength to witness to and care for Ukrainians throughout the war and its after effects.
  • Pray that God would raise up godly men and women though the faithfulness of Volodymyr and Maria.
  • Ask God to provide for Volodymyr and Maria as they serve in ministry.

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“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)