Sunday, 30 April 2017 05:08

April 2017 News Update

April 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

What a joy to serve our Lord Jesus Christ! We have been privileged to teach the Word of God in Ukraine and other places. I taught at Word of God Bible College in December, January, and February. In addition, we have hosted a monthly class for newlyweds and put on a family life conference for Word of God Church.

The church is doing well under Ukrainian leadership. The Bible College is also prospering and the students are being well taught by the men who come from the States to teach two-week modules, as well as the classes now being taught by former students.

At the end of March I flew to Brazil. When I arrived in Rio de Janeiro I was denied entry because I didn’t have my visa! I received a 10-year multi-entry visa three years ago, but it is in my old passport, which I forgot to take with me. The federal police in Brazil said that I could go to Venezuela and get a new visa at the consulate in Buenos Aires. This seemed to be a better option than returning to Ukraine to retrieve my old passport. Wrong! In Buenos Aires I found out that it would take at least a week to get a new visa because of a national holiday and the need to provide bank statements and other documents which I didn’t have with me. Not wanting to scrub the entire mission, we decided to have Phyllis fly to Argentina and bring my visa. Because of a storm near the coast of Buenos Aires, her plane was diverted to Monte Video, Uruguay. Oh, the adventures of travel. We finally got together and flew to Brazil, three days later than I planned.

The church that was hosting the conference in Miguel Pereira didn’t want to give up any teaching time, so I did five days of lessons in two days. It was demanding, but also exciting. The church was full to overflowing for all the sessions. From there we drove to Campinas where we had another five days of teaching, about four hours a day. I have taught there for at least 15 years, and this was the best-attended conference we have had there. We then went to Piracicaba for the weekend, teaching all day Saturday and three services on Sunday. The response to the teaching was so enthusiastic in every place we went, and several other churches have asked us to come to their areas next year. Already we are planning to add a week to our schedule for Brazil in 2018.

Back in Kiev spring has finally arrived. Trees are getting green, forsythias are in bloom and the tulips are open soon. The fruit trees are blossoming and the birds have returned from their winter resorts. The garden is shaping up, too.

The church went out on Sunday to do evangelism in the park. Even though it was a bit chilly, there were lots of people out enjoying the sunshine. We were able to speak to a lot of people, share the gospel, hand out tracts, and invite people to visit our church. Both adults and teens are getting experience in talking to people about the Lord and their need of salvation. That is exciting to watch.

On May 1st, I will leave for Zambia for two weeks, teaching in Livingstone and Lusaka, and then going to Malawi, a small country to the east of Zambia. This will be my first time to go there. The men who are organizing the conference there anticipate that several hundred pastors and church leaders will attend.

A few days after I get back from Africa I will take a 16-hour train ride to the eastern border of Ukraine to a city not far from Lugansk. They have me scheduled to teach 8 hours a day for 3 days. After I finish there we will have our college graduation in Kiev, and then Phyllis and I will return to the US for 10 weeks. We need to get our annual check-ups, visit kids and grandkids, and visit supporting churches. This summer we will be in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. I hope we will be able to connect with many of you.

I am so grateful to the Lord that He has not only opened up all these places for ministry, but that He has also given me the strength and ability to do these things. I know this is His grace. I am also convinced that your prayers play a very large role in all of this. Thank you for all that you do to make it possible for us to carry on this work.

By grace alone,

Jim Myers

Monday, 12 December 2016 20:35

November 2016 News Update

Thanksgiving Day 2016

Dear Friends,

Every day is thanksgiving for us, but we are just overflowing with gratitude this year. Our registration to live in Ukraine expired the first of this month. This was our mistake. Last year it expired at the end of the year, but they changed the date on our registration and we didn’t notice it until the last day, and then it was too late to do anything about it. On advice of counsel we remained in the country as illegal aliens until we could obtain a new letter of invitation, which took more than two weeks. We were told that if we left the country before we received that invitation we would not be permitted to re-enter the country for three months, but if we overstayed our registration date they would merely assess a fine.

As is it turned out, when we went out of the country they didn’t fine us, which could have been as much as $200 each. We flew to Warsaw to go to the Ukrainian embassy there to receive a new visa. They told us that this would probably take at least five days and perhaps more. But, amazingly, we got it the next day. We flew back to Ukraine this afternoon and are back home. Not only that, but an old friend from Arkansas is living in Warsaw and he hosted us for the time that we were there. All of this is a tremendous display of the grace of God. We are so thankful for all of this. We still have to go through the registration process here, which is more red tape, but we are not complaining but rejoicing in the love of God.

We have been most busy this fall. I have already taught four weeks at the Bible college and will start another two weeks of teaching next week. In addition to that I taught a seminary course at Ron Minton’s seminary in Vinnitsa in western Ukraine. I was supposed to teach a 10-hour seminar in southern Ukraine this past week, but that had to be postponed because of the visa situation. I will go there in December.

We started a new Bible study in our home for newly married couples. We had seven couples attend last Saturday. The plan is for this class to meet monthly until next June. The response to this class was so enthusiastic that all the married couples in the church want to be included. We are planning a couple's retreat for December to talk about Christian living in the home. It is truly exciting to see such response to the Word of God.

We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord in this place. He has blessed us with ministry and the health and strength to carry it out. We also thank our Father for all of you who pray for us and support us so that we can do this work. We are so blessed.

By grace alone,

Jim Myers

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:45

Start of our 24th Year

September 21, 2016

We have returned to Kiev on August 31 from our summer trip to the USA to start a new year.  We think of this as a new year because we started our work on the foreign mission field in August of 1993, so this is the beginning of our 24th year.  Immediately after arriving we jumped into the work, taking care of administrative details and getting everything set to start a new year at Word of God College. We have 11 students this year. We thought we would have a few more, but some chose not to come for one reason or another. But we are delighted with the ones we have. Please pray for them.

Our first course was Soteriology, the doctrine of salvation, which includes redemption, reconciliation, imputation, justification, faith, the gospel and others. In addition to their reading assignments the students were also required to memorize 25 verses related to the gospel and salvation. 

I am again teaching on Sunday mornings at Word of God Church. The church is a Ukrainian church with national leaders who take care of all the ministries, teaching, and administration. But they ask me to teach during the Sunday worship, and of course I am more than happy to do that. During the summer the church did evangelism  every Sunday afternoon in a park close to where we meet. It is really exciting to watch them present the gospel to both adults and children. They set up reproductions of famous paintings with Bible themes—birth of Christ, His crucifixion and resurrection, and others. People are curious about the display and come to view the pictures. They are given information about the painting such as the artist, date and the subject matter. Then it is easy to transition into a gospel presentation from each of the pictures. In addition they present the gospel to children using the EvangeCube, gospel bracelet and gospel magic. Gving the gospel has had a great impact on those who have participated.

I have also been filling the pulpit at the church of St. Paul. I have spoken there many times in the past and always get an enthusiastic response to the Word. They are hungry for the Word.


This week I am preparing to go to Vinnnitsa, a city about 4 hours away, to teach a two-week seminary course. There is no lack of opportunity here!

During the summer we had a break-in at the college. The  thieves cut through the security bars on the window and stole the entire safe along with all its contents. We lost a substantial sum of money, plus financial records and other legal documents. We praise the Lord that He has graciously made up the loss of money through the gracious giving of people at home. His grace truly is amazing. We are working on getting the documents replaced. This is just a jumble of red tape that we must cut through, but we are working on it.

We thank God for all of you who pray for us, encourage us, and support us. May your eternal rewards but great.

By grace,


Sunday, 04 September 2016 21:24

September 2016 News Update

Dear Friends,

We are back in Ukraine! The summer in the US seemed ever so long this year. We had so many details to take care of, largely due to the death of our dear friend, Dick Mills. He did a tremendous amount of work for our ministry, and all without remuneration. He considered it his ministry, and his contribution was great. The Lord has supplied abundantly for us to continue the work without interruption. Several wonderful servants of God have stepped in to take on the various responsibilities. How we praise the Lord for that.

Jim and Phyllis

As reported in our last letter, there was a break-in at the college office. The thieves cut through the security bars on the window, pried open the window, and took the safe and its contents. We have not recovered any of it. The legal documents that were stolen will have to be replaced, and it will take time to cut through the red tape. The financial records were pretty much up-to-date in the computer, but all the documentation, receipts, etc., are gone. A considerable sum of money was taken as well. But, the God of all grace, who supplied the funds initially has re-supplied that which was stolen. A number of grace-oriented believers contributed very generously and we have recouped everything that was lost!

We are eager to get back into the work here. On Sunday (9/4) we will worship with Word of God Church and break bread with our Ukrainian friends. The church people have been active in evangelism over the course of the summer, which has apparently had some positive results. We are looking forward to meeting the new believers and others who have come to be with us.

On Monday we will have orientation for Word of God Bible College. As we have done for several years, all the students will come to our house in the village. The orientation usually lasts about three hours. After that we will have a picnic on the deck and then play croquet, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and ping pong. It is a good way for the students to get to know each, and for us to meet them, too.

On Tuesday we begin classes at the college. We meet Tuesday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The first course of each year is Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) which I teach. This covers atonement, redemption, regeneration, imputation, justification, sanctification, faith, security, the gospel and other doctrines crucial to understanding our salvation by grace. In October I will go to the city of Vinnitsa in western Ukraine to teach a course at a seminary there.

Please pray for continued peace in Ukraine. These are uncertain days with conflict in the eastern part of the country. It is somewhat muted right now, but there is much tension and things could change very rapidly. We ask that you also pray for our students that they will be able to learn quickly and get prepared for ministry. Pray also, please, for our graduates who are out doing ministry around the country and in some foreign countries as well. Phyllis and I need prayer, too: health, stamina, safety, courage, clarity of thinking, and a focus on the important things.

We are so grateful for all of you who have ministered with us and to us by your prayers, your encouragement, your support.

By grace alone,


A recent series of lessons on "The Greatness of God" can be viewed online. Click on this link:
Greatness of God

Friday, 12 August 2016 02:10

August 2016 News Update

Dear Friends,

It has been a most eventful summer, to say the least. We arrived in the US in the middle of June to take care of business at home. We had medical check-ups, and we have both been blessed with good reports. We are so thankful for the Lord’s mercies which allow us to continue our missionary work in Ukraine and other places.

Shortly after our arrival we were shocked at the most unexpected death of my long-time friend and co-worker, Dick Mills. Dick and I were friends for 50 years and we feel his loss tremendously. We take comfort in knowing that he is now in that place of no more tears, no more pain, no more death, and that one day we will be reunited with our beloved brother.Dick MIlls

Many of you knew him or knew of him through us. He made several trips with us as we traveled around the country speaking in churches. We even sang trios in quite a few places. Dick was a large part of our ministry from the very beginning.

He served on the board of directors of James F. Myers Ministries since its inception. He was our treasurer and took care of all our financial affairs for more than 20 years. He is the one who sent out receipts to contributors and also sent out our newsletters. He worked tirelessly, faithfully, and joyfully all that time. He will be sorely missed. Surely, he will be greatly rewarded for this service to the Lord.

The Lord has made provision for us to carry on in spite of our loss, and has provided a replacement for us. Her name is Catherine Yeamans. She will be taking care of the books for us now. We have a new mailing address. Please address your correspondence to:

James F. Myers Ministries
2828 W Holcombe Blvd. Unit N
Houston, TX 77025

Drew Smith, another faithful and gracious friend has agreed to take on the task of mailing out our newsletters. They will be coming to you from this e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would prefer not to receive e-mails from us in the future, please write to the above address and we will remove you from the list.

We have websites that you can visit: and and we have a Youtube channel if you want to watch the classes from the Bible College or lessons from the church. 

Another big blow came to us this week. Our college was broken into this week and the thieves stole our safe, which contained a substantial sum of money, plus our financial records, and the documents related to ownership of the college property. We are praying that, at the very least, we will recover the documents, if not everything. We are upset about this, but recognize that the Lord is in control and that all things are within His plan for us. So we are focused on continuing the ministry in spite of the circumstances.

There is good news also. Word of God Church in Kiev has been evangelizing in the park near the church every Sunday, and this is bearing fruit. We have several new people attending church, rejoicing in the grace of God and the teaching of the Word. In addition to that we are praising God that this coming school year we will have the largest enrollment of students we have ever had at Word of God Bible College. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart.” Our heart has been the training of people to do the work of the ministry, and the Lord has been pleased to bless that.

Phyllis and I traveled in the southeastern part of the US this summer, speaking in many churches around Texas, then going to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. The trip has been so wonderful as we spoke in churches, renewing old friendships and making quite a few new ones along the way. We will return to Ukraine on the 30th of August to begin our 24th year on the mission field.

We thank each of you for your interest and participation in our ministry.

By grace alone,

Jim and Phyllis

Monday, 20 June 2016 16:07

June 19th

Today we were at Bible Church of the Lakes at Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Fred Bates is pastor there—he's 86 years old and still cranking it out. I hope I can still do it when I am so old.  Maybe the moustache will do it.


Tuesday, 14 June 2016 16:52

June 2016


PilgrimChurch smallWhat an amazing year this has been. In addition to our work in Kiev, I also taught seminary courses in six other cities throughout Ukraine. Phyllis and I were able to return to Brazil and Zambia to teach conferences. The response to the Bible teaching is always gratifying. What was really exciting was to hear about the new president of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, who has taken a strong stand for Christianity. He has weekly worship services at the Statehouse and daily prayer meetings. In a day when Christians are under attack all over the world, it is a blessing to see someone in high office not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please add him to your prayer list.

Iguazu smallIn Brazil we taught in four different cities to enthusiastic audiences over a three-week period. We keep getting more invitations to bring our Bible conferences to more churches. The country of Brazil is in political and financial turmoil and so many people are looking for answers. The only answer, as we know, is Jesus Christ and sound Bible doctrine. One of the cities we went to is home of one of the most beautiful sights we have ever seen, the Iguazu Falls.

On June 1 we were delighted to have two ladies from Brazil visit us for a few days. One of them is an artist, Angela Gomez, who is famous for her paintings done in the Naif style. She thoroughly enjoyed seeing the arts of Ukraine, both on the streets and in the museums. She hopes to be able to do an exhibition of her work in Kiev next year. Angela is a wonderful Christian woman with a strong testimony of faith in Christ.

We finished our school term at Word of God Bible College in Kiev and launched four new graduates into the world of ministry. The graduates are overjoyed to be finished after two grueling years of study, but are looking forward to a new life. Two of them already have ministries to work in and the others are looking for opportunities for service. Please pray for them to have impact in Ukraine as they proclaim the glories of the One who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light.

We are now back in the USA until the end of August. Phyllis and I both had our annual medical checkups and, praise the Lord, had good reports. We have already begun speaking in churches to tell them of the many ministry opportunities the Lord has afforded us. We will be traveling around Texas in June, and then in July we will go to the west coast for a week, and then we will be going to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee before returning to Houston in August.

This is an incredible time to be alive with all of the turmoil in the world. Yet we can can have peace, joy, and stability in the midst of it all because we know that our sovereign Lord is in control of human history. We can't solve the world's problems, but we can be faithful stewards, and that's what we are called to.

Always and only by grace ...

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