TBS WEEK 2-3 These last two weeks of TBS have been full of revelation and breakthrough in the teens’ lives. We have had three teachers spend time teaching the students on a variety of topics. Daniel Mironchenko and Matthew McCluskey leading the students into a deeper look at the father's heart and how to hear the voice of God. The following week Meesh Fomenko taught students on their identity in Christ and covered issues that Christian youth face in today’s society. During activities students got a chance to build new friendships on their trips to Six Flags, the beach, or Busch Gardens. They also participated in other activities during the week such as evangelizing and sharing their testimonies. They learned first hand how to share the gospel and were able to put what they learned into practice during their assigned evangelism evenings. During testimony time the teens shared what they have been going through during TBS and how God has shaped them not only through the prayers but also by the friends that inspired them to keep going deeper into their relationship with God. Many of them were encouraged to share their story and see that through their revelations, others can receive breakthrough. And last but not least, this past 4th of July weekend, we all gathered at the camp iceberg location for sports activities, swimming, and fellowship followed by an evening spent watching the firework show put on by SMBS admin! As we enter into the last week of this TBS year, teens are preparing themselves to go back home and continue further in their walk with Christ that many of them began here. It will be bittersweet to say goodbye but we know the best is yet to come.
Week one of TBS came and went in a blur as 104 teen students arrived from all over the United States and got settled into their homes for the next month. In just one week many of these teens have already built God centered friendships that will last for a lifetime and encountered God in a new way through the classes they attend every day as well as the life changing prayers they get to take part in. The first teacher of this TBS year was Andrey Sakhno who taught simple yet profound lessons where students got a closer look into the foundations of a faith that lasts a lifetime. With engaging lessons and personal testimonies, he was able to bring them into a deeper understanding of the importance of discipline in their christian lives and the impact it has on their walk with Christ. Throughout this week students also got a chance to expand their comfort zones and even discover hidden talents in the various activities organized for them such as arts and crafts, cooking, driving, drama club and media classes! To finish off this eventful week, they got to visit The Holy Land experience down in Orlando, FL where they walked through the exhibits presenting biblical history and experience the story of Jesus come alive to them through play performances. Everyday brings new memories and we are looking forward to the next couple of weeks knowing that God is on the move in this place and these teens will leave transformed.
The 2018 semester is in session is we have 74 students: 36 guys and 37 girls! This year’s students are from all across the States and two from Ukraine! Some fun facts about this class: 18 students are from Washington State 11 students are from Florida 6 students are from Ohio 5 Students are from Pennsylvania Some of the topics we’ve already learned are: Apologetics, 10/40 Window, Bibliology, Homiletics and more! Every Monday students go on outreach all across Jacksonville. The outreaches we do are Homeless Shelter ministry, Street Evangelism, Neighborhood Ministries, Nursing Home and the International House of Prayer (IHOP) Our annual conference, “Be the Change” is June 1-3rd, save the date!
72 students: 35 girls and 37 guys became SMBS students in 2017. Students came from all over the USA, Ukraine and Germany. The majority of the students are from Washington State this year.
In early March 2017, Slavic Missionary Biblе School in Florida, presented its first music video for the song "Our Father". This is a hymn to Almighty God, a declaration of love for Him and a willingness to follow His will everywhere and always.
“Be The Change” Conference is an annual conference hosted by SMBS Ministries that unites hundreds of youth, families, and missionaries across the US. The purpose of this conference is to encourage every person to stop living for themselves and to “be the change” in the lives of others. Don’t miss this exciting event that takes place in Jacksonville, Florida. The weekend is filled with exciting events including water baptism on the beach, SMBS Graduation, special speakers, worship bands, SMBS choir and much more.
This year 74 students came together in one place from several countries to study in Slavic Missionary Bible school. We are so pleased to accept students from...
In August 2015, eighteen students, from across the country, began the Intensive Discipleship Training. This 15-week full time program was designed...
For the 5th year in the row, TBS is providing bible classes for teens all of the United States and beyond...
This year over 80 people attended SMBS 2015, 60 of those students are participating in missions in 9 different countries. 12 teams will travel thousands of miles to share the gospel, hope and love of Jesus to the lost. The first group leaves exactly 12 hours after graduation. Young men and women have answer the call to go to Tanzania, El Slavador, Ukraine, Russian, Hungary, Kenya, Japan, Nepal and India...
Be the Change Conference has definitely been a blessing to many of those who came and watched online. We are thankful to God for His guidance and presence! Read further to find out some interesting facts...
This class beat the record already! It’s the largest class and is made up of 92 people. We had a record amount of applicants, however due to physical space limitations, we were not able to accept any more students.
“He made us a family, He made us friends, He gave us a new name; we are called – Christians!” My heart obtained a new meaning for these words in Cuba, from which we recently returned.
During this event, a presentation was given on the missionary work done in India, Tanzania, Ukraine, Russia, and in various other countries. We discussed how through Gods help, we were able to serve in anti-Christian locations and how we were able to hold three water baptisms in Cuba.
Through the duration of this this trip, we not only had to settle administrative matters, we had to prepare for the biggest year in SMBS history.
Many may think, “What can one month possibly do compared to years of my life?” Well, I assure you, this one month has changed many lives forever. The students that come to Teens Bible School are at an age where many of them are still discovering themselves; they have many unanswered questions, while some are looking for guidance and direction, and still others may think they found their path- but it’s not necessarily the right one.
On June 7, 2014 we celebrated our 10-year anniversary. These ten years were filled with great moments. We faced adversity and struggles but at the same time, we witnessed miracles and God’s helping hand. Most importantly, it was our immense joy to see the lives of young people change as they discovered their calling and deepened their relationship with God.
For the first time on January 12, 2014, Living Stream Church and Slavic Missionary Bible School began offering courses towards a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Theology from The Slavic Theological Seminary (STS) in Jacksonville, FL. This is a separate program from SMBS, IDT, TBS. A Bachelors and Masters Degree in Theology is only towards the STS program.
Over forty missionaries have gone through Znamenivka, both from Ukraine and the United States, since June 2012, when the first SMBS group arrived.
January 6th, 2014 began a new chapter in so many young lives that arrived to Jacksonville, Florida from all over the United States, Germany and even Latvia.
We all live busy lives and tend to get lost in to-do lists, schedules and calendars. It's easy to lose perspective amongst the various tasks that daily demand our attention.
On November 10, 2013, an annual partners' dinner event was held by Slavic Missionary Bible School to show the appreciation for all the prayers and financial support.
Jesus came to Earth to serve, not to be served. Following His example, our graduates have also gone to different parts of Ukraine, Russian & Cuba.
The 2nd Annual Conference for Sunday School Teachers was held on October 11-12, 2013 at Living Stream Church, Jacksonville, FL.
About SMBS Ministries
The Slavic Missionary Bible School is a non-profit, Christian education center designed for the American Slavic community.
Many people wonder how a ministry such as SMBS can sustain itself.