Stories from the Field

Librarians Brave March Blizzards

April 2018

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Though this description comes from Herodotus, a Greek historian who lived 2,500 years ago, it aptly describes the delegates who attended a recent three-day conference for theological school and evangelical church librarians in Kremenchug, Ukraine.

Traveling from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belarus, The Russian Federation, Moldova, and throughout Ukraine, approximately 50 librarians attended a professional development gathering conducted in partnership by READ Ministries and the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association (EAAA) and hosted at the Kremenchug Evangelical Seminary (KES).


Despite the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, March blizzards that paralyzed much of Eastern Europe, and thousands of miles traveled by planes, trains, and buses, these librarians attended seeking new ideas, encouragement, fellowship, and new titles to take back to their libraries. The devotion of these dedicated librarians to serving as “media specialists” among God’s people in their nations and for the sake of His Kingdom was an inspiration for all!