Called to Ministry
We, Oliver and Ulla Lindberg, have worked full-time with evangelical work in Eastern Europe since 1977. Since a few years the ministry is led by our son, Jorgen and his wife Maria. Ulla is still active in the ministry, but has since a few years enjoyed her retirement. Oliver Lindberg passed away on March 2, 2019.
The call God gave
The work and minsitry of PTPI still, to this day, rest today on the call and vision God gave to Oliver Lindberg on January 10, 1978. Although the work today no longer consists in sending Bibles or printing them for distribution, the ministry continues to work in other capacities.
The words that God ministered to Oliver; the call to reach the Eastern European people with the Gospel, still serves as a launchng pad for this ministry. A call that is still valid and true. Oliver writes:
I was kneeling in prayer as the Spirit of God revealed itself to me in a vision, where He said:
“- I have called you and your wife to a special ministry; to assist pastors and churches in the Soviet Union and the countries of Eastern Europe. Lift your gaze and you will gain a deeper understanding of what I mean.”
I lifted my eyes and saw a pastor in the Soviet Union praying in his prayer closet. With tear-filled eyes and with his hands raised, he prayed: “- My Lord and my God, help me in my situation. You know that my knowledge is scarce and that it is difficult to evangelize without your help ”.
Then the pastor pointed to a bookshelf and said:
“- Lord, have you looked into my bookshelf lately? It’s empty. I don’t even have a Bible and no books to get knowledge from. I don’t really own anything. Lord, I trust you to take care of my future. Send Bibles, the New Testament, good Christian teaching literature, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to me and my congregation so we can learn from them.”
Then I saw pastors in all other so-called communist countries. Pastors who all prayed a similar prayer. ”Then the Lord told me:
“I now hold you accountable to them. If you are faithful and obedient in serving them with what they need to fulfill the calling I have given them, then I will give you my very best servants in the fivefold service. Go, and I’ll be with you. I will send angels in front of you who will prepare the way for you.”
Through out all these years, we have with Gods help, tried to fulfll this vision. A work that started already back in the spring of 1978, working for another organisation with a similar calling, and in later years through PTPI. A ministry that continues serving the evangelical Church in Eastern Europe and bring aid to people that suffers. We do this through both new and old means and with new and old parthers.