While other people on the tour bus went to concerts or
sightseeing, Sisk, Ray, and Arnold stood on the streets
and distributed the New Testaments. When the people
realized the men were giving away Bibles,
they surrounded them, pushing and shoving
each other in their attempts to receive a copy
of God's Word. Soon, the three missionaries
had given out all the New Testaments they had
brought with them. Sisk, Ray, and Arnold were
heartbroken to hear the people pleading for
Bibles, but they had none left to give.
The three missionaries also made contact
with local Christians. Don Sisk and James
Ray preached in a church in Odessa, Ukraine,
where over 800 people had gathered to hear
the Gospel. The church was not large enough
to seat all of the people, so hundreds were
forced to stand outside.
Don Sisk, James Ray, and Don Arnold were
overwhelmed by what they saw in Eastern Europe. They reported
what they experienced to churches in America. Arnold had filmed
scenes from the trip to the communist countries, and a special
video was made and shown in churches all over America. The
American Christians responded with love and compassion and
gave money to buy Bibles for Eastern Europe.
Ray and his assistant, Brant Holladay, took teams of volunteer
workers to Eastern Europe to distribute Bibles on the streets,
in hospitals, in factories, in schools, and in nursing homes.
The groups were comprised of pastors, deacons, housewives,
business people, college students, and retired people. The
team members paid for their own plane tickets, hotels, and
food. By the year 2001, the Rays, Holladays, and the volunteer
Bible Distribution Team in Siberia