On December 16, at 8:54 PM, Ivan Adamovich Okhman passed away after a short illness.
He was a father of a big family, loving husband and faithful servant of God.
Ivan Adamovich Okhman, was born on May 22, 1931 in the Ukraine, Zhitomirschina, to a family of Okhman Adam Adamovich and Anna Danilovna, being the second of nine children.
In 1936, at the age of 5, he was deported to Kazakhstan with his family. The Kazakh winter met the immigrants brutally - only by the grace of God did they all survive. In 1949 after finishing 9th grade, he moved to Karaganda. Almost immediately he went to work as an electrician. In 1950 he admitted Jesus as Lord of his life and made a covenant with the Lord on July 17, 1950. Ivan Adamovich had a passionate desire to serve the Lord. In 1950, he began to sing in a choir. In 1956, the dream of his childhood was realized, he became the choir director of a 120 member choir. He performed this ministry for 37 years. He was a very active member of the church youth, organizing visits to nearby towns and villages.
On January 30, 1955, Ivan Adamovich Okhman and Anna Yakovlevna Stupina were married. God gave them 9 children: Vanya, Vitya, Vova, Tanya, Vasya, Valik, Anya, Venya and Valera. All children have families of their own and serve the Lord, except for the younger, Valera, who was taken by the Lord at age of 20 on September 2, 1994.
In 1971, he began to manage a church brass band and in the same year organized a youth choir.
According to Ivan Adamovich's testimony, in 1993 the Lord called him to the ministry of organizing new churches in towns and villages such as: Akbastau, Piket, Deripsal, Tikhonovka, Akshatau and Balkhash.
He was a passionate preacher, longing for the salvation of sinners and calling God's people to live a holy life and passionately serve our Lord.
On July 17, 1994, his faithful companion, Anna Yakovlevna, with whom he lived for 39 years, was taken by the Lord.
On August 14, 1995, the Lord, by His great mercy, blessed Ivan Adamovich with Augustina Mikhailovna Gromova, with whom he continued his life path and work of church-planting.
On June 8, 2000, after 65 years of living in Kazakhstan, Ivan Adamovich and Augustine Mikhailovna moved to United States of America for a permanent residence.
Energetic and communicative, he actively spent 20 years in America, visiting churches and his numerous friends.
This Christmas, he went to his beloved Jesus!
Ivan Adamovich leaves behind his wife Augustine Mikhailovna; six sons; two daughters; 23 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He has left a big mark in everyone's life. We will miss him very much and live with the hope of seeing him again.
"How good it is - always trust in the Lord, and not rely on our own strength," - Okhman Ivan Adamovich.