Worship seminar in Lutsk

I got to do a worship seminar for Calvary Lutsk, the church that my faculty dean at UBTS started. His brother, Andrew, now pastors the church. Katya and I went up to Lutsk (a city about 3 hours away) on Friday, I did a seminar for the worship team on Saturday, and I got to lead worship on Sunday as well. We had so much fun and it felt so natural, that by the end of the weekend I felt like I was playing with my own team back home.

David leading worship in Lutsk

Please pray for the worship team at Calvary Lutsk. They are a great team that is working on both “heart and professionalism”. I’m hoping to have them out to Lviv someday to visit our church.

Remembering grandma…

Man… This has been a hard year with losing people that are close to us. We’ve had three funerals this year in our family and one more in our church. Please keep praying for us – it’s a lot of stress.

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This is my favorite photo of grandma. It was back when she would smile more, when she was in less pain, and before she lost her second son, Oleh (my father-in-law). Back then, we could sit and talk for an hour or two about her life experience, about local Ukrainian politics, or even just about the weather. She was happy.

However, the last year and a half of her life was really hard. After losing Oleh, she constantly talked about how God was punishing her. She lost hope. Her joints got worse and her heart started to fail. That led to her legs swelling up. She got a stomach ulcer and couldn’t eat much.

I refuse to remember her that way, though. I prefer to think of her as the tough-as-nails grandma that never finished fourth grade but had more business sense than Tim Cook. She would constantly bring everyone food, including 40-lbs bags of potatoes or whole buckets of vegetables. She lived through World War II and the Ukrainian War of Independence (1938-1954~), she buried three husbands and two sons, and we loved her.

We miss you grandma. I hope you’re enjoying Jesus now and hanging out with Oleh in Heaven.

Our last week in America…

We had a great time celebrating American independence this past week. I (David) am very thankful for my country and for all of the freedoms that we have – traveling the rest of the world makes you appreciate them even more.

We are in Vienna right now, waiting for our last flight to Lviv. Please pray for grandma – she’s having a very, very hard day right now.

(A couple of these pictures are from last week, because I forgot to upload them.)

Our sixth week in America…

This past week David had a chance to preach at the Calvary Chapel Midwest Youth Camp, we got to speak about our ministry at our home church, Horizon Indianapolis, and our church sponsored a trip for us to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Also, one of our supporters gave us four tickets to the Symphony on the Prairie and we got to take our friends, the Lammers, with us! All that to say – it’s been an amazing week!

 

We’ll have prints at church this Sunday…

One of the last ministry projects that Oksana Yaschuk worked on with Katya was a series of paintings and drawings that were made to support the summer camp coming up in July-August in Ukraine. These pictures were made with love by both Oksana and Katya to support that and other ministries in Lviv. If you would like to pick this one up on Sunday at church, you can, or they will be available at our open house on July 7th. You can also order a print from us by clicking here.

Oksana’s drawings (donations go to the summer camp):

Katya’s drawings and paintings (donations go to pastoral, women’s, and youth ministries):

 

Our fifth week in America…

Our fifth week in America saw us go from staying with friends in NC to finally getting to Indianapolis, where our sending church is. We had the blessing of attending the Calvary Chapel Great Lakes Pastors and Wives conference at Horizon Indianapolis, which was really, really awesome. We got to see many pastors and friends from churches that we wouldn’t normally have been able to because of how much time we are going to be here. We also took pictures of Oksana Yaschuk’s paintings and drawings to make prints for them. If you would like to order one from us and make a donation, please just click on the contact us link above.

Fourth week in America

This week, we had TWO road trips! One through NC, SC and GA to visit friends that have either visited Ukraine or support us in some way. Then, we went with Justin and Amanda (two of our good friends) to visit Justin’s grandfather’s farm in Virginia. David and Justin were in the same homeschool group as kids when the Sneads lived in NC.