Today has been a little hard with getting starting and getting things done. I sometimes struggle with anxiety, especially when I have a conflict with someone (don’t worry – it’s not Katya) that I’m not sure how to resolve, and when there are a bunch of deadlines or financial ups-and-downs that converge at the same time. That’s today.
Here’s a song that I wrote a couple of years ago on a day like today. Please pray for me, so that I can get through the day, make peace with folks in a godly way, and that God would provide for our financial needs. The deadlines are for seminary and for preaching this Sunday.
I’m writing a newsletter right now (please click here to sign up for our e-mail newsletter if you haven’t yet) about some of those things. It’s often hard to write newsletters on a day like today, because I always want to show just the positive side of what we’re doing here. That’s what people want to hear, right? 🙂 Anways – y’all can pray for that, too.
Why do we always seem to have adventures with buying phones? 😦 A friend of mine just received this phone in the mail for me, but the box was open and the phone was literally rattling around in the box.
Here’s a picture of what he saw when he opened the box:
Katya and I also had a terrible time getting her T-Mobile Pixel 3a XL unlocked after buying it in the States in 2019. It took from July to November to get that done.
Update: We’ve decided to keep the phone. My friend looked it over, and he said that there were no scratches and everything is working properly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Playing board games with former missionaries, Jeremy and Ira
Watching fireworks with Jeremy and Ira
Watching fireworks with Jeremy and Ira
More board games with them
The car that one of the church members rented for us to go to Tennessee (from last week)
Our friends’ coffee shop on the south side of Indy (from last week)
Dr. Stephen Livengood and his wife Kim (from last week)
We stopped and started an accidental water fight on the way home from Tennessee (from last week)
Katya drinking an AMAZING latte at Brickhouse, our friends’ coffee shop
Coffee in Vienna while waiting for our flight
Breakfast at the Vienna airport
Airport shuttle in Chicago
The bedroom where we stayed in Indianapolis at one of our friend’s houses
We’re all packed
Jordan and Brett at home fellowship getting songs ready for worship (David got to share at this h/f)
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!
David preaching at youth camp
David leading worship at youth camp
Baptism at youth camp
David with one of the campers who helped him with acting out a part of the message
David and Katya with Brett, the youth pastor at Horizon Indy
Katya manning our missions table at Horizon Indy
The Creation Museum
Men working on the Ark
Katya at the petting zoo at the Ark Encounter
David at the petting zoo at the Ark Encounter
David at the Ark Encounter
Don’t feed the Davids on the Ark!
David and Katya at the symphony
We went to the symphony with our friends, the Lammers
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):