Oh my dear Ukraine! (Katya’s first post!)

ImageIt is so hard to be here in America when all these things are happening in Ukraine and I have no idea what Ukraine will be when we will come back.

All that to say, I see more and more that this is not all about politics any more; it is a spiritual battle against those “who call evil good and good evil,” (Isaiah 5:20,21). It is a battle for justice and truth. I love that churches have an important role and influence in this protest, so that even the government saw it and began to threaten them. A lot of priest, pastors, spiritual leaders and just believers are at the “Maydan” to share the Gospel, to preach, to pray, to encourage, to help…. and people are coming to God! Is’t it awesome!?!?! But my heart hurts, because still those people get hurt.

Let us hold fast and pray for Ukraine. These days are very important for our country.

Let us pray for:

  • That the Ukrainian people would turn to God and Jesus Christ
  • People on the square – their safety and stability
  • Security forces – so that they protected instead of hurt people
  • Changes in the hearts of the government
  • The economic weight of the protests on the nation

Thank you and God bless!

Found an old blog post that I never published from Sept. 23rd

Katya and I just got back from our little vacation and prayer retreat, which was really refreshing. The importance of rest was made really clear to me through that. The second day back to work, I was able to fix a problem that I had been working on for a couple of weeks, all because I had taken the time to rest and let my mind go for a few days. I think that is one of the reasons God gave us the sabbath. Like Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath…”

What a beautiful quote.

Another thing we were able to do was make a short evangelism video. Katya had the idea, and I directed and shot it. I love doing this kind of stuff, and I would love to have some more ideas to do that again. This all was done over a couple of hours of shooting, brainstorming, and shooting again.

I’d love to do these kinds of things more seriously, but I need some more training and equipment. That’s one more thing for you guys to pray about. 😀