Well… This is our last weekend in America for a while. We do hope to come back in about two years just to visit. Thanks a lot to all that have made our stay in the U.S.A. so awesome! We really enjoyed visiting all of you all over the States.
We had a great prayer meeting today at Horizon Christian Fellowship (see picture left). Thanks to all that came. We really appreciate all of you that are praying for us and helping us in so many ways.
Please keep praying for us as we prepare to take off on Tuesday. We actually won’t be home until Saturday night, because we couldn’t find train tickets from Kyiv to L’viv until then.
Some stuff you can pray about for us:
- Safe travels
- Luggage problems (we are still negotiating with the airline as to how many bags we can take – they are supposed to give us an extra bag)
- Vision for web-ministry (David is working on a strategy to help the social media team in L’viv really take off)
- Wisdom with our studies and work (Katya is considering two jobs, and David is studying in seminary)
- The general situation in Ukraine (separatists, Russian instigation, armies at the border, and an economic currency crash are all there waiting for us)
- Pastors and Christians in Eastern Ukraine (they are the closest to the border and the most affected by the Russian invasion)
- Revival in Ukraine
Katya and I were glued to the news Tuesday night as we literally watched Kyiv burn. Thank God it wasn’t the buildings there on fire. It was the barricades on Independence Square.
I don’t know how well you can make out what’s going on in the picture, but those walls of fire are what were defending the lives of several hundred people from being killed by police.
The police are trying to take the square again, and the protestors there, in order to fend them off, set their barricades on fire. That night, they survived over 12 hours of constant attack by the police through the night. They were able to take a breath Wednesday in the daylight to rebuild their barricades.
Another thing that’s been hard is watching Katya through all of this. Seeing her heart break as the nation, the place she knows and loves and was born in, is torn apart is something that no husband is prepared for. Please pray for us, but pray for Ukraine… They need it so much. If you would like to read more, please click on the links below… and PRAY! Please even pray for the news. I was watching Fox News this morning, and they were TOTALLY biased in their presentation against the protestors.
God, please save Ukraine.
If you would like to follow the situation on the news, please use the following links:
Merry Christmas, everyone! Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support! We are flying home to David’s dad today. We’ll be with him for about a week, then go visit David’s mom, and then move on to visiting other friends and the many churches that support our work here in Ukraine. Please be praying for this trip for us – it’s very important!
Here is the sermon I taught today! It’s both in English and Ukrainian – Katya was right by my side translating the whole thing! I really enjoy working together with her (she’s been translating for me since long before we were even dating). Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures!!! We forgot to hand the camera off to someone else before I got up to preach.
The sermon is called “A Citizen’s Responsibility”. In light of the current events in Ukraine, I thought it would be a good topic to go over. If you like it, you can share it with your friends.
Click here to listen to the sermon.
We just received Katya’s passport back from the American Embassy, along with Katya’s visa to America!