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:
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)
Wow – I love my church! Horizon Indy is such a cool place to come home to. I love how welcoming the people are, the teaching is good, and the worship is sincere. Katya and I spoke at all three services today, and it was such a blessing. We just shared about the past 2 years of ministry and briefly about what is coming up next. It was so much fun. Below are some pictures.
I know it might sound weird, but I always get the most nervous speaking at my own church – especially during 3rd service! I really don’t know why… Maybe it’s because I’m getting hungry for lunch, maybe because it’s the most people there… I don’t know. I LOVE my church, though. I was almost brought to tears on Wednesday when we were there for church just because I missed this place so much. It was so good to hear Bill teach and just see all of our friends here.
Thank you to all of you guys that have made our stay in America SO welcoming so far. We love you guys!
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.
Ruslan, a good old friend of ours, asked David at the last minute yesterday to preach at his church. He is the pastor from Katya’s old church. Please be praying for both of us. David was up really late working on the sermon, and Katya is going to translate for him. Please pray for the Word to go out, lives to be touched, and hearts to be changed!
Two years ago, I made a mini-documentary about L’viv and people’s hopes for the future here and stuff. It offers an interesting perspective and background to the current news / events. You can tell that a lot of people back then were hoping to be a part of the EU. If you would like to see a little more of the bigger picture, please watch.