One of our ministries here in Ukraine is making videos for the church. We thought you guys would like to see a few of the ones that we’ve made so far. This is actually all done with free or open-source software, and we’ve often needed to borrow equipment. Please pray that we’ll be able to buy more equipment (microphones, booms, camera dollies, etc.), software, and upgrades for David’s computer. The computer memory we want to buy is only $150, and that would make a huge difference in the size of the projects we would be able to complete; however, it’s outside of our budget right now.
This is a promotional video for our social media and web ministries. It basically encourages people to get involved in the web ministry and to share our content as a ministry. This was our first really big video project. Most of the animations were done in Inkscape (an open-source SVG editor), and the music is from a royalty-free music site (we’ve even heard the same song used on TV in commercials and stuff).
This is a video that celebrates the time we went and played baseball with our church. The text says “To play baseball, you need to know the rules and practice… but most importantly, you need a team! Play ball!!! New Horizons L’viv church – we love to play together! Next time, play with us! Baseball! New Horizons L’viv Baseball!”
This video was one of the harder ones to produce because of the emotions involved. Please keep praying for the situation here in Ukraine. This video commemorates those that died fighting for their freedom in Kyiv. It says “We remember. New Horizons L’viv.” The black background at the end with the Ukrainian ribbon on the corner symbolizes mourning for the people that died.
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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)
Tomorrow in Crimea, there will be a “referendum” to the people of Crimea. Basically that means that everyone in Crimea will be able to vote on whether or not they want to be a part of Russia; however, no one is really expecting a fair count, either, especially with Russian troops prowling the streets of Crimea and other parts of Southern Ukraine.
Please pray for this situation. Please pray that God would convict the men and women involved in this sham that they are sinning against God and their own people. Pray that God-fearing men and women would stand up against this unconstitutional vote tomorrow and that God would somehow foil Putin’s plans to annex parts of Ukraine.
There are many people that are asking, “What are you doing next? Are you still going back?” Our answer is, “Yes.” God has called us to Ukraine. We know that He hasn’t changed that calling, so we are going back as planned on April 15th. Please pray for safe travels and that we would be able get the things we need to bring back to Ukraine. Also, please pray for favor with Lufthansa Airlines. They normally only allow one bag per person, but our travel agent said that they may allow us one extra bag because we are missionaries, but she won’t be able to know for a couple more weeks.
Please pray for Ukraine and please call your representatives, senators and the president asking them to respond! In 1994 the US signed the Budapest memorandum in which Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons at the promise of the US and EU to help protect Ukraine’s territorial integrity! We must respond and support Ukraine! Russia is attacking them!!!
If you live in Indiana, our senators’ phone #’s are – Joe Donnelly: 202-224-4814 Dan Coats: 202-224-5623. The representative may be different for you but Susan Brooks is mine 202-225-2276.
Click here to read a BBC article about Russia deploying troops to 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:
It 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
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!