January 14, 2013
We have only been here 2 months but already there is so much to fill you up on! Since returning to Ukraine, the Lord has opened up the doors for us to do 3 Bible lessons. A young lady named Nastia has hers on Wednesdays. She listens intently and has started sharing what she is learning with her grandmother. Her grandmother wasn’t very happy when she first started attending a “cult” and I think she was even more unhappy. Even with that, Nastia said her grandmother almost came to church on Sunday with her! Be praying for this family. Nastia’s mom comes to church, but Nastia and her sister live with her grandmother. This past Sunday, Nastia’s sister was allowed to come. We think this is mostly because Jessica started an English class after church. That may be, but she will be hearing the Gospel from Sunday School, church and in Jessica’s English lesson.
We have had a good group of adults and kids coming to the services, most of whom are not saved. Please be praying that those coming to services and to Bible lessons, who are unsaved would be convicted of their need of salvation.
New Year’s Eve we had a special service. Ruselan, the man I did Bible lessons with, and his wife Katia both came. Their sons have been attending regularly, but they have only come once. Katia also came to our Christmas service. The boys, Bogdan and Nikita, were in our Christmas skit and also played in our bell choir. She has said she would like to meet with us as she has some questions about salvation, but she has just started a new job so said she is too busy now. Pray for the salvation of this family. What a testimony it would be if they were saved and serving the Lord!
The Lord has greatly blessed our family since we have returned. We received our registration with minimal problems. This means we are free to stay here in Ukraine for a year. Our passports expire soon after so we most likely will not be given another year extension. Another big blessing is a VAN! After living here years without a reliable vehicle, we were greatly appreciating the little, blue car the White’s left us, but our family is quickly outgrowing it. Also, I was having to make several trips before and after services to transport everyone. The van has saved me many trips. Even with the van, sometimes I have to make more than one trip. The Lord provided the van at the perfect time! After paying for the church building, we have been saving most of our love offerings for a van. We greatly appreciate the many sacrifices you made!
Shortly after we arrived in Ukraine, we found out that Jessica is expecting! She is now over 13 weeks and the morning sickness has lightened up a lot and she is not as exhausted now. She will be visiting the doctors soon and I know would appreciate your prayers.