“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
Though the news coming from Ukraine right now is not always good, we have been encouraged by the news we have from the believers in Ukraine. Vasily has a very good report among the believers and from our neighbors. He opens the church doors every week. Vladamir Vonovich comes every other Sunday and meets with him. It is hard for any of the others to come without us there to transport them, but Vasily goes to their homes an meets with them. They have been encouraged by his knowledge in the scriptures and said that he even councils them with scripture! Hearing this was definitely “cold water to a thirsty soul..”.
July 3rd, we received news that the train tracks 2 stops from our village had been blown up. Many of our church people, including Lina and Max, used this to get to church. We also used it to get back and forth from the city. Gala, who lives near there, seemed in good spirits and not bothered by it. She said everything was quickly repaired and the train was running as usual.
Vasily said someone also sent some men to search our home for “contraband”. Vasily was cordial with them, and after searching from top to bottom, they left apologizing. We are praising God for protecting Vasily as sometimes the officials can be pretty corrupt. Continue to pray for his protection and growth.
Our furlough has been going well. We started in Maryland and have traveled down to Georgia and are now in Maine. God has truly blessed us with some good churches and it has been refreshing to visit with them again. We have meetings scheduled in New England until the end of August. The Lord has even blessed us with a few new contacts. The Kuenzi’s are continuing to sell-give away-and pack things. They are hoping to fly back with us when we go. I know they would also greatly appreciate your prayers.
Thank you all for your prayers and support!