Tuesday, July 15, 2008

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the Gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:2-5

Hello Everyone,
 This is our twelfth day her in Ukraine and the time is passing all to quickly! Yet, even as I (Ashley Qualls) say that, I can hardly wait to come home and share with you what God is doing here. My job has been to capture the different ministries through photographs so that we can give you, the church, a clearer picture of how God is working in beautiful Ukraine.
 A lot of my time has been spent photographing the team and the surrounding culture of whatever village they’re in at the moment. Time seems to pass at a different rate in the villages and the odd mixture of the old and new way of life is completely fascinating to observe. Looking at the silver hairs, lined faces, hunched backs and intense eyes of some of the older people as they hobble down the cobblestone roads is enough to bring anyone to tears, but for the reminder that we are bringing the Gospel directly to a few of them and, indirectly to them, through many of their grandchildren. How exciting to think that entire families may come to Christ through the salvation of the younger generation!
 One place Vince, Vova, Alex and myself visited last week was a newly established Rehabilitation farm where men coming out of prison or drug addictions can work in a Christ focused environment. Valerri is the older gentleman who is now overseeing this project in Ukrainska. He has spent over half his life in prison and has an interesting assortment of tattoos, one to represent every trip to prison. Many of us would consider his to be a wasted life but God didn’t think so and Valleri came to know Him as savior during his time in prison. As I sat in the farmhouse, listening to Valerri read God’s word and watching the tears run down his weathered cheek, I was struck by the amazing redeeming power of our savior, Jesus Christ. He saves us, transforms us and uses us for His unending glory! 
 Looking forward to sharing more with each one of you! Please continue to pray that the team would be sensitive to the Spirits leading and that God would give me eyes to really see where He is working, so it can be clearly conveyed to you when we return.
  Much Love In Christ,
  Ashley Qualls

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and has committed to us the world of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were an appeal trough us; we beg you behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21


The Mansell Crew: said...

Thanks for the post Ash! From this point of view, you are doing a wonderful job capturing Ukraine already! We continue to pray for all of you and those you encounter!

Much Love,
The Mansell's

whitewave said...

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:2,3

Hola to everyone, especially hijo :) WOW! Ashley you are doing an awesome job on pictures, you really have an eye for beauty and capturing a sensitive moment, I too will be praying that God will give you eyes to really see who He is and where He is working; the image of Christ will be evident to you. Just remember when you point and shoot let the image be captured and do your best and allow God to do the rest.

Gina L

Glenn Wofford said...

This is a shout out to the Lachwitzers. Hell Chance and Heather. Hope all is well. This is Glenn Wofford of Berean from New Orleans. Just wanted to let you know that we were thinking of you and praying for you. Your mom told me you were having a great time. Keep up the good work and finish well.

God bless,

Mr. Wofford

jillian davies mansell said...

What a unique opportunity God has blessed you with Ms. Ashley! I know I should have my mind wrapped around this fact by now, but I am always amazed at how uniquely God gifts us for His own unique purposes. Just like all His creation- which you always portray so beautifully in your photography.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
It really really is so encouraging to see you "so walk in them" Ashely. From having the blessed opportunity to serve with you in China last summer, I know for a fact that God is using you in beautiful ways! (for have always not only carried out His will, but you have done it with such grace and beauty that I can't help but adore!)
Know we are praying for you and think you are doing a simply marvelous and beautiful job!
Miss ya!

Gena Gommer said...

Ashley,Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. You have captured things about Ukraine that I haven't heard in stories told over the years through Dustin and Brandon. Please continue to use the wonderful gift God has given you.Great job! Gena Gommer