Saturday, July 12
My heart and eyes are filled – such wonderful, loving people in Ukraine. My interpreter, Irina, the Women’s ministry coordinator for the Oblast, Lydia, and I have been in a whirlwind of activity. Transportation is always a challenge and we travel 1-2 hours one way to each village. Villages such as Nemirov, Murovani-Kurilovtsi, Lipovets and Krizgopol are some of the beautiful villages that have a wonderful mixture of the old and new. We see cars on the same street as wagons pulled by animals, or goats in the middle of the road. Each home has a vegetable garden, a fence, lovely flowers and a dog! The beautiful fresh countryside is filled as far as the eye can see with wheat, sunflowers or some kind of vegetable. The soil must be very fertile.
My topics have included, “The Role of Women in the Church”, “The Tongue”, “and Suffering for Christ”, “Prayer and The Ministry of the Holy Spirit”. Over and over again I hear, “We love America. We love America!” I must tell Rick Forschner’s Sunday school class that the donated scarves have been such a blessing. The women cry when I tell them that their sisters in Christ in America sent scarves to them. Their hearts are full of thank yous. I wish I had hundreds more to give!
Thank you, dear ones, for praying for the Ukraine mission. I can almost hear them, and I know that the Holy Spirit’s power has been in every meeting. Please continue to pray for us!
On a personal note, thank you, Skeet, for allowing me to participate in the mission. I know God will bless you for your generosity. I miss you!
Love, In Christ