John Bell here, filling in for a sickly Derrel Thompson – We had a wonderful concert. We were concerned that the crowd might be smaller, but praise God, there was standing room only for the 1100 seat auditorium and we estimate there were 1300 in attendance. There were over 700 positive responses of those indicating salvation commitment. The crowd was very responsive from the very beginning of the concert. Their eyes lit up and there were exclamations of joy as we sang our Russian songs. Don did an outstanding job of directing and the support teams performed admirably despite the large crowd. They had to make a quick run back to the ship to retrieve more CDs and programs.
We received word after the concert and spiritual high that the church in Dnepropetrovsk where we are scheduled to sing twice on Saturday caught fire and is a total loss. We are currently exploring other venues and praying for God’s guidance. We covet your prayers along with us. We are hoping and praying for the opera concert hall. Please also pray that the TV news coverage furthers the message of Christ and the work of His people.
Internet access on the ship is still very unreliable. We will get you updates as often as we can.