This Is Totally From God!

Writing this while sailing on Monday 10/25. The internet has been down Sunday night and all day today so I wasn’t able to post last night. This should bring us up to date with our happenings as of Monday afternoon.

Sunday Recap in Zaporozhye

We had a full Sunday in the “Detroit” of Ukraine, Zaporozhye.

The team all divided onto 4 buses and headed to local churches to worship. Everyone reported that the services were all good and everyone enjoyed the time to worship with our fellow believers here in Ukraine. One group even celebrated Communion with the church they attended.

During lunch on board the ship, the ship repositioned itself through the second deepest lock in the world. We traveled vertically down some 37 meters as the river changes elevation. It’s quite something to see.

After a quick change we all loaded buses again and transported to Glinka Hall to prepare for the concerts. This hall seats about 700 and is quite an historic place. Back in the day it has hosted former Soviet leaders. Quite a contrast to the message we shared last night in that place.

Both concerts were standing room only with an estimated attendance of 1500. The men sang their hearts out as usual.

This is Totally of God

This morning in our devotional time Michael Gott shared with us from Genesis 24. The story of Rebekah being given as the wife to Isaac. In verse 50 her father and brother give evidence to God’s working in the situation. The Message translation says it this way: “This is totally from God. We have no say in the matter, either yes of no.”

God has sent us here. This is of God and apart from Him none of this would have happened. Even a volcano six months ago could not stop what God wants to do in this part of the world.

We share these numbers not to boast, but with total humility and with thanksgiving to give evidence to the greatness of our God.

Here is a recap of the attendance and decisions for Christ so far on the trip:
Kiev 3 concerts:    2,250 in attendance with 816 decisions for Christ
Kremenchug:        1,300 in attendance with 735 decisions for Christ
Dnipropetrovsk:    1,100 in attendance with 536 decisions for Christ
Zaporozhye:         1,500 in attendance with 862 decisions for Christ

And in a more specific count 2 crew members and 1 bus driver have accepted Christ. We don’t share these numbers to just count numbers, but it is evidence of the mighty, supernatural power of God working here in this place.

It is amazing to be a part of something so God ordained and driven. The team is focused on finishing strong and expecting God to still do some amazing works in our three remaining concerts.

The other night the team pledged to help the Central Baptist Church in Dnipropetrovsk that burned. After tabulating the pledges, our team has pledged over  $25,000 to help rebuild the church.

We have sailed overnight and most of today to Kherson for a concert tonight at 6:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. Texas time) at the Khershon Christian Center. Pray for our time there to be used of the Lord.

Pray for our continued health and stamina as we hit this final three days of concerts. We have survived the back to back days of dual concerts. Voices are getting tired, but we know God will protect us.

Thanks for praying.

4 thoughts on “This Is Totally From God!

  1. More brothers and sisters we will see in Heaven someday! Praise God! Matthew 9: 37-38 says that Jesus told His disciples that the “…harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” We take for granted the freedom we have for hearing and studying God’s word when so much of the world is hungry and barred from it. May the Holy Spirit break through barriers and pour forth the gospel to needy souls.

    I’m continuing to pray for everyone’s health and stamina. We know God works mightily through our frailty…may He be glorified. Amen.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us along the way! We are praising God with and for you and keeping everyone traveling and at home in our prayers. I am also praying for the continued growth of the believers there and the spread of Christ’s good news! I am especially thankful for the salvation of the crew members and the bus driver – person to person witness. Rest, enjoy, and let Christ’s Spirit sing through you and comfort and strengthen you.

  3. Thanks for all the updates. My heart is full and so thankfull for all of the team from America and Ukraine. To God be the glory for all the decisions. I only wish I was there to share with you in person. May God give each of you strength to finish the course and get home safely.

  4. Praising God from whom ALL blessing flow! What a mighty God we serve!! Great news in the attendance and lives forever changed. Seeds are being planted and hungry people are being fed with God’s Holy Spirit. I continue to pray for your safety and health as well as God continuelly using you to speading the good news around the world. God bless you.
    In Him,
    Cathy Wilson

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