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.