Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13, 14 NIV)
This morning in our devotional time Michael talked to us about the importance of being focused on our purpose. Using Philippians 3:13 as the text we were encouraged to be strong in our focus for this one thing that we are here to do. And that is to proclaim the greatness of Jesus Christ to the people of Ukraine this week.
We are doing our best to make sure our focus is on the mission at hand and to not get distracted.
Many of us on this trip were here on the last trip in 2010. As we pulled into the port in Odessa last night to meet the ship, it was right where we left it in October 2010. And tonight as we gathered at FBC Odessa, again, it was if we had never left. The crowd once again was excited to be there and received us enthusiastically. Our best estimate is approximately 1,000 people were there tonight.
We don’t know yet the results of the night, but this one thing we do know, the gospel was proclaimed in both song and the spoken word. We could see evidence of the Holy Spirit working on people’s faces. It was a good first concert for us. We know that God was glorified.
Below is a video of Bryant Jones singing “I AM”. Enjoy.
The ship pulls out in an hour and a half and sails all night to Kherson across part of the Black Sea. Pray for smooth sailing tonight and for good rest for all of the team.