Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4 ESV
Our first ministry day is completed. All of our team members are now here and all the luggage as has final arrived. Our first two concerts were very good and well attended. It has been a very good day for us here in Ukraine.
One of the songs that we are singing in our concerts is “Your God Will Come”. A very powerful song taken from scripture that promises our God will come and save you. We have been told by a local pastor, and many others of what it means to the Ukrainian people that we came. So many are canceling ministry trips this summer, but we stayed the course and are here. It it really making an impact with the people. Even though the war is on the other side of their country, their hearts are burden. They are fearful. They need some hope. That is why we came.
In our devotional today Michael spoke on a passage from I Samuel 4 and the story of the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant. The Israelite people had taken God for granted and Michael pointed out they even referred to the Ark as “it”.
We are very much like that in our modern world. We think when we have “it” that will be when God will come. When we build that sanctuary, it will bring people to our church. If we have a great Praise Team, it will be what builds our program. If we have the latest and greatest “it”, then God will show up. But that is not how it works. The Israelites failed miserably because they didn’t have God in their camp.
But God was not in their camp and they were defeated. Michael then referenced many through out the Bible and the early Church who had God in their camp. The challenge to us today was to make sure that we are seeking God to work through and in us. For God to be in our camp. It is the only way we will succeed.
A lyric in the song Your God Will Come says, “Say to those with fearful hearts, be strong and not afraid.” The Ukrainian people are afraid. They have every reason to be. Tonight we shared a powerful message through song, visual art, and spoken word. We let God use us to minister to them.
Our God did come and He was in the camp tonight. He was in the camp because we invited Him to be with us, and to sing through us. God was also in the camp because of people like you back home lifting us up to the Father. There were over 1,000 visits to this site in the past 24 hours. That is amazing and humbling all at the same time. Thank you for your prayers and comments. Our team may not see them while we are here, but I am sure in time they will read back through and see them. Thank you.
God visited us in Ukraine tonight. I am convinced that many people found new faith and began a personal relationship with Him tonight. The hall holds about 1,000 people and they filled it twice. Our conservative estimate of attendance is 1,750. There were 1,037 recorded decisions for Christ! Indeed, our God came in a mighty way.
Tomorrow we travel to the city of Berdichev about 25 miles away. Pray for us to get a good night’s rest again. Back to back concerts are draining. Pray for safety in travel. Most of all pray that God will touch our hearts again as we seek to touch the hearts of the people of Ukraine.
(As I write these at varying times of the day and trip, there will be times that I will come back to a post and update or tweak some things. I posted a video into the previous post showing a clip of the church band that played for us. I also hope to get pictures added soon.)