Today has been another travel day for the Singing Men. This morning we split into two groups and attended two local churches in Lviv. One group went to the traditional Central Baptist Church and was led by Don Blackley. The other group went to the contemporary Hosanna Church which meets in a rented concert/theater hall. That group was led by Jay Ghormley. We sang a few of our songs then joined them in their worship service. The service where I attended at Hosanna had two sermons today.
After a quick lunch and quick change we hit the road to Lutsk. A three hour tour! Well one way anyway. The main road was not bad, but we turned off to head into Lutsk for about 45 minutes of a pretty bumpy road. But we survived.
We are currently riding back to our hotel in Lviv. We arrived a few minutes later than our planned arrival but we got the concert started on time. To say the concert hall was full would be an understatement. There were people everywhere. The report we heard was that many of the people were lined up for several hours today waiting for us. The hall was located in the city center and there appeared to be a lot of activity in the area in addition to our concert. It was a very festive and exciting atmoshpere.
It was standing room upon standing room tonight in Lutsk. There were people who stood in the center aisle and all over any spare space the entire two hours of the concert. There is no telling how many people were left in the foyers or who were turned away. It was an amazing crowd!
We owe a huge thank you to the unseen and unsung heros of this operation. We have a sound and tech crew who travel ahead of us and prepare the stage and sound system long before we arrive. We arrived at about 5:40 with the concert to start at 6:00. All was ready and the band started our pre service music right before 6:00.
One of our directors, Dan Baker has just told me about the fact that Michael Gott’s music stand that he uses as a podium did not get set in place due to the rush of things. Michael preached without a note and didn’t miss a beat. He was bringing it tonight.
I willl get the complete report on numbers tomorow, but one of our mission partners told me that there were over 1200 cards turned in to get a CD. That indicates what kind of crowd we had in a place that only seats 750. It was a fun night.
We are heading into the home stretch as we start another week. Tomorrow we place our big suitecases on the buses and go with just a small bag until we get to Kiev on Tuesday night. We have our last back to back concert tomorrow night in Ivano Frankivsk to the south.
Keep praying for us. Pray for our stamina and strength. Pray that we can continue to sing well and present the Gospel in a strong and compelling manner. Pray that we will stay harmonious as a team even though we have been together for almost a week now. (You have no idea how close you can become spending these kind of hours on a bus)
The hall was filled to overflowing upon overflowing. That doesn’t compare to the overflowing of God’s spirit upon our hearts as we encounter these sweet people of Ukraine. It is humbling to see God work and use us in this way. We are just weak and imperfect vessels, whom God has touched, and that overflows in what we say and sing. What a joy to be apart of this God sized mission effort. Thank you for doing your part in supporting us in prayer. It matters.