We All Share the Victory – All For God’s Glory 

  “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭12‬:‭4-5‬ NIV)

For over two years this trip was planned, prepared for, and prayed for. The chapters of the Singing Men of Texas have rehearsed, memorized and sung the music for well over a year. Mission Partners were recruited, signed up and registered. Michael and Jan Gott and their daughter Amy Pannell have worked sacrifically over the past two years making plans and preparations. The Treasurers for each chapter served as the recruiters among the Singing Men chapters and handled finances and registrations for over two years. 

In the mean time a war broke out in the country of Ukraine. In January 2014 many of us wondered what will all the protests do for this trip. As the months wore on and the conflict grew in the east we wondered if this trip would even happen. The river boats closed down. That original plan was scrapped and another plan was birthed. 

For two years we trusted God. We knew we were called to come to this wonderful but desperate country. All along God had a plan. He always has a plan. God knew the cities we needed to come to. If we had done the river cruise we would not have come to  western Ukraine and these cities. God knew exactly where we needed to be. He ordered our steps. 

Night after night every pastor has told us how much it meant to them and their people that we came to Ukraine during a time such as this. There is great unrest and uncertainty in this country. Ukraine needs a word of hope. We came to deliver that word of hope. That word is: Jesus Christ loves you, he died to pay the penalty for your sin, and Jesus desires to have a personal relationship with you. We find hope in Jesus alone. 

God has done an incredible work through the ministry of the Singing Men of Texas. He didn’t need us. He could have used some one else. We are blessed and grateful that he used us. 

Tonight’s final concert is done and we are on the way back to Kiev. The people of Belaya Tserkva were a gracious and enthusiastic audience of about 1,200. 705 of them responded positively to the Gospel. Praise be to God!

To the glory of God over 14,000 attended the 12 concerts. We have records that indicate 7,793 people responded to the message of the Gospel over the past 10 days. 

Now the real work begins for the many churches where we have been. Pray for these cities and churches that all of these will be discipled and followed up with. Pray that all of these that indicated a decision will find a New Testament Church and walk with God. 

For those reading this back in Texas and all around the world, we say thank you for your important role. We have no doubt that there were thousands who prayed for us everyday. God heard your prayers. We all share in what God has done. 

In previous trips Michael has taught us that we often reap a harvest we did not plant. This mission has seen a great harvest. We have also planted seeds and watered other seeds. Pray that the work done over the past ten days will continue to take root and grow. Our prayer every night has been, “May God bless Ukraine.”

We now start the journey home. Most of the team will depart the hotel at 3 AM for the airport. Pray for saftey as we travel. We all come back to families that will greet us with lots of hugs and kisses. For many of us we will be back in our churches this Sunday, doing what God has called us to do – leading many of you in worship of our Almighty God. We all come back to the normalcy and routine of life, though  a part of our hearts will remain here with these sweet people of Ukraine.

I’m finding it hard to wrap this up and find a way to sum it all up. I don’t think I really can put in words what we have seen God do here and in our own lives as well. Thank you for praying and following us. Thank you for all the encouraging comments you have left here to become part of a permanent record of this mission. (We will be posting a few more times in the coming days to say thanks and recognize many key people and to give a better recap)

To finish this up all I can say is the last part of the passage quoted at the beginning of this article. 

Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. 
Amen!

19 thoughts on “We All Share the Victory – All For God’s Glory 

  1. I try to come up with the right words and I keep coming back to Praise the Lord for He is faithful.

    Dan

  2. All I can say is Wow, and Praise God!! I will continue to pray for the people and churches of Ukraine. I can’t thank you enough for the updates as I felt like I was right there with you all. I appreciate them so much! God has done amazing things there in Ukraine, through you all.!
    From FBC Round Rock, TX.

  3. While I read again today, I weep. As I have done for the past several days reading updates and listening to devotionals. I am awestruck by the power of The Gospel when it is shared with abandon; without reservation or apology. It is an incredible reality that The Lord is working EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME as is evidenced by your testimony. Thank you for your obedience, your fortitude and your perseverance. What an honor and a privilege to share in the work and be used by The King! I am encouraged and humbled. Praise Him!

  4. I believe Jesus is saying to me by the Holy Spirit the words of the hymn “Blest Be The Tie”. I have experienced more unity in the body of Christ through Ukraine 2015 than any other time in my 88 years. Jesus prayed “may they all be one”, John 17:21-23. All glory to God our Father and and the Lord Jesus Christ. FBC Abilene, TX.

  5. I’m still heartbroken that I didn’t get to go but the Lord is in control and knows beyond my own understanding the reasons. But, I rejoice in the testimony of what took place during these past few days. So many lives touched with the gospel, many who responded and the impact all this has had and will have on the churches in Ukraine. The Singing Men, the Gotts and the local teams have been in our prayers and continue to be as the Texans travel home. This was a good thing, I believe blessed by God. Thanks for keeping us posted.

  6. What an awesome God we serve.
    Praying for all of you as you begin your travels home.
    Praising the Lord for the lives that were changed and for the many seeds that were planted!

  7. I believe we all have been blessed, know I have! It was great because it was in God’s time! Amen and Amen.

  8. Thanksgiving and praise to our lord jesus christfor the mighty works he has doneb made tge spirit of the lord continue to bring souls to christ

  9. It has been such a special blessing to read of the response of the people through the concerts and services of worship–and to follow along in the daily prayer guide–what a glorious time to see how the Lord has used you all for His glory–may the people who responded to the call of Christ find great encouragement from the local churches and their members as they begin to grow and mature spiritually.
    May the Lord continue to bless all of the musicians and team members of this mission with clear confirmation of what He has done through your commitment to sing and share His message of love and grace!
    May He also bless with safe and pleasant travel as you return to your homes!

  10. It has been wonderful to be able to follow you on your trip to Ukraine and to have the reports of how many people have been reached and how many responded to Jesus’ call. Thank you all for your sacrifice of time and effort to undertake this mission. We are praying for your safe return.

  11. It has been such a blessing to follow your journey in Ukraine. It has encouraged me here and assured me God is still at work in this world. My faith has become stronger just by each of your witnesses. Thanks God be praised

  12. What a privilege to have had the opportunity to pray for such a ministry. Praise God for all He has done!!!

  13. The posts from all of the guys have been a source of great inspiration. How can anyone do anything but recognize the greatness of God whose plans were, as always, higher than ours. I only wish I could have been with you, but filled with rejoicing at the movement of the Spirit throughout your journey.
    As the song you sang said, it is obvious that God is, indeed, “MIGHTY TO SAVE”!

    • A special time has ended but we pray to God that the seeds you planted will continue to grow and multiply. You have all been blessed as you were there and saw it unfold before your eyes and have made it possible for us to see it also through all of you. God Bless You All1

  14. A special time has ended but we pray to God that the seeds you planted will continue to grow and multiply. You have all been blessed as you were there and saw it unfold before your eyes and have made it possible for us to see it also through all of you. God Bless You All1

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