It is hard to believe it has been one week since we departed Ukraine and headed home. By now most of us are over the jet lag and are back into our daily routines of work, family, & church.
The work continues however in Ukraine. Please pray for the churches in the cities where we sang. They are the ones who will follow up with each card that was turned in. It is a huge task. Pray that the Ukrainian believers will find people receptive and open to taking the next steps of faith. Pray that all these that made a decision will get plugged into a local church.
As an example of the work ahead I would like to share this story from Jan Gott. She emailed me earlier this week and I asked if we could share it here.
I took one of the NO decision cards in Zhitomir to follow-up myself. We have a course there this summer, and I just felt “strangely led” – have never done that before. The girl – Irina – had written a note in English that said, “I’m just so tired in my heart, but you all came and brought hope.” So – I knew that this person spoke English. She had given her cell number for the contact information. On Monday before we flew out – I called Irina. I explained that I read her card and wanted to connect with her. I invited her to our course in July at Christmas church and said I had saved her number in my phone and would call her again. Then she explained that she is a refugee from Donetsk. Her husband was killed last winter, and that life is very difficult for her now. She has just started attending Christmas church with a friend, and that is how she knew about our concert. I will be with Irina again this summer, and I believe that her NO will become a YES for Christ. I just wonder how many more there are like Irina in our decision cards?? God is faithful, and He knows. I have now sent Irina’s information to Ksusha. There is a weekly English course at Christmas Church for our students, so I will make sure that Irina has an invitation to that course, too.
Pray for all the Irina’s, those that attended our concerts but did not indicate a decision for Christ. Pray for all those 7,793 people who did put a check as an indication of a decision for Christ. Pray that God’s people in Ukraine will reach out to these and that they will become strong followers of Christ.
Once again, thank you for your prayer support during our mission. From time to time we will post things here as matters of information on the Singing Men and our future trips. This site will remain up and active so visit it anytime. You might even find encouragement in scrolling way to the first posts that tell of our previous trips to Ukraine.