Michael Gott led a devotional this morning that was probably the most personally encouraging that I have ever heard. I know he was preaching to me. But as I looked around the room and heard the sniffles (in addition to my own), I could tell the words resounded with my brothers and sisters as well.
We had a bumpy ride today on the way to Lutsk. The last third of the journey the roads reminded me of the farm to market roads of Van Zandt County. But the trip was well worth it. The crowd was engaged right from the start.
Once again, it was a packed house (seats 775) with people standing along the side walls. Michael’s sermon was on Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” NKJV
Once again, the gospel was plainly and energetically shared. Decisions made to follow Christ: 456. Hallelujah!
Michael shared before getting off the bus that we can spend a lifetime in ministry and not experience something like we experienced in Lutsk. The connection with the audience was immediate and opened further doors for ministry there in that city. In four months they will come back to lead a children’s ministry. When Valera Shchervina, our Gott local administrator, stood and led them in the Ukrainian national anthem, it was incredibly moving. Following that up with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the conflict was poignant. Keep praying. It is felt and appreciated.