I struggle with what to write first. Part of me wants to share about the local culture and the concert hall in which The Country Boys sing and where volunteers hand out Bibles and CD’s. (To be sure, The Country Boys are volunteers as well) I decided to lead with the number. It’s the bottom line. It is why we are here. It is why we team with an evangelist.
It was a national day of mourning in Ukraine yesterday marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl incident and we were only 60 miles from the former nuclear reactor. We began the concert differently than any other with a moment of silence for all those who died as a result of radiation poisoning. Valeriy, our stage manager, is also a youth minister and a voice teacher. He sang a powerfully moving song in Ukrainian to close out the moment of silence.
The Country Boys sang their normal concert but added the song “God Blessed Texas” but changed the words to “God Bless Texas” and on the end to “God Bless Ukraine”.
Michael’s sermon has been all week on Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” He lays out the plan of salvation simply and plainly. A prayer is posted on the screen in Ukrainian and English: “Come into my heart Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay.” It is not a blanket prayer that everybody recites and then we pronounce everybody saved. Far from it. Michael makes absolutely sure that when they fill out a decision card, that they check the box that they actually did pray the prayer for themselves and accepted Jesus into their life. The decision cards are then turned in for the concert goer to receive their free CD and Ukrainian New Testament. The local Baptist Church is following up diligently with each decision made. They are not inflated numbers. The number represents souls that requires discipling. Pray not only for decisions to be made but for the follow up that happens with these young Christians.