Today we traveled 3 hours from Kiev to Cherkassy. The Philharmonic was a beautiful hall with lots of seats for the lost to hear of Christ. There were very few empty seats tonight – perhaps just 30 or so. (UPDATE: John reports there were 326 who responded to become a follower of Christ. Praise the Lord!)
As with every concert so far, the singing of the Ukrainian National Anthem fills me with respect and empathy for Ukrainians and for the ordeal they continue to endure. Pray for Ukraine.
As with all the concerts, there has been a wide range of ages and the audience has been very attentive. Tonight we even had a person yell out “Thank you” after one song.
At First Baptist Canton, our pastor has a challenge he uses often: “Don’t just be friendly; make a friend.” Today a friend of the Gott’s and Singing Men came to the concert tonight: Victoria Samoilenko. Victoria traveled with Singing Men on The Dnieper River in 2010 & 2012 and helped with projection. We got to meet her fiancé Den. There is no date yet for the wedding but it will be before the end of the year. Congratulations to Victoria and Den and we pray for them to have a strong, Christ-centered marriage. As with previous trips, we are forging friendships here and encouraging to each other.
Thank you again for your prayers. One more concert tomorrow. It’s here in Kiev and then we fly home on Friday.