Hey everybody, not a lot to share tonight since my post this afternoon. We have our main meeting/devotion tomorrow once we get to Dnipro so I won’t have the complete report on the concert tonight until then.
Our concert tonight was well attended. It was held in the biggest indoor place the churches could get in the city. It was a different type of building than what we have been in. Sort of reminded some of us Texans of a rodeo arena. All the seats were not full, but there was a very large crowd that was glad that we came.
The churches in both of these towns the past two days have been so excited that we came to their part of the world. They are off the beaten path. The roads are bad in and out, so not many groups come here. There is very little SBC IMB work done in this region. We are so glad we came to sing and share the love of Jesus with them.
It was the type of place that was not fancy, it was a little more crowded on stage and being our third concert it would have been easy to just mail it in. But we didn’t. Our director Don Blackley challenged us before the concert to not mail it in, but realize that these people have never heard us. We know that there are so many in the audience who are seeking answers, who have little hope for a safe and secure future. Don shared of a conversation he had the night before with a young man who is truly searching and sensing God in his life, but struggles to understand and hear God. He said he was touched to the point of tears at our songs and didn’t know what to think to it. Don simply told him, through some tears himself, that was God speaking and working in his life.
On an another quick topic, we need to say publicly what a great job our Ukrainian staff does that Michael Gott International (MGI) has assembled. They do all the heavy lifting and detail work for us and all we have to do is concentrate on singing a concert every night. One person in particular to mention tonight is Kseniya Bondarenko or Ksucha as many call her. She is the main leader here in Ukraine and has done much of the legwork in the administration and logistics for this mission. She is a seminary student and a wonderful godly young lady. We are blessed to have her leading our team alongside Michael and Jan.
One example of the great work that has been done was putting us in this hotel these past two nights. It’s off the main area, it’s quiet and peaceful. I usually stay away from commenting about the food we eat. (Our focus of this blog is prayer updates and simple reports) But sometimes . . . You just have to bend the rules a little. This hotel and restaurant threw it down for lunch and dinner today. You can say a prayer for us that we didn’t over eat and go into some type of meat comma. Let’s just say we have bulked up on protein today. It has been a wonderful day to recover, fellowship and serve the Lord here in this place.
It’s time to call it a night as we have an early start tomorrow with a three hour bus ride to Dnipro followed by back to back concerts at 5:00 and 7:00 (9:00 & 11:00 Texas time).
Please pray for good rest tonight, stamina for the drive tomorrow, strength and engery for the two concerts. But most of all pray that God works through us, that He is glorified and that when we finish up tomorrow night, the people who came can say that they were in the presence of Jesus.
Once again, you are a vital part of this mission. I had a chance this evening on the bus to read through some of the comments. Keep them coming. In time our guys will be able to read through them and find encouragement. You are also called of God and are his polished arrows.
Good night from Kyryvi Rih Ukraine.