Ministry Day 6 – Poltava

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Good morning from Kiev, Ukraine!

It is a gorgeous morning here in the capital city of Ukraine. We had an unplanned morning after arriving at 1:15 am this morning. We head to one of the key Baptist churches in Ukraine, Dom Evangelina Baptist Church for an early afternoon lunch and devotion meeting. We have our Kiev concert tonight at 7:00 pm (11:00 am Texas time) at the National Palace of Culture “Ukraine” that seats 3,780.

If you have been keeping up with our travels you know that yesterday was our longest travel day of the trip and we are glad it is behind us. We headed to Poltava after a brief city tour of Kharkiv where we were shown a memorial park to the Ukrainian soldiers who died in World War 2. A local pastor was very informative as he shared about the struggles that continue here in Ukraine. Kharkiv was a city that rebuked the Russian invasion three years ago. There is a group of Christians, led by Baptist pastors who gather in the main square to pray for their country.

We then headed to Poltava and had lunch at Central Baptist Church. We also had our daily devotional with Michael Gott. His word to us was that to do evangelism we must heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 12. What we are doing is robbing the strongman – Satan. We do all this in Jesus name, through the blood of Jesus and in the authority of Jesus.

The concert hall in Poltava was once again full and the audience listened enthusiastically to us sing and to Michael preach. We are grateful for the 757 who responded to Jesus Christ last night.

We enjoyed a nice dinner bag on the bus as we headed toward Kiev. We arrived tired and weary, but still eager to press on with our two remaining concerts. For many of us that have been on SMOT trips to Ukraine, coming to Kiev and this hotel almost feels like coming home a bit. We refresh a little today and are excited about our venue tonight. This is one of the largest concert halls we have ever sung in. The stage is massive. When the statewide group was here in 2015 the hall was not totally full. Pray that many will come this time to hear the Gospel message that Jesus loves them, that He died for them and wants to have a personal relationship with Him.

Blessings on your day back in Texas (or wherever in the world). Pray for many souls to find Jesus tonight.

8 thoughts on “Ministry Day 6 – Poltava

  1. “Creation sings the Father’s song. He calls the sun to wake the dawn and run the course of day till evening falls in crimson rays. Hallelujah! Let all creation stand and sing! Fill the earth with songs of worship. Tell the wonders of creation’s King!” 10,000 blessings be yours for doing this. I had a blessing just now – Joseph Madzamureh, a young evangelist and our son in the LORD in Mkoba, Africa messaged me. I asked him to pray for you, and we will.

  2. Actually. how about all of Mkoba Baptist praying for you – in real time since they’re on your clock? We think that rocks!!

  3. Sending the daily posts out to Friends. They are thoroughly enjoying keeping up with SMOT. Blessings on each of you as you sing again tonight. May the Holy Spirit fill the concert hall as some hear for the first time.

  4. I sent all four verses of this in a card with two of the guys, but wanted to reminded all of you of these great words. I hope it helps energize and inspire in your last days there, in spite of your fatigue.
    “We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender! We go not forth alone against the foe, strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender, we rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
    “We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling, And needing more each day Thy grace to know,
    Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing, ‘We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.’”
    (Edith G. Cherry, ca.1895)

  5. Well, “My Bad!” Obviously my neurons weren’t fully functioning yesterday because I forgot to do this: Trent, I thank God endlessly for you. Do you have any idea what a blessing you are to our church and your Choir? You could bury Mt. Everest under it. Should have told you yesterday – Senior Moment – get used to them!!

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