Our final concert is in the books. We sang for a very enthusiastic audience tonight. We even got a Russian hand clap after Jon Ratzlaff finished the solo on Change In My Life.
The hall was very nice and had an opera house feel and look to it. We were pleased to see every seat full tonight. That would put the attendance at 1,000 plus people.
Michael shared with us just before the concert that in this city of 300,000 there are only about 1,000 Baptist and 1,000 other Evangelical faiths. There is a great spiritual need in this city.
After the concert he also informed us about several people who came from the country of Belarus. They drove about an hour an a half and had to wait at the border for four hours to get in the country. They will do it all again to go home tonight. They are special friends of the Gott’s and wanted to come hear us since we were close to them.
We have done our best every night to exalt and honor the Lord as we sing. He has been lifted up in each place and the Lord has done amazing things in the lives of the Ukrainians. We praise the Lord for 424 who responded to the call to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in tonight’s concert.
After a two hour bus ride, we are now back to the hotel in Kiev just before midnight. We really won’t sleep tonight since the buses will leave at 3:00 am to take us to the airport. From there we all fly various routes and flights back through Europe and arrive back in Texas Friday late afternoon/night.
Pray for our safe travel home. Begin praying now for the 6,511 people who indicated a response to Christ during this mission. Pray for the local churches that will now do the important work of following up with each person. Pray that that many of these will indeed become a sincere follower and disciple of Jesus.
Also please pray for our guys who will step back into their pulpits Sunday to lead in worship with only one day to recover from the jet lag. Pray for their ministries as they come back to busy family, work, church life and other responsibilities.
It has been a joy to write and update this blog once again. Thanks to all who wrote comments and sent kind words my way. Perhaps we can meet face to face sometime. Come see us at a SMOT concert when we are near your area. I’ll be in the orchestra area playing French Horn.
Speaking of that we have our final regular season concert on Thursday, May 11 at Austin Baptist Church in Austin, TX at 7:00 pm. Would love to see anyone who can come join us. Go to our main website for info and directions. smonct.org
Once again YOU served a vital part of this mission as you prayed for us. Many of you gave money either to SMONCT or to one of our guys directly. We are grateful and say THANK YOU.
Hopefully in the coming days and weeks we will update a bit more and add some other photos and videos before we put a final wrap on this edition of the Mission Blog.
Wishing God’s richest blessing on each of you.