Ministry Day 1 – Cherkasy

The Singing Men of Texas and Michael Gott staff are at the end of our first full day of ministry. It was not a day full of many activities which gave the team some time to rest and recover from the trip over. The conversations at breakfast centered around a common theme of when guys woke up in the wee hours of the morning. It seems that 3:00 a.m. Was a popular time. Oh the joys of jet lag.

A brief tour of the area was done on the buses enroute to the Central Baptist Church here in Cherkasy for our devotional time with Michael and a wonderful lunch prepared for us by some sweet ladies from the church. It was delicious and we thanked the by singing our usual blessing/thank you song that we have learned in Russian.

There was a short rehearsal held and then some down time before heading to the concert hall for the first concert. The doors opened just before seven and the crowd poured in. It appeared the hall was almost full and there were people standing around the edges and walls.

The concert went well and Micheal delivered a simple and straightforward gospel message. As of this writing, I don’t have the number of responses yet. We will post that as we get it.

Michael shared with us this afternoon on David and Goliath and the circumstances that brought David to that scene. Michael is always good at asking penetrating questions from the Scriptures. Today his ask and them was: Do You Know Where You Are?

The application point was that we are exactly where we need to be, regardless of what is happening back home. God has a strategic purpose for our being here, right now. Just as He guided and used David to slay Goliath, God has guided our steps here to help slay Goliaths here in Ukraine. Our mission is simply to present the Gospel in song and word and to ask people to come to Christ. We are stealing and robbing what belongs to Satan and to get glory for our Lord Jesus Christ. As Micheal closed today: The giant is going to fall, to the glory of God.

Tonight during dinner Michael shared this note with all of us. He was showing us what the state of so many people here is. There is so much depression, anxiety, loneliness and hopelessness all around.


There was no name on it. We really have no way of knowing if they simply left with out responding or if perhaps they did respond and gave us more info. Michael encouraged us to pray for this individual tonight. We ask you to do the same. Pray that whatever seed was sown into them tonight will take hold. Pray that this person will find God and discover that the giants they face can grow dimmer in God’s perfect grace, Jesus Christ.

My goal in the morning is to post some pictures from tonight and to have a report of how God moved in peoples hearts here in Cherkasy. Sleep is upon me tonight, sorry for any typos 🙂


JK Weger getting choir ready to go.


The crowd after the concert. Director Don Blackley in the foreground visiting with a concert attender.

Pray for the team as tomorrow is a transition and travel day with a concert thrown in. We leave after lunch for Krapivnitsky for the concert then after concert travel 3 hours to Kryvyi Rih for a late night/early morning check in. Pray for our travel safety and that God will move once again in our hearts as well as the people who come to the concert.

Thanks for all the support and comments.