I just finished month two of the World Race, where we served in Rivne, Ukraine. We had such an amazing month! Our first week there, we had the privilege of working with Golgotha Church for a children’s camp. Our team really enjoyed the camp’s pirate theme, as we got to dress up as soldiers in the ongoing drama. It was amazing to see how God worked in each child’s life with this unique way of presenting the gospel – read more about it here
The next two weeks were spent preparing and teaching a week-long English camp. We found out that God had really prepared the way for this, as the church had been praying for months for a team to come from America to help teach English. It’s so humbling to go on a mission trip expecting for God to answer your prayers, then find out that you’re an answered prayer for the people you are serving! Over 100 students ended up attending our classes, which was way more than anticipated. I helped to teach the Upper Intermediate students with Charlie – I so enjoyed our daily conversations about life in Ukraine. But what made me most excited was seeing the work that God did in the student’s hearts as they grew to know His love in a deeper way. Their testimonies are posted in a video here
For me, what stands out about the Ukranian culture is their hospitality. From the moment our team arrived, we were immediately welcomed us into their homes as family. On our first week there, we were invited to eat authentic Ukranian borsch and holutsbi (cabbage rolls) at Tanya’s house. It was such a blessing! You can travel to Ukraine in your own kitchen by cooking this recipe here.
Other posts on my blog:
-Our squad just finished a time of debrief at a rustic camp in Moldova. I was so inspired by the way that God was setting people free here that I wrote a spoken word poem – watch it here
-I interviewed a local Ukranian missionary about how we can pray for the nation of Ukraine – watch it here
-Be sure to watch our Ukranian highlights video here
Next Month: Moldova
For the month of September, we will be serving in Tiraspol, which is the largest city in a country called Transnistria. You may be thinking, “Transnistria? I’ve never heard of it!” Transnistria is a region within Moldova that has effectively seceded from Moldova with Russian backing – it is a separate country but isn’t officially recognized internationally as one. We’re serving in a city called Tiraspol, which we are told is run by the mafia. Although we’re not really sure yet what that means, we’re excited for our ministry this month which consists of teaching English and organizing youth clubs with a charasmatic church.
Here are some prayer requests for our team for this month:
- Our team is characterized by its diversity – pray that we may be able to come together in unity in order to capitalize on the incredible combination of giftings within and honor one another in every situation
- Pray that God would continue to show us how we can challenge one another spiritually, and that we would continually make Him our priority
- Katy has been appointed the team leader for this season of the World Race. She has already done an awesome job in this role – Pray for a smooth transition and wisdom as she continues to grow as a leader
- Personally, God has been revealing to me a number of ways that I can grow in. Specifically, He is teaching me about humility… Pray that I would continue to be sensitive to His leading and learn how to humble myself in all situations
Philippians 2:5 says “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant.”