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Ukraine Musings 01/15/10

I have learned…

“I have learned to be content in any and every situation whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12

It is 5:15 a.m. here in the Ukraine and I find myself lying awake in bed thinking of what I have learned in the first week of ministry here.

I have learned that the charismatic pastors and missionaries of Ukraine have a passion for God and unchurched people.  The “Church of Praise” where I have been all week, led by Pastor Gregory, has planted 300 churches of different sizes all across the region around Krivoy Rog.  They are seeing hundreds of people come to Christ.  The mother church has one thousand people in attendance.  Last night I preached at a branch church here in the city pastored by Pastor Gregory’s wife.  It has seven hundred people in attendance.  The contemporary praise and worship of these churches would blow the windows out of many of our churches in Canada.  Pictured is a part of the pastor’s and missionaries who attended the two day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I have learned a total dependence upon God as I have had to be ready to pray, preach or teach on a moment’s notice.  By the end of the first week, I will have preached seven times, taught eleven hours of Bible College, had a three hour Q & A with pastors, and prayed more times in one week then I can remember. I have prayed publicly, privately, and with politicians (that’s another story).  Garry Fess, I not only miss your teaching at the Bible College, I am starting to run out of prayers!!!!

I have learned that the Ukrainian Presidential elections take place this Sunday.  That is the reason I had the privilege of meeting and praying with the first and only Christian Member of Parliament in the Ukraine.  He is a former pastor turned politician.  Please pray for the election this Sunday.

I have learned that there are 100,000 children who have been abandoned by their parents in the Ukraine.  As I reported earlier in the week, two thousand of these orphans will receive a happy meal at McDonald’s over the Christmas season.  While there, they will hear about a Heavenly Father whose Son Jesus loves them and has a destiny for each one of them.  Attached is a picture of these beautiful children.

I have learned that I am being well fed here in the Ukraine.  There are two ladies from the Church of Praise who consider it there ministry to feed all the guests who come to the church.  I am having some of the tastiest Ukrainian food that anyone could imagine.

I have learned that you can have plenty of this world’s possessions and very little of God.  After one week in the Ukraine, I find myself asking if I am prepared to have very little of this world’s possession and plenty of God!!!

And this is just the first week!

Until next time…

Don

“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”

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