Monday, November 30, 2009

Jesus Loves Me

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Anna singing with Valentina. Thanksgiving Day.

Sorry that it's sideways.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Tour

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Thought I would invite you to our home on Thanksgiving Day and also introduce you to those who celebrated the day with us. Made one mistake in the introductions (called Yuri - Boris) but he tells you his name at the end. Because it was getting too long, I had to stop recording. Unfortunately this made it where you'd miss the best part. Everyone started trying to talk in English. It was such a blessing to be able to have them all over for Thanksgiving.

Hope you enjoy the tour. Sorry I went through a little fast.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Svetlana

I was supposed to meet with Svetlana at 4:00 pm before the Wednesday meeting. Eric was watching the girls, and Lina and I walked over early. We're not sure why, but she never came. Please continue to pray for her. We are going to try to talk to her and see if we can meet at our house next time. We were told she does not have a phone, nor do we know where she lives. We are praying she will come to church again so we can talk to her.

If you are interested in keeping up with prayer requests and praises, you can go visit our ministry blog. We have a list on the side and will keep it updated.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Extended Ministry Opportunity

Although my family is my first ministry, God has given me an opportunity to extend that ministry. Today Yuri and Christina brought a lady named Svetlana with them to church. Following the services, Lina and I talked with her about having Bible lessons and she said that she would like to. So, we will be starting lessons with her on Wednesday an hour before the Wednesday meeting. Please pray that she will not cancel and will be there. Pray also for me that God will give me wisdom as I talk with her and for Lina.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

JUST the Cook and Babysitter

The past few weeks have been exciting and exhausting. Now that we are living in the village, it seems like we have visitors almost every day. It has been a struggle to keep cookies or cake prepared (you can't be Ukrainian if you don't provide for your guests). The house is still not completely in order but it will probably be an ongoing process. What a blessing it is to know that whether everything is just right or not God is already using this home to win the lost! We were so excited when Tamara came and received Christ as her Saviour! While Eric was talking to her my job was to cook muffins, then the meal, while keeping the kids out of the living room (besides making sure that the house stays in "guest receiving" order, which is more difficult than I thought in a small house). Even though I was praying for her, Eric, and Lina the whole time, my old flesh of envy still kicked in. You would have thought that I would have been too busy for that, but alas it snuck up on me. For a second, I was wishing that I could be the one on the front line talking with people about the Bible. My flesh taunted me saying that I was there to be a missionary and instead Eric gets to do all the witnessing while I'm "stuck" watching kids and preparing food. BUT without my willingness to do all of this and if our home was in disorder with bratty kids, I know that my husband would not feel comfortable having people over. God has also recently immediately answered many of my "small" prayers, bringing to mind again the importance of prayer, showing me how I can always be part of my husband's ministry. I pray that I will never forget the importance of being a wife, mother, homemaker, prayer warrior and given to hospitality.

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