Friday, Day 6
Hello from K-town! Your team in Ukraine says hello. We are all doing well and working hard together.
On Thursday we conducted a VBS in the park and had 4 teanage girls. Matt talk the class and was joined by Tansy, David, Sasha, Julia and Young Sasha. Great class, but disappointing that there were no questions nor discussion as we had hoped. Today we had one young lady, Stacey, return for the 4th day in a row. At the end of Matt's lesson he asked for questions and Stacey opened her heart and mind. It was a wonderful flow of thoughtful comments and questions. Very intelligent questions: "if you are good and don't break the laws, can you go to heaven" and "why shouldn't you live with someone before you get married to make sure you should get married". Sasha, Matt, Doug, Tansy, and Julia, all took turns giving her feedback. After the discussion she seemed somewhat satisfied and Julia stayed with her for a while. It would be wonderful if those two young women could establish a relationship that would develop into an eternal one. She is a lovely 16 year old who has a good head on her shoulders and just needs teaching.
At the top is a picture of Matt and Stacey at the first of the week during our recreational time.
This evening we return to Sasha and Julia's apartment for our last meeting there. We will have a ladies class at four and Bible class for the congregation at 5. Matt is teaching tonight and Doug is teaching the children tonight. Everyone is taking a turn at teaching.
Last evening we had a new converts class for 2 of the 3 recent members. ONe had a court appearance and could not make it. David worked with Roman and Ira's son and Tony taught Ludmilla.
During the new converts class Doug and Connie were sitting in the area where the children's class was going to be and struck up a conversation with a young boy his sisters. They were invited to stay for class but the young boy asked "o'clock?" and pointed at his watch. When Doug indicated it was at 5, he replied he had to go home and rushed off. But a contact was made that might develop later with Sasha and Julia. One advantage of meeting in Sasha's apartment building.
As usual we have great translators acquired by Ray Grayham. Two of them we have had before-Kostya and Lera. The third seems like she has worked with us as she is Masha's sister, Dasha. Eugene is the fourth. I could tell you a story on each but I will jsut tell you one now to give you an idea of the character of these young peole. One of them had an exam in Donetsk yesterday. She got up very early walked to the bus stop to get a bus to Donetsk (at least an hour), took he exam, rode the bus back and then translated two classes for us last night. She was one whipped puppy when her day was done.
From year to year you can see incredible growth in these young people. Mature beyond their years. Much like the two we have brought with us.
Matt and Tansy are inspirations to all of us "older people". They jump in and do things willingly and volunteer for teaching teens, children or adults with more courage, wisdom and knowledge than most people their age and many older.
After services tonight we pack for Donetsk and head there tomorrow. On Sunday we will travel back to Dimitrov for worship with a combined Krasnoarkmeysk and Dimitrov group then return for evening services at Proletarski.
Our work at Proletarski, Budyonovski, and Good Shepherd orphanage starts on Monday. More on those works then.
Greg, David, Melissa and Andrew, you are missed and are asked about everywhere we go. PD, Vera said to tell you the cherry crop in Ukraine is spoiling because no one is here it eat them!!
I'll sign off now and give you reports later in the trip. For the team this is Buddy saying "God Bless and keep you until we return, continue lifting prayers on our behalf"!!
Great news to hear! Who knows how God will use those contacts you are making, for years to come. It sounds like the ministry to children and teens is making a great deal of progress in Krasnoarmeysk, and that is awesome. I know everyone is taking a turn at teaching, and that is the way things work on a team of "all-stars" like you guys! My only question is this - is everyone taking a turn leading the hippo song or chicky-chicky?
GO MATT & TANSY!!!!!!
I AM EXHAUSTED JUST HEARING OF THE SCHEDULE... MENTION YOU ALL IN MY PRAYER JOURNAL AND I AM ESPECIALLY EXCITED TO HEAR OF YOUNG CHILDREN HAVING A SEED PLANTED.
THE SEED WILL BE THERE LONG AFTER YOU ALL RETURN AND TO ME THAT IS RICH.
I LOVE YOU TANSY AND I AM DRIVING VERY CAREFULLY IN YOUR CAR.. I MIGHT EVEN BREAK DOWN AND WASH IT FOR YOU, BUT WE WILL HAVE TO SEE HOW HOT THE NEXT WEEK IS.
LOVE & PRAYERS
Hey Matt! Looks like you were having a lot of fun in the recreational time picture! Keep up the good work and be safe. See you soon!
How is Tammara?
She is precious....
Anyone partaken of a summer shower?
Nancy Hackney must be smiling :)
It's off to the weekend in a moment. I'm sending to Sarah to stay with Momma. (David's friend from school is coming for a sleep over--yeah we'll see if they make it through the night.) Then I'll take David to be with them on Sunday. Then there really won't be a dull moment for Momma. ly-Tina
Take care it sounds like there is a lot of good work going on. : )
Wow, I've been grumping (sorry Buddy) about no info in the blog! Then I found the refresh button! You'd think that 30 years in dp would have prepared me! Sounds like your days are packed and going great. Tansy, I'm proud as always, but not suprised. You and Matt (looks like he's going after Stacey with his baseball bat)are special and I've seen you work before! Ya'll have and will continue to do great things. Love you all, especially you Tan.
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