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October 8, 2009

Hi Folks, 9-20-09

Dave and Joan are BACK from a month in Kiev, Ukraine. Our trip was power packed with several opportunities God prepared in advance for us to participate in. He answered your prayers from Maine to Kiev to Partenit, Crimea to KTS to classes to Bortinichi and Transformation Churches and a Pastors seminar on Nouthetic counseling (Pastoral Care) with 40 Kiev Region Baptist pastors.

Joan and I hit the ground running on September 3, by Sept. 4 were flying to Crimea where we would assist one of our students, Denis and the church in Partenit where he is pastor. For two days we listened and encouraged Denis and his leaders on several situations. This time was followed by a mini-mini marriage seminar with two hours of Q&A and a counseling session with one young 036married couple from the church….WOW! What a time!

On an unexpected missionary journey, John Schlaack, Kyle Epperlie and Valentin Shamara accompanied me to a village near Korosten (3 hours north west of Kiev) where Valentin (one of my students in the Pastoral Leadership Program and a journalists) is seeking to reach young people with drug and alcohol P9210045 problems as well as everything that come with these destructive behaviors. We were told that we were the first Americans to visit this village. The village was closed for 50 kilometers because Russia had missile launchers there pointed at the US during the Cold War. An amazing opportunity brought on by the vision of Valentin.

All in all our time in Ukraine was filled with reunions with Ukrainian nationals, our neighbors, and teammates.

Dave’s Cafe is still there and everyone remembered David. They gave him his old discount, even without his discount card.…..:O). The cappuccino is still the best in the world!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT THAT MADE THIS TRIP POSSIBLE.

On our return from Kiev to Frankfurt, Germany and then on to Boston, our carrier, Lufthansa, had a main frame computer failure. This meant long lines and hand written boarding passes. When we finally airborne from Kiev, we had to turn around and land in Kiev because of a medical emergency on board. When we arrived in Germany, our 5 hour layover was now down to one hour and the line was long because of having to hand write all boarding passes. We even had to walk around the aircraft and identify our bags so they could be loaded on the 747 to Boston. All in all Lufthansa did a great job and we were only three hours late arriving in Boston. Once again we saw the Lord’s hand in it all as we simply rested in His sovereign control of all things (Romans 8:28).

OUR SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER:

OCTOBER 2-5 – MARSH CORNER COMMUNITY CHURCH —MISSION WEEKEND

OCTOBER 4 – HOLLIS CENTER BAPTIST CHURCH —MISSION SUNDAY

OCTOBER 10-11 – NORTH SHORE BIBLE CHURCH —MISSION WEEKEND

OCTOBER 16-18 – REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH LIMERICK, ME —MISSION WEEKEND

OCTOBER 20-21  – NEW BRUNSWICK BIBLE INSTITUTE, HARTLAND, NEW BRUNSWICK—CHAPEL AND SEND PRESENTATION

OCTOBER 23-25  – EAST WILTON UNION CHURCH—MISSION WEEKEND

OCTOBER 26  – REST FOR 20 MIN.

THANKFUL FOR:

GREAT Trip

Answered prayer

God’s provision

PRAY, PLEASE PRAY ABOUT:

Conferences

Future Opportunities

Pastoral Leadership Program

We sure do miss our family; however, it seems that we left part of us here in Ukraine. We visited the missionaries who took over our apartment tonight. Oh my, just like we never left and it was just like home again. Even our neighbors gave us hugs and handshakes and warm greetings. Oh, well, we did and continue to do what our wonderful Lord called us to do.

Another opportunity was to share the gospel with a Ukrainian friend of David’s. During this visit a lady who is chief editor for a Kiev newspaper came by. She asked the right questions and David told her about Jesus through his friend who teaches English….cool time!

Still at it,

David and Joan

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Photos from Ukraine

October 2, 2009

More to come!


KTS Class Kiev Trip Sept 2009

September 12, 2009

Hello folks,
May classes at the seminary are half over as of today, Saturday. All is going very well with lots of discussion and sharing on different cultural applications of the pastor’s role in the church.

Today our host, Jane Schlaack, baked a sweet bread with cinnamon and walnuts. My translator made us European coffee….WOW! That was very good!

Tomorrow, we will go to preach at Bortinichi where several of you gave funds for windows, heating and finish. The pastor there, Andrei Zakichuk is also a good friend and my translator for these classes.

Next week we start teaching Pastoral Care 101. How to help people with spiritual issues (problems).

Thank you for your help getting here and ministering to my students in Yalta and Korosten.

David and Joan


Update From Kiev: Sunday 09.06.09

September 6, 2009

Hi folks,

The first leg of our journey to the Crimea and Partenit has been completed. After arriving in Kiev Wednesday afternoon, we went to our hosts, John and Jane Schlaack’s to get settled in. On Thursday morning we headed to the seminary to touch base with Andy and our colleagues. The walk to the seminary was a time of reconnecting with Ukrainian culture with its very special sights, smells and sounds of life in a huge city, especially all the people out on the walkways and the streets (everyone walks to shop and travel from place to place). Of course we just happened to walk by “Dave’s Place” (the name the missionaries gave a cafe’) for a cappuccino. Then it was back to the Schlaacks for one of Jane’s delicious meals. Thursday evening we flew with Denis, Andy and Holly Rist on WIZZ AIR, a new airline, to Simferopol (one hour to Crimea from Kiev. Usually a 17 hour stinky, slow, rocking and rolling train ride while all the time crammed into a small coupe’ ). Our plane landed in Simferopol around 8:30 PM. Then to MacDonald s for a quick bite to eat and a two hour ride to Partenit. Our heads hit the pillow around midnight. We awoke in our rented flat by the sea and waited for COFFEE and breakfast with crepes’ stuffed with meat and rice, mmmmmmmm! Irina is a really good cook and cared for us well.

By 10 AM Andy and I went back to our flat and met with with Denis and the brothers who lead the church until 3:00. After the meeting Denis and Irina took us all to visit an unreached peoples group, the Tartar’s in Yalta. Tartars are a Muslim group and are seeking to make Crimea their Mecca in Simferopol. This group has shops and eateries on top of a huge mountain that took an hour to wind to the top. We were able to take a cable car back down to Yalta that took 10 min.

Saturday was an all day meeting with the brothers, counseling them how to work through situation after situation. This time was followed by a mini-marriage seminar. David taught for one hour, then he and Andy answered questions for 2 hours that were directly relating to marriage relationships and the challenges that go with it. People wanted answers from Scripture, David’s gray hair as well as his years of experience as a pastor and counselor were well respected. After the seminar, David and Pastor Denis spent some time counseling and encouraging a married couple from the church.

Then it was off to the airport and back to Kiev,arriving back at Schlaacks around midnight.  David’s teaching schedule starts Monday at 2 PM.

Keep praying for the students as well as their instructor….yours truly.

Keeping on,

David and Joan


Kiev First Day

September 3, 2009

Hi folks,

We made it safe and sound, very tired. No events to tell about except great flights from Boston to Frankfort and then on to Kiev. Enjoyed a wonderful cup of German coffee at Frankfort airport.

Thank you for your prayers concerning rest. We didn’t get much on the plane, however, slept 12 solid hours first night.

Thank you Steve for driving us to Boston, Logan International Airport.

We will take it easy today and prepare for our flight tomorrow evening to Crimea, Ukraine on the Black Sea for our seminars.

Our love to all,

Dave and Joan


Leaving for Kiev

September 1, 2009
We will leave for KIEV, Ukraine today at 4:30 PM from Boston, MA.
Thank you all for your prayers and support and gifts to make this trip possible.

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