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 married 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 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.
PRAY, PLEASE PRAY ABOUT:
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