Friday, June 13, 2008

Ukraine Week 1

CMO 2008 has officially begun!

Six young men (including myself) have arrived and are settling into the rhythm of life here in the Ukraine. Although some had more eventful travel experiences than others, everyone and their luggage made it safely. Wednesday Micah Nelson, Mathew Day, Roy Gregson, Joshua Dasher and I flew into L’viv. After unpacking we headed to the grocery store to get supplies for the week. After buying and stowing enough groceries to last five guys almost a week, we were ready to go to sleep and try to be rid of jet lag.

Thursday morning we started with a time of sharing from the Bible, a time of prayer, and then going over the details of the day. (Otherwise known as Team meeting) Then it was time to hit the streets. After arming ourselves with phone cards and maps, (in case we newbees got lost!) we were ready to start tract distribution. Going from apartment to apartment, we filled post office boxes with invites for the correspondence Bible course and an invitation to get a copy of the illustrated Bible called “Good and Evil”.

Friday we went into the neighborhoods and went door to door. We also had the privilege of meeting many neighborhood dogs. I don’t think they liked us, at least as near as I could tell!

Saturday morning we loaded up our packs and headed for the train station to board the train that would take us to the mountains for the weekend. After the train ride we hiked 5-6km to the village. God decided to give us a refreshing rain on the way, so we put on our rain gear and headed out. In the village of Volya we handed out about 50 of the Good and Evil booklets.

Sunday morning after breaking camp and having team meeting we headed back to meet Mr. Beal and Benjamin who drove in from L'viv in Mr. Beal's van. Sunday found us in the village of Tysovytsya, where about 30 people attended the showing of The Light of the World. Even the village head came and sat through the whole film!

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Margaret Neufeld said...

Keeping you and your work in my prayers.

Lady Ruth Ann said...

May God do great and mighty things through you that you cannot do on your own.

As our pastor says often "Be more than yourself." That is, get rid of yourself (that is, our prideful spirits) and let the Holy Spirit dwell in you richly. :) That is an excellent reminder that we are to only be the vessels through which God does the work.

Stephanie said...

It sounds as though you have been very busy. May God bless all those tracts that you hand out and also your witnessing ministries.

The Ansons said...

THanks for the update Andrew! We will continue to pray for you through this summer.
(It looks like it is beautiful there! What is the weather like?)

Serena said...

Praying for ya'll and keep up the good work!!

Desiree said...

I am glad you are doing good! I have been praying foryou.

abi said...

Oh, Andrew!

Thanks SO much for the's such a blessing to get to hear almost 'live' how it's all going! :) May you continue to sense the Lord's Spirit leading and guiding in every way! I'm praying for you, brother to be! (smile)