This Week on the Field
It has been a wonderful winter, so far. Ministry has been busy busy busy - and that is because God is doing so many wonderful things and opening so many doors. In fact, we are praying and re-tooling what we do here in order to focus more fully on the work here in Brovary and the work through Grace Baptist Church, specifically. The goal is that within a few months, we will be full-time ministering through the Brovary special needs ministry. As we reported a while back, Grace church asked me (Chris) to be the pastor of families with children with special needs, organize some of the worship ministries, and to lead the Brovary special needs ministry. We have stepped into this very slowly, but due to some other circumstances involved in some of the other ministry work we have been doing that is not related to the special needs ministry, these changes are beginning to happen very quickly. We ask you to pray with us as we make these transitions and that we will do it according to God's plan and in His timing, not ours.
Another prayer need related to this is that we need to up our "ministry" budget to assist in some of these new areas of special needs ministry. We trust God fully to meet the needs of this ministry. It is obviously very important to Him - we see Him working and we see Him growing this ministry far faster than we expected and far more swiftly than we can keep up with. But we want to faithfully follow Him. These new ministry opportunities are the reason we live here. We thank you for praying!
We have had to do a couple of major, unexpected repairs in the house recently. (Unexpected to us, but God knew about it and He provided the necessary funds to make the repairs through the generosity of many of you in the month of December).
This is a picture of our downstairs bathroom. The toilet suddenly sank to one side and was nearly touching the wall. Basically, the cement in the bathroom had disintegrated. This was due to a slow leak in one of the pipes that went unnoticed for a long time. Thankfully, Dima (a young man who help us with odd jobs around here) was able to pour a new floor and re-tile. Everything came out great. Except, tearing out the floor caused the entire wall (which is tiled) to become loose and the entire facade was breaking loose and threatening to come off in one big piece. Since this is the bathroom that little kids (who are not really little any more) use, we could not leave it like that. So now, all the tile has been removed from the walls and Dima is re-tiling the walls. It's a mess. But eventually, it will be habitable again.
We had some to have some repairs done in some plumbing pipes, in the kitchen, and some other minor things. It kind of happened all at once - but that's the way it usually is, right? We are thankful that we have people in our lives here that can help. These are all things that I used to just do myself, but that was before I injured my back a year ago. Now if I just think about doing something like tiling or lifting or twisting, my back threatens to shut me down again. But God has it all under control.
There are some new ministry pictures below. Also, if you would like to see some new pictures of the kids, there is a picture below that you can click on to view some photos. It will open a new window to an online photo album.
THANK YOU for you prayer and financial support. It's because of you that we are able to serve the Father here in Ukraine. We recognize that and are very grateful. Recently, one of the moms asked me to thank our sponsors also. In her words, "It matters that you are here. It is important." So...thank you.