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Monday, November 27, 2017

This Week on the Field

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you found many reasons to be grateful to God this year. Whether He is giving or taking away - Blessed be His Name.

We had a very lovely day on Thanksgiving. As is our tradition, we invited Yuri and Sveta for lunch. Also, our Russian teacher came to be part of our special day. We had the normal turkey, dressing, and all the fixin’s. To say that our turkey was large, is an understatement. It was about 19 kilograms (that’s almost 40 pounds).

Lest you think, “oh, that’s not so big,” the pan sitting next to it is a 9x13 baking pan. This Tom was huge. We ended up having to cut it in half and cooked only half of it. It wouldn’t fit in our oven. 

Everything was delicious and we really enjoyed our day together. We’ve decorated the house for Christmas (mostly). Mary does magical things with the decorations and really makes our home festive and inviting.

One great sadness of the day is that Blake and Hannah were not with us. They did, however, spend the weekend with the Clements side of the family. 

We were the only ones not there. I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t sting just a little bit. It made both of us very homesick. We were able to talk to them, and everyone else, via FaceTime. Isn’t this a great time to be alive with all technology that keeps us connected?

We did not have Friday night Bible study last week - so we could have some extended family time (a very rare thing around here). It was, all in all, a very nice holiday weekend. For me, the homesickness and irritation of not being with our whole family for Thanksgiving completely melted away last night as the service for special needs families started. I felt such great joy because of the privilege we have to be able to live here and serve these beautiful people. Gratefulness far outweighed the desire to be with all of our kids and family. This is a great thing we get to do and we don’t take it for granted.

Did you know that we could not do this without YOU? We could not survive without your prayers. We could not survive without your financial gifts. We are thankful to God.  For you.

We love you and thank you for taking this journey of faith with us.
Would you pray and consider making a year-end gift to help us make up the shortfall in our current support and get us started in the new year? We thank you!

Checks can be mailed to:
c/o Gus Downing
1417 Old Mill Road
Moore, Oklahoma 73160

or you can give securely online at:

Alternatively, you can give through First Moore Baptist Church
If you attend there, you can give through your regular offering and mark it for Ukraine Missions. Or you can mail it to First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street, Moore, OK 73160

This song has surely ministered to us the last few days. 
Matt Redman - One Day (When We All Get To Heaven) (Acoustic)
[Verse 1]
One day You'll make everything new, Jesus
One day You will bind every wound
The former things shall all pass away
No more tears

[Verse 2]
One day You'll make sense of it all, Jesus
One day every question resolved
Every anxious thought left behind
No more fear

[Chorus 1]
When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We'll sing and shout the victory

[Verse 3]
One day we will see face to face, Jesus
Is there a greater vision of grace
And in a moment, we shall be changed
On that day

[Verse 4]
And one day we'll be free, free indeed, Jesus
One day all this struggle will cease
And we will see Your glory revealed
On that day

[Chorus 1]
And when we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We'll sing and shout the victory
Yes, when we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
And when we all see Jesus
We'll sing and shout the victory

Yes, one day we will see face to face, Jesus
Is there a greater vision of grace?
And in a moment, we shall be changed
Yes, in a moment, we shall be changed
In a moment, we shall be changed
On that day

[Chorus 2]
When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We'll sing and shout the victory
We'll sing and shout the victory

We will weep no more
No more tears, no more shame
No more struggle, no more
Walking through the valley of the shadow
No cancer, no depression
Just the wonder of Your grace
Everything as it was meant to be
All of this will change
When we see You face to face
Jesus, face to face
Yesterday, I (Chris) had the honor of preaching at Grace church in the morning service. The theme was "What do we have in Christ?" (Forgiveness, Salvation, and Eternal Life) It was a real treat to be there. Most (by most, I mean almost all) of the families with special needs kids do not feel comfortable in the morning service. There are lots of reasons that are not important to print here, but suffice it to say that we are so glad we can offer a service on Sunday evenings for these precious families!

Last night we had another good crowd and the message was based on the story of the prodigal son from the Gospel of Luke. A call to salvation was given. We are seeing people move closer, but we are praying for some decisions soon. We don't want to see people get stuck in the questioning phase. At some point, we want to see the Spirit draw them to salvation. Thank you for praying with us in this!

Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support. None of this is possible without you. We understand that and are very grateful to God and to you, our supporters. Your support matters and it makes a real difference.

  • The ministry of the Gospel here in Ukraine. We have sowed a lot of seeds lately. We will continue to water them and, hopefully, harvest them soon.
  • Jamie will be traveling back to Ukraine from America this weekend. 
  • An American co-laborer here is actively sharing the Gospel with her family. Pray that the seeds of the Gospel will find receptivity. 
  • Pray for Blake and Hannah - who are spending the Thanksgiving holiday in America away from us (and pray for us as we spend it here without them).
We would LOVE to hear from you!
You can reply to this email or email us directly at or .
Would you pray and consider joining with us financially in the work in Ukraine as we begin these new ministries?
We have several "mercy" ministry needs that are new and completely unfunded.

Thank YOU for your prayer support, your financial support, and your encouragement.
We could NOT do this without you.

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