Saturday, November 10, 2018

Encouragement - Friday

Today we had a lovely time of fellowship with Vasiko, Tanya and Olya and a wonderful time of study and prayer as we prepared for our ministry at the Church tonight.

We never know what kind of turn out there will be for these times of ministry but we were prepared and were pregnant with the word of God to share with the people who came.  When we arrived at the Church with Pastor Alexey Rudenko we walked into a room alive with expectancy and joy. There were several Gypsy people that joined us also along with their Pastor. The people were so ready to worship and learn. These are the best times since it pulls out of us the things that God has put on our hearts.  After an awesome time of worship led by Svyeta and her team,  we shared the teachings on the role of husband and role of wife.  As we shared the people were interacting with us with nods and smiles and amens and leaning forward. It was so easy to minister to them as a result.    After our time of teaching we spent about a half hour answering questions on marriage and family.  The questions were good and showed that they are wanting to walk with God and be examples of true Christian family.  After the question time many stayed to talk to us and ask for private counsel. All in all it was a very encouraging evening and we are so honored that the Lord opened up this door for us.

Here are some pictures of the evening. I apologize for the lack of composition in them, but I was snapping them on the fly and did not take time to frame them up.  I will do better tomorrow...promise.

The worship team is excellent and truly led us into God's presence.

This guy on the drums was so much fun to watch. He had a rhythm and danced as he played.  

Pastor Alexey

Left side of the room

Right side of the room

Wayne and Olya

Tomorrow we will be in Chop ministering to youth and then at a Church in Uzghorod that we minister at each time we come.  Please keep us in prayer as always.  

Much love, 
PW and Sherry

Friday, November 9, 2018

Special blessings - Thursday

When you are on a mission trip you never know what to expect and it is always fun to find out what the Lord has planned each day. Today was no exception.  Sometimes you carry something in your heart for years before you see the fulfillment.   Our friend Rudy and his wife Katya have a ministry to Orphans in the area. Their dream started small and has expanded to be a true God thing.  They go to 21 different orphanages in the region and take supplies and play with the children who have been placed there for various reasons. Some of them have parents who have abandoned them others the parents are drug addicts others are in jail some have no living parents or relatives some from abusive situations. These children are fragile and lonely and range in age from infant to teens, Rudy and his wife and many others in the body of Christ have a burden for them.  Many don't know how to receive love and it takes months to build trust.  But all are in need of loving homes with two parents so they can grow up and become productive members of society.  Our Friend Tanya Machabeli works with an organization called Transcarpathia without Orphans and I will post about the work they are doing tomorrow.


Coffee and treats. The presentation was lovely. 

So anyway, that brings me to our day.  We have carried a dream in our hearts for years to go to the Hospital to minister to the little ones and so today we met them for coffee and they made arrangements for us to go to the hospital to minister to two of the little ones.  The kids go to the hospital for 5 days before being placed in an orphanage so they are scared and unsure of what is happening.   Our two little ones looked like siblings and we both under 3.  The little boy took a real liking to Wayne and kept calling him daddy.  When we started to leave he sobbed and kept reaching out to him to pick him up and stay. It was heart wrenching to say the least.  Here are some pictures of these sweet little ones.





Aren't they adorable? they were well behaved and so sweet and we wanted to bring them home with us.  

When we got back to our hotel Tanya invited us to come downstairs for a little concert that was part of a seminar for those helping Abuse victims and Orphans in the city.  These musicians were amazing.  This was another unexpected blessings.


We also had the joy of having lunch with Pastor Alexey and Svetlana.  We met them 16 years ago when they first came to Uzghorod.  They are a precious couple who have stayed the course no matter how hard things have gotten or how many mistakes they have made. They went through a difficult season 4 years ago that could have destroyed them, but they hung in there and allowed God to work in their lives trusting that He had truly called them to Uzghorod.  They said that they realized that they had lost focus of the call of God to preach the gospel so people would be saved. They are now seeing people saved and their little Church is growing again as a result of their repentance and obedience. They have a feeding program to homeless and those in need several times a week and have recently seen some of them come the Lord and start attending their Church.  We will be doing a marriage seminar Friday evening at their Church and also ministering there on Sunday Morning.  They have a wide age range in their Church with most being either in their 20's or over 50.



After lunch we went to one of the Gypsy Churches and had the joy of speaking to a small group of single women who wanted to learn and grow in their faith.  We talked about God's purposes for them in relationships and how they can make an impact in the lives of those they love and the Church.  It was a sweet time as always.  There were two married women there so we kept the message focused on how women are called to make a difference.


I promise they were smiling a minute before I snapped the picture. It was cold in the building. A few minutes later some more came in to join us but we had already started to speak so did not get their pictures. 



Here is PW with Pastor Viktor. He is a godly man who loves his congregation and has seen amazing growth under his leadership.  They have also just built this gorgeous new building.  However there is no heat so they are saving to put heat in for the winter.  If you would like to help with this project let us know and we will see what we can do to get them the money. 


This is our sweet friend Angelica.  We have known her since  2001 when we made our first trip to Ukraine.  
As promised this is a picture of Valodya Sergchov and his wife Oksana.  Dear dear friends whom we always love to spend time with when in Ukraine.  We stopped in at the English School that they head up after our meeting with the Gypsy.  

We finished the day off with these yummy Polachinka.  Always a must have food  when we visit. 

Our sweet Olya, translator and friend.  It was  special ending to our day to spend time with her at dinner.

So all in all our day was good and busy with people whom God has put in our path.  Even though we did not have a huge group at the Gypsy Church we have learned not to despise the day of small beginnings.  We prayed God would bring those He wanted to come and so we rejoiced in them and thanked God for the opportunity to sow seed.   The nation will be affected by the group of women who came.

We would ask you to pray specifically for Angelica's daughter Esther. She has MS and the doctors have just found more lesions on her brain. They are wanting her to take a medicine that cost $16,000 a year which is absolutely  not an option for her.  We continue to pray for complete healing for Esther and also for courage and strength for her mom.  This is a difficult thing to face under the best of circumstances.  Angelica is a single mom with no support from her ex husband.

Thank you to all of you who are faithfully praying for us during this ministry time. We truly have had a peace each day as a result of your prayers.

Much love,
PW and Sherry

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wonderful old friends

We love that the Lord has brought  so many wonderful friends into our lives over the years and that when we travel we get to reconnect with them. It is like no time has passed when we get together and share the wonderful things God has done in each of our lives.  Today was no exception.

We had breakfast with Tanya, then took a taxi to Uzghorod Old Town and walked around and then met our dear friends Valodya and Oksana Sergachov for lunch. We went to our favorite pizza place and sat for over 2 hours sharing our lives and enjoying our time together.  They then took us to buy batteries and distilled water and brought us back to our hotel.  We realized when we got back to the hotel that we had not taken a picture together so hopefully before the week is over we will be able to post one.

Here are some pictures of the lovely city of Uzghorod that we took before we met them.  Please click on them to enlarge so you can see the details. I apologize in advance for the format. My computer would not allow me to do them properly.  So it is a bit off center and too many spaces.  Oh well.....technology is a challenge.  LOL




These three pictures are of our room at the hotel. It is like a little apartment and very comfortable. We stay in this room each time we come so it feels like home.

View from the bridge of the Jewish synagogue
View from the bridge of the city
Small stalls where locals sell their goods. 
Locks on the bridge put there by engaged couples
Walk along the river
Look at the Church in the background
Graffiti of a machine gun. Not sure what it all says but it must not be good.
Click on this one to make it bigger.  These are men laying a cobblestone road.  The finished ones are  a piece of art
Sunset view from our hotel room
We ended our day with a wonderful dinner with our dear dear  friends Vasiko and Tanya Machabeli.  They took us to a new restaurant in the city that was middle eastern, that they had been wanting to try out.   The decor was very interesting and colorful and the food was amazing.  It was so nice to share our lives with each other and hear all that the Lord is doing in each of our lives. They have served the Lord faithfully for 13 years as a married couple. Please keep them in prayer. They minister to orphans and foster families where they teach parenting classes and other things that will be helpful to them,  they also sponsor a Montessori school in their center and hold English camps all summer long for children.  Their goal is to help the poor and share the gospel with each one, so the gospel is the central thing in each of the ministries and is shared very clearly to all who come.  It is a blessing to hear the little children, many of whom come from families that do not know the Lord, praying and reciting scripture.






 This is the grill our food was cooked on and  notice the water pipes.  They do not smoke Hashish in them thankfully, but they offer scented waters for people to smoke.  Not us but there was one customer with a pipe and the fragrance was oranges.  This was a first for us.  LOL All four of us had a good laugh about it.

View of the whole restaurant. 
All in all it has been a good day.  Tomorrow we have meetings all day.   Breakfast with friends to discuss their ministry and we may get to go to the hospital to hold the babies and then we have a one o'clock meeting with a local Pastor and ministry at the Gypsy Church to share about the roles of Husband and Wife.  Much prayer will be needed for wisdom and anointing from God as we share.

Please continue to pray for PW's mom also. She is having some health related problems the past few days.  

Much love, 
PW and Sherry

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ukraine

Well we spent the day driving from Poland to Ukraine. It was a gorgeous day for a road trip and as you will see from the photos below it was beautiful scenery every mile. Mary Jill Callery drove us through scenic little villages and winding roads through mountains.  The whole trip was a feast for the eyes plus we had her all to ourselves for 4 hours to fellowship. We arrived safely in Uzghorod around 3.  And we had a lovely visit with Tanya and Olya and Vasiko.  It is like coming home. We have our usual room number 10 and were surprised to see how nicely it has been redecorated.  I will post pictures of our room tomorrow but wanted to get these up tonight.

Hopefully every one has voted. We voted before we left and have been praying about this important election.  No matter what side of the aisle you choose to be on, it is all of our responsibility to pray for those who win no matter what party they hold to. 1 Timothy 2:1-4.  Freedom is a wonderful thing to have and a huge responsibility. As believers in Christ we are to set an example of godly submission to those who govern our country.  So tomorrow morning when you wake up be sure to pray for these who are serving us in government including our president.

Tomorrow we are meeting with our good friends Valodya and Oxana Sergachov.  We are so looking forward to our time with them since we have not seen them in 3 years.   We will also be spending tie praying and preparing for our ministry which starts on Thursday.  Please pray for us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in each place and to bear much fruit for the Kingdom.  Would also pray for Wayne's mom, she had a health episode today that was a bit unnerving, and of course our granddaughters who are caring for her.

Ok here are the pictures.

A village market. They are everywhere in this part of the world.

Beautiful churches dot the landscapes

Look at those hills

The fog was beautiful and if you look closely you an see a church poking up through the fog. 

An old fortified city. 


Look at the castle on top of the  hill. Click on the picture to enlarge it. 

Last week people decorated graves with flowers all over Europe.  It is quite the holiday and shops close early so people can do t his. Click on this image to enlarge it.  


I have no idea if this video will work but it is hilarious .. Olga is trying to tell me how to pronounce the word for this Georgian pizza with a special cheese on it.  We laughed til we had tears. 

Much love 
Pw and Sherry





Sunday, November 4, 2018

Three Amazing Days in Tarnow Poland

Our hearts are filled with such gratitude to the Father for the privilege He gives us to minister in so many wonderful places.  The marriage seminar was wonderful. Friday night we had around 80 people at a local hotel. Some were those who had been invited by Church members and do not yet know the Lord. So we shared our testimony and also PW talked about the differences between men and women and how they play into relationships whether in marriage or friendships.




 Here are the people before the start of the seminar.  It was filling up nicely.  Pastor Jan was not sure how many would come and was very pleased with the response.

 PW preaching about the differences. 


Worship team at the Lord is our banner Christian center.  Great worship every time. 


An engaged congregation. So much fun to worship with them. 


The youngest attendee at our seminar.  Adorable to say the least. 


PW teaching on the Role of the Husband


Our translator Michael had to take a phone call in the middle of the teaching.  Such fun.


Our friends Pastor Jan and Barbara Sharbek 


Our precious friend Mary Jill Callery - missionary for over 25 years


Our wonderful translator and Assistant Pastor to Jan, Michael Wielgus


At the end of the seminar on Saturday we had a time of Q and A.  This is always our favorite part


Today PW preached a powerful sermon on the Lord's Supper and things we can learn from it, taken out of 1 Corinthians.  It was one of those times that he had no idea what he was preaching before he got to Church and the Lord downloaded this to him during the worship time.  I cannot wait to post the  sermon link since it was really that anointed.  


After service we went to a Jewish Cafe for lunch.  The cafe owner, Jerry, is a secular Jew but God is working in his life through believers from Jan's Church.   



Here is a little video of Sherry dancing with Jerry to the Jewish song - It was a spontaneous thing and so much fun.  He is a delightful man whom God has targeted for Salvation.  He is very open to the believers. 



The time was profitable and we look forward to hearing what the Lord did in the lives of those who attended in the months to come. We were able to pray for many couples after the service today also.  
Tonight Jan and Barbara are having a prayer meeting here at their home that we get to participate in  and then tomorrow we rest up for our time in Ukraine and also fellowship with our friends here.  

We have been invited to come back in July to speak at the family camp. Please pray for us to discern God's perfect will in all of this.  

These precious people have become family to us and we are sad to leave them.  Isn't God amazing that he would connect two little old people like us from Ohio with saints over in a far country.?  And the best part we all get to spend eternity together because of our shared faith in Christ.  

Thanks again to Pastor Bill and Edie Bradshaw and our CCF Church family for allowing us to come and minister.  We continue to need prayer for wisdom and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as we head to Ukraine.  We will keep you posted.  

Much love to you all,
PW and Sherry 


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