Thursday, March 24, 2011
The staff at Nehemiah.
Precious friends, Vasiko, Tanya with Sherry and Pw. The second picture is a view of Kosice Slovakia from our hotel window. It is a lovely city and the second largest in Slovakia.
We arrived home safely on Wed. Morning at 1:30 a.m. We had been traveling almost 30 hours by that time and were so tired.
As you can imagine we slept really good. Yesterday was spent catching up on things at home. Sherry went to help Jen and some friends from church set up for a tea she is doing for a homeschool group she is part of and that was fun. And she got to see those precious grandchildren. We miss our family so much while we are away. Our moms are both doing good and for that we thank the Lord also. We want to thank everyone who helped our moms while we were away. Your ministry to them was huge. Our future trips will be in the fall or April so they do not have to deal with heavy snowfall and being stranded.
Our next trip is scheduled in late Sept. and we will once again do the Divorce Recovery Seminar and the bible school. Our topic at the school this time will be Biblical Counseling and the Sufficiency of Scriptures to Solve Problems and give direction for life.
Thanks for praying, for writing and for tracking our trips. We will continue to post our life here over the months to come. Meanwhile, keep your eyes on the prize of the high calling we have in Christ Jesus. It is such and honor to serve Him.
PW and Sherry
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Today was wonderful. PW preached an excellent message to the Fathers and exhorted them to be a prophetic people. He took his sermon from Malachi 4 where it says the hearts of the Fathers will turn to the children and childrens hearts to the Fathers in the last days. The men responded very well and almost all stood up to commit to being the kind of men God would have them to be. The service lasted until almost 2. It started at 11 with over an hour of worship, then Pastor Edik preached a short messge first then told PW to preach until 1:30.
We went to Chop again and preached at the church there. PW preached on the Differences between men and women. Then we had a short time of fellowship with the church since one lady had a birthday and had brought a cake to celebrate. So all in all it was a good day in the Lord.
We are getting ready to leave in a few minutes to go to Kosice for a day and will meet Sherry's second cousin Cody who is on mission in Kosice until April 1.
We are looking forward to being home and returning to our ministry and family. We miss everyone while we are gone. Our leaving here is bittersweet. We long to be home but miss the people here who have become so special to us.
Please pray for us as we travel all day on Tuesday.
Love, PW and Sherry
Saturday, March 19, 2011
These are pictures from the Castle and the surrounding area in Muchevo Ukraine.
A common sight in Eastern Europe a beggar on the street. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
We never get used to sights like these. She was just bones and so dirty you could not make out
her features. These beggars will sit outside churches hoping Christians will give them some help.
Nadia, Richard, Jacob and Anya sitting in the chair. We spent the evening with them and had a great time.
Anya always gets poppy seed rolls for Sherry and tonight was no exception. She sat and ate a whole plate full unashamedly. yummmmmmmmmmmmy
One more day of ministry. Please keep us in prayer. We are very tired after two weeks of intense teaching and counseling. Thanks.
Have a blessed Lords Day.
With love, PW and Sherry
Friday, March 18, 2011
Here are some of the people from our class.
This is Angelica and her children Timothy and Esther. Her husband was a Pastor and left her for a woman in the church 2 years ago. She and the children are doing very good and healing nicely.
Here is Wayne teaching our friday class on the Process of Change
The class presented us with these two mugs as a thankyou gift. We will enjoy using them and will remember this class each time we use them.
Thursday Wayne taught on Forgiveness. Here you see Sherry wrapped up in the chords of bitterness and unforgiveness. The visual made a huge impact and many started to cry openly as we talked about what unforgiveness does to us. We ended this session with an ivitation to repent and to forgive those who hurt them. Without hesitation the attendees began to stand and weep without shame. We were so touched by what God was doing. Many left the room free from the bondage they had been living under. Praise the Lord.
After our session, we met with one of the women and her children who were still hurting from the divorce in their family. It was a profitable time of helping them to see that they were making progress in their healing. The children especially talked very openly about the hurt they experienced from their father having left them
for another woman. At one point the mom said she felt like she was no longer worthy to be loved by a man, to which her son immediately said " you are worthy and you must not believe the lie that dad told you". God is so good, She needed to hear that from her son. We were all in tears by that point.
The evening meeting at the church was well attended and Sherry taught on the challenges of living with an unsaved mate. This is a huge problem in this country and no one talks about it. As a result the pastor has decided to start a support group for these people so they can pray together and encourage one another.
They now see their spouses and homes as a mission field.
This is the Nehemiah Guest House where we stay and do our seminars.We highly reccomend this ministry and Guest House. It is clean, cheerful and modern and affordable. If you want to experience Ukranian hospitality this is the place to stay.
Here are some more pictures of Uzghorod.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Our evening translator Valya
PW and Sherry
Our Divorce Recovery Seminar
PW is not proposing, he is demonstrating to parents how to get onto a childs level to speak to them when instruction is needed.
This week has been very busy and yesterday was no exception. Our day starts very early, we get up between 6 - 7 and begin teaching at 9 and finish at 3. Then we counsel for several hours and then leave at 6 for the church to do our evening seminar.
Yesterday PW taught on Divorce and Remarriage. It was a very serious teaching and the class was very attentive. One man said that for the first time in his life he had a revelation of how serious marriage was and that he was shaking in his skin and decided it was better not to marry. I remember a story in the bible where the disciples said the same thing after Jesus taught on the subject. The class was very interactive, they laughed, cried and asked questions. Sherry followed up with a teaching on New Relationships, It was fun to see the relief on the faces of those who realized that it was ok for them to think of a future relationship. Warnings were given to be sure they were healed up before they even considered a new relationsip, also that they wait for God to bring someone to them not for them to go looking for someone. Once again excellent questions were aksed. All in all it was a great day.
After the teachings, the couple who came because of a difficult marriage asked for counseling so we met with them.We are so humbled by the privlege God has given us to participate in the work of healing the lives of the people.
We have 4 more days of this crazy schedule so please continue to pray for us.We hear that things are going wonderfully at our Church in Chardon. Pastor Bill and Edie are doing a great job. Thanks guys.
Have a blessed day.
With love, PW and Sherry
Monday, March 14, 2011
Here is PW teaching our class the foundational truth of Purpose of Marriage so that they have an understanding of why divorce hurts so badly.
Here are the first names of our class, please pray for them by name: Takhir, Viktor, Mikola, Irina, Viktor and Svetlana ( married couple having trouble), Yura, Sasha, Olga, Lydia, Yana, Angelica, Alexandra.
The rest of the class will arrive tomorrow. Please keep them all in prayer and ask the Lord to touch each one in the way they need to be touched. He knows the deepest needs. We will share stories with you as we become aware of them. We also start the parenting seminar tomorrow evening at 6:30
As you can see we are quite busy and add to the schedule the couseling appointments that are being made. Do you think we might need a vacation when we are done? :>))))
Blessings to you all.
PW and Sherry
This darling little guy is the new son of our friends Richard and Anya who serve here in Uzghorod full time. His name is Jacob and he is teaching his mommy and daddy that sleep deprivation is survivable.
Yesterday for lunch we were brought this little pot of what we thought was a pot pie. In reality it is a yummy bean and vegetable soup with a phillo dough top that is baked in the oven. It is hungarian and I have no idea what it is called. but believe me when I say it was delicous and filling and fun to eat. Jen, I thought you could make something similar with those little crocks that Nanna gave you.
We start our seminar on Divorce Recovery in a little over an hour. We have 24 registered and to be honest, we are a bit nervous about this seminar. I believe the reason is because these precious people have traveled far to come and find answers to the pain they are experiencing. We know that only God can heal so we are asking for each of you to please pray for us daily this week as we minister to them. We will let you know how it went later tonight. Thanks.
Love, Pw and Sherry
Sunday, March 13, 2011
These are pictures from the town of Chop
This is the floor of the little church in Chop.
I thought you would find these interesting to look at. The country is one of many contrasts.
Notice the ornate Orthodox church above and the simplicity of the homes and apartments in
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