This morning as the sun came up the city was covered with a hazy mist. It was quite beautiful. The Nehemiah center sits high on a hill overlooking the city. We are only 1/2 mile from the Slovakian border and the airport is down the hill. We can see it from our room. Early in the morning you can hear the prop plane as it gets ready for takeoff. Yes you read that right, prop plane, a rather large one at that. The sound is very comforting for some reason. By 10 the sun was shining brightly and by noon the temperature had risen to around 75degrees. It was wonderful. At home we were told it was getting ready to snow.
Our teaching time today was fun. In the morning Sherry taught on depression and loneliness. It was such a joy to be able to encourage our brothers and sisters from the scriptures to show the that God is sufficient to meet every need they have. We ended the time by breaking up in discussion groups to encourage and pray for each other. It was a special time.
We want to thank all of you for your prayers for PW yesterday I am happy to report that the Lord gave him a powerful anointing and a clear mind to teach on Divorce and Remarriage after lunch. We had a lively discussion as well, which always makes for a fun session. Needless to say here as everywhere in the world this topic is a hot one. But we could see that God was using the teaching to encourage them all.
A praise report. Yesterday we had asked you to pray for Josef and his wife Oxana.. Today they returned to the seminar and there is a major change in his countenance. He was smiling and open, he even laughed during the teaching time when it was appropriate of course. At the beginning of our afternoon session, PW asked Sergei, a brother who we have known for 14 yrs, to share his testimony of how God delivered him from alcohol addiction and restored his life. It was just what Josef needed to hear. Please keep praying for his salvation. God is good.
After a quick nap we met our friends Fila and Kristi and went for pizza in the city. Had a wonderful time of fellowship over our meal. Kristi was one of our translators many years ago and we have maintained a friendship so of course we must meet each time we come to Ukraine. It is always amazing to us at how our hearts bond with the ones we work so closely with . It is like having an extended family. These young people who translate are amazing in not only their ability to take your thoughts and interpret them for others, but in the anointing that they carry since most see this as a calling.
Please continue to keep PW in your prayers. Thank you so much.
PW and Sherry