Imagine spending a day in a wheelchair in Ukraine, trying to get out of your apartment to get around the city. To help you imagine, we had four young volunteers spend a day in a wheelchair going around the city, monitoring the buses, roads and ramps. Take a look at the video.
If the video touched you and you want to support the ministry of God’s Hidden Treasures, to help provide wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, and other disability aids for free to the disabled in Ukraine visit http://www.godshiddentreasures.org and you may click the support us button.
Last month I made a whirlwind trip through the US speaking at churches in Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and California. I was blessed to see so many family members and good friends. I really enjoyed the opportunity to share what God is doing in Ukraine through God’s Hidden Treasures’ ministry. Spending Easter at my home church and worshipping our Risen Lord Jesus Christ was a highlight for my trip. It was nice worshipping and listening to services in English!
I spent a lot of quality time with my nephew, godson, brothers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and so many more. Here are a few photos )
I would like to thank all the congregations I visited for giving me the opportunity to preach, and for your support of God’s Hidden Treasures. I am so encouraged by all of you. I had the opportunity to meet the Sending Place missionary team coming to Ukraine this summer. I’m very excited for the ministry they will do at our Vacation Bible School for special needs children here in Ukraine. I also know that many others are interested in coming to visit Ukraine and seeing what God is doing here, and we would love to host anyone interested.
The trip was great, but it is also wonderful to be back here in Ukraine to see everyone again. My first full day back I was able to go back to the Boy’s orphanage to see all the kids. That same night our youth group met and celebrated the birthday of Sasha, one of our interpreters and volunteers from camp.
Many thanks to all those who prayed for safe travels. I do have some sad news to share. A few months back I wrote about one of our campers Vitaliy whose father had passed away. Well just last week his mother passed away as well. She had been ill for quite some time, but I know it is very difficult for him. Also please pray for my family, especially for my mom Tammy and aunt Vicki. My uncle Jimmy passed away over the weekend at 53 years old from a brain tumor. While I hadn’t seen him in many years, I know I’ll miss him, he lived with my family for one summer, and I’ll always remember those times. Our hope is in the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, and we find comfort in knowing they are in His hands.
Vitaliy and I at the picnic. My uncle Jimmy.