It was an amazing evening with our club members. The evening to remember true meaning of Christmas.
This is our first guitar concert in this academic year, and we have 2 more to come. Half of my students have performed on stage for the first time in their lives, and I think they did a great job! Solo and ensemble performances, a pleasant atmosphere, holiday mood, and a story of Jesus’s birth made this day unforgettable. Have a Merry Christmas.
On December 19th our team held a festive program of St. Nicholas for children with special needs in school # 48. The main idea was: “Do not be defeated by evil, but overcome evil with good”.
Our Church met Natasha last Christmas. We were thinking about how we can celebrate this day differently than usual, and decided to visit people who are in need and who are lonely, and share the Joy of Christ’s birth with them. Natasha was one of the eople we reached out to. She was raised in an orphanage, and now is trying to build her own life in adulthood.
That night we talked a lot and shared life stories and testimonies. When we were finally leaving we promised that this we would all meet again, we promised to stay in touch and pray for each other.
In the summer Natasha faced new problems. She did not live with her husband , and she got pregnant from a man with who she had a failed relationship. She was hospitalised, because there were complications with the pregnancy. her friends and family turned their back on her, and inly advised her to do an abortion. Natasha said “I was in an awful state, I thought that not only did people turn their back on me, but also God Himself forgot about me.”
In this situation Natasha remembered us and called Olga, a woman from our church. We came to her and prayed with her, and asked her to trust God. We tried to help as much as possible. There was lots of strife at first, but gradually, Natasha gave her fears and troubles to Jesus and asked for his help. And soon everything changed. God has sent people from “Missions to Ukraine” from the “Last Bell” organisation, also people from our church that helped her buy medicine and supported her through surgery. her relationships with friends and family go tbetter. Natasha said “I was in shock and filled with joy”.
Artem is already a couple months old. it brings us great joy to see how God is working on Natasha’s heart. God teaches us how to strengthen our faith, and gives us happiness and strength to live a new life in Jesus Christ!
Today we had a lot of activity in the office! In 30 min we packed the food for our team to take to war zone tomorrow! It was a record fast time of packing! We also had a record youngest packer! He is only 6 months old and at the time the war started his parents were not even married yet! This is our third war winter, third winter of gathering and packing food for elderly and kids in war zone! In Dec 2014 we were thinking that if only we help people survive this winter, the war will be over and life will go back to normal. We were too optimistic. But we will continue helping people survive this third winter. We are grateful to all those who came to help today!
We had a fun time together with the students, sharing pictures, resting and having dinner together. Thank you, Lord for this time of building relationships.
The journey into ‘velvet Carpaty’ had 15 people. this was a great time in every aspect. God surprised us every day. First, we had sun, then fog and a little bit of rain. We even had snow one day!
Interesting discussions, games, songs with a guitar, nights in shepherds’ houses, prayers, testimonies, new friends and unforgettable landscapes around. All this and much more can describe our blessed week.