Joh 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
In 1995 a group of our Bible School students from our school in L'viv began to minister in a hospital where people that succumbed to severe drug addiction came to recover physically, or in the case of some, they came to die due to the advanced stages of sickness because of drug abuse. That day 14 years ago turned out to be a divine appointment set in the Heavenlies for the glory of God.
3 patients lay there in there beds in terrible condition. 2 were to recover and become students in our school but the third, the nurse said he had been "released" meaning there was nothing more they could do for him. Vitya had only a 55 red cell blood count and weighed only 60 kilos. They gave him three days to live.
That day he found Christ when he met our students and after three days when he was to be dead he was one his feet recovering miraculously. Not long after that he became a Bible school student and graduated years later and moved back to his home town Volodymir-Volinsk (a city where statics show every 4th individual living in that city of 40,000 was addicted to some form of substance abuse).
While in bible School he was a quiet student but very faithful to the church and often brought many new people. 8 months ago Vitya started meetings with those people that he had been investing in Volodymir-Volinsk and today Vitya has a church of 30+ people. Many have responded to his testimony and gotten saved and he is a pastor for many in that small town.
What was a soul destined to die in a grungy Ukrainian hospital - a last stop for many drug addicts - was a soul Jesus raised up for His glory!
As our little team of four men traveled by car back from Volodymir the sun set over beautiful Ukrainian fields green with spring. Our hearts were full of joy and our spirit worshipped the God of Vitya. This is Greater Grace.
Never underestimate 3 things: the Seed, God's people, and time.
One by one we gathered on top of a hill overlooking the city of L'viv - Vysoki Zamok until there was a good crowd of us . Many in the city were just waking up this early Ukrainian Easter morning. We moved to a higher location to see the city better, and then we began to pray...
Today was Orthodox Easter, where most Western Ukrainians celebrate Easter. Jesus was in our midst as we had prayer, that led to fellowship then scripture reading and then prayer again.
As we prayed the Spirit brought these words back to my mind: "...And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. " Mat 28:7. Jesus already told his disciples this at the last supper. He had a plan to meet them where it all began, Galilee. After the trauma of the crucifixion and the terror and guilt that lay in the disciples' hearts - Jesus already had a plan after the fact of it all - He would meet them there where He called them in the beginning.
Whatever happens in our lives, at whatever level, He will always meet us at Galilee - the place where He called us by name to follow Him in Grace - where He made us fishers of men.
New people have begun to come finding the church on the internet. Vitya Rozumniy has come out ofthe hospital. His church is rejoicing with him as God rasied him from his sickness.
This week I go to Cherkassy, Odessa and then Volodymir-Volinsk. This weekend a group comes from Budapest to visit Tolik and the church in Uzhhorod.
Our time in Ukraine is winding up and our extended visit with the Ukrainian churches is coming to a close. Much has happened. Our mission of Grace here has been accomplished, thank you for your prayers.
Please join us for the summer camp we will have with P. Love and those that come from Baltimore July 15-18!
The bright spring sun beat down on the small group that gathered by the water in a secluded area away from the busy road in Limassol. Amir waded into the water with another brother where they proceeded to baptise 2 newly saved Iranian girls who were due to be deported from Cyprus back to Tehran. Amir, a young believer leading a Bible study for Iranians has only been saved a couple years. The Lord has brought his path into ours and we spent much time in fellowship together. He as well as many other Iranians and other newly saved muslims and Greeks on the island dream to attend a Bible School in Cyprus and be a part of a word of grace fellowship.
A few days earlier we traveled up to Lefkosia - the capital, a city divided in half into a Greek and Turkish side. It reminded me of the old Berlin Wall in the 80's. We visited both sides of the city and made contacts there. It would be great to have a two-pronged ministry in Lefkosia for the Greeks as well as the Turks.
This past week and a half has been a time from the Lord seated at His Table. George and Lula Petrides have been tremendous hosts of our visit and we are so thankful to them as well as David & Angela Morris, Angelos & Olvia. During this short time many many doors have opened up and we have been impressed in our spirit that we are to return here for a longer period to minister.
"If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him...". I was thinking of these words this past week - Jesus met people at the place of their need and bondages, with an offer of Living Water, that they would never thirst again.
His statement to the woman at that well peeled back the layers of sight and penetrated her spirit - To know the gift of Grace and who it is that speaks to us leads us to ask of Him what He desires to give freely. Otherwise we ask amiss in James 4.3 - amiss in the original is "kakos" or to ask according to the old sin nature.
He gives greater grace - "μείζονα δὲ δίδωσι χάριν" - ask of Me... let's ask boldly for Cyprus
Enjoy the slideshow of our trip below or click here: http://picasaweb.google.com/goye4th/CyrpusMar09?authkey=Gv1sRgCPLD26-1icW2igE&feat=directlink