These are some of the answers the children gave when asked, “What does it mean to love someone?” during our morning devotional. Our days have been filled with moments like these, where I’m almost positive we’re being blessed by these children far more than we could ever bless them. What a gift to hear their refreshing answers!
It seems like we were all in different places today, and we all had great experiences. Kat and Bill had a sound check for tomorrow’s festivities (Kat is playing bass during the Thanksgiving Day celebration!) and helped in the kitchen today. Ray got kids to school and to music lessons. Kelly eent to the market, and learned the national Ukrainian dance (photo below!). A few of us wen to nearby schools to attend English classes and engage with the students there. It was another full day, and so full of good moments.
We’d been told that the schools sometimes worry that churches only offer to help with things because their sole purpose is evangelizing. Because of this, we wanted to take care to maintain the current relationship between Kherson Christian Church and the schools. Our understanding was that we would engage in English conversation with the students so they could practice with native speakers, so that is what we did, knowing we could only talk about Christ if He opened that door. Well, He did! We were able to talk about following Christ, naturally and respectfully, in response to so many of the students’ questions. We walked out of the school all smiles, sharing stories of our conversations as we walked back home.
Another sweet thing about today was the soundtrack of worship music that went along with it. Mark broke out a Bluetooth speaker and the kids loved it. Some danced around, some snuggled up. It was the background music of our day, with our team members singing to our God and over these kids.
During our evening family devotion, we went around and each named something we were thankful for. It was apparent through the answers that God has been working here this week, and it has been such a gift that we get to be a part of it.
Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, and I’m sure we’ll have more joy to share with you then. Until next time!
Fran Todd says
I can only imagine how awesome it must feel to be sharing this special day with these precious children! Wow!!!
We have so much to be grateful for, but today I am especially grateful for the way God has revealed Himself to you and our Ukrainian friends during your visit. I love the stories and the pictures!!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us!
Much love to you all!