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Greetings Ukraine 2018 Team!

Posted by [email protected] on April 6, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (39)
How is everybody doing? It's been almost 6 months since we've returned from Ukraine. Can you believe it? If you're like us, you've had some flashbacks of some very memorable times there. For me, Beverly, I will never forget our trip through the Carpathian Mountains and the outdoor (Freezing) picnic of that amazing bar-b-que of meats and potatoes! (and the sweet dog who hung around our tables, looking for handouts!) What an unforgettable experience!...But I digress! The reason for writing this is to inform everyone that Doug, and family are coming to town. We will have a reception for them at CCO on Sunday evening, April 7th. It will be in the Family Sanctuary from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. We will open with our very own worship team, "Heartsong" leading us in worship. We are unsure about the rest of the program at this point, but most likely, we will have Doug do a 30 minutes presentation, and we will have a time of sharing, too. We will also have some finger foods to share, and that's where you guys come in! Please bring some easy finger foods to share, like fruit/veggie trays, cookies, etc. Coffee, tea and lemon/lime ice water will be provided. Of course, please bring your spouses, friends and supporters, who would have an interest in what God did in Ukraine!

Update

Posted by [email protected] on January 21, 2019 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)
We wanted to update picture on mail page.

Who will God Prepare for the Ukrainian People?

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2018 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
What is God doing in Uzghorod, Ukraine? Do you feel called to Ukraine people? Let's pray about the next step in what God wants to do. Blessings

Acts 14 Night

Posted by [email protected] on November 6, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)
First off.... Welcome Home! Here are some plans for our Ukraine Acts 14 Night in the Family Sanctuary: 1. HeartSong, can you present three songs this night? Please have one more practice session together before Acts 14 night. You choose the songs! 2. John, can you put together some slides or a video for the screen? (Chris, please ask John if he needs any help.) 3. We would like someone to give their testimony for 10-15 minutes. Please let me know. We will set up 19 chairs on stage, so they will see all of the Ukraine team. At this point, each person will give your name and the role you played on the drama team. Some of us will share a few stories, but then we will open it up for questions, to get the audience involved. This makes it more interesting for them, but if we have no questions from the audience, we will tell more stories about the journey the LORD took us on in Ukraine. Right now, start asking the Lord as to what He would have you share. We will have a sign-up sheet for the next drama, work, or evangelism team, going to Uzhgorod, Ukraine in 2019. At the end of our evening, you can say goodbye to your team members with hugs and kisses! This ends your responsibility to the team. One final question: "What can you do for Jesus Christ now and in the future, to continue the Great Commission into the world? (Matthew 28:19-20)

Connections Cafe

Posted by [email protected] on October 29, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)
October 27, 2018 The team spent some time at Connections Café getting ready for tomorrow�??s final performance and learning more about the mission here in Uzghorod. They have programs that work with abandoned children, the Roma people and the students at the local university (many of whom are international students from Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu countries). The team also participated in the Saturday night Café outreach night singing Karaoke, playing games and dancing Hula Praise with the University students. October 28, 2018 Full day for the team as they traveled to the nearby town of Mukachevo Ukraine and spent the day at the Church of the Living God. Starting the day at the worship service where Heartsong led worship and Donna Alfsen shared her testimony. Pastor RJ also preached before the congregation out of Hebrews. At the end of the service several members of the team prayed with people to accept Christ and for healing. After lunch, the team then prepared for their final performance of Prodigal at the church. Over 230 people came to see the performance, including over 30 from the local Calvary Chapel. After the show the team spent some time playing improv with the youth pastor and some of the young people of the church.

Team Travel and a Tour

Posted by [email protected] on October 27, 2018 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
October 25, 2018 Today was a travel day for the team from Lviv back to Uzgohord, Along the way the team stopped for lunch at the Tustan Fortress, a way stop from the 9th-14th centuries during the salt trade. It served as a center for defense, customs and administration. Situated in the Carapathian Mountains the team also got to experience a light snow fall. It was very cold, but also very beautiful. The team arrived back in Uzgohorod in the evening, just in time for a late dinner at the Connections Café. October 26, 2018 Today was a free day for the team. Our host Doug Landro took us on a tour of a few of the local castles in the area and shared with us some of the local history. The team saw a Palace where Brahms was stayed, the ruins of a Templar castle, Palanok Castle and the Castle of Saint Nicholas

Team Travel and a Tour

Posted by [email protected] on October 27, 2018 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)
October 25, 2018 Today was a travel day for the team from Lviv back to Uzgohord, Along the way the team stopped for lunch at the Tustan Fortress, a way stop from the 9th-14th centuries during the salt trade. It served as a center for defense, customs and administration. Situated in the Carapathian Mountains the team also got to experience a light snow fall. It was very cold, but also very beautiful. The team arrived back in Uzgohorod in the evening, just in time for a late dinner at the Connections Café. October 26, 2018 Today was a free day for the team. Our host Doug Landro took us on a tour of a few of the local castles in the area and shared with us some of the local history. The team saw a Palace where Brahms was stayed, the ruins of a Templar castle, Palanok Castle and the Castle of Saint Nicholas

Ukraine 2018 October 23rd and 24th

Posted by [email protected] on October 24, 2018 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)
October 23, 2018 Today the team performed Prodigal at the Cultural Center in Lviv. Despite rainy weather, 220 attended the performance (see picture attached). Unlike in Uzgohorod, the audience was primarily Ukrainian speakers but they were able to follow the play with Ukrainian subtitles. They were very responsive and gave the team a standing ovation. Please pray for the seeds planted in Lviv. October 24, 2018 Today the team spent the daytime touring the city and learning some of its history. They visited a couple of old Catholic Churches, saw the town square and even went under the city in what used to be the servants quarters of an old castle home. That evening the team hosted a night of improv at our local host church where a number of Ukrainians joined in on the fun and played a few games with us. Tomorrow is a travel day back to Uzgohord, please pray for travel mercies for the team as they head back.

Update Ukraine

Posted by [email protected] on October 23, 2018 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)
October 21, 2018 The team attended Sunday Morning Services at our host church, Church of the Living God in Uzghorod. Worship was led by our worship team Heartsong and Denise Quillman shared her testimony. The message was also given by Ron Pasowicz. Later that evening the team presented their final performance of Prodigal in Uzghorod at the Puppet Theatre to a very large crowd and it was well received. After the show the team hosted a second night of improv which was a huge hit, with the audience participating in several of the games. Overall the team was able to share the Gospel and see people come to Christ. October 22, 2018 Travel day for the team as we headed to Lviv. The team will perform Prodigal tomorrow night and host a night of Improv on Wednesday Night at the host church. Please pray for the performance and that lives will be touched with the Good News.

Ukraine October 16th to 30th, 2018 Missions Trip

Posted by [email protected] on October 21, 2018 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)
October 19, 2018 ??? FIRST PERFORMANCE OF PRODIGAL As the team prepared to present their first performance of Prodigal at the Yuventus Student Center the Spiritual Warfare the team had already been experiencing intensified. It started with a dark ritual being performed in the hotel where the team is staying and peaked with several members of the team sensing a dark presence around the theatre. The team came together in prayer and we sent messages out to prayer warriors back home via text and social media. A huge thank you to all who have been and continue to pray for us. When the scene where the Gospel was preached came, we could sense God???s Spirit throughout the theatre. The Spiritual battle is great, but our God is greater. A total of 65 students attend the performance. Our host mission reported this was the largest attendance they have had for an event, A number of students who attend the University are from countries that are primarily Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. Those in attendance seemed to respond positively to the show and a number of them were seen crying. Please pray for the seeds planted to be watered and grow into a beautiful harvest. October 20, 2018 ??? Performance at the Puppet Theatre/Improv at the Connections Café Today the team performed their first of two performances at the Puppet Theatre. There was a large turnout and very positive response to the show (it was reported that an attendee was on the phone after the show encouraging someone to come see tomorrow???s. As this was a government run theatre, we could not offer an altar call after the show, but attendees were invited for an evening of Improv back at the Connections Café. After dinner we hosted our first improv night We played a few games and the attendees ended up wanting to play along. So we got them involved and forged new friendships. A few are excited to come again tomorrow to play more games. Pray for the relationships that are forming and the seeds being planted.

Bring Kleenex!

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2018 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)
* The napkins and toilet paper is thin, rough, and not the best quality. If you want to blow your nose, etc., it's best to bring your own Kleenex. They probably have it here, but I didn't see it. * The Church we will worship in here (The Church of the Living God) is similar to CCO. At church on Sunday, they sang 2 familiar but older songs: "My Redeemer Lives" and "I'm trading my Sorrows." * When we come, they will take us to the Uzhgorod Castle from the 13th Century! We have not seen it yet, but we did see the outside of one in another city.

Border Crossing

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2018 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)
It can kinda be unsettling to cross the border from Ukraine into Hungary. The police and military have stern faces, as they check your passports several times...so far 3 checkpoints! But this is the last one, the driver is telling us! All in all, it's taken 1 hour and 25 minutes! And they randomly checked us and our suitcases!

Continued 2-19-18

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)
* If you have the chance to use the toilet here, use it! They are not readily available everywhere you go. BTW, they are called the WC ( water closet) or toilets here...not rest rooms!

Leaving Uzghorod Today

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Privit to Everyone! We are 3 hours from Budapest, driving time. However, at the border crossing between Ukraine and Hungary, you can be stopped for over an hour, so we need to allow for that. We are travelling today, because we want to meet up with the West Family in Budapest. They are supported partly by CCO. We hope to arrive about 2:00 pm, and then Mark and Jennifer West will drive to see us at our hotel. We might get to see a little bit if the city at night! �??? Tuesday morning we fly out at 9:45 am, arriving back in LAX...not sure when! Our hosts, Doug and Marina Landro have been very hospitable to us! They are very much looking forward to our team coming in October. The hostel where we will stay looks nice and clean, with its own kitchen, fridge and cooking burners, and washers. But no dryers! They only use drying racks here. We are told that they will provide the sheets, blankets, and towels. But I plan on bringing my own towels, just in case! �??? The hostel is in the center of town, close to the coffee shops and the theatres, where we will be performing. We will be walking a lot, so bring comfortable shoes. Also, there are lots of staircases here! Thankfully, there is an elevator for the Hostel, which is on the 4th Floor! They do play their music loud, so better to bring ear plugs! Also, I may have mentioned before that there is a nightclub above the hostel on the 5th floor, and on Friday and Saturday nights, it will get loud!! (Between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am!) We are still at the border...50 minutes so far...they are looking for black market cigarettes, etc. So far, there have been 3 separate check points. It is important that you drink only bottled water here, as the water is not drinkable from the tap. At restaurants, you have to buy the water. But it is so cheap! Yesterday, 3 of us ate at a quaint little place for $9.00 for hot meals, plus drinks! There are some cute shops and kiosks along the Uze River, to buy souvenirs, too. More later...

Privit from Ukraine

Posted by [email protected] on February 16, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Another amazing day here in Uzhgorod! The first item of business today was to check out the Hostel, where we "most likely" will be staying. It is centrally located in the center of town. The only drawback is that there is a nightclub situated on the floor above it, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the music is LOUD from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am!! Please pack some good earplugs!! After we saw the hostel, we visited a hospital where we got to hold babies who were abandoned. It was a bittersweet experience. �??? There were 3 of us, and 3 babies, so we each got one to cuddle! Then we were off to see 2 possible theatres for performance! One was a Puppet Theatre that is used for productions, as well as for puppets. Puppets are BIG here, for children. The other theatre is the former Jewish synagogue here in town, with 500 seats. It is used mainly as a concert hall. It is simply gorgeous inside, but we would have to rent the sound equipment, etc. So we are leaning toward the puppet theatre, as it still holds 300. In the afternoon, we met with a Gypsy (Roma) TV manager, who is also a Christian, and we explored the possibilities of advertising our performance. Finally, we met with the pastor of the host church here, The Church of the Living God. He is only 41 and he understands English very well! Saturday promises to be busy as well! More tomorrow...

Hello Uzhgorod

Posted by [email protected] on February 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Good Evening from Uzhgorod, Ukraine! Wow! What another power- packed day! We are staying with our host, Doug Landro and his lovely wife, Marina and their three children , Bogdan, 17 year old son, Krystal, an 11 year old girl and little Victoria, age 3 , who is my shadow! First off today, we toured the Connections Cafe (coffee shop) and the Church of the Living God, where we will be doing some ministry. They have a little corner stage, which would be perfect for Improv or Open Mic! Then we visited the Dean of International Relations at Uzhgorod University, where he welcomed us, and gave us permission to use the large student theatre for FREE! It's not fancy, but it holds about 500. After a great lunch of a type of Chicken Burrito and side of fried potatoes, all for $3.00, we looked at the free theatre! Then we met with a couple who lead a drama ministry called "Turn on the Light" We get to see one of their productions on Sunday night. We have offered to do a Children's and possibly an Adult Drama Workshop for them, while we are here! Finally, we ended our day by going to a children's orphanage to play with some sweet little toddlers for a couple hours! It was heart-breaking to see these little institutionalized children, but also a joy to see this part of their ministry. We don't know if the team will have time to go there in October, but possibly. Tomorrow, we will see 2 more theatres, and we have an appointment with the local TV station! More on the blogging tomorrow!

Ternopil, Ukraine

Posted by [email protected] on February 14, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)
More tomorrow.....

Greetings from Ukraine!

Posted by [email protected] on February 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Here is a traditional Ukrainian meal: The potato pancakes are called DERUNY, and they are made from grated raw potato and onions (not left-over mashed potatoes!) �??? The dumplings are called VERENYKY. They are made from ground potatoes, flour and egg, and seasoned with garlic and salt. They are stuffed with potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage, or cottage cheese. For a dessert, they are stuffed with cherries. Both of these dishes are served with a sour cream dip. The meal is completed with sauteed vegetables such as bell peppers, eggplant, onions, and mushrooms.

Kiev, Ukraine!

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2018 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)
We just found out tonight that Ukraine is actually 2.5 per cent evangelical Christian...not 8 per cent, like I wrote before! ???? Sad but true. And it states even more emphatically, the need for evangelism here! For the amount of humanity living in close proximity to each other, it seems to be a rather quiet society. Life is not easy here, but people manage OK. They walk, they shop, they hang their clothes up, they cook, they bundle up from the cold, and they do it all on very little money. It is socialized medicine here. If you are ill, you will be seen at the hospital, but if you pay a bribe, you'll be seen sooner! However, the Roma people (Gypsies) will not be even seen at the hospital, as they are ostracized from society!

Kiev, Ukraine!

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)
* It is socialized medicine here. If you are ill, you will be seen at the hospital, but if you pay a bribe, you'll be seen sooner! 😖 However, the Roma people (Gypsies) will not be even seen at the hospital, as they are ostracized from society!

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