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I was accepted to take the Community Development Course at SIFAT in Alabama, USA. This course will start on Sept. 1, but all the applicants/students are required to be in the US on the last week of August at the latest for orientation purposes.

I’m getting busier and busier as the weeks pass by, planning and attending to the details of our church’s Summer Kids Camp together with the core group, among other things.

In this regard, I need your prayer support as I raise some funds to cover the airfare and part of the tuition fee that I need to pay to SIFAT. I need to raise approximately $1,500 ($1,000 for SIFAT and $500 for airfare). I’m hoping and praying that I will be able to get a cheaper ticket to the US if and when I get to book it earlier.

Another good news is that a Ukrainian couple, who are both core leaders at the Boshii Dar Church in Donetsk, was also accepted to take the course. I had asked SIFAT if it was possible to send an application for the scholarship of the couple and I had been told to send their application and wait for confirmation. When I was away during my birthday break, I received an email from SIFAT saying that the Ukrainian couple got accepted. Praise God for that!

If our plans don’t miscarry, I’ll be translating the lectures, from English to Russian, for the Ukrainian couple since their English is a bit limited.

Please pray with and for me/us as we prepare for this community development course that would equip us with all the skills and knowledge we need to be more effective in ministering and reaching out the Ukrainian community in Mine 12/18 and in other parts of Ukraine.

Thank you.

JULY 10 UPDATE: I thank God for His favor during the interview at the US Embassy. The interview went well and we got our US visas! ūüôā Our passports were delivered yesterday with the visas. Thank you so much to all of you who were praying for and with me/us on this one. We appreciate it very much. God is good and in control of everything indeed!

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I’m back in Donetsk, after more than a month of being away. I arrived from Stockholm just last night. (By the way, that’s Ate Judith in the photo on the right. She was a gracious host who took care of all my needs when I was in Stockhokm. Miss you, Ate!)

I’m sick at the moment (fever and bad cough).¬†Please pray for my speedy and complete recovery.¬†I think I’m really exhausted¬†as of this writing that’s why my immune system is down.

I hope and pray that I will bounce back to good health soon so I will be able to do the things I need to do (e.g. apply for a Ukrainian residence permit) and do ministry work here soon.

GEARING FOR A UKRAINIAN RESIDENCE PERMIT

As already mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t get a one-year Ukrainian visa this time. The Ukrainian Embassy in Stockholm has a new policy:¬†non-Sweden residents cannot¬†apply for¬†a one-year Ukrainian visa anymore. So the¬†Ukrainian visa¬† I have right now is valid only for three months.¬†

The good news is,¬†I can now apply for¬†a Ukrainian residence permit¬†since¬†I’m already on my fifth year here in Ukraine.¬†The new consul at the¬†embassy in Stockholm told me to just get a residence permit here¬†so that I don’t have to get a visa every year. So I have to attend to this as soon as I get better.

BOXES OF BLESSINGS FROM SWEDEN 

The Filipino group in Emmanuel Church in Stockholm has been a real¬†blessing to me. They accommodated me and blessed me financially.¬†Because of their help,¬†I was able to post two¬†boxes of humanitarian aid (used clothes, books, household items) before I flew back to Ukraine. And¬†there are two¬†more boxes¬†that are also ready for posting. I packed these last two ‘blessings boxes’ the night before I left for Ukraine.

The Filipino group said they will take care of the posting. Praise God for His favor! 

This group¬†also offered to collect more things¬†to support our church in Donetsk. They said¬†¬†they can post some of the collected items all throughout the year, while I can¬†“pick them up”¬†every time I visit their church.¬†Pastor Dough & Jodi have been¬†very supportive to this group of Pinoy Christians and are¬†encouraging them to make it¬†the group’s outreach program from now on.

A BLESSED TRIP TO GERMANY

God also blessed me to visit some friends (Nila and her husband Dietrich, Joey Carceller and her family) in Germany last February.

They took me to places and events, highlight of which was the carnival in their area.

Nila and Dietrich paid for my ticket so I could visit them. I was with them for 10 days, and we had a great fellowship. I know that there was a purpose in that visit, and I thank God for the rare opportunity to visit them. They also sent me a suit case of stuff for our church in Donetsk. Praise God for all His goodness and blessings!

Thank you again for all the prayer and financial support. I really appreciate it a lot.

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Hi, folks!

I’m still in Sweden as I write this update. I’ll be flying back to Ukraine on Monday. Once there, I’ll start processing my Ukrainian documents. I got the Ukrainian visa, but was¬†not given the usual one-year multiple visa this time around. I was told to apply for a residence permit in Ukraine. So, that’s the main thing in my priority list once I get back to Donetsk next week.

Please keep this matter in your prayers. Thanks.

                                           

P.S.¬† Thanks for those of you who e-mailed me. I don’t have an Internet connection in my host home, so I can’t respond to your messages pronto as I’m accustomed to. I’ll try to get back to you once I’m back home. And yes, I’ll update this site, too.

Have a nice weekend, everyone! May God bless you in full measure.

(Don’t you just like those colorful mailboxes? They really caught my eye so I snapped away.)

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Our church’s New Year’s eve service at a rented hall of a Christian univeristy in Donetsk. We had to rent a place because the place, where we usually hold our Sunday services, has no heater and we would be serving dinner to the members and guests.¬†

Several¬†people¬†went to our New Year’s Eve service, including my English language students.

                                                                   

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Prayer Request:

We are in the middle of making a major decision this year: that is, to move or not move to another place for our Sunday service.

In order to move to a new place, which should be closer to most of the people in the church, we’ll be relying on¬†the love gift of Pastor Terry Ross‘ church¬†for the much-needed finances.

Please pray that with the love gift, the church will be able to save money to purchase a land for a church building in the future. It is hard when we keep moving every other year or two.

We didn’t have any power supply during our Sunday service on the 28th of January since the one in charge of the building we’re renting right now was not able to pray for the electricity bill. We were all freezing that Sunday!

Thanks in advance for your prayer support.

                                                

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Our church’s New Year’s eve service at a rented hall of a Christian univeristy in Donetsk. We had to rent a place because the place, where we usually hold our Sunday services, has no heater and we would be serving dinner to the members and guests.¬†

Several¬†people¬†went to our New Year’s Eve service, including my English language students.

                                                                   

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Prayer Request:

We are in the middle of making a major decision this year: that is, to move or not move to another place for our Sunday service.

In order to move to a new place, which should be closer to most of the people in the church, we’ll be relying on¬†the love gift of Pastor Terry Ross‘ church¬†for the much-needed finances.

Please pray that with the love gift, the church will be able to save money to purchase a land for a church building in the future. It is hard when we keep moving every other year or two.

We didn’t have any power supply during our Sunday service on the 28th of January since the one in charge of the building we’re renting right now was not able to pray for the electricity bill. We were all freezing that Sunday!

Thanks in advance for your prayer support.

                                                

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¬†Summer Kids’ Camp 2006 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Privyet (Hello), everyone! I know that it has been a long time since my blog has been updated. However, for those of you who view my photo gallery over at my Flickr Pro site on a regular basis, you probably know by now that our 2006 summer kids’ camp ¬†was a success! Praise the Lord for this.

This is just an interim post — meaning, I’ll post a story on the kids’ camp, replete with photos, at a later time. My access to technology has been challenged these past weeks, given to the fact that my third-hand laptop has given up on me (I need to raise some funds to have it repaired, if still possible), and I just hie off to the nearest Internet cafe to check my e-mails every now and then. It’s already a blessing that I’ve been able to upload some pics on my Flickr site.

But here are some bullet-style updates from my end so you get to know what I’ve been up to these days:

My Overall Goals for September:

1. To help/assist the young couple we assigned as youth leaders

2. To do a series of preaching about God’s love

The most important things I did last week:

1. Launching the youth ministry last Saturday

2. Starting a fellowship for the youth at my flat every Sunday after the worship service

3. Starting the sermon series on God’s Love

The Most Important Things I Will Do This Week:

1. Work on my series of preaching/teaching for Sundays as I continue to study God’s word about the theme at hand

2. Facilitate leadership training/discipleship sessions this Saturday

3. Assist Andrei with the new youth ministry

My Biggest Challenge This Coming Week:

1. Working with Andrei with the youth ministry. Helping or assisting him on the program every Saturday for the youth ministry.

2. Working on the series about God’s love.

What I am Reading This Week:

1. The Bible

2. The book “I am not but I know I AM” by Louie Giglio

My Sabbath Day:

My Sabbath day is every Monday. It is the day I fast and pray. I usually stay at home and spend time reading my Bible as well as praying and worshipping the Lord. It surely helps me a lot in my Christian walk.

Prayer Requests:

Do help me pray for the following —

1. New vision for 2007 (e.g. the ministry in in Ukraine, the church building)

2. Continuous hunger for “more of God in my life” so that I can effectively minister to people and make an impact in the lives of the people around me as they see Christ in my life

3. Funds to keep me going here in the field (I don’t want to be distracted by “financial woes”). I trust that God Who called me here to do His work in Ukraine will provide for my financial needs

4. A new computer (mine is showing dramatic signs of wear and tear….)

5. My whole family’s salvation. Please pray for my father; he is currently suffering from a heart ailment.

Please continue to pray for me as I fulfill the Great Commission in Ukraine. Thank you for all your prayers and support! And yes, to all my blog readers who were kind enough to leave encouraging comments here, Spaseeba (Thank you)! You don’t know how much it means to get feedback from all of you.

Wherever you are, God bless you!

Sunday morning with Veronica. This picture was taken on a Sunday morning when I usually have kids come around in my flat and sleep over. I have this “Open Home” policy. ūüôā

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      PHOTO: The church team behind last year's summer kids' camp.

We, the core team helping out in the church's summer kids' camp and I, started meeting two weeks ago to discuss the necessary preparations for this year's kids' camp. We are shceduled to meet again this Sunday. 

We had a good response during the first meeting. More people volunteered this time around and more ideas from these enthusiastic volunteers were laid out on the table. It was really great to see the locals getting involved and attending to this kids' camp ministry as a united church. Praise God for that!

I'm sure God will bless us with more ideas and will raise up more volunteers for this camp. We are currently raising funds (USD1,500) to make it all happen, with God's help. Please do pray for this project. Spaseeba! (Thank you!)

(Note: To view my Flickr photo albums on the summer kids' camps held in Donetsk in 2004 and 2005, click here and here.)

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