Saturday and Sunday

We made it! On Saturday we arrived in Kiev and settled into our hotel. In the evening we traveled to the center of the city and walked around with some of our new Ukrainian teammates (see below).

Sunday morning we worshipped at Big City church. The church is made up of predominately young adults. The average age is probably close to 24 and most are first generation Christians. Many are now starting to get married and have children. Someone told me there were five weddings last year. There are now enough children now that they are starting to plan a Sunday School program for the first time.

The leadership has a real passion for church planting and they are in the process of starting two other churches in the city.

For the benefit of us Americans, the praise team alternated between singing in English and Russian,

David preached on 1 Samuel 4-5, the story of the Philistines’ capture of the Ark of the Covenant.

In the afternoon the Ukrainian and American teams met together to go over all the details for the coming week.

In the evening we went back to our hotel to rest and finish our preparations.

Prayer Requests:

  • Safe travel to the camp tomorrow.
  • The Ukrainian and the American teams as we get to know each other and work together.
  • The beginning of the camp as we meet the students and begin to build relationships.
  • Gretchen’s knee. She twisted it a month ago and it continues to give her considerable discomfort so far this week.
  • Energy. We are all very tired and we have a long week ahead of us.