We hosted a concert at Lighthouse last night on the patio. It was quite hot, felt like August. Nice little crowd, several guests we didn’t know. Felis, a connection through Visible Music College in the US swinging through Ukraine to join LIT Worship this weekend – snagged him town to our famous little Rzhyschiv 🙂 He share some of his original music as well as his faith in the God who changed his life.
This week is pretty packed as we are hosting simultaneously a big 2 day worship event in Kiev, as well as the new director of World Challenge Widows Ministry, Mark Buzzetta. Tomorrow night 100’s of next generation believers will gather in the heart of the Ukrainian capital for a time of celebrating God’s grace, and declaring His goodness. Please pray for every musician, all the protection and favor needed to host such an event and see more lives impacted by the presence of Holy Spirit.
It’s been nice having Mark here to discuss and Lord willing discover more ways we can effectively serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the widow. God has done some miraculous things in his life to bring him to this new vocation and I love his intentionality and desire to be all in for Christ.
God has blessed and is deepening our Lighthouse ministry to widows in our area. We want to continue developing our methods, but also look for ways to be a catalyst in other parts of the Russian and Ukrainian world – we feel His pleasure as we serve those who can’t help themselves. Therein lies the Gospel itself in each of our lives.
We will be traveling together to Belarus next week and visiting our partners and visiting some areas we’re working in with widows. Pray for us, for wisdom and the Spirit’s leading to be heeded.
Thanks for checking in. Please pray for our weekend events and travel coming up next week. I’ve felt an inordinate amount of weight this week, a heavy burden. We’re piercing the darkness with spiritual worship in physical spaces this weekend. I think this is so much more than simply a physical social event. This, along with the hands and feet of Jesus with seemingly harmless widows visitation, these are Kingdom works that work against the enemies plan to silence the Gospel.
I don’t know how it all works, but I believe we have an enemy who prefers we stay indoors and otherwise entertained. There will be a day we will all come to appreciate the struggles and times of oppression we couldn’t understand. Until then, we stand in the name and person of Jesus and move ahead holding His hand.
Comfort there beyond this life.
Bruce & Deb