Thanks to your generosity and a break in the rainy weather, construction on the new mission building has resumed. We thought you might enjoy some photos and rejoicing with us.
Ukrainian building code requires us to lay down massive first floor concrete slabs. I joke with the Ukrainians they build bomb shelters for houses.. they usually smile in agreement and reply with, “and this is not wise because?”
After the concrete slabs, the cinder-blocks arrived on cue. Thankful for Oles who has been orchestrating the deliveries and negotiating on the every changing prices! We have enough funds to complete the structure, and roof Lord willing. Our goal is to be able to use the basement at least for pantry/storage before winter – our main Cafe building and personal garages are crammed full. I can’t wait to spread out!
If you are interested in coming over this summer or fall to help with construction, or becoming a sponsor on the inside of the building, please contact Bruce@mirministries.org
We did it! Our staff’s first mission initiative was successfully funded, half from Ukraine, half from western backers, a couple generous Mir friends!
This is a miracle for our team, they simply can’t believe their idea is coming to reality. They are already planning youth trips and have been taking 40km rides around the area mapping out stopping points and camping spots! So cool!
Pray for Dima, Lena, Vita, and Anya as they learn how to lead their own ministry, with their own bikes, reaching their own generation with the love of Christ.
We have a special page on our website dedicated to the story of the Widow around Ukraine and Belarus. These testimonies are updated each month, click to read!
|This week I finished a course on Eastern Orthodox Theology. It was a lot of rather challenging but fascinating reading! I learned a lot, including the history of iconography; theology through art.|
In this artwork above, can you see the visual elements the Prodigal Son story? This story, for the Orthodox, is what most clearly reflects the heart of God towards humanity. The Father is revealed through the skin and bones of the Jewish Messiah, the Logos is true Icon of God! Whatever image we have of God must be mitigated through the God’s self-revelation.
This makes God truly selfless, divesting, and good. What a gracious Savior He is!
If you would like to read a paper I wrote on Orthodox unique perspective on the Trinity, I will included it click here. It’s heavier reading, but if you stick with it, I promise it will challenge western constructs! The course nourished my soul, a brought surprising hope that the faith embedded all around me has such potential if illuminated by the Spirit.
I’m now embarking on my final 10 week course at Fuller with the hopes of finally graduating this September. Over three years of seminary coming to a close, so thankful for God’s provision and care, knowing each step of the way what I’ve needed for my personal growth and continued service in Slavic culture.
Thank you for prayer concerning next steps. I have some decisions to make for this fall’s direction and focus.
Deb is still in her spiritual director’s 2yr course with a cohort from Europe online. She’s enjoying it, but I think she’s a little jealous of the more intense interaction and learning environment I have. Her group is quite shy, maybe I should join it to stir things up!
We’re sad we can’t visit Canada this summer. Their covid restrictions are ridiculous. We feel bad for our friends and family there who, for over a year have been sequestered to their homes and not allowed to fellowship. Who’s living in freedom now Canada?! How the tides turn, and how quickly history is forgotten.
We have no idea how many will ultimately come. We have 200 ‘interested’ on our FB page, but only few dozen professional runners signed up. Ukrainians like to wait until the last minute in case something even better comes along!
We have raised, thanks in part to a few generous Mir contributions, over 60% of our $4,000 project goal. We are wanting to renovate the bathroom in our local school which will serve the +90 disabled children.
To donate, visit the page and help the % go up!
It’s been so cool to see our community sharing, and gathering funds via our crowdfunding platform RazomGo – so far $1,000 locally has been raised, which is a lot of money for our small town. The average salary, if you have a job, is down to around $300month in our town (teachers, government workers).