October 12, 2015

Photo update! We’re replacing windows at the Cafe as I type. It’s really chilly so my hands are moving sluggishly. Tomorrow we hope to get rolling on the new 2nd floor radiators. Temps have dropped to minus -C in the evenings.

Wanted to give thanks for a few cool ministry things. After our pizza night we had our first Club 180 youth gathering. I’ve sensed a genuine hunger for spiritual things and have been sharing very directly. We’ll do the same this Wednesday.  My desire is to seek out those already hungry to grow in their faith.  I believe there are more than we may realize.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and engage our times. This is a really big step for us as we start a new chapter in the area of discipleship.

Today we started a small video editing class, and have a painting class ready hopefully starting next week.   I can’t wait to see some creative things happening again more regularly around us.

The elections continue to bring in many new folks to the Cafe. It’s interesting befriending various political groups. Whoever wins we’re sure to have some new friends in City / Regional government, so that’s hopefully a good thing.

We’re now entering the season of increased utility costs at the Cafe. Particularly with 2nd floor being heated, we thank you in advance for any financial support! Heat is such an incredible opportunity for us – it’s a luxury in this context and can/will draw many more into our sphere. Even now as I type I’m conscious of the cost this little heater brings to keep it bearable… It’s another world compared to our old life.

Lastly, we ask you to pray as we finalize our Belarus plans for next week. Broderic arrives this week and we have 2-3 days to get him a visa so he can join us. We’ll be going for 5-6 days and Deb’s parents will be coming to watch the kids (and visit!). We are excited to connect with more of the Russian speaking population and some Bible School graduates who might be interested one day in serving with us via The Lighthouse.

We also just bought some security cameras. We’re outfitting the Cafe with better ones, and then taking the Cafe cameras and installing at our house. After the latest break-in, we realize this is important. The situation here is going to become more difficult, not less.

Thanks for checking in. Please remember us in prayer and ask the Lord to send laborers, and to increase our effectiveness in His harvest. So much opportunity, we sense the enemy as well. The battle is not one we can see in the flesh.

Year 7 in Ukraine (2 in Texas).. this is the famous trampoline that has had every part replaced.. keeps on bouncing!

Year 7 in Ukraine (2 in Texas).. this is the famous trampoline that has had every part replaced.. keeps on bouncing!

Someone likes Hippos.

Someone likes Hippos.

KFC in Kiev sporting new t-shirts - someone forgot to spellcheck! :)

KFC in Kiev sporting new t-shirts – someone forgot to spellcheck! 🙂

Abbey showing me her nap bed at school. She's growing up so quickly and handles her own with the boys 'like a boss'.

Abbey showing me her nap bed at school. She’s growing up so quickly and handles her own with the boys ‘like a boss’.

Our building is missing some teeth! New heavy duty winter windows being installed - tad chilly up there today!

Our building is missing some teeth! New heavy duty winter windows being installed – tad chilly up there today!

Thank you Crossroads for helping us replace these monsters and get us one step closer to 2nd floor winter use for many ministries!

Thank you Crossroads for helping us replace these monsters and get us one step closer to 2nd floor winter use for many ministries!

Thankful for Alyosha - he brings a humble and eager attitude to the Cafe. Today he made tomato soup and offering now on our menu. Plus he looks sharp!

Thankful for Alyosha – he brings a humble and eager attitude to the Cafe. Today he made tomato soup and offering now on our menu. Plus he looks sharp!

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