Monday, February 11, 2013


Despite the fact that Kiev is dotted with many spectacular, golden-domed churches dating back hundreds of years, the city, and the country as a whole, is a very dark, secular place. Maybe that partly explains why you can find so many helpless orphans here. Maybe that also explains the spiritual warfare we have experienced here in our first week.  Quite frankly, we do not believe that Satan is going to let us take one of these orphans and bring them into our home--where she will know the immense and overwhelming love God has for her--without a fight.  We are up for that challenge :)

Given the secular landscape of Ukraine, we experienced a welcomed treat yesterday when we attended church with some new friends who are missionaries in Ukraine. Even though we speak a different language than most of the congregation, what a privilege to be in the company of fellow members of the body of Christ.

The service was entirely in Russian, but we appreciated the man sitting behind us who translated for the English-speakers.  The pastor spoke passionately on Genesis 4 and Cain, Able, and the importance of obeying God.  We particularly enjoyed the worship time, which was scattered throughout the service and consisted of familiar hymns like "Holy, Holy, Holy," "And Can It Be," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and "All Hail The Power of Jesus' Name." With hymnals available in English and Russian, I'm sure we all made a joyful noise.
Mark interacting with children at Sunday School
Church Service

Tomorrow, we have our second appointment at the SDA at 11 am (1 am California time).  Please join us in praying that God works by unmistakably leading us to our child.


  1. Continuing to pray for you guys!

    And some of those hymns are so perfect given worshiping in a multilingual setting!

    Excited for this journey God has you on and look forward to hearing more.

  2. Stand firm my friend! We are in this together!

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  4. That's good that you guys had a good church service!! Everything is going good down here!! We are praying for you guys and we miss you!!(Sorry my last comment had a lot mistakes and I published it without looking at it :)