When I reflect our recent trip to the Ukraine and Moldova I can’t help but think of this scripture in Revelation 5:9, "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the blood out of EVERY KINDRED, AND TONGUE, AND PEOPLE, AND NATION…" This message of salvation is for ALL NATIONS. The redeemed of the Lord can be found around the world, and what a joy it has been for me to join my husband in finding the redeemed of the Lord in a place we have never been before. This last August found us in a different part of the world, right outside of the EU, the Ukraine & Moldova, former Soviet Union, and what a great time we had in the Lord, doing His work, seeking God’s people, and spreading the good news of the gospel. We definitely left a piece of our heart there.
We have felt a burden "go ye into the world" for Europe, and now it is reaching beyond the confines of the EU. We have been in contact with several sisters in Ukraine & Odessa, and we really wanted to go be with them, and worship with them, and just let them know, London, is there for them. It has really been a burden on our heart, and we just would not rest until we could go and visit, so off we went, this last August.
We could not find a direct flight to Tiraspol, so we flew into Odessa. Larissa, one of our contacts, was there waiting for us at the airport as well as Br. Rudolph from Poland. From the moment we arrived we were taken care of, and very welcomed. The only barrier was the language, not from our host end, but us! Larrisa did very well communicating with us, at times she would forget and speak to me in Russian, and at times I knew what she was saying, even though I did not understand a word. I still smile at this recollection.
We stayed in Odessa at the Black Sea Hotel for the weekend, so we could have services on Sunday. They secured the same hall that the church in Odessa always met in, and we had a great service. It even had a piano. We thank Larissa and Tyna for working out all the details of our visit, and making us feel so at home, as well as Br. Rudolph, laboring right beside Jonathan the entire trip. How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. I think it was so beautiful as Tyna and Larissa interpreted for Jonathan, the words of the gospel, it so moved them at times, even to tears, that they had to let the other take over for them, because they were so overwhelmed. This really touched me…
We spent the next day at the Black Sea area and took in some of the local sights, we were blessed to have Tyna and her little girl Lara with us, as well as Larrisa and Naci, Lara’s father. We took this time to just be with each other. We parted our ways, and left for Moldova Monday evening. A taxi/van was hired for us and Br. Rudolph and his wife, Margaret and Larissa travelled with us as we crossed the border. At the border the concern was why did I have only 24 pages in my passport and Jonathan had over 54 pages. I probably should get another passport with more pages. Oh well, we made it across the border, even though it seemed liked it took forever. What a difference it would of been if we were back in time 30 years ago!
Services were going to start in Moldova in Br. Alexanders home on Tuesday evening. And was I in for a great surprise, 27 people came! Fliers were distributed with much anticipation and wow, we were blessed!!
Wednesday night was our last and about 17 were there. This was great, because we had one new visitor that was a Scientist and at the end of the service, asked questions, about Creation, the end of the world, very indepth questions, very interesting. We enjoyed being in Br. Alexanders home for the services. We enjoyed meeting his lovely wife and three children. His wife was a fantastic host and fed us delicious meals also. The boys enjoyed playing with the children, even though they really tried to communicate with each other. The girls were really keen in trying to talk to Josiah! LOL
Thursday we headed home and we really were sad. Larrisa and her mother and brother were the best host ever. They shared their flat with us, made us feel so at home, and fed us non-stop with the most mouth watering dishes that you can imagine. It was great to be with them, share, pray, cry and laugh together. Lord willing we will be back, building together the Body of Christ, eagerly awaiting for Christ’s return to this earth.
In the meantime, I need to learn more than "yes" and "no" in Russian!