The following is a personal account of ministry.
God will give you the desires of your heart! On February 1, 2017, I landed in Lviv, Ukraine, warmly received by beautiful Ukrainian children, and conference, union, and division officials to train 85 women’s ministries leaders from all over the Ukraine on “Principles of Effective Leadership” for three days, along with Heather-Dawn Small, director of women’s ministries at the General Conference in Silver Spring, Md. The training was Leadership Certification Level 1. After the training the women gave reports from each area in Ukraine, at which time a report about women and their husbands and children who lived in war zones, but remain because, as they said, “People need to know about Jesus!” Many eyes were filled with tears, and hearts were moved to greater compassion and passion.
After spiritually productive training and powerful reports, my next assignment was to conduct an evangelistic meeting. For 14 nights, I was blessed by God to conduct an evangelist meeting, Revelation of Hope, at the 3rd Church. The churches are numbered instead of named, and there are four churches in Lviv. The meeting was held on the lower level of the church in the café, named Clubok.com, a typical European café that is open once a week to the public, where people can come inside, purchase a meal for a small amount of money, hear Scriptures, engage in Bible study, enjoy Christian music, and drink herbal tea.
At 3rd Church, the average attendance was 45 individuals nightly, including 15 to 17 visitors. After two weeks of meetings, there were eight joint baptisms that took place at the baptismal service held at 2nd Church, where Heather-Dawn Small was located. Three additional persons made commitments for baptism at the end of the baptismal service, and an additional 11 commitments for Bible study and baptism were made from 3rd Church.
Each night the Holy Spirit filled the room as the people listened intently to the Gospel. The atmosphere was spiritually electrifying! The program included heavenly Ukrainian music, quizzes, Bible giveaways, message reviews, lively group singing, and a question-and-answer segment. Herbal tea and pastries were served to everyone after the meeting. The meeting was viewed each evening on Facebook Live.
This meeting was one of the evangelistic meetings being held in February and March, at more than 4,300 sites in eight countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as part of Total Member Involvement (TMI), a Seventh-day Adventist World Church initiative that encourages every church member to find a way to share Jesus in their communities. Pray that the Gospel of the kingdom will go into all the world for a witness unto all nations, so that the end will come.
South Central | June 2017