19 years

Nineteen years ago (1994), around this date, I arrived in Ukraine for the very first time.  I still remember vividly those first few days.  While I won’t recount all of them at this moment, I would like to share one that stands out.

I arrived in Ukraine not knowing any language other than English.  I quickly learned that in Lugansk, Russian was the language everyone spoke.  This is still true today.  So, on that first Sunday I arrived at church, I knew that I would not understand much of what would be said.  As the service began, I stood listening to people singing songs in Russian. The Holy Spirit filled the place with such a presence that, even though I could not understand them, I comprehended their desire to worship the Risen King.  It was quite an experience for me.

I love recalling that experience.  It fills my heart with hope for Ukrainians today.  That one day, as scripture tells us, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, Jesus is Lord.

3 thoughts on “19 years

  1. Hi Joe,

    Glad to hear all is well.
    Thank you always for sharing.
    Some things go beyond words or comprehension when referring to the Lord’s spirit and truth.

    I just wanted to share a little something with you as you recall a few years back I was trying to reach out to my daughter who had left the states bound for Europe with a friend she had recently met in New York while visiting other friends. After years of abandon, praise the Lord..she came to visit us twice, the last time a bit more at peace.

    Well, to make a long story short, she called this morning to say happy mother’s day – she’s getting married! Please keep Aurora in prayer. Thank you so much for your prayers. May the Lord richly bless you my friend.

    I know your mom would be proud.

    May the peace of the Lord be with you always,


  2. Of course I do not know the details of you time in UK but I do remember when you went and how we prayer for you. I also remember that summer mission trip to the Texas valley region with my husband.

  3. Hello, Joe. I, too, am a Texan and your post piqued my interest. I’ve been studying Russian for two years (on my own) and want to learn to worship in Russian as well. Have you found a source for modern Russian worship music along with the lyrics?

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