Roma is like a son to me. I met his family in 1994 in Lugansk, Ukraine. Roma was seven years old when I moved to Lugansk. His father and mother attended the services where I was helping. We became friends and saw each other often outside of church.
I grew to love this family and Roma and another child, Sasha, became like my children. To this day, I care deeply for these families.
I had a wonderful treat last night! Roma is involved with an evangelical student group in Kyiv. The leaders meet for a time of food and fellowship each Thursday night. He invited me to attend their meeting last night.
After having dinner, they asked me to share about myself so I spoke about my life as a missionary. Later, it was a surprise for me to find that Roma was going to lead their Bible study! He guided them in some terrific discussion (some of which I didn’t understand due to some speaking in Ukrainian!) and used illustrations along the way.
Overall, for all that I understood, it was a good Bible study. However, I was most proud (like a father) of seeing how Roma has grown in his walk, his devotion to scriptures and his love for sharing with people. I couldn’t have been prouder at that moment!