Oksana, a young lady from church, turned 22 on Saturday and invited me to her birthday party. We had a good time there. We played a few games and talked about our futures. After a couple of hours, I left her party to go home and rest as I had been invited to a New Year’s Eve party with some people from the church.
I got to the building early and helped set up and visited with people. The party started around 11:30 p.m. a few people gave their testimonies and then we prayed at a few minutes after 12 as huge fireworks went off around us. We had dinner, sang some songs and then I participated in a skit and decided to go home. It was 1:30 a.m.
I got home around 2 a.m. and wrote an email wishing people a Happy New Year and went to bed. At least I tried to go to bed. At 2 a.m. the fireworks were still going off and I would get to sleep another set of fireworks would go off. The last time I looked at the clock it was after 4 a.m.!
I woke up around 11 a.m., fixed my traditional black-eyed peas (does any one know the story behind this!) and cornbread. I had lunch, and got ready for church. Our service had been moved to 3 p.m. since New Year’s Eve is a BIG celebration and people stay up late (with all the fireworks who could sleep?!?).
So I left my house late, 2:40 p.m. thinking I would be really late for the service. However, I love holidays here as few people are out driving and I made the usual 35-40 minute drive in 25! I only missed a few moments of the service.
The first Sunday of each month is Lord’s Supper and so we celebrated the Lord’s Supper and heard a sermon in Ukrainian from Joshua 24 “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I don’t understand Ukrainian that well but what I did understand was great!
This evening I even got to watch the Carolina – Atlanta game, but left after Carolina had a big lead.
I am hoping to see the Texas – USC game later this week.
Happy New Year!