Week of June 20, 2005

No word yet if the upper house of Parliament in Kazakhstan voted on the second reading yet. Please continue to pray.

Viktor, is a missionary working with the Arkalik church in a village about 100 km from Arkalik. He is working to plant a new church in the village. Pray for vision, strength and love as he ministers to the people in the village.

Evangelistic meetings are being planned in Temirtau, KZ where Anatoliy is planting a new church. Also a team from James and Julie Kim’s home church will be coming in late July to help in Temirtau. Begin praying for these evangelistic efforts for God to bless them and for people to hear the Word of God preached there.

Pray for believers in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The work there is already difficult enough, but with the political problems these difficulties are even more so.

I have several meetings this week to help me better understand the work that I will be involved in over the next few months. Pray for wisdom.

On June 24, I leave for Poland. The annual meeting for our region will be held there. It is a time of relaxing, attending worship in English, visiting old friends from seminary, and attending training seminars. After the week of meetings, I will spend 3 days in Krakow to visit Auschwitz and other interesting sites near there.

PRAISE: A young man that I met last summer at camp, Alosha, has been in a Christian drug rehab center for the last few months. Last week he repented and asked Jesus into his life. I have spent many hours (as some of you have) praying for him. Praise the Lord for this answered prayer. I hope to visit him after my Poland trip.

Remember my friends and others I have met in K’stan and Ukraine.

My first week back in Kiev has been spent getting my stuff out of storage and setting up the apartment. The task is still not done.
I still do not know when I will be making a trip to Texas, but it looks like it may be around Christmas. I hope to know soon.

Today I was reading in 2 Cor. 4. Paul wrote: “for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” As I unpack and set up house, it was a great reminder for me to live my life for the eternal things which I cannot see. All my “things” are temporal and really not that important in the scheme of life.