To all who supported me (no matter what form that support took) in Ukraine,
This letter has been many months in the work. It has been very hard for me to write this, not because of the lack of a desire to, or because of the lack of words. On the contrary, it is a direct result of the flood of emotions, thoughts, and stories that come rushing out and overwhelm my finger tips every time I attempt to compose this. It is only now, with classes in full swing, work, my student government position, and getting the ministry rolling on campus that I realize the urgency in getting this letter finished.
As I sit and write this letter after reflecting in the months following my trip to
In my weeks after returning from
I had a stark reminder of this fact on my second to last day teaching VBS. We were driving the bustling pedestrian laden streets of Ivano-Frankivsk when out of the crowd I spotted two clean cut young men wearing black slacks, white button up shirts, with a book of Mormon in their hand and a spare tucked securely in their pocket. I knew they were here on their two year mission, and I was finishing up my measly two weeks. This was absolutely heart breaking after witnessing first hand how ripe the field is in
One of my favorite stories to share is a demonstration of how the Holy Spirit worked in revolutionary ways in the hearts of the kids. Many of the kids came into VBS not even knowing basic Bible Stories. The first couple days I had trouble prodding deeper with my questions. I’ll admit the language barrier and the lack of a consistent translator added to the frustrations, but by the third day of VBS the Holy Spirit had already opened their hearts and minds. They started to understand spiritual concepts and it wasn’t long before their curiosity was piqued. They were the ones prodding with deeper questions, or in some cases, answering with deeper answers than what I was expecting. I felt as if I was watching my class walk on the road to Emmaus with Jesus as he was opening their eyes to Scripture. (Luke 24:13-35)
The Holy Spirit was working in these kids’ hearts over the course of VBS, but now VBS is but a faint summer memory in their mind. I hope I have been successful in conveying to you my excitement and the real ways that our Lord was working in
I thank God for allowing me to share in this experience with so many of you. And I thank each and every one of you for your support in all their various avenues that overflowed with abundance.
For Christ’s Glory,