How do you know that you are doing something right?
A few days ago an American team from Iowa came to Odessa to help us minister together. One of the goals that we had during this week was to do English club with people and in the same time to be able to tell them why we are doing what we are doing. A couple days ago I was thinking, “What I am doing here handing out invitations to people who don’t even look at it.” Why was I standing here at the time, when I could talk to someone and help with something doing something more productive. Will I even see these people again?
One episode from this work stuck to my mind. Standing on the street one Ukrainian man was listening to instructions of American man about how to get to a building where we will have English club, but the Ukrainian said the phrase that we didn’t expect him to say: “Americans go home!!!” After that he started cussing at us and chasing us. We walked a little further and continued giving invitations to people, but that man found us and started acting very aggressive. Even though I am not American he started going to me and Brad (Iowans missionary) saying very offensive words with the face of man who is going to beat us. All people around were watching it but didn’t do anything. It seemed like we would not be able to continue doing our work and we started walking away from that man before giving him a chance to injure us somehow. Walking away from him I understood that he is somewhere very close and this all may lead to something bad but I prayed and one thought came to my mind. That’s it, that’s the answer, “We are obviously doing something very right.“
“… you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake…”
After that I turned and didn’t see that man anymore but two American girls running to us hoping that he doesn’t follow them. Everyone was a little shocked but it gave me desire to continue inviting people. In the evening of the same day there were about 20 new people in English club. The next day there were more new people and I even met someone who studies in the same university with me and who wants to visit club not only when Iowans are there but after it as well.
Do I ask myself now was it right to stand there doing what we were doing? No. I know that was right and obviously Satan didn’t like it at all and even tried to prevent us from doing our job.
Many of you know that I had to pass 20 examinations in January-February. It was so many because when I was in the Missionary Training Center I wasn’t able to go to university and do those exams. So it became more. Without all the details I will just say that I am doing distance studying but for exams I have to go to University. I had only 1 and a half months to get ready for exams and it took me a lot of trust that God will take care of this situation for His glory and He did. I passed all exams better then I ever did when it was just 10 before. Praise the Lord because I still don’t know how it happened. I would never do it without Him.
Now I finally have enough time for doing ministry with kids, leading girls’ group and doing discipleship with them, taking part in worship team and translating. It was good to go back to these all that I didn’t even want to rest after exams.
Ministering to God and to people is such a blessing! I praise God for time He gives me so I can do my inductive bible studies and for opportunity talking to my husband which is in the USA raising support for the ministry that we are doing in Odessa, Ukraine. Jacoby and I see how God teaches us to trust Him. Some days it seems that nothing moves but some days it seems that God loves us too much. I want to thank those people who support us in prayers and in a financial way.
A lot of work that we are doing here would not be possible without your encouragements and support.
I also would like to ask you, if you would continue support us praying for :
~ My husband while he is spending time in USA building a support base partners
~ People who came to English club, so that they would continue coming and would want to know our Lord
~ My trip to IM Conference which will be in Poland, for my successful way there and back, especially the way back because I will go home by trains by myself
~ Please Pray for the people in Odessa and Ukraine