Missions Moment – Ukraine

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Eric and Beth Yogis, WorldVenture

During the last month, you might say the ministry kicked into overdrive. While Beth took a flight to visit her maturing parents in Tennessee, Eric hit the road with his Ukrainian colleagues as they held five pastoral conferences, meetings with four church planting teams, and numerous speaking/singing engagements in churches throughout the country. These trips, along with others to come, are essential for building significant ministry relationships and help us understand the spiritual portrait and church landscape of Ukraine in its entirety.

In our last prayer letter (end of January), we asked you to pray for colleagues who had lost their son earlier that month. They have now returned to the field and have expressed gratitude for your prayers. Your prayers and the prayers of many others uplifted them in their time of need. Their pain is deep and even wounds that heal leave scars. Though we most likely won’t be reminding you in future letters, we ask you to consider putting them on your prayer list until at least next January (2017). Thank you for praying for us also who were affected, albeit less directly, by these events.

 

Praise and Prayer:

We praise God that He has given Beth a great time visiting her parents and for the surprise visit she received from our daughter, Charity. We pray for safety as she returns to Ukraine in a couple days.

We praise God for a great start to the church planter training program and we ask Him for blessing as the leadership follows up on the church planting teams that participated in the training. We praise God that a second identical training program began for a different denomination. As we look to September, we want to begin with another set of students and we ask God to lead us to the students He would have for that program.

We ask God for continued success in Ukrainian language learning. We ask God to open our ears to hear the difference between sounds like “і” and “и” and to untwist our tongues so we can pronounce consonant combinations like “z-sh-ch”. 

We continue to pray for the peace of Ukraine. For more than a week, the fighting has been raging again as the Russian and pro-Russian forces try to expand the borders of their positions in Ukraine. A godly young man was killed last week in the town of Avdeevka because of this continuing conflict. Pray for his family and all those who love him dearly.

Lastly, we will be attending a pan-European church planting conference in Portugal next week. We ask for your prayers for safety both in and out of the airport, and that God would teach us much during this time.

After the conference, we will be taking a week’s vacation to celebrate our upcoming 30th wedding anniversary. Of course, that isn’t until May 16, but on that date, Eric will be a week in to a Ukrainian language intensive and Beth will have her hands full with other upcoming ministries.

Thank you for praying and for your sacrificial offerings to our ministry and to the cause of missions in general!