One Step Closer!

Nearly every weekend since the beginning of September has found Jeff and a few of the kids in a different city sharing our story and the work in Ukraine God has planned for our family. Friends in Conyers, Georgia, northern Alabama, western Tennessee and central Tennessee have opened their homes to us and have invited us to speak abut our mission to their Bible study classes, congregations or friends and relatives as the Lord has led them. In October Jeff and the kids will be traveling again to Tennessee and to North Carolina and Virginia. We are so encouraged by the love and prayers of the many new friends whom God has brought into our lives. Financially, we are nearing our monthly budget target and praise the Lord for His provision! God, who has called us into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. (1 Cor 1:9)

This week our Ukraine Visas arrived! Wow! What tangible evidence of our nearing departure! We have been granted Visas for the most liberal travel into Ukraine and the for longest duration allowed before renewal is required (5 years). What a confirmation and a blessing! Our next step toward Ukraine is the purchase of airline tickets. We are going to try to work with a travel consolidator for the lowest possible fares. One advantage to our large family is that we meet the requirements of a “group” for travel! We hope to depart mid-November, the Lord willing.

Some friends in Kiev are looking for a house for us to rent and hope to send us information via email in the next couple of weeks. Ukrainians are hesitant to hold a property for foreigners who may not appear. We know God has already taken care of this housing detail and we trust that our home will be waiting upon our arrival.

While we seek a rental home in Kiev, we are preparing our home in Duluth to be rented. We are working with a property management company who will market the house, screen renters and manage the tenant in our absence. Much of the work required to get the house “rent ready” can’t be done in the midst of our packing, sorting and purging, but we’re trying!

There are so many things to do in these final weeks before we depart. We covet your prayers for all these details and for our ability to stay focused, but not overwhelmed; to maintain steadfast faith and not succumb to fear; to deal with each other in love, not impatience; to seek Christ and bind Satan; and to expect the impossible. Thank you for your prayers and support. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Eph 3:20-21).