So Much Need
Our last two days were very very busy. We are still doing home visits mainly as yesterday we gave our testimonies in the Nikopol Church.
After visiting one family in Nikopol we were on our way to village Shishkino. It was nice to see the family of Pasha again, Pasha is a young 28 years old man who was in the car accident 3 years ago while driving drunk which cost him his health as he is paralyzed from the neck down. He lays in bed all day long. It was very encouraging to us to see him happy, joking with us, and smiling. The last time Mary visited him which was in November 2008 he wanted to commit suicide. This was very encouraging to see him in good spirits.
We visited a very poor home there as well which was more than anyone could imagine. There was hardly anything in the house. We don't know how anyone could survive in these conditions. A mother of 87years old has 2 alcoholic sons that are drunk all the time and can get very abusive . One is in his early 50's, the other one is in late 40's, as she also takes care of her 42 year old down syndrom daughter. We had a chance to bring some little gifts for them. The situation was heart braking.
Today was different for us but just as busy, after visiting with one of the pastors that we are supporting It was very interesting to get to know him through the stories he shared with us of God's grace to him personally and how God is using Him now to lead others to Christ. After a long drive we ended up in the poor village of Maryivka where we met with the directors and the residence of the rehab centre.
For the supper we were invited to join the family of and ex Communist Mayor and a persecutor of Christians during USSR. He gave his life to Christ 11 years ago and holds a strong testimony of God's love and forgiveness. He speaks in churches, works with kids, leads people to the Lord through the testimony of his life. We had a wonderful time there as he told us stories of his life before and after God met him. We cried and laughed, we sang and prayed and fellowshipped together. Please pray for his kids as they are still on the journey to find Jesus.
well, it is late, we have to get some sleep, tomorrow is another busy day for us.
Thank you all for your prayers.
Mary ~HFL Team Leader