THE LAST DAY
Well, today was our last day in Nikopol, it is bittersweet, we have really enjoyed the people and being here, but we are also ready to see our families.
We started the day with a wonderful breakfast made with love by John's sister. After breakfast we started making the last of our hampers, we were asked to make 110 of them. With many delays due to running out of items we finally got them done, all 110 of them. We left for the banquet which was being held in John and Nadya's church. As we arrived we saw that the widows had already started coming, and there were already many of them waiting for us. Once we they were all seated at the tables, and the food was served we started our service. As we were singing and sharing for the people we found out that we needed another 40 hampers, so a few of us had to leave, go and get the supplies and make more hampers. John had said that most of those who were there were not members of the church. What a wonderful turn out! Out of all of those widows and widowers, we counted only 10 or so men.
Kathy, Shelley and Carrie did a Sunday school activity with 7 young children.
Once we were home we had tea and cake and presented our gifts to Natasha, Olya, and Sveta. We will miss them dearly, they were a huge part of our ministry here, we could not have done it without them very easily. They worked above and beyond being translators, and we will never forget them.
Kathy, Heidi, and Shelley went to the hospital to visit the young lady and bring her water, fruit, a small gift and a bible.
The men had left for the church to continue helping John with pressing renovations for their 100th year celebration that is happening on the 7th.
We feel we have been used by God for many people, but we also feel that God has used those people to touch our lives as well.
We will not be able to write until we get home to BC, we are leaving bright and early tomorrow for Kiev. God bless those who have followed our journey to Ukraine, your comments and prayers were felt and appreciated by all of us on the Greendale team!