“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV
Here’s the latest from Vinnytsia: 20 people have died, among whom are 3 children. 50ish are in hospital, 46 still missing. 55 buildings damaged.
Pray for families and for those who are helping. Our ministry partners have served about 150,000 people in various ways all around Ukraine. Please pray that our wonderful colleagues have God’s wisdom as they determine how to help those in their own city.
THANK YOU for praying! CEO continues to send funding daily to help those who are struggling with this ongoing war.
This journey was the first of its kind in four years. 8 locations, in 14 days (not counting flying time), gallons of coffee, great meals and a ton of awesome conversations. One aspect that I really loved was the 4ish days at the Del-pest church. This year was at the great Hungarian sea (aka Lake Balaton). Here are a few pix that are among my favorites.
So now I head home and look forward to seeing the gang in C’ville next week! Here’s one text from the teachings at Balaton:
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:8-15 ESV)