It has been quite the day. I am back early (by the standard of previous nights) but only because I need to pack after 8 days living out of a suitcase in a very small room. Half packed and now ready for a cup of hot chocolate (I brought it with me as a personal treat and have been careful to drink it sparingly).
This morning while typing a blog our translator trecked over to where I am staying from where he is staying – he has a phone that works and so Dima the pastor and conference host called him and asked him to come and talk to me. Dima felt the Lord said that we should not simply prophesy as had been decided at midnight the previous night but that we should also teach. So, at 9:00 a.m. with my team members just getting up and me busy working on blogs and publication deadlines I switch gears to see what the Lord would have us teach these 50 pastors who had assembled for the three pastors sessions (Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and afternoon). We made some hasty decisions and pulled the material together – prayed and off we went.
It was a great two sessions – teachings were awesome and those in attendance responded well. We also prophesied over close to ten people. Doesn’t sound like much but when each one if 15 to 20 minutes and then needs interrepting – it is a lengthy time of prophetic ministry. So, a great close to the pastor’s end of the 8 days we have been here.
Supper was “in-house” as they have all been. Good Ukrainian cooking and all those working on the team – my team, the translators, and the pastors all together in close quarters talking and sharing. Good feedback after each session and an opportunity to receive further input and instructions from the pastor regarding where we have been and where we are going and would he like to see any changes. Then, after supper, my team went back to their rooms to rest and I met with the youth leaders.
The youth are exciting. They started less than 3 months ago and have 80 in attendance and plans to quickly expand to 200. They have a five point vision which they knew by heart and are already reaching out with concerts and one-on-one witnessing. Wow! And they literally have nothing compared to the youth in my city back home. But, they have Jesus and are madly in love with him. So, we have planned a two day youth conference the next trip back (February, 2009) and then a week long youth camp for a wider area (expecting hundreds) in the summer months at which I would speak and minister. I think I have died and gone to Heaven. This is a dream come true.
Then a walk home with the lady translator because her husband left for home a few hours ago to be back at work tomorrow. We were joined by a Ukrainian pastor who spoke no English and I speak only a few words of Russian. It was great. She interpreted and I learned a little about him. We walked past where we are staying in an orphanage and took her right to her friends place where she and her husband have been staying – so she did not have to walk these streets by herself. The pastor asked if I would pray a blessing over him and his wife and kids. I agreed and told him to take his cell phone out and push record because praying becomes prophesying in my life – the change happened several months ago and is increasing in strength and depth daily. And, I was right.
I gave him a wonderful prophesy about the next ten years of his life and he was really blessed and so thankful. We then walked back to the orphanage where we are both staying – in total silence – no interpreter. I need to learn the language – this is totally stupid as he was my brother in Christ and I can’t talk to him. However, the hug at the end of the walk communicated a lot.
Now I am into packing mode and just taking a break before going back to it for a while as the morning will come quickly and it is 12 hours in a vehicle before we reach Boyorka. Then a sleep and up early to go into Kiev and the flights home. We leave here Friday and arrive home Friday – but 9 hours will be lived twice as we cross time zones. A total of 24+ hours in the air and airports. Saturday will be a loss due to being tired and jet lag. Good day to do laundry.