Nothing like diving right in. After a major hassle in the airport security system, custom officials and consular officers I made it through to those on the other side of the wall who had been waiting for almost 2 hours for me. It was the worse time I have ever had working at entering a country. But God had warned me that this was not going to be an easy two weeks and that I should be prepared to persevere and see it through.
During the 22 hours of flying and airports I had several times, I must admit, when I felt a little panic fluttering around in the pit of my stomach. However, I run my life as best I can according to the Word and remembered that I have the “peace of God that passes all understanding”. Every time the panic feeling would enter my heart and spirit I would meditate on the words Jesus spoke and feel the flood simply restored. Afterall, He is the Prince Of Peace.
I was met at the Minsk airport – after a very rough last third of the trip – by the local pastor I will be ministering for tomorrow morning (Henadzi Kernazhytski) … and my interpreter and administrator Miroslav as well as the youth leader who invited me this nation in the first place. After a trip into the city and a great lunch we then made some travel arrangements regarding return trains for Miroslav and my flights returning on a Monday. I noticed on my way through the city doing the things that needed to be done that it is a very clean city and well kept – there is some pride in who they are and what people think. Good pride in their city and it shows. Also there is a lot of construction going on – great new buildings – very modern and advanced. I have not seen such modern construction in many of the other former Soviet Union nations where I have ministered.
We then headed to the pastor’s home where we will be staying tonight and tomorrow night and I am currently sitting in his office (where I will be sleeping) typing this blog. They have sorted out the internet for us in the locations where we will be living and so I should manage a blog entry a day if time permits.
We have had a four way and then a three way meeting (one university student had a class to go to) here for several hours regarding the coming two weeks and where we will be ministering, for whom, how long are the services, what is happening between the services (meetings, deliverances…) and so on. Very boring stuff but absolutely essential if the ministry is to flow smoothly. This was the leadership team’s first opportunity to meet as a whole and face-to-face to make sure we were all on the same page (and reading the same book) and sort out the details. We accomplished a lot – ending in prayer for every event during the next 15 or 16 days.
Emails are caught up – I did today’s… still 325+ behind… but I am only one person and doing the best I can. God and people first and ministry to the people with (not just for) God… Time to have some supper as it is 8:30 here and tonight they put the clocks forward an hour so it is 9:30 here (body time 1:30 in the afternoon) and I have not slept since Friday morning at 6:00 so I am finding my brain fading now in the conversations we are holding. Time to call it a night.
Tomorrow will be a busy day meeting lots of people from many nations. There will be some YWAM (Youth With A Mission) youth in the service, a former British pastor and his wife now working with kids here in Belarus (BelaRussia) will also be in the service, not to mention a number of other visitors. I won’t really get a good look at the local church as there will be a considerable number of visitors there. I have yet to meet the pastor we will be ministering with in the evening…
Please remember to pray as we have many obstacles to overcome and we want maximum impact for these wonderful people here in this nation. There is a sense of spiritual breakthrough in the air and they have been praying for just that! I am, of course, open to do whatever the Lord asks us to do.