Our last day at the church here in Bogoslav, Ukraine. We are picked up at 10:30 a.m. for the first of three services. The first services starts at 11:00 – then 3:00 – then 6:00. Well, the 11:00 a.m. service did not end until 5:00 p.m. and so we decided that we would not try to hold the 3:00 p.m. service. However, after a very short and quick break for something to eat we went back at it at 6:15 p.m. and worshipped and ministered until 11:45 p.m. It was a long but GREAT Day for the Lord and His people.
I am amazed at the prophetic words that the Lord gave to me to speak encouragement and hope to His people. They flowed easily (except when near the end and really tired) and had depth and tremendous substance. Each day the Lord has encouraged me as well. Today a man came up to me (about my age) and showed me a typed copy of his word from the Lord from my visit ten years ago and told me – with face beaming – that 80% of it has already come to past. Encouraging – and just when I needed to be encouraged.
One lady came up late last night – the day before I had prophesied that there was a new job opening up for her in the business world and that it would be an excellent job on an executive level. She just wanted me to know that when she arrived home that night there was a job offer waiting for her (phone message) from a top travel agency in Kiev and that the position being offered was at the executive level. God is so good.
The worship has been awesome – they worship from an hour to an hour and a half each time we begin a service. The Ukrainian people put their whole hearts into the worship. Dancing, clapping, marching, waving flags, singing, shouting, hooting and hollering, praising, singing in the Spirit, silence … the worship team changes every time – averaging 14 in membership – a variety of different types of drums, trumpets, clarinet, vocals, guitars – acoustic, base, rhythm – numerous “sound makers”, pianos, and various other assorted instruments depending on the service. These people are very musical and the worship seriously honored God and the people are certainly focused worshippers. Of course, I don’t know any Russian or Ukrainian so I do not know what they are singing. However, it was not hard to worship with them – just raised my hands and heart and basked in the worship going on around me. You would have thought that you had died and gone to Heaven it was that good – not great – no, that doesn’t describe it either – majestic.
Today was our last ministry day here and so we kept going until we finished prophesying over everyone we could. I am sure that, in total, we have prophesied over 75 people in serious depth since we started to teach and minister on Saturday at lunch time. These words are substantial – 20 minutes each I would estimate – and contained much to encourage, direct, and transform those who received them. Each one spoke directly to the person. When we were praying over a couple there was usually a word for each one separately and then for the couple as a team. As well, most couples who had their children in attendance brought their children to the front as well and so we had the honor of prophesying over the next generation of the Christian Church in Ukraine. And it was a serious honor.
There are many young Ukrainian men who have tremendous callings upon their lives. And, we had our share of prophetic words over these men. God is up to something here in Ukraine. As well, many people – especially the young men – received words about going to other nations to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is part of the role and destiny of this nation – but also a major part of the local church we were working in (more on that tomorrow).
Wednesday is a travel day – 10 to 12 hour car ride (I asked not to go by night train as planned as I wanted to see the countryside as we went so far south into an area I have never been to before. We leave at 11:00 a.m. with all our bags and books and my portable office … we are stopping for supper on the way. Breakfast this morning was cheese and ham and a coffee followed by chocolate. Different. We have a driver and one of our interpreters is going with us. They will stay overnight and then drive back tomorrow. So good of them.
More as I have opportunity.