Friday, October 05, 2007

One Body

Church at the Invalid Center

Last Sunday our church, Дім Милосердя (House of Mercy), couldn't meet in the usual place due to the national elections going on. Instead, we met together with two other churches (one from Bila Tserkva and one from the town of Fastiv) at the Invalid Center across the street. We had a combined service with lots of different worship and the sharing of testimonies to the Glory of God. The service was held on the second floor so we needed to carry the people in wheelchairs up the stairs. It was encouraging to see how God is working here among the Ukrainian people to foster a true sense of community and brotherly love for each other.

The Pastor and His Wife from Fastiv
A husband and wife from Fastiv

Maria's mom playing a bandura, a traditional Ukrainian instrument

After the service, the head of the Bila Tserkva City Association of the Children-Invalids and Their Parents, asked if I would be interested in getting involved with the children they work with. I'm looking forward to setting up a time to meet with him and see how I could be a blessing and more importantly, encouraging other Ukrainians to help serve God's children. In a place where so much darkness and hopelessness seems to hang in the air, it's a true blessing to witness God's church advancing as One Body.

Dominic and Joshua after Church
Dominic & Joshua enjoying tea and cookies after the service

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12

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