JOSIE IN UKRAINE NEWSLETTER: HIGHLIGHTS OF 2011
The year so far has been one amazing adventure in Gods amazing story. Iâ€™ve been able to be apart of so many great things, and seen fist hand God at work. I hope this newsletter accurately pictures the amazing people of Ukraine and Godâ€™s heart for them. Thank you to everyone who has been with me during this time, God is awesome is he not? And this is only the beginning!!
LANGUAGE LESSONS When I first arrived in Ukraine I started language lessons right away. The country speaks both Russian and Ukrainian but Kaharlyk, where I’m at, speaks primarily Ukrainian, so that’s what I’m learning. I’ve had nine solid months of lessons and I feel that I’m progressing nicely. God has blessed me with a great teacher and a lovely lady to learn and practice with. I go into Kiev twice a week for two hour lessons. I still have so much to learn but I love seeing God work in me this way. I never would have thought that I could speak another language so different from my own, but God shows me daily that with Him all things are possible!
ORPHANAGE MINISTRY God is doing a lot with Calvary Chapel Kaharlyk and it’s involvement in the orphanages. This past year we continued visiting the Koozmentsie kids and we also had the opportunity to visit a new orphanage in Boorty! Please pray that God would continue to give vision to our team and for Gods love to be poured out on these kids!
COMMUNITY OUTREACH This year the church was involved in a few different outreaches...
KAHARLYK DAY PARK OUTREACH
SAMARITANS PURSE SHOEBOXES:
VOICE. ENGLISH IN THE SCHOOLS
“BUT WHEN HE SAW THE MULTITUDES, HE WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION FOR THEM!” MAT. 9:36a
YOUTH GROUP God is working in our youth group right now. He is raising up a new younger generation, and I’m so excited to be able to grow and experience life together with these kids. Please pray for our group as the older youth move on and the younger move in. Ultimately we want God to be glorified in and through us... in the way that we interact with our families, at school, or in the community.
WHATS NEXT Right now God has me in Arizona for a 6 month furlough. My time here will be spent working on my visa and raising additional monthly support. As for when I return to Ukraine, language studies are still extremely important to me, and I hope to continue learning as much as possible. I’ll also be moving in with Katya, a Ukrainian girl my age! Oh yeah I should tell you she speaks NO english :) and that’s a good thing! Recently God has put the unchurched youth of our town on my heart. Micah Claycamp has been working on a coffee shop for the church, and my hope is to somehow use the coffee shop as an inviting, fun, place for the youth to be. I want to invest in the lives of the youth and share JESUS with them!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
CONTACT AND DONATION INFO: MY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org DONATIONS: ONLINE: shepsstaff.org missionary #1219 CHECKS:Shepherd's Staff Mission Facilitators PO Box 53640 Albuquerque, NM 87153-3640 With my number 1219 written in the memo space
PRAY FOR ME: *That my time at home would be productive and that I would be sensitive to Gods leading. *My visa. I’ve been denied twice for a religious visa, please pray for Gods favor with the Ukrainian officials and that everything wouldn’t take too long. *For the hearts of the Ukrainian people. * For my heart, that it would always rely on Gods strength. And find joy in only HIM! SUPPORT ME FINANCIALLY *I am in need of an additional $350 a month in order to be able to move in with Katya and continue language lessons. *Visa costs, my visa will cost around $300.
MAY GOD BE PRAISED! JOSIE
Published on Oct 24, 2011