I never thought I’d meet a family from The Persecuted Church.
I never thought my life would become so intertwined with theirs that it would be impossible to untangle our heartstrings.
And I never thought a piece of me would go to Russia.
Our dear friends are in The Ukraine for the next three months.
When they asked us in January to pray and believe with them to raise $33,000 for their missions trip, I doubted. How could they possibly raise so much money in such a short time in this economy?
God provided every dime through unbelievable means, just because they asked and believed.
They will be traveling to ten cities during this pilgrimage, training thousands of leaders in Sport’s ministry. They will face uncertainty and possible danger as they stay from house-to-house in this impoverished, hungry land.
They packed their belongings in two small carry-ons for their family of four. The other eight large suitcases are stuffed with items you sent, along with others. These bags will stay behind.
The lease on their rental home ended right before they left and so they moved all of their possessions into the garage of a friend. They didn’t want to waste money. When they return in July, they will be homeless.
“Where will you live? What will you do?” I worried.
“God will provide. He is never late. He is always on time,” they said with confidence.
In their home country of Uzbekistan, African Violets grow wild. My sweet friend loves caring for these delicate plants and when she was forced to leave her home, she left behind her beloved flowers.
Before she left for Russia, she brought over four African Violet plants for me to watch over. I put the precious plants in my kitchen window sill and bookmarked “Caring for African Violets” for reference.
She left a piece of Uzbekistan with me, and she took a piece of my heart with her.
Would you please pray for them?
- Travel mercies
- Safety from persecution
- The children will adjust to their homeland and then again to America
- Favor in seeing their mothers who will attempt to travel more than 20 hours out of Uzbekistan.
- A home when they return
- Beautiful African Violets
I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know who I will meet or what will happen and it how it will impact my life. But I cannot thank God enough for stepping into my life that day.
I hope He does it again.
Because He is always on time.
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