For 10 years, my husband and I have spent 3 weeks each year in Ukraine. We do both ministry and humanitarian work while we are there. These have been some of the most challenging trips which we have ever taken.
We have been blessed with many who pray for our safety, health, and the saving of the lost. There are some conditions which are not entirely safe. God has always answered those prayers.
In the earlier years, once we had left American soil, we had very little means of communication with family and friends. We always told them that “no news is good news,” as we were registered with the American Embassy, and left an emergency number with our family.
Several years had gone by without incident.
One year, a friend of ours visited our daughter’s church, and when prayer requests were given, our daughter requested prayer for “Mom and Dad, who left for Ukraine a week ago, and we have had no contact since.”
His request started a snow-ball rolling down a steep hill! Our friend called her aunt, who was a friend of our daughters, and asked if anyone had heard from us yet. She replied, “No, our luggage had been found, but we were nowhere to be found.” The next day, she called her aunt again. Still no news.
At this, our friend got really excited, and she called our pastor and wife on Wednesday evening during the prayer service. As the prayer meeting was in session, they put everything else on hold, and bombarded heaven in prayer on our behalf.
By this time, the story had grown to greater proportions, and people were weeping and praying.
In Ukraine, we had held several meetings, and medical clinics, many had received Christ, and everything seemed to be going very smoothly.
Finally, we had a break, and I had an opportunity to have my translator send a message to our daughter and to our church, to let them know that the work was going quite successfully, and thanking them for their prayers.
What a surprise to us, when we got back the message of how fervently they had prayed when we were “lost in Ukraine.”
Oh what a drama we conceive, when we stretch the truth of what we receive. May God help us to trust and not to believe every wind that blows.
Yes, we laugh about the situation now, and I wonder if God didn’t have a little snicker at the actions of some of His creation!
James 3:5 Even the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.
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