Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you may know, I learned that my travel connections were all changed when I arrived at Memphis airport because the plane was late leaving. This put my schedule behind all the way to Kiev. I arrived around 11 pm, which was seven hours later than my originally scheduled time. After retrieving my luggage (which, I thank the Lord, made it through the switch from Continental to Delta), and waiting to go through Customs, I got a room at the hotel that is near the airport. After a shower, I finally got in bed around 1am. The a/c was not working, but I was so tired, I quickly fell asleep and, thankfully, slept very well. I was up at 5:30 and found a taxi just outside the hotel door that brought me to Chernigov.
I arrived a little past 9am and was met by Pastor Alex. We went to the train and bus stations where we picked up Pastor Edward from Priluky and his friend and then Pastor Nickolai Khmelnitskiy from Zaporozhye. We then went to the church's new meeting place where we met Pastpr Sergy Maksimov and two men from his church. I spoke of their new meeting place; this came as the results of us getting to know the workers of the organization that helps handicapped people here in Chernigov. The Lord blessed us to be able to send a container of humanitarian aid to them. We thank the Lord for this blessing in allowing the church to meet here for a small charge. This enables them to have meetings whenever they desire and to stay a long as they need, and to have heat in the winter months.
So, today, Saturday, we were able to have a service that began at 1pm and continued on to 3pm. This gave us time for singing and for three preachers to speak. Pastor Sergey spoke on God's electing grace, I spoke from Rev.18:4-5, pointing out that God calls on His people to be a separated people, to be always coming out from the world and fleeing unto Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I believe that all 30 of the church members were present and several visitors. It was a very blessed service. After the service, we enjoyed a very fine dinner prepared by the ladies of the church. It was a good time of Baptist fellowship.
Tomorrow we will have two services, one in the morning and one in the evening and the ladies will provide us with another good meal, we trust. I will be speaking in both services, so pray for me and the interpreter that we both might be enabled by the Holy Spirit of God. On Tuesday, I will leave for Siberia, Lord willing. Continue to pray for us.