- Never underestimate the incredible blessing of being with family – that’s what I’m feeling right now. The last five years we hosted great Thanksgiving meals in our home in Ukraine with people from multiple nations, but that’s a whole different scenario from being in my hometown (Pensacola) and sitting down to a big meal with my family. We never know what tomorrow will bring, but today we have family, and that feels really great. A few weeks ago we had the joy of being with Andrea’s family. Time together is a great thing and we’re more mindful of that now that we’ve lost some of our family members.
- Don’t forget to pay attention to the details. We started out the morning with a fun run – the Turkey Trot 5k – in downtown Pensacola. On my race bib they left a space for us to put what we’re thankful for, so I wrote “Everything!” with a reference to Ephesians 5:20, “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Unfortunately I mistakenly wrote down GALATIANS 5:20, which says, “idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions…” Whoops. Incidentally, congrats to Emily who PR-ed the race today with a time of 25:19 and came in 1st in her age category!
- When asked what I’m most thankful for, I must say that I’m most thankful for an all-powerful, all-just and all-loving Father in heaven who is working all things for the good of those who love Him. This truth allows me to say I’m thankful for everything.
- We’re also very, very thankful for all of you who have sacrificed to make it possible for our family to spend our life bringing the good news of the Gospel to the people of Ukraine. We are all part of a grand story that will outlast time!
Just back from Ukraine…
A few days ago I returned from a two-week trip to Ukraine (where I met with many of our church members as well as our pastors), and France, (where I met with other MTW Team Leaders.) Both trips were very encouraging! In Ukraine the church continues to stand strong and is looking to expand their outreach into the community through new ministries to women and children. In France the meetings tended to be more challenging, but we left feeling unified and positive about the direction in which God is leading. As I continue traveling to churches to meet with many of you, I look forward to sharing more details about both, and we’ll share more in our next newsletter as well.
We’re thankful to God for all of you and hope that this day
will be full of joy, meaning, and thanks!
Bob, Andrea, Abigail, Emily & Iris
Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”