Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ukraine Team Update ~ 06/28/18

Hello Apostles family,

Today our team has spent much of the day in preparation for the arrival of Ukrainian students. We are preparing bible studies , workshops and outdoor challenges (think ropes course type activities — yikes).  The desire is to have many different contexts in which to interact with and get to know these students. We partner in this with a team of students from the UK.  Our team has been so impressed with these students and really enjoyed interacting with them.  They love Jesus, are warm and funny and curious about us and life in the States.  (The picture shows a few of them over dinner.)

Today, many of us on the team are feeling the intensity of the schedule. Continue to pray that the Lord will give us lots of stamina and will use brief breaks in the day to restore us. 

Thanks for your prayers. 

Terri Shell

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Preparing for Reaching Ukrainian Students

Our group has arrived in the city of Lviv and are staying at a Catholic seminary outside the city. After flying through London, we flew into Kiev, then took a four-hour (or more?) train to Lviv, and arrived feeling REALLY tired, but thankful to be on time with no travel difficulties!

There are about 20 college students and staff from the UK, about 15 local Ukrainian ministry staff, and the five of us on our team from Apostles. We’ve been spending the first full day learning about Ukrainian culture and preparing to lead the Ukrainian students who will be coming next week.

Please pray for stamina! And also that we will be well prepared to love, listen to and show Christ’s love to these students who will be joining us!

(Our Team with Yevgen, one of the Ukrainian staff who has spoken to us at Apostles)

Ukrainian Team Launched!

Monday, June 25, 2018

We've made it through security and are sitting at the gate. We've been discussing concerns. "What did I forget to pack?" We've laughed about how many times we checked to make sure the Passport was in hand. We've talked about the prospects of bumps and snags that inevitably come with travel. 

But the thing that puts us at ease is the fact that there is a group of young, energetic, lively Ukrainian university students we are about to meet who probably have little to know church background or awareness of who Jesus is. And we are joining the Lord in his effort to reveal himself to them. 

Our flight leaves at 6pm tonight, and we'll touch down in Kiev at 1:30pm local time (6:00am Raleigh time). 

Please pray for us as we go, that we will humbly step into all that God has for us.

-Ukraine Team {Catherine Wood, Terri Shell, Austin Harris, John Creasy, Eric Bolash}