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I started doing this series months (years?) ago, when I was studying fundraising in the Bible. I was prompted to keep recounting how God provides.

The things I’ve seen lately:
***Friends and churches we’ve visited have been very generous with us financially and with gifts.
***They have also just supported us with love and listening. More than ever before, this visit I have desperately needed emotional support. The last term was … incredibly stressful. I’m really thankful for friends who’ve listened and encouraged.
***A church started supporting us.
***Another church wants to try fundraising for us 2ce a year.
***I’ve also been encouraged by the results reported from the crisis pregnancy hotline in Kiev. It’s hard, detailed, emotionally-taxing work, and it’s sweet to see fruit from that.

I want to mention, if you would like to help with operating costs for the rehab center or for the crisis pregnancy ministry, please let me know and I’ll send you information about these ministries.

As always, God has been so good, so “enough.” We’re very thankful.

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I was asked to be chairman of the board of directors for the crisis pregnancy center we’re starting.

we met for 3 and a 1/2 hours—our first meeting. And we got a lot done, tasks assigned, fundraising ideas put in place, prayer and worship.

DSCN3922I’m thankful for how God has helped me hear and speak russian so freely. I make tons of grammar mistakes, but they all know what I’m saying :D

We had a good meeting. Thankful to God.

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booklet

"Where's the exit?"

This booklet is for women thinking about abortion. I’ve stapled Olya’s business card on there, and I’m giving a stack of them to the head doctor of our women’s prenatal clinic.

I go to this clinic 2ce a month to do a one-hour lecture for expecting women about newborn care and life with small children.  So I’ve gotten to know this doctor a little. He attended church for a while, and he’s told me that he’s stopped writing abortion papers for women asking for them.

So I wanted to put these booklets with Olya’s phone number for consultation there. And he wants to give them out to women who are thinking of aborting.

Pray for opportunities to witness and reach families and women through this.

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Saturday we had a memorial service to honor these moms and their babies.

Our girls’ group (back of heads) sang several beautiful songs, and two girls read a poem. We had some group songs, Olya and I spoke briefly a few times.

This is the center table. It has some decor on , then small tea candles, one for each baby, the big white candle represents Christ. At one point during the service, each lady comes up, lays her white roses (representing her children) in the basket and lights the candles for her babies from Christ’s candle. Then she tells us their names and says something to us or to God if she wants.

Our pastor’s wife spoke from the passage  abut how our deeds will be shown for what  they are–wood, hay, straw will burn and gold, silver, precious stones will last. She comforted us with the thought that our unworthy deeds will be destroyed, they won’t be with us to regret all eternity. And we can build deeds that will last.

Was a special time.

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“The Character of God”

This is the longest lesson. And there’s a great reason it’s at the beginning because it gives ladies a foundation in understanding God to undergird them for the rest of the study.

When Claire, from England, taught  the introductory lesson for this chapter, she started by saying that for women who’ve had abortions, they usually see God as Judge, and it’s hard for them to see God as their Father.

This chapter takes them through several names of God–God who provides, God who heals, etc. Then through several of His main traits. Then the study addresses God as Father and His discipline.

Several ladies commented on how they were touched by learning that the purpose of God’s discipline is to produce righteousness and peace in us. Isn’t that a beautiful truth to comfort us?

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I was a little emotional that I would be leading this seminar during Skyla’s fifth birthday (July 31).

The girls so graciously and happliy parted with me on the 30th, and I cannot say enough how thankful I am for Vitaliy for fatherhood, for his love and work as a parent.

He took them to the beach that day. Then they bought party supplies, and the girls decorated one balcony–hats, favors, etc. They bought candy, a cake, etc.

The next day they celebrated, and they went out an bought Skyla a pink scooter–I’ll try to get a photo in here. She LOVES it.

Basically, they had a blast, and the girls didn’t miss me a bit. I probably felt sadder than anyone, but I’m glad Skyla had a great day!

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Leading these intense Bible studies is an amazing experience. I feel like we’re sitting there for these days, ladies studying their Bibles, going through their abortion experiences and the aftermath again, this time with God, and . . .

And I’m sitting there watch God grow fruit on them. Right before my eyes.

Fruits of exchanging God’s truth for lies, godly anger management in the place of bitterness and rage, forgiveness where there was unforgiveness, acknowledgement and repentence where there was ignorance, excuses, and hardness.

Truly, it’s watching God even visibly transform a person. It’s . . . indescribable.

More to come . . .

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