Dear Friends and Family,
On the 31st of March, I am embarking on an exciting journey to the Ukraine on a MPPC PROJECT ANTIOCH short-term mission trip with a team of 9 other individuals. Ever since the planning for this journey began back in January, we have been preparing ourselves spiritually so we will be the vessels God can use. There is no way we can go and serve others in Kiev on our own strength, only by God’s strength. I would really appreciate your prayers on the team’s behalf; before we embark, and while we are gone. Thank you for supporting us in this essential way through prayer. Even though you will not physically be with us in the Ukraine, you will be participating in the trip through your intercession on our behalf.
There are more than 30,000 street kids in Kiev alone. The team will be involved in many projects working primarily with street kids. Since half of the team consists of medical professionals, they will be setting up a clinic in the newly formed orphanage, called "My Father’s House". The two doctors, dentist, and nurse will also be examining the children. The rest of the non medical professionals (willing servants, as we like to call ourselves) will be communicating to these same kids just how much Jesus loves them through puppet shows, acting out Bible stories, working on crafts together and giving them lots of love and hugs.
Also during the day and late at night, we will be participating in the ongoing feeding program to street kids who live in the forest or underneath apartment buildings. These street kids have been abandoned by their families because of alcoholism and/or their financial situation, (because of the poor economic environment in the Ukraine.)
We will also be working with women living at the "Women’s Addiction Center". We will have the opportunity to build relationships with them and encourage them in their walk with Christ. I know there will be lots more to do once we get there!
Friday, March 31 Travel to Kiev with a layover in Zurich on April 1
Sunday, April 2 Arrive in Kiev, Ukraine
Monday, April 3-April 12 Serve our new friends in Kiev
Wednesday April 12 Leave Kiev to Zurich
Thursday, April 13 Debrief in Zurich: reflect on what God did IN us and THROUGH us
Friday, April 14 Return to USA
Smile--pray that Christ will show in our dispositions
Flexible--pray that we understand that there is more than one way to do something
Improvise--pray for creativity to use what the Lord has given us
No Complaining--pray that we will focus on our blessings when we find ourselves "under the circumstances’’
Team Unity, working together as the body of Christ
Getting all our supplies through Ukraine customs.
Health for team members and Ukrainian staff
Flexibility to cultural differences
To be open to God’s leading and lessons
To have the attitude of Christ and be servants (Phil 2:5-8)
That the children will come to know the love of Jesus
That we will all be changed and become more like Jesus
Emergency Telephone Numbers:
Patricia Schroeder: Director of the ministry we will work with: Email: email@example.com
Phillip Barnett: 011-38-044-543-9277 (fax also) Email: Phillip@Barnett.kiev.ua
Phillip’s Official church address: Church of God in Prophecy
Jmachenko Street, 18
You can follow our trip daily on the MPPC website. www.mppc.org and look under the Mission Department link. We will (hopefully) be sending pictures home via email daily, so you can be there with us!
Mark your calendars! On Sunday April 30th at 12:15 in D-10, we invite you to join the team and hear the stories and see the sights of our Kiev, Ukraine mission experience.
Thanks for your support in prayer and love.