Dorbre den (Good morning)! This morning we had the pleasure of being a part of the Blessing’s church, Living Water. Daniel and I were practicing our song in another room when a small, bright-faced woman peeked her head in the door excitedly saying something in Ukrainian. A little taken back with her excitement, we gestured for her to come in. We were oblivious to the fact that we were about to encounter the most joyful, energetic, loving, excited woman you will ever meet. She handed me a bouquet of roses and Daniel and small L’viv gift and begin saying in English, “I love you too!! I love you too!!” (Which we found out later is the only thing in English she knows) All the while jumping up and down, laughing and hugging us. Right away we both realized who this was. It was Nelia. We were told her story a few days before of how personality and uncontrollable exuberance is not accepted or understood by people in Ukraine. All we saw was God’s love radiating through her. Within 30 seconds we were trying our best to hold back tears while she danced around in the room to the sound of Daniel’s guitar. We tried to continue singing but there were no words coming out. We were filled to the top with joy, so much it was coming out our eyelids.
The Blessings asked us to be a part of their Sunday morning worship. It was so cool to see people worshiping using the same songs just like we do on a regular Sunday basis, but in a different language. We sang in English while the other worship leaders sang in Ukrainian. The songs we sang were Oh, Happy Day, How Great is Our God, Cornerstone, Blessed be the Name and Still. I can’t explain the joy it gave my heart to experience God’s love like never before. To realize and begin to understand how small I am in the perspective of how big the world is and how awesome God is. I am only a very small part of the Christian body but equally as important. Different time zones, languages and people can’t stop the message of Gods love being proclaimed all over the universe. “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21