An update from Lindsay:
In mid-October, I had the opportunity to teach a 2-week English club with Campus Crusade for university students. Campus organizes this club twice a year and always looks for Americans to teach the classes. I enjoy helping whenever I am able to. This is the first time I have been able to commit to it since coming back to Ukraine and it was a great joy. I co-taught with another missionary here in L’viv, and our class averaged about 25 students, who had a beginning knowledge of English. It was a great group of students, and I pray that the Lord will bring much fruit from the time He gave me with them and Campus’s continued relationship with them.
Then, we had our 3 glorious weeks in Israel, which was an overwhelming blessing. We were able to visit Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Jerusalem, En Gedi, the Dead Sea, Haifa, Capernaum, Tiberias, and Nazareth. It was quite incredible to walk in the land that God chose for His people and the city (Jerusalem) where He has put His name. Seeing how the Arabs and Jews live together, leading normal lives, yet knowing there is a tension beneath the surface that could explode at any minute, was fascinating. I could feel the Lord’s love for both these groups of people and my constant prayer was for their salvation. At the same time, I could feel how strong His heartbeat is for the Jewish people, His chosen people. The Lord was constantly bringing to mind the passage in Acts 5, where Peter and the apostles are brought before the council. The council wanted to put them to death, but up steps this respected rabbi (who is still revered in Judaism today), Gameliel, who says in verses 38-39, “So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” For 2000 years, no one has been able to overthrow Jesus’s followers and yet, many Jewish people still cannot see that this is of God! Lord, let the scales fall from their eyes, and hasten Your return, when all Israel will be saved!
My favorite place in Israel was definitely Nazareth Village. Nazareth today is a bustling city, but then there is Nazareth Village – a rebuilt, working 1st century village, as it was when Jesus grew up there. In fact, it was discovered that the land Nazareth Village is on was a large farm during the time of Jesus, outside of the center of town. Everything is replicated to be as it was in the 1st century, except for an actual 1st century winepress that they discovered on their land. Our guide through the village was amazing – a believer so passionate about Jesus, he wants everyone who comes to the village intending to discover some history, to discover a living Lord instead. He walked us through each part of the village, explaining the things that surrounded Jesus as He grew up, and showing how these things influenced His teaching & life. With each explanation, he so vividly expressed the passionate love of Jesus for each person. It was truly an experience I will never forget!
My heart is so connected to my parents’ ministry here in L’viv and the vision of Bethel House – to help Jewish people as they immigrate to Israel. One thing that was never far from my mind as we traveled throughout the country, hearing Russian all around us from the multitude of Soviet immigrants, is that there are people God has called to that land and He wants to use Bethel House to help get them there. It made me even more anxious to see this house finished! I am so excited that it is in the final stages of construction, and if God will provide the funds, it could be up and running by next summer! I have been so blessed to be here, helping in these final stages of construction, but I am most excited about the construction being completed and being a part of the ministry becoming a reality as Jewish people pass through this home on their way to Israel! Lord, hasten the day!!! Dad & Mom were able to have numerous meetings with ministries and congregations in Israel, which was very exciting. A large part of the ministry of Bethel House involves networking – ministering to Jewish people here in the love of Jesus, their Messiah, and connecting them with people in Israel who will continue to minister to them in that same love once they arrive.
The whole reason we initially started thinking about a trip to Israel was because we had to leave the country anyway to get new visas. On our first day in Tel Aviv, we went straight to the Ukrainian embassy to turn in our applications, only to be told that we had the wrong documents. The visa laws recently changed here and we had asked the local government offices here in L’viv what documents we needed and had gotten everything they told us. Apparently, though, they did not have the right information. On our return from Israel, we were able to re-enter Ukraine on 90-day tourist visas and, at some point in this 90 days, we will have to go to Poland with the correct documents and try again. Please be in prayer during this process that we will end up with the necessary visas. Please also prayerfully consider making a financial donation towards the visas. We went to Israel expecting to pay $200/person. We have since learned that the fee is even higher – $379/person!!!! Despite America & Ukraine having a reciprocal agreement (an agreement that Ukraine will charge Americans for visas what Americans charge Ukrainians & Ukrainians definitely don’t pay that much for a religious visa to America!), this is the official price Ukraine currently has for visas, and we are trusting the Lord to provide for this unexpected higher price.
In Israel, I continued to feel led in some exciting directions the Lord might be taking me, and I am continuing to pray through those things and see what doors He might open. Your prayers for wisdom and knowing the Lord’s leading are greatly appreciated!
I am also very excited about the things God is leading Krista to – specifically, going to Cyprus again for the second year program at Gateways Training School. I would also request, with her, that you prayerfully consider making a financial donation to help her in this new season (to read more about her needs, go here). The Lord has led and He is able to provide, but it will truly require a miracle. Please pray about how the Lord would have you be involved in helping Krista go where He is leading her.
The Lord is good – ALL the time! It is such a blessing to walk with Him through this life and discover the beautiful things He has in store along the way, and it is such a blessing that I am able to be in this season of life as He provides through your faithful generosity, and responds to your faithful prayers. I am so grateful! May the Lord greatly bless you!