There have been many times since we returned to Ukraine a year and a half ago that we have thought, “Who knows whether God has not placed us in Ukraine for such a time as this?” For example, when we painted walls & ceilings almost daily for hours on end in Bethel House; or served in ministries that needed help or leadership in the church at that moment; or we helped with the huge garden; or Krista helped organize the March of Life; or Bria went to multiple conferences about fighting human trafficking. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe when you are in a place at the exact time something happens, and all you can do is say, “It’s God!” Perhaps, though, the thought that we were brought here for such a time as this has never been as strong as it is right now.
As most of you probably know, on our last day in Israel, Mom tripped off a curb, resulting in a chipped cuboid bone in her right foot (one of the worst bones you can damage in your foot) and a whole ton of damage to nerves, tendons, ligaments, etc. around that bone. Every day we continue to ask God for a miraculous healing, and every day that He chooses not to heal it instantaneously, we trust His sovereignty (& thank Him that it is healing properly “on its own”) and deal with the abnormality of life with Mom out of commission.
It has taken a month, but we have finally settled into this temporary normal, recognizing that Mom carries a whole lot more of the load around here than we had realized! Keeping a house clean, taking care of pets, laundry & ironing, cooking meals, grocery shopping, running errands in town,… It’s amazing how strenuous things you’ve always helped with are when they are suddenly fully your responsibility – even when the responsibility is split 4 ways (between the 3 of us & Dad)! On top of it, too, is taking care of Mom, who can not put any weight on her foot, and will not be able to for at least another week. Then there was the discovery that the pumpkins we had picked & cured before we left for Israel were reaching the end of their shelf life and needed to be preserved immediately, as 2 had already rotted (preserving them all took a full week). Mom is also the head organizer for most church events, including the annual women’s Christmas gathering, all-church New Year’s party, and Christmas service; so we are sent on a lot of errands around the house and into town to get everything ready, as she plans all of our church celebrations, as well as family celebrations. All of this along with our regular work & ministry means there has certainly been plenty to fill our days.
All 5 of us have noted, at some point or another, that Dad & Mom would be in a very difficult spot, if they had to go through this alone, and it is definitely God’s grace that allowed this to happen at a time when He had all 3 of us girls here. As is usual when any home’s routine is violently altered, there have been stressful and tense moments. We don’t understand God’s purpose in taking Mom through this ordeal, but we can see Him at work in each of our lives through the days & weeks that have followed. We are all learning to serve each other more and to be more understanding and patient. Life continues, albeit a bit chaotically, and we do whatever is needed, thanking God once again, that He ordained us to be here for such a time as this.
In each “for such a time as this” moment, we are constantly mindful that we could not be here without your financial & prayer support. We are so grateful for your faithfulness, and thank God always for you. If you need more information on how to support us financially, please go here, to the “About” page on our blog.
Please keep us in your prayers right now, for renewed strength each day to serve joyfully and diligently. Please especially pray for Mom, that she would have a swift recovery & no long-term issues from this injury.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:13).
Bria, Lindsay, & Krista