2013 in Review

2013 has flown by and there has been ministry around the world that we have been involved with.  We look back on this year with great thankfulness for all that God has done.

January –

Bria was invited to sing as part of a Christmas concert at the Lviv Philharmonic

Bria was invited to sing as part of a Christmas concert at the Lviv Philharmonic

Krista returned for a final year of studying at Gateways Training School in Cyprus (pictured with her class)

Krista returned for a final year of studying at Gateways Training School in Cyprus (pictured with her class)

February –

We had a Valentine's celebration at English club, which is held every Wednesday evening

We had a Valentine’s celebration at English club, which is held every Wednesday evening

We asked for donations of Bibles for English club.  Your response was overwhelming!  They are getting a lot of use at English club, and will also be gifted to some during the early part of next year.

We asked for donations of Bibles for English club. Your response was overwhelming! They are getting a lot of use at English club, and we will also begin gifting them to people during the early part of next year.

Krista continued her studies in Cyprus

Krista continued her studies in Cyprus

March –

Bria left Ukraine for a 7 month trip to the States to work on recording music

Bria left Ukraine for a 7 month trip to the States to work on recording music

Our family celebrated the 20th anniversary of our move to Ukraine

Our family celebrated the 20th anniversary of our move to Ukraine

Krista spent a month, serving in Israel with her school

Krista spent a month, serving in Israel with her school

April –

Bria began working in the studio, finishing up her 5-song EP.

Bria began working in the studio, finishing up her 5-song EP.

Lindsay began organizing our church's first nursery - buying supplies, recruiting and training volunteers, etc.

Lindsay began organizing our church’s first nursery – buying supplies, recruiting and training volunteers, etc.

Krista continued studying...and serving...in Cyprus

Krista continued studying…and serving…in Cyprus

May –

Lindsay helped host our first World Race team of 2013.

Lindsay helped host our first World Race team of 2013.

Lindsay helped organize, and participated in, a human trafficking awareness project with Lviv Abolitionists, the group Bria started.

Lindsay helped organize, and participated in, a human trafficking awareness project with Lviv Abolitionists, the group Bria started.

Krista's school went on outreach to Ireland and Scotland, where she got to minister in many different ways

Krista’s school went on outreach to Italy, Ireland and Scotland, where she got to minister in many different ways

We began ministering weekly in an orphanage for children newborn - 3 years old.

We began ministering weekly in an orphanage for children newborn – 3 years old.

June –

Krista graduated from Gateways Training School!  Dad & Mom surprised her by going to Cyprus for her graduation.

Krista graduated from Gateways Training School! Dad & Mom surprised her by going to Cyprus for her graduation.

Upon returning to Ukraine, Krista joined the team to help host our second World Race team.

Upon returning to Ukraine, Krista jumped in, helping to host our second World Race team.

Bria got her first album printed - a 5-song EP.

Bria completed & printed her first album – a 5-song EP.

July –

Harvesting the garden started and lasted 3 months.

Harvesting the garden started, and continued for 3 months.

Canning and freezing also started, and continued for 4 months.

Canning and freezing also started, and continued for 4 months.

We welcomed Daniel & Becky (front left, pictured here at English club)

We welcomed our friends, Daniel & Becky (front left, pictured here at English club)

August –

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Krista stepped into the role of Sunday School director (ages 5-12) at Living Word Church

Lindsay worked with A21 Ukraine for 2 days, spreading awareness of human trafficking at a rock music festival

Lindsay worked with A21 Ukraine for 2 days, spreading awareness of human trafficking at a rock music festival

Bria was invited to help lead worship at a prayer gathering in Tennessee

Bria was invited to help lead worship at a prayer gathering in Tennessee

September –

Lindsay began studying for her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Liberty University Online

Krista traveled to Switzerland, serving as a volunteer at a conference, and also traveling to London for a 1-day outreach

Krista traveled to Switzerland, serving as a volunteer at a conference, and also traveling to London for a 1-day outreach

Bria gave a concert at a coffeeshop in Tennessee

Bria gave a concert in Nashville, Tennessee

October –

We welcomed our dear friend, Emily (far right)

We welcomed our dear friend, Emily (far right)

Living Word Church celebrated its 10 year anniversary

Living Word Church celebrated its 10 year anniversary

Bria released her first full-length album

Bria released her first full-length album

November –

Krista ministered in India for 2 weeks with Gateways Beyond.

Krista ministered in India for 2 weeks with Gateways Beyond.

Bria returned to Ukraine, and all 3 of us received the documents needed to continue living in Ukraine for another year

Bria returned to Ukraine, and all 3 of us received the documents needed to continue living in Ukraine for another year

Massive protests began in Ukraine against the government (and continue today, so please continue praying)

Massive protests against the government began in Ukraine (and continue today, so please continue praying)

December –

We delivered Christmas gifts & treats to the orphanage during our weekly visit

We delivered Christmas gifts & treats to the orphanage during our weekly visit

Bria gave her first solo concert in Lviv in 6 years, and Lindsay & Krista provided some background vocals

Bria gave her first solo concert in Lviv in 6 years, and Lindsay & Krista provided some background vocals

Krista translated, and Lindsay did some behind-the-scenes serving, enabling Dad & Mom to host a couples' retreat at Bethel House

Krista translated, and Lindsay did some behind-the-scenes serving, enabling Dad & Mom to host a couples’ retreat at Bethel House

We are so thankful for the callings God has placed on our lives, and the amazing people He uses to enable us to fulfill those callings.  Your prayers, financial support, and encouragement are deeply appreciated, and we pray God’s abundant blessings on each of you.  We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for 2014, and our greatest prayer is that He will be glorified in our lives, and we will see people touched by His love and finding salvation in Him.  The things God has already revealed for the coming year indicate it will be unforgettable!  Some things we already have planned:
*Bria was accepted to participate in the TV show, The Voice Ukraine.  This will give her incredible exposure and has the potential to open huge doors for ministry through her music throughout Ukraine.  The show begins taping in late January.
*Lindsay will be making a 6-week trip to the States, leaving Ukraine on January 14. (See the previous blog for details.)
*We will be transitioning the English club into an English Bible study.
*Construction of Bethel House will be completed, God willing, and dedicated sometime around the middle of the year.

Our greatest need remains regular, monthly financial support.  If you would prayerfully consider partnering with us in 2014, we would greatly appreciate it.  If you would like to make an end-of-year donation, that would also be a great help and blessing.  All donations are tax-deductible, and details on how to give can be found on the Support page.

We pray you all have a blessed 2014.  May you grow in the faith, and be used by God to further His kingdom for His glory! “Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in the triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.” -2 Corinthians 2:14

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