Tuesday, June 12, 2007

From Naomi

Hi Everyone!
Summer is really here in Ukraine +30C most of the time and lots of sun then thunderstorms. Last while has been fairly busy and interesting.
In April we hosted an American /Canadian team I was based with our other team members in Kiev and we did all the organisational stuff. The team was large with 40+ members some of the time they were in Kiev and then split into smaller teams and went out over all of Ukraine. I stayed in Kiev with the team based there which was good and by phone we coordinated with the other teams. In Kiev we visited 3 different churches all hungry for more of God. One of the churches was a Messianic Jew fellowship really passionate and eager to worship. Apparently it's one of the largest fellowships of its kind.
More or less straight after this event travelled to Kirovograd to do administration for the Pastors Seminar. The topic was blessing and honour and it was a really powerful time. God really blessed me as I handled all the admin and was also able to be involved in prayer ministry. The pastors and wives who came over for it were blessed and encouraged and I was able to get to know them better.
Next place I visited was a Drug Rehab Centre in Nikopol. It was a wonderful time for me. I was there for 10 days and spoke there about the Love of the Father, Forgiveness and who we are in Christ. Had small group time with the women there every day we did some journalling and collage making and many of them really met with God in a deeper way. I was also able to minister individually to some of the women who wanted to talk about specific issues. The Centre is a wonderful place where people to get real freedom in Christ. There is a special presence of God there as those who are there and are on or have completed rehab know that God is the only answer. God really spoke to me while I was there and gave me strength to give out and love them every day. It was only when I left I realised how draining it had been to be constantly in demand. Please pray for those on rehab - many of them have serious illnesses and need healing spiritually, physically and mentally. In the picture you can see (from left to right) Lena who completed rehab and is now ministering at the centre, Yulia who came to rehab after losing her husband from a drug overdose and when her son started to beg her to stop doing drugs she has been at the center for about 4 months. Next Sveta who lost years of her youth to drugs and is now ministering to the new-comers and Ira who was born to drug addict parents and now has HIV. They all really need your prayers.
Next in Kirovograd we got the youth leaders who are going to minister at the summer camps together. We had the weekend together getting to know one another better and putting together ideas for the summer.
After this I went back to Uzhgorod which is where I was with David and Faith in January. It was good to return there and to see what has been happening. Stayed with a good friend there called Lena and spent time with her. On Saturday we went to an evangelistic kids event in a nearby town. There were kids from all different churches out on the streets singing and dancing for God. While I was there I also visited their Girls House a couple of times. This is where they take in girls after their time in orphanage. It is a place where they can grow and adapt more to real life. Spoke to them about how to hear God and how much He really loves them. They need Him so much. We also had a girls sleepover for the girls from Lena's youth church which was fun and spoke to them about how much their Heavenly Father wants to speak to them.
These girls from the adaptation centre are adjusting to real life which is a lot different from orphanage life. They all live together and either work on the farm there, study or go to work in town in people are willing to take them on. They are lovely girls who really need love!
Now I'm back in Kirovograd for a few days before probably going to Kharkov to see friends there and then minister with them at a camp for orphans. 
I'd appreciate your prayers for the following plans for the next couple of months:
Upcoming events:
15th-25th June - Summer camp for orphans (Ordzhonikidze)
2nd-13th July - School of Ministry (Kirovograd) We are expecting about 100 students over half coming from Russia.
17th-20th July - Prophetic conference (Kirovograd)
23rd July - 1st August - Youth Camp 1. This will be hosted in Nikopol and we're expecting up to 100 youth aged 15-25 from all over Ukraine. Please pray for finance for this camp - youth pay what they can but the camp base is pretty basic and there's a lot that could be done to make camp a better time like getting some decent mattresses for example.
Please also pray for the house where I live in Kirovograd. Once again we're having problems with water system which is very frustrating!
I hope you are all well and that God is blessing you in all you are doing. Love to hear from you!
With love, Naomi

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