It is a great time to be serving in Ukraine. There are street markets everywhere at the moment and every one of them has tons of different fruit & fresh vegetables. We missed out last year on the amazing fruit by being cheap but now we have a rule that we have to buy something from those stands every day and it is so good!
We went to the ballet with one of our investigators. He loves it and had us go to Swan Lake with him. Good times here in Ukraine.
This last week both of the new converts in the ward (brother and sister) had some differing challenges. For the brother, it was the first time passing the sacrament, which he was really worried about it but it ended up being a really positive experience. For the sister, her eyesight suddenly dropped on Saturday morning. She had no idea what had happened and we offered to go give her a blessing. She said that she was going into the doctor soon and that was the last we heard about it. We had no idea what to think but then Sunday Morning we got a text from her saying that she was at the doctors all day Saturday. They did tons of tests and none of them could figure out what had gone wrong with her sharp drop in sight. She said that she was exhausted when she headed home but prayed her heart out and when she woke up everything was fine. Her eyesight was back to normal. One of the most important parts of this whole story was her relationship with her Heavenly Father. She was so incredibly thankful to God on Sunday and it was visible. Not only could she see clearly, but her relationship with God was strengthened and others could see it as well. Some could say that it was just a freak accident, or a coincidence.. but thanks to her faith in Christ this now turned into a huge testimony builder regarding prayer for her. We can either see and expect miracles, or go a year or two without noticing one.
We headed out to an area in the mission that is an hour or so out of Kyiv that is having tons of success. We wanted to see what was going on there. One of the biggest factors for me was the relationship between the ward and the missionaries. The ward was ready to receive new converts and helped in every phase of the work. On the other hand, the these missionaries just "Get out of the way and let the Lord do His work." A good reminder that we are here to assist and be tools in His hands and when we do that, then the feel of the work changes and that area is really alive at the moment due to amazing relationships in that area. Have the missionaries serve you! It is all that they want to do. Find a way to spend quality time with them and Sundays don't turn into just shaking hands but something more with which the Lord can work with!
It was the last zone conference for the Packer family. They all bore testimony and it was a great conference. I could go on and on about them. I could publish a book with President Packer quotes and thoughts. Love that family and I was truly blessed to have served under them and with them for almost all of my mission! Gonna miss them a ton but we are excited to welcome in the new President and his family this week.
Hope you all have a great week!