I'm the lucky one who gets to go and make Stryi my home away from home. My friend Vittya will come and help me out - and a host of young people from the Lviv congregation already have plans to come for a day or two. Many of them have family or friends in Stryi. Hopefully we will be able to give this small group a much needed boost so that at next year's annual conference it can be formally recognized as a new congregation.
This wasn't in the plans for my summer - but I'm glad that it will work out this way. I feel lucky to get away from the big city during the EURO cup madness. I hope that I'll be able to make some new friends and get to know the people from the Stryi church plant a lot better. Please keep us all in your prayers during this time as we have many teams from the states coming through - including one team visiting Stryi to do a combined VBS with the Methodist church and an independent church.