Dear Pastor Mike, Happy Valentine's Day!
This was almost late. I am freshly back from Poland. This morning I had an annual appointment with the ophthalmologist and my eyes were dilated. I can see almost clearly enough now to send you my Valentine's Day greetings and love. After all sending a late Valentine's Day email just isn't ok. It is my prayer that your Valentine's Day is overflowing with the awareness of God's love, goodness and presence in your life.
God answered your prayers. The ministry in Poland went really well. We were there for 12 days and almost every day, sometimes evenings too, were filled with meetings to equip the church with training inTrauma Healing and evangelism. We were even invited to a Christian school and a church youth group meeting where we trained high school students how to share their faith in Jesus with others. Many refugees from Ukraine were in attendance for Trauma Healing. We also loved having time with the group of refugees, who would rather be called missionaries, we met in October. They helped train others. I hope you enjoy the photos below.
Thank you so much for your financial and prayer support.
Thank you for sending me!
Our Quiatoni Crier newsletter is attached. We hope it encourages you! We
appreciate your interest in our ministry. If you have any questions or
comments, we'd love to hear from you!
love, Valerie and Nicasio
I've put two pictures in our January update so it is attached as a PDF. [see attached below]
Thank you for your interest in our ministry of Bible translation into Quiatoni Zapotec!
love, Valerie for Nicasio, too
Dear Pastor Mike,
'I love you' in Russian (я люблю тебя) roughly sounds like Yellow Blue Bus. We end our weekly zoom meetings with our Ukrainian/Russian speaking friends with 'Yellow Blue Bus' and make heart signals with our hands. We all find the gesture endearing. One of their children drew this delightful picture for us. I hope it has touched your heart, too!
We met our Ukrainian friends while in Poland in October. We meet with them weekly on Zoom. Soon we will be with them again when we travel to Poland next week. Their life has been a great inspiration to me. Their home is in Ukraine but God has them to Poland. They asked that we NOT think of them as War Refugees. They are missionaries! Yes, they left Ukraine because of the war but they are in Poland and are serving the Lord with passion and purpose. Is this what was in their 5 year plan for life? Not at all! Was it easy? It was NOT! We witnessed in their tears just how hard it has been. They miss are are deeply concerned for family members who are still in Ukraine and are not safe.
But God!... They have the joy of the Lord and His purpose in their pain.
Next week our team of 4 are leaving for Poland and we are excited that we will get to see and fellowship with our friends again. We will be training them for Trauma Healing and for the ministry of Church Planting.
In Poland we will be doing some follow-up trainings/meetings and have several new opportunities to train:
Thank you for your support and prayers that make it possible for me to be a light in a dark place in the world; a place where hurting people need the hope that Jesus gives! Please pray God uses us as in Ephesians 4:12 - to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
Thank you, friend! Blessings!!