A very busy Sunday.. but how beautiful!
Today D&J left for the Netherlands again. What a beautiful week we had together and what beautiful things we experienced. Something to look back on for a long time to come. After guiding them towards the highway, we proceeded to the Russian-speaking International Church.
Now, M does not speak a word of Russian, (E does!) but you certainly know a large part of the songs. While the sermon is running, M watches the service at the BGA online again and so we have a special service together.
The service at the BGA was about Hope.
Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.Isaiah 40:27-28
And then you listen to a church service from NL, in PL, where people from UKR, RU, BY are together….under God His peace. A peace that is humanly far away, a hope that seems far away… but it is there!
Do you recognize some songs?
M had an appointment at the “homeless soup bus”, so she couldn’t stay until the end. On that soup bus there is a text (in Polish) that M was unable to read, so he asked one of the homeless people if he could translate it for him…
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6: 31-33
And that led to a good conversation with that person, about what really matters. Because let’s face it… what do you say to a homeless person, who literally sleeps on the street? It’ll be fine? Hang in there? In all honesty, that doesn’t work and isn’t the truth. The average “turnaround time” of a homeless person here is around 4 years…or he/she will come out of it, and have a roof over his head again…or he/she will be dead.
So, no, “it will be okay” is unfortunately an empty lie for many people. Hang in there… how? And then you have a good conversation with one of the people about The long-term picture…. Where there is hope, and you eat a pack of cookies together, drink a cup of tasty tea and a bowl of good soup together.
Anyway, the day was not over yet, we had an appointment together for a special “party”….
Today, Ukraine’s Independence Day was celebrated here…. in Poland, by refugees from Ukraine, some of whom are happy that it could be celebrated today, (officially it is only next Wednesday) because some expect that before that time things could go terribly wrong with the nuclear power plant in Enerhodar…. If that goes wrong, we have a 2nd Chernobyl…or worse…much worse…
If you look at it as an outsider, you see ordinary people. Cheerful, songs, balloons…. But they are all refugees, in a foreign country, often afraid of tomorrow and not yet finished with the traumas of the past few months…. It looks beautiful on the outside… until you speak to them…. and here too it was about a bigger picture of the future, with His future… because tomorrow… i have no idea.
And then we close with this verse that we received via D&J when they were on their way back to NL:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.philippians 4:6-7