September 15, 2017

Two more souls

A week ago we had a great event in our Church, this is Water Baptism! Yay! Two more precious souls expressed the desire to follow the Lord Jesus and declared this to the whole church, friends, the Heaven and God! So very excited!!! Praise God!!!

 Alyona and Sasha(on the right on the picture) accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior some time ago. They both are orphans. For us this is a doubly special event. Sasha is the first deaf person in our Church and very much hope that not the last one. ;) Pastor Misha began to study the deaf signs. Interestingly, he never knew the language of the deaf. It was difficult for Sasha to understand certain moments from the Gospel. God is so good! Brother Misha began to learn the signs and taught Sasha the Christian signs to deeper explain the Word of God, not only to the young guy, but to many deaf people in the future. Sasha was amazed! :)

 Please, pray God bless in this matter and send all that is necessary. And also for our sweet Yana, who works hard to witness the deaf. That God would apply the saved souls to the Church, not only among the hearers, but also among the deaf.  :)

Please, watch this short video. Sorry for the technical errors. We have a problem with the computer.

 Oh, yes! We had to order lots of huge pizzas to feed everyone! Lol

 I love this expressions of joy! ♥

We had such a wonderful and beautiful day!

September 11, 2017

Please, meet little Karina!

Zhena's family has a beautiful addition!It`s a girl!!! Finally in our small church family we have a girl! Yay! Please, meet a little Karina! ♥♥♥ She was born few weeks ago. A while ago we shared that Zhenya had some health problems. Therefore the baby could be born earlier or young mother could lose her beautiful precious God`s gift any day. Mommy and her precious daughter both are doing well and healthy! Praise God for His mercy and goodness!!!Thank you very much for prayers!!! God is so good!!!

Congratulations to Kolya and his wife Zhenya with their third baby! God has created little Karina such a beautiful baby!
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
(Psalm 139:13-16)KJV

This young family has a lot of physical, spiritual and emotional difficulties. Please, remember them in your daily prayers!Thank you! May God bless you!

September 7, 2017

Journey and impressions about US(3)

Interestingly enough, I learned about the fact that I'm flying to Pennsylvania at the last minute! In a few hours when tickets had to be booked! Wow! And undoubtedly it was God's plan and God's providence!!! And about this little later... ;)

To read about my trip to U.S. part one Here. Part two is Here. And this is the third and last one. :)

God made the mountains amazingly beautiful. I just couldn`t not share this beauty with you!

 I was delighted enjoying the mountains when flying over the state of Utah, Salt Lake City!

Longwood Gardens is a botanical garden in Pennsylvania. Breathtaking and amazing place!

20 indoor gardens within a 4.5 acre (1.8 hectares) group of heated greenhouses. Garden has 4,600 different types of plants and trees, as well as fountains! Wow!

It is the most beautiful garden I ever seen!

I made so many photos that I thought that my camera would break! Ha ha!It is gorgeous!!!

Oh, I have been in Chick-Fil-A! Yay! I loved it! I`m not sure what I ate... I remember that it was chicken and I liked it very much. ;) It was yummy!

Wonderland with millions of Christmas lights...

We don't have much lights in Ukraine for holidays. I was anxious to see!

Beautiful place!

Christian Theatre "Sight&Sound" is stunning and inspirational!!! This is one of the remarkable place on the earth!

I was very impressed to see the show Samson! A wonderful play of actors, costumes, music, and even alive animals took part! It was awesome! Jesus says that we preach the God`s Word to unsaved souls. It is His commandment. What I really liked they presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the end of the show. So wonderful!

An Amish buggy
   Lancaster County had been on my list of places what I really wanted to see. It was really interesting to see the countryside as well as I traveled through. 
When I think of the Amish lifestyle I’m reminded my homeland country, Ukraine :)  
These days I already began to miss my home... Everything was absolutely beautiful and perfect!!! My sweet friends treated me like a princess in every state. ♥ I felt like in the earthly Heavens. :) But I missed my little family, my dear friends and my beloved church in Ukraine. I felt a little tired...

Interestingly, to see Amish countryside… plain clothed people riding horse and buggy, farmers toiling on the land, children in home stitched clothing playing simple front yard games. 
  People live very simply in Ukrainian countryside as well. Women wash clothes with their hands and hang it on a rope, children play in simple games in the street, men and women work very hard on the ground with their hands. Some still use bogie and ride horses.

If you are interested in knowing more about life in Ukraine and the culture of people. Here you can watch the life of an American guy, who lived 6 weeks in a Ukrainian village. :)

And finally I came to the most interesting part.
Some people play a huge role in our lives and are heroes and a great example. Right? I believe that there are people in your life who inspire you, light you up for something new and beautiful. 
Susanna is an wonderful example for me personally... By her openness, immense love for Christ and with a great and dedicated heart to children with special needs, she is a modern hero for me. I was inspired by her blog posts, humbled the heart and drawn ever closer to Jesus Christ. I saw how God lives in her house, in her actions, in her words, in her family through blog posts. God's people draw you closer to Jesus Christ and do not push away from Him. Isn't it? I started dreaming to meet her... It seemed like an impossible dream. How it can be? She lives far far way in another country... But very deep in my heart, I cherished this dream, hoping that someday sometime in the future, God will make it possible. Who knows? You never know what God has in store for you :)

As I said above, at the last minute, few hours before the tickets were booked, I was invited by another wonderful family and our dear friends in Pennsylvania! My heart was so excited and thrilled with joy! It seemed to me that it would jump out of happiness! I was so excited to see our old precious friends and meet new once! At that moment God began to do something more and great for BOM than I could have thought...

The Lord has repeatedly used this wonderful woman for the BOM. In the correspondence we "knew" each other. When I wrote Susanna that I was going to be in America soon, in what dates and where. It turned out that she lives in Pennsylvania very close to the city where I was going to spend time with a beautiful family! That becomes very interesting... But that's not all! This woman of faith and the family where I was going to be, they know each other! How amazing! Wow! Incredible blessing! 

  My desire and dream became a real! I lived so close to this beautiful woman and her lovely family! We had a wonderful time together. At the beginning of this year, we lost the way where sponsors could send funds to the ministry. It was God's plan because He was preparing something better and more special. Thanks to this meeting very soon we began to work together with the amazing organization Ting Ministries. We feel very blessed to partnering with them! ♥

  My trip was surprisingly successful in many aspects and ways, because in everything was God and it was His will. :) My gratitude will not end to everyone, everyone who took part and blessed in every moment!!! ♥ God's actions in life helps to grow into a deeper relationship with Him, seeing many beauties, seeing His almighty hand, His guidance and His miracles which are so numerous.

  Thank you so much for your spent time to read and reflect. His overflowing love blessed my heart and drew closer to Him. I very hope it brought you joy, positive thoughts and blessed your heart! I hope it also encouraged you and helped you to see the beauty of God in His acts and nature to know His deeper and praise Him. My love to you! ♥

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July 12, 2017

Journey and impressions about US(2)

Continuation of my journey to the USA...

Oh, how I was surprised to see the Ukrainian-Russian store in Washington! I immediately recognized the faces of Ukrainians or Russians. Store, food, nature, ukraine or russian-speaking people. For a moment, I felt like at home. ;)

Silver Falls State Park in Oregon is a waterfall lovers paradise!!!

The waterfalls are stunning!

It's hard to explain... But it's such an incredible and amazing feeling, when you walk under the waterfall! Terrific! I felt so very happy to experience this!

They are huge!

It was so fun at Olympic Game Farm!
Not only is there a pretty incredible variety of animals(buffalo, deer, elk, bears, yak, llamas and many more) in this little park, you can feed them while driving your car through it! I dreamed to see a deer near to me. This time I saw their incredible variety! Spotted Fallow Deer, Sika Deer, European Fallow Deer and others. Super excited! They are so beautiful! 

A lot of these animals are rescued from bad situations which makes me extra happy to see them livinging at this beautiful place. 

Buffalo got his head straight into the car!!!

Oh, Hoh Rain Forest...I could not believe my eyes when I saw this beauty! Just unbelieveble! It always rains.

This huge moss on the trees creates an impressive beauty and it seems that you are in a fairy tale.

 I was amazed by the silence of this forest. It was terribly quiet just heard as the drops fell down.

This is amazing place! It has blown my mind! God created this forest sooo very beautiful!

Kalaloch Beach. I also had the opportunity to see the ocean again! Awesome!!! I was super excited! It is very different from sunny California beaches. :)

It was a storm and a strong wind was blowing. It was quite cold. But this is a fascinating and breathtaking place...

It was funny when I watched the huge waves...

Suddenly, in a moment I was in the "middle" of the ocean! Wow! ;) 

The tide began. I thought I would be wet till the knee. Ha ha!

Ruby Beach...In itself the awesomeness of nature leads the souls away from sin and worldly attractions, and toward purity, peace and God.

It helps to grow into a deeper relationship with God by seeing many of the beauty that are so plentiful in God's creation.

It was so interesting to visit the store Dollar Tree. I was surprised that you can buy so many different things for a dollar! Wow! It really helped us with Baby Shaver what we had recently! It was fun sent supplies to my homeland. So I already have the experience of sending a boxes from the US to Ukraine!Thanks to our generous and dear friend!

Never in my life thought that I could be in Seattle!!! Wooow!It was awesome ride by ferry! It was an amazing feeling, a delight and an unforgettable experience!!!

Diver! Diver! I do not believe my eyes! I was so thrilled like a child!!! I guess I'm the only one adult, who made a photo with him. Ha ha! It's hard to forget the crazy Ukrainian girl. Later he met me at  Aquarium and said that it was fun to have a picture with me. And of course, took a photo of him again but without his diver suit. So neat!

 Aquarium in Seattle is amazing and so beautiful place!It's so cool not only to see many, many different fish, a huge octopus, interesting jellyfish, but also to touch the starfish! Yay!

It turns out that the seals teeth need to clean also! :))) The show was interesting.

The most I loved to play with a seal!!! I was delighted and super excited like a child! Look at him! Isn't it cute???

Watch a short video :)))

Dozens of seagulls overpowered me, when I fed them. It was crazy but fun!

Famous tourist Public Market Center was a lot like Ukrainian bazar :) But I never seen so many seafood and so big lobsters.

Oh yes! I could ride a monorail! It is so amusing!

The view from Space Needle is breathtaking!Wow!

When you look at the huge city and understand how small we are as ants before the universe. How insignificant we are in the eyes of almighty God... And how He is so good and merciful to us all sinners...

I had a blast and amazing time!I'm so grateful God greatly blessed me with this incredible time to see so many, many beauty and praise Him for His goodness and grace!

Thank you for your time and patience while reading this long post. :) I wanted so much to share the huge blessings and great joy that filled my heart! I hope this brought you joy as well!

Then I flew to Pennsylvania. To be continued... Next blog post will be much shorter ;)

July 8, 2017

Journey and impressions about US

I`m so very excited to share with you about mission trip and amazing journey I had in November/December! Finally, after 7 months I can share my impressions and delight about US! ;)
I'm sorry that it took me so very long! Every day we are super busy and it's getting harder to find at least 5-8 hours for the blog post. This blog post took me the half of the year! It seems I need a secretary! Ha ha! I have so very much excitement, impressions and I'm afraid that something is not to be missed or forgotten. The hardest part was to choose the right pictures among a few thousands. ;)

So, visiting different churches, various groups, meeting with many beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ and sharing what God does through BOM in Ukraine.

God greatly blessed in many ways! It was so precious to meet in person those who are praying for you several years already. You have no idea but when you learn it humbles your heart. ♥ Thank you dear friends! Or meet in person sweet people who you met through online. This is so wonderful blessing! 

So, the adventures began! The plane in Borispol took off much later. Therefore, upon arrival in France, and we had about 20 people going to Los Angeles, we were catastrophically late for the flight! We all the group ran like crazy! It was funny. It was so nice and lovely when the airport staff stood with "Los Angeles" signboards and directed where to run. Yes, yes to run instead of to walk! It turns out the plane in airport Charles De Gaulle was waiting for us when group of about 20 people will arrive from Boryspil! Wow! What a service! It was so nice!
The airport impressed me with its beauty, sparkling gerlandes in this period of the year and many things that fascinate the view. And I managed to take a few snapshots and even make a small video without missing an opportunity. ;) Craziness. Right? Hmm. Who knows when I'll be here again? :) And then I ran without feeling my legs. I could only see this in the movies, people running at the airport. And now I had to go through it myself! Now I remember it with a smile. It was fun!

Interesting and unusual lounges to wait a flight and rest.

I loved to use the camera and watch where we were flying! The flight has landscape cameras and it was amazing to watch! Wow! So neat!

My heart did not stop knocking in excitement.I flew to America again? Is it true???Is`t not a dream? You will not believe it, but I pinched myself several times to make sure that I do not sleep! Ha ha!

The longer I stood and waited for my bag, the more I realized that it had not come with me.Oh, no! Not again... When I approached to the airport employee and explained about the lost bag. He asked, "Are you Alla Vasilieva?" What? How can it be? How does he know my name??? It turns out that the worker already had a list of lost bags from France. It was so cool! Somewhere around 24 hours, even late at night my bag was brought to the address! Wow! Another great moment of service I was very surprised!
And I did not feel a jet lag again! God was so good to me!I was just tired because I could not asleep for 24 hours of flight. But in the morning I felt great!

So, I again could see the ocean!I was amazed that at the end of November the weather was so beautiful! The water in the ocean should be cold. Right? It was almost the end of autumn. I saw how several children swam. Should be "walruses" and not afraid of cold water, I thought...

Do you know what? The water in the ocean was warmer than in spring when I saw it for the first time in my life! Indescribable beauty and delight made me cry... I could not hold back the tears of gratitude to God for another opportunity to see the ocean, for the beauty and for those dear friends, who made this possible... Thanks to God for what lies ahead of me, so much all the unknown and beautiful ... For so many wonderful and generous friends, who have brought this amazing gift for which I am immensely grateful and happy!Thank you very much!!! ♥♥♥

Huge algae thrown from the ocean to the beach. I sad that I have not designated than to show how large this is.

beach Crystal Cove, CA

My dream was to visit a planetarium somewhere... And it came true in Los Angeles!I was able to learn about stars, meteorites. Even see a piece of the planet of the month brought by the astronauts to earth! Very interesting place. Also I was very impressed by the show! It was incredibly cool!

"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth." (Isaiah 40:26)
It's so awesome to find out what is created by our wonderful Creator! After all, through this we can learn more about the power and mighty of God and admired by His creation!

What? A two-floor train??? Wow! I'm wondering how it looks inside ;)

I had a wonderful opportunity to see and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in America! I was eagerly awaiting this day! Hooray, I learned how to make a pumpkin pie! We do not make pumpkin pies in Ukraine. Such a great experience!

Some time ago I was presented a book by a sweet my friend. Name is "The KGB`s most wanted" Learning of what Josef Bondarenko faced during arrest, imprisonment, and loss of freedom for almost ten years in the merciless state of the communist driven society of the U.S.S.R.

The book impressed me so much that I read it in a few days! I have never read books so quickly. This book will help you learn the history of the U.S.S.R, understand the culture of Ukraine, encourages, inspires and motivates to great steps in the faith in God! This is the wake up call we all need. This is the real deal!Must read!
The wonderful blessing is that I had the privilege of  meeting with his daughter Vera, beautiful and inspiring sister in Christ!I was so very blessed!We had amazing time together!
Vera is second from the left
To be continued. In the next blog post I will contnue gladly to share  about my trip and adventures. In a few days! Don`t miss a post! You can sign up for notifications when I make a new post and follow the journey on BOM facebook using the buttons on the right side of the blog. Thank you! 

Thank you so much for your spent time to read, reflect and enjoy. I hope it blessed your heart!Have a wonderful day friends!


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