July 5, 2016

Spiritual and physical renewal for the young men (part1)

A week ago, we had an awesome retreat for the young men too!It was certainly sad that some guys were not able to go with us for some reasons. :(

So, who could go, they have gone.The boys were sooooo very excited and could not wait that they packed suitcases two weeks in advance!Ha ha! 
So, when we arrived a delicious dinner waited us. If you've ever been in Ukraine or know a little bit our national kitchen. Guess, what was for the first meal, red color? :) Borscht! Of course the yummy traditional borsch! Mmm. It was so good after a long trip!

On the way there, we stopped to see the waterfall Probiy. We were surprised because the river was overflowing, after we saw this same waterfall with mommies.

Next days we had the opportunity to ride on the truck that took us to one of the highest mountains in the some town. It was funny and we laughed a lot. When the guys get off and climbs to the track by one way.

And we girls other way. The driver put the ladder specially for us. Hmm. We never got into the car by climbing the ladder. Lol. But it was fun!

God's beauty makes to admire and marvel...

The guys were just delighted with this indescribable beauty!!! They were as how in seventh heaven! And they had fun :)

This is how we do these crazy photos :)))

This is what happened and how the guys express their joy and delight. Can you do it? Ha ha!

We also visited the Museum of the Carpathian miniatures

The young men were also able to feed the deer in the zoo. They were so excited! The tongue of deer is so funny :)

Deers are so precious! It is interesting to observe their behavior and life.

The young men had such a great time in Bukovel, one of famous ski resort in Karpati.

They were delighted and overjoyed to rise and fall on a lifter!

 They loved it! :)

After seeing how this couple "flew".

The boys decided also to try, those who were the most courageous :) They had a blast!

Sisters also had a nice time on catamaran.

 On the way we stopped to see this house upside down.

So cool!

Guys as always showed their skills :)

This is what you will see in the mountains, if you get up at 5-6 am. Not every day, but often.

A few hours later.

As beads the morning dew shatters on the grass. It's so interesting to see God's beauty in small details.

So clean and so fresh air!The mountains are so rich in oxygen.You breathe and you can not breathe quite enough. Those who live in dirty cities with a smoking factories, will understand me. :)))

It is perfect place to clean lungs.

It was fun on tubing also. It seems Vova was scared in the beginning. :)

There are a lot of bazars, where you can buy all kinds of souvenirs for a long memory.

It was fun near waterfall also.

Since it was a hot day, there was a great opportunity to take a cold shower :) It was so refreshing!

We had a great time at the railway bridge viaduct. It is a magnificent view!

It is one of the oldest and longest stone arch bridges in Europe, laid across the river Prut. Its length is 130 meters and the central arch has a length of 25 m. It was built by Italian prisoners of war during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1895). At the time, the bridge will be one of the links in the construction of highways Tarnskarpatskoi (united to the Black and the Adriatic Sea), realization of which prevented the First World War and the redistribution of land between the states. At present, it is not valid, because for the preservation of the old Austrian bridge in 2000 was built new. 

During these days we were there. The Lord just blessed us with a wonderfully beautiful weather! Before the trip, we checked every day the weather forecast, and every day has shown that there will be rain and thunderstorms. Not good. We did not want to stay home all day long. Everything that we could to pray for a miracle and ask for God's grace to us.

When we were there. Early in the morning we checked the weather and every day showed rain and thunderstorm. But the Lord heard our prayers and was merciful on us! It was amazing, the weather forecast shows rain, but everywhere we were was just a wonderful sunny weather! Awesome!

Praise God! Praise God!!!We were super excited!And praised Jesus Christ for His love and goodness to us!

People in the villages still use these old wells.

In addition to the wonderfully and cheerfully spent time, every day we had the Bible's teaching about the education of children.It was such a blessing to hear that guys thanked not only for the amazing spending time together, but also for Biblical teaching. For some it was the first time, some thought that bringing up children properly, but the Bible says how to behave right.  Some have said, when I get home I do the right thing with respect to children.For some, it was a discovery and what happens if you do not educate their children the Bible, etc. We are so grateful to God for this opportunity! 

Fathers were without children, and they can take a fresh look at their family life and parenting.
For those who are not married, a great opportunity to learn how to deal with children, which is a huge responsibility before God.

How it was perfect every morning and evening to pray together and read the Word of God! It helped some guys to renew a relationship with God, to learn a lot and take another look at the world and relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ.
We very much hope that this trip and the renewal will help Kolya husband Zhenya(in blue T-short near bro. Misha) accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Please, pray for him.

On the way home we visited a beautiful Pidhirtsi Castle in the Lviv region. It was built in 1640. History this castle is very rich. I love castles! We have hundreds of them in Ukraine :)

Castle repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt again. In 1646, after the arrival of King Władysław IV castle suffered its first destruction. In 1651 began its restoration, which lasted 20 years. But within eight years after the restoration of the building Tatars invaded. 

Huge well depth of 40 meters. Several people (servants) were walking inside the wheel to get the water. In this way it was rotating. Later a bear was trained, who walked inside the wheel that rotates.

Castle quite often passed from hand to hands of different owners or handed down.

Catholic church is located opposite the castle gate. Its architecture in Baroque.

We returned home late, tired but happy! With beautiful memories, wonderful and fun time and with million of photos! Ha ha!

To be continued... Wait! This is not all? Nope. I have something interesting to share with you. So, coming back soon! ;)


  1. I feel refreshed just looking at your pictures! I'm glad they got to enjoy such a special retreat. You have a beautiful country.

    1. :) Ha ha! Thanks, Kayley Jenae! Yes, we are so very glad guys were so very happy!Thank you :) God created our country beautiful.

  2. Your country side is so beautiful.So many old ways preserved. Considering boys were orphans it is wonderful Brother Misha is teaching them to be Godly men. How else to learn if not by example.

    1. Yes! We love our country! Thank you, BumbleBeeLane. Boys love brother Misha like dad, friend and their pastor. :)


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