Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Eric Fowler's Report #6 April 20th.

        April 20th.
       Thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Prov 27v1 
 .   We are getting a little tired as the days pass.
 Our day started as all other days. Breakfast and a read together and prayer for the hours ahead with thanksgivings for the hour that has gone with the faithfulness of our Heavenly father. 
 Dan and Igor came and we went and took the old stove of Valentina's to the scrap. We got 150r! She has her new stove installed and its very nice.  She said she can sleep better now as no gas smell in the apartment..
Then we went and bought a set of taps for Botanka's mom. There is a great need for her mom as she is confined to her home and needed water for sure. Valentina came and looked for clothing for her and her son. He needs big size for men and  this is hard to get. Dan and I went to look at place for rent, we would like to have a permanent place for meetings. It was in a good location but that was all that was good about it.
We went to Danna's for tea. She had her two lady neighbors in Maryana and  her daughter. They were out to meeting twice now.  Danna's son was there as well and asked many questions.
 We gave them the bags with verses on them, everyone likes them for sure. We had nice talk with Dema, he is growing and one can only pray that the Lord will keep him safe from the the snare's of the enemy. Home safe and another  day over.

 April 21
             We both awoke early  and breakfast was great and our read and prayer before the day is on us. 
Igor came and we went to the village to visit his dad.  His dad has a bad drinking problem and caused much trouble over the years.  He is now living in an old barn alone with dogs and chickens.  We tried to talk to him but he was drinking. We took food and clothing to him.  He did promise to come to meeting Sunday night so will have to pray that this will happen.  Igor said it will be a real miracle if he is not drinking and comes on Sunday, we look to the Lord for one. 
We came back into Ivano. Dan got a parking ticket as new laws are in force on parking. Yaraslov's son Vatalie and his wife and their little daughter came to get clothing.  Donna the lady who had 7 children also came for clothing. She is having bad health problems and is a very sad lady. 
Danna, Mariana and her daughter came to the apartment. We had tea and a time of bible questions again..
 A day over and we are tired again .

April 22 ...
              Truly the  Lord is gracious and full or Mercy. His kindness is new every morning.  It was a joy to read and pray as we start the day
Today is very windy and raining, better then snow as they are having snow in many places here and in the Mountains.     The snow is killing the buds on the new trees and flowers. 
 Igor came and we went and got food for Bodanka's mom, she is the Lady who is old and can't get out to meetings any more. We did get her taps for her bathroom so that she could have water.  It is a sad thing, she was a nurse and worked for over 35 years ...her husband was a military man but is dead, she lives in very sad conditions  I really believe she is a Christian and came to meetings a lot before her stroke. We took her some food and some warm night clothing.  
 Leanna came and we picked up 3 boxes of clothing for a man and his family from a village 70k from Lviv. We will meet him  tomorrow.  We picked out clothing for a boy who is an invalid and is now in the hospital.  We went and got pampers for him as well and some wipes. We had nice visit there with his mom, she is expecting another child very soon so picked out some clothing for her new baby as well. We gave her literature and two others in the room with her as well.
Then we went to supper with Olex and Ola. We would love to see them grow more in the Lord.  They are doing well in  both their Business’s but spiritually they are not growing.  We knew them since 2005 and sad how little they have grown. 
We did some shopping for gifts for tomorrow in Sunday school as I will speak to the children. Dan did some calling as we will rent a bus and take people to meeting in Liviv in the morning.  We will use the same driver and bus as the one to Lustk last week end.   Now the day is over and week over again tired for sure.

        April 23
                     A early rise to get ready for liviv trip to meeting.   Breakfast and reading and prayer for the day ... Our God is very thoughtful and knows our needs before we have it.  The driver came and Dan took boxes for the man in the village that will meet us in Lviv. 15 of us including the driver. Lessia and her son . Tanya and her mom and her two children. Yaroslav, Dema, Luba and Lenna. then the 4 of us and the driver.  Nice trip to lviv as the weather got better along the way. It was a great meeting with 16 in the back and 16 to remember the Lord... it was like a little  conference for them.  We will try to have this next week as well.   I spoke to the children on  The Door ... and Dan spoke to Saints from Eccel.    It was a joy to see the man from the village come to meeting and listen very well. 
He took pictures of the Sunday School  singing  which is good and he wants us to visit his village. 7 children were in Sunday school the largest there for a long time.
A safe drive home and a little rest and be ready for meeting tonight.   It was a great crowd  35 for Sunday night and it's planting time. God is good.  Igor's father came, a day of not drinking for him is a  Divine miracle  for sure. 
We then went to Igor's home for supper.  It was a great time there Igor's wife, his mother and father ...and his mother in law. 

 Home safe after a long day.   

                                   Eric and Margie Fowler 
                                      and Heather Anderson ...  
                                        value your prayer ...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eric Fowler'a report #5 April 15 2017


April 15th, Saturday  
Lutsk Conference (cont.)
    We stayed at Oksana and Sasha's for conference. Breakfast at 9 and it was a full Ukrainian breakfast. Cold pork, salted tomatoes, compote tea, a 4 layer home made cake, Easter bread home made.  We went to meeting at 10:30. Kevin Oh and Bobby Carson spoke in ministry. Kevin was on Joshua 1 and Bobby on Creation in Ps. 130.
      Thomas Sloan, Timothy's son, spoke to the children on the true meaning of Easter from 12:30 to 1:30.  Then Kevin and I spoke in ministry from 3 to 4:30. I spoke on "The Importance of a Clear and Simple GOSPEL" and Kevin on Joshua 2. We had supper and went home to rest for tomorrow.

April 16th, Lord's Day
Lutsk Conference (cont.)
    Today it is an Easter. Ukrainian breakfast. We had pumpkin soup, cold pork, boiled eggs, salad, six different things and Easter cake.etc..  We are away for meeting at 10:30.  The meeting went quite well. People from Ireland, England, Canada, America and Malaysia. Kevin spoke on Joshua 3. Then a little break and a children's meeting on "The True Meaning of Easter" continued. Then we had dinner and then the Gospel meeting with Dan and myself.  
We then said our goodbyes and back to Ivano Frankivsk again.  We gave one of the Ukrainian men from the conference a ride home in Lutsk on our way out of town, and he told us a different way home.  It cut off over an hour or so of travel time - a great thing...very thankful!
The ride home was just great and a clear evening with the sun shining.  We also sang some songs on the way back. We got to Ivano at 8:30 and by 9:00 all people were delivered.  It was great to get back to our beds here for sure. The driver was very happy with the trip, he said he enjoyed it and us, we were very thankful.

April 17th, Monday
      It wasn't an early rise today for sure. This was expected after the long ride and the conference on the weekend. It was OK to get back to the regular breakfast of Manna and Canadian tea.   
Leanna came came early to visit and read with us. This was good for her for sure as it has been a long journey trying to reach her and lots of patience. She brought a man named Uri. We got him clothing and shoes. He teaches at the Oil & Gas University. We will make another visit to him another day. 
 Igor came and we went to exchange more money. The exchange goes up and down very much and want a good exchange. We ended up waiting on this as well till later.
We went and brought sheets to the Surgery Hospital here, also some other medical supplies that were given to me from Corner Brook, Nfld, but the nurse wasn't there. We will try tomorrow again.
 We then got medicine for Natalia and went to her for a visit. We have known Natalia since 2005 - our first trip.  It is amazing to hear her talk and her attitude although she has MS and is now getting worse and worse. Her mom cut tulips and gave to Heather and Margie. The gardens are growing so well, but sad if we get the snow it is calling for.It will be a great destruction to the area here for sure.
From there we went to Louisa and Yury's for supper..We had a little spiritual talk with them, but they just don't have the interest.  The supper there was out of this world with such a variety.  We were back home late and rushed to bed.  Tired for sure as the Lutsk trip is still having an affect.

 April 18th, Tuesday
             "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."   Psalms 118:24
      The day started with a normal breakfast and a read together. Leanna came and so we went to visit the older man from her work again. We had tea together and had nice visit this time and  brought him more clothing and he showed us his hobby of making small clock's and Magnifying glasses.  It was a very neat visit.  He was cleaning two days at his place when he knew we would visit.  We gave him the Surgie book and NT on CD. These were made for me in Canada and many here like it. We had over 100 with us and it has been a God send.  
Igor came after this visit and went to change money again. We then took sheets and other supples to the Hospital we tried to do yesterday. They told us about a 4 1/2 yr. old that needs head surgery, he is at another hospital.  We will try to visit him and see if we can give help. Then we took Dan and Igor to a Pizza place for dinner.
 Home for a little rest and some extra preparation for meeting.  We walked to meeting and took extra bags from Lutsk. with John 3:16 on each side.
 We had 23 out to meeting and that is good for after the Easter holidays. We then went to Ira's home for supper. It was a great visit but she and her family are very religious and wanted to show us that more by saying the Lord's Prayer for thanks at the supper table. It is so sad to see such nice people be in such Religious darkness.  Day over and back to the apartment for the night's rest.   

 April 19th, Wednesday
         A normal start of the day. In every thing give thanks ....Rejoice ever more.  
 Dan came and we loaded up boxes for a school in Luba's village. We took clothing for girls, boys and ladies at the school.  We got candy for them also.  We also took bags with John 3:16 on them. We had an opportunity to speak to about 35 of them.  We had tea with three of the teachers at the school. One teacher had us go to her home for a visit as well. She is the social worker at the school. Had a very nice visit for sure. Her husband is an airport controller for planes in the army.  We also had a short visit at Luba's mother in Law.  She enjoys the truth of sins forgiven and she had us read the Bible to her some.
We went to the printer's  about Heather's tract and I gave information to get some hymns printed. We came back and Leanna came for a visit with her daughter. Day over and trust heaven rejoices over the labours. 

                  
              Value prayer from all ...
                 Eric and  Margie Fowler
                      and Heather Anderson

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eric Fowler's Report #4 April 11 2017



April 11
  A good morning start ..as usual ...breakfast , a read together, and a time to thank the Lord for His provisions and peace
After dinner we went to an Orphanage here in town and spoke to 31 children, spoke on a shoe; also brought oranges, apples, and candy.      Had nice time there and Maria showed us around. They have some new changes from money given to them. 
We went to the Carpathian Kitchen for dinner together.  We paid for the couple behind us and they wanted to know why we did it, a great way to reach people. 
Back to the apartment and the last preparation for meeting tonight.  The gospel meeting was at 6 and we had 28 in, even with the Easter holidays ... Vasil (Luba's son) was in
We came home and the last arrangement of the bags for a visit at the Baby hospital tomorrow.   A wee ginger tea and off to bed.

April 12
Breakfast and read and again. How important it is to pray for the direction along the way.  Igor came and got boxes ready for people to come for clothing. This is a big job as each time you need to reorganize boxes. We don't have a good system with people seeing the clothing.  It was once organized when we had Marika around. I always like all the people to come for clothing that come to meeting when we are here.
I went to the drug store for medicine for Annia, the Lady who had her house burned last year. She had a terrible fall and cut her leg and now it is sore. We got medicine and took it to her. 
Heather and Margie finished the baby bags for our second visit.
 Lessia then came for clothing, she usually gets for her mom and a few other neighbors, even though they have never come to meeting.  She is saved and baptized and is faithful to meetings here. Bogdanka came for clothing with her 9 year old daughter. They have been faithful to meetings for a couple of years now.  Her mom came when she could but has had a stroke and is now consigned to her apartment. She is the lady I asked for over size lady's clothes for. She is very very poor and we help with food many times. Irena then came and I went to look for shoes for her daughter but didn't have any luck in getting any.
We then took a walker to a lady and when we got there had to come back and get the one with two sets of wheels as she couldn't use the one with only one set of wheels. They were both teachers and their son needs medicine that costs over 3000r a month. Takes most of their pension and they were renting a walker. It is very sad to see such a lack of help here. Went to market and got food for Hila, Bogdanka's mom, again and had a little visit with her.  We then took Leanna and Marina out for Easter supper. They came back to look at clothing as well ... Day over and it leaves one tired.

 April 13
       Started a little early as we are to be at the hospital at 11. Igor came and we  loaded the van with the baby bags and extra clothing for the babies and sheets again for 3 floors of the hospital.   The nurse asked last time for some sheets for the third floor.  We gave some before but it was all used on the 1st floor.  We had some other medical supplies for them as well.  We got liquid hand soap .... floor liquid soap ..  washing powder .... and toilet paper .... amazing they have nothing. We also took a box of ladies clothing for the nurses there.
       We then took a wheel chair to another hospital to a man who called for one.  He just had his leg off today.  Talked to his Dr. and head nurse, they can use white sheets there as well so we will bring them to them next time. Irena's daughter came who wanted shoes with her grandmother ... we went and this time with her we got the ones she liked. Leanna came again and looked for clothing that works for her. Deanna, the German, came with Leanna and looked for clothing. 
My wife made banana muffins and they stayed and had a talk over the muffins.  We also got our suitcases ready for the ride to Lutsk for the Easter conference tomorrow. We will meet at 10am near our apartment to leave.  Another day to it's end ... "HE that winneth souls is wise" ...but very hard work.

April 14 ......
     .. We met at 10 and loaded things in the van and the15 of us. A very nice crowd but would like more, but Easter takes some away that would have possibly gone otherwise.  The ride was nice and at 4 o'clock we landed in Lutsk just when they were into the story with the children there. 
It was great to get there on time for meeting We then were taken by the men to our places where we were to stay.  Then back to meeting at 7pm. Dema told how he got saved and Kevin Oh originally from Malaysia, but now living in England, preached the Gospel.
We then had supper, which was late, and went to our place to stay.   We were all tired after the long ride. My wife and I and Heather stayed at Alexander and Oxana's home. We had met them before at Lviv conference and Heather stayed with them last Fall in a visit she had in Lutsk then. It was great to get to rest. The others stayed at a motel and a rest park place.

All for now.

 Eric and Margie Fowler
and Heather Anderson

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eric Fowler's Report #3


Eric and Margie Fowler's
      and Heather Anderson    report #3

April 7th

Breakfast and a time of reading together for a fast get away to Lviv. The weather has been warm and sunny for which we are thankful. A lot of people got their gardens planted already. Trees are green and fields are green and looking great.

Yaroslav's wife, Halia, has been having health problems and today we will take her and her son to Lviv to see a Dr. Mark, a Christian Dr. who has a clinic in Lviv and does alternative medicine. We will take her there since the Dr's here in Ivano have found nothing in her case EVEN THOUGH SHE HAS HAD MANY DIFFERENT TESTS. We left here at 10 and arrived there at 1. When we were finished there Heather, Margie and I went to visit Nadja and her new baby Daniel. She is now living with her mom while recovering. This gave us a little chance to visit with her mom and dad who are in the meeting and also a wee visit with her grandmother. It was great to have supper with them and have a time of fellowship. Heather then went to visit with a Deaf Lady and stayed all night. Nayda is the lady's name and she is coming to meeting. Heather had a nice time with her. We went back to the apartment here and rested.

Saturday April 8

We rested some extra this morning and nice to have wee time alone and pray about what we are doing here. Edmund came at 10:45 and got us to go to Sosnivka to speak to a group of children. They get 20 to 35 children each time here and Edmund goes every second Saturday. I enjoy the group, they learn many verses and are very attentive to the story. At times there are 5 to 8 adults which is very nice. We do have to drive an hour and the road isn't good. Then Vasiel, the man who plans it, takes us to his home for a dinner. They have 6 children and she is a real good cook. It was great to see Vera, his wife, again and talk to her. They both like to talk of the Lord while eating. It was a joy to learn that two days ago a Russian lady got saved. The Lord is at work and it was a joy to talk to her. The group sang very nicely and I gave them a story on the Shoe, it was the first time they ever heard it. Then back to Lviv and prepare for the meeting tomorrow morning. A week is over and tired for sure.

Sunday April 9
A new day...the Lord's day and a new week. It was a joy to be able to remember the Lord again. It was great to see 8 in the back to observe and 15 of us to remember the LORD. I gave a little word at the end on Gal. 5:1 Then Ruslan spoke a word to the children.
It was a joy to hear 8 give thanks ... Then the ride back to Lviv and a wee rest and then to meeting again. We did have 31 out to meeting. This is good considering planting time and the Sunday was Palm Sunday at the churches and this is big for them. The Sunday before Good Friday and Easter Sunday is bigger here then Christmas.                                       Dema came back to the Apartment after and had a great talk with him. The day is over and tired for sure. We did have bags made last fall with a Bible verse on it and we gave all at the meeting a bag each. We trust that this will help spread the word in the street.

April 10
It is Monday again ...Relax Rest Refresh Read Renew while on the Run. Breakfast and a little time of fellowship to touch the Spirit. Then the day started in a rush. Tanya with three children came to get medicine for her husband who has trouble with his Immune system and now is running a very high temperature. Then 45 boxes came from Meest, some form Nfld, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. It was great to get this gift for sure. There were boxes from Welland and Waubaushene here when we came. This gave us the ability to do the Baby Hospital.                                                          Then we got a call from Dana, the lady who has the big family. Her husband had been drinking for four days and so we went and talked to him some. Then we went and bought food for her. Sin is a sad burden and everywhere you see its vast effects on the people and the nation. Marianna, her daughter is home again and we have helped this girl lots. She was at meeting Sunday but came late. She has been coming some but not much over the years.                                                                         Then we went to Valentina's and had a late dinner. We found out that her old gas stove is causing great danger leaking gas and is very dangerous. It was her son's 16th birthday and had a nice time with them. We went to the market and bought a new one. She has been faithful to the meetings since 2005 and gives good signs of Salvation.

We then came and got medicine for Luba, “pony tail Luba” not the Luba in the meeting. She fell and broke her hand. Then we came back to the apartment and spent some time with Leanna who came for a visit. She is troubled and we look to the Lord for a full deliverance. She wanted some clothing for a friend and we gave her some food; got a taxi for her and she went home.  Monday which was long is over, now trying to study for meeting, write report and get boxes ready for hospital tomorrow as we are to meet head Dr. 9:30 in the morning.
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             Value prayer for us and the work.
               FROM UKRAINE Eric and Margie Fowler
                    Heather Anderson....

Friday, April 7, 2017

Eric Fowler's Report #2 April 2017

April 4th 2017

            Days come and go fast.  Rested well last night and this morning we are feeling somewhat refreshed.  Breakfast and a little time of reading and prayer for the day ahead.  Dan had to put the van in for a tire change, over due oil change, and major repairs on the under carriage. Total cost when he got it this morning was 8660 Ukrainian equal to over $400 Canadian.

 Luba, Marika and the new baby (Evelina) came to pick out clothing for the baby and themselves.  Leanna came to help as well.  

We went to the Baby hospital at 2:30 and visited 14 mothers with new babies...two were born last night. Had a  nice visit with the head nurse as well. We left her white sheets again and medical gloves, also some medicine for mothers and nurses.  She asked us to pick out clothing for a boy 3 years old, his mother is a nurse but a single mother and is very poor...
    We had 22 out to meeting tonight. It is planting time and takes people to their gardens out of town and hinders them from getting to meeting.
We then went to Maria's for supper after the meeting. Her son came before we left, it was great to meet him again. We would love it if he would come to meeting, but have never won his confidence some how, the Lord is gracious and some day, Lord willing.
 Heather is taking Ukrainian language lessons. Great because it's a hard language.

       April 5th
        Rested well and morning start is good with Manna and a good breakfast.
We were picking out clothing for Peter's village, the Mayor and school. The ladies did more boxes and I went with Dan to visit Andrei, he comes to meetings a lot but his wife just died a month ago. He was very sad. I'd love to see this man get settled .he has his bible and NT on his desk and told us he reads it much.

We then went to the market and had a visit with Oleg, he is the man that takes care
of the clothing boxes coming into the country. Had a nice visit but he and his wife
Ola are too busy. They are doing well with business but not growing in the Lord.
   
 Heather stayed home and studied Ukrainian and helped with hanging out laundry and did some dishes, and Margie and I went to the Market.
We  took Tanya to get food. Tanya has two girls 5 and 6 years old and who lost her husband a year or so ago. Tanya is a lady from some part of Russia.  
Then we took Lesia, who has a small son, to get food as well.  Lesia was just
  helped to paint and do some long over- due work on her little place. We then took  Orissa the Jewish lady out to supper.  She fell some time ago and was in a oma for two weeks and Dr's didn't expect her to live but she is recovering slowly.  

We came from there and finished boxes for Peter's village and loaded them in the van.  Dan had his Bible hour with his normal group when we went for supper.
      We are tired for sure so a shower and to bed went just right.  Value prayer for much wisdom in this confused country.

      April 6th

       Early rise for sure to be ready to go to Peter's village to be there at 10.  We were able to have our normal breakfast and our Read and prayer time and be ready for Dan's arrival as well. The weather is changed and it was cold in the morning and Rain will come we thought for sure and it did rain before getting to the village.
       We went and picked up Leanna for she wanted to be with us ...nice for her.  Arrived at the school on time and it was truly great to see them all again. We brought clothing for them , also liquid soap for their dishes and aprons for the ladies in the Kitchen and one left for the Principal, she was sooooo happy. We also left them a bag we had done with a Bible verse on and  book of Sergei, the Russian sailor who jumped ship in Vancouver.
Had a lesson with them all on the SHOE .... Ex. 3:5...the Holiness of God and His word. What the shoe has that we have ...eyes, tongue, Soul, inside and out etc.
    We then went to the Mayor and had a nice time with her. She told us that 4 people 
 in their 40', shave died since the new year We had a little time to witness to her. We've known this lady since 2005. We Left her clothing to distribute, calendars, and a Sergei book. 
  From there we went to the Russian lady with her 4 children and left food and Bible literature for her with her neighbour since she wasn't home, but she called back and said she got the food and was happy with it.
    We came back into town and Dan went and helped Leanna move a piece of furniture she had in store from her mom's place.  We went to meet Orissa and got medicine for her.  Then we went to supper with Yaroslav and his family ...great visit ..His wife has been very sick and they can't just come up with the problem.  In our supper time with them, we talked about taking her to see the Christian Dr. Mark in Lviv as we were going to Lviv tomorrow to make few visits with the Christians there and to go and speak to the children that Edmund goes to every second Sat..   
Now we are home ...my wife cleaning up from the clothes and box movements and I'm trying to write up this wee report and soon time to rest again and be ready for Lord's day again.

              VALUE PRAYER VERY MUCH ....
                  In Christ,
                     Eric and Margie Fowler
                         Heather Anderson

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Eric Fowler's Letter #1 March and April 2017



 UKRAINE ... MARCH 2017 #1 letter.
Greetings from the Poor Land of Ukraine.

Our 24th Missionary journey to Europe and the needy land and people of the Ukraine......
       March   30
Heather Anderson came in on the 30 from Ontario, Wis. USA to fly with us to Ukraine.  My wife and I picked her up on our way from Welland where we were  for meeting on Wed. night and to get some things the ladies there had finished for us to take to the Ukraine with us. We came back to Collingwood and finished packing our 6 cases. Then  A last rest for a little while in Canada.
       March 31
                   We were ready for Mary, our daughter, when she came from work at 3:30 to head early to airport. It was nice to get there and be first in line. All our cases were just to the limits of what we could carry.  The Lord gave us a special lady there to check us through and put us in seats together on the flight.  We had no problems at the security and were through in no time. Many were praying especially for us to have no trouble checking through. God is so good , no problems.
      The flight left on time and arrived in Warsaw on time.  It was a rough flight over the Labrador Sea and Greenland but the ladies slept most of the way.
         April 1
            We landed in Warsaw safely. The Lord is good. The little wait over in Warsaw was just enough time to check through security there and have a coffee.  The flight to Lviv was short and easy.. In Lviv the weather was 21 and sunny.  Edmund, Agnes and Ruslan met us at the airport and took us to  the Shafarika apartment.  There was time to shower and walk to Edmund and Agnes for a Shepherd’s Pie supper..
      April 2
        The morning came early for sure but we rested well and nice to be in Ukraine safe and ready to work.
We asked Dan to come early from Ivano Frankivsk and he did and had Luba, Dema and Yaroslav with him. He came and got our 6 cases before meeting.  Edmund came and got us for Worship meeting at 10:45. 16  of us remembered the Lord and it was great to see Dema from Ivano Frankivsk and hear him worship in uch a humble and appreciated way; he is truly enjoying his Salvation. I spoke a little on 1 Cor. 3 and 1 Cor. 11 ..... Then Edmund gave a word to the children... It was a joy to see 6 in the back observing.  The Man who had his wife leave him with 5 children was there with the two boys.
       It was great to see the Saints here once more , 5 were away because of work and sickness.

Then the ride to Ivano Frankisk and  getting into the apartment and a little rest before the meeting there..
         It was great to see 29 out which is good for our first night here.  Dan opened and he wanted me to do the preaching. After meeting, 6 of them came for a wee drop of tea and to talk. It was great to see one of Dema's friends out. But it was good to get to bed after the long flight and the long Lord's day, We were very tired. 
        April 3
          Morning came early, but didn't sleep too well so rested some in the day.  Dan came and we went to the bank to change money. Canadian currency is down some  but got best with a bank that Dan knew. 
Ira, our lady interpreter, came and we  then went to the  market and got food for ourselves and got some for Hallia, an older lady,so went to visit her.   She had a stroke over a year ago and not doing well.  She was a nurse for 35 years and now lives in poverty what a pity. She loved to come to meetings before the stroke and I believe she trusted the Saviour before this. Her daughter was there who came to some meetings too.

We also picked up some things for Peter's Village School. We then went and picked up Leanna and went to her new place for supper. We had a nice talk about Salvation, she is very concerned.  God is good and is able to save.   Home and need to rest for sure.
                                    Eric and Margie Fowler
                                         And Heather Anderson

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dan Perez Report for February 2017



Greetings from Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine.
I visited Marika, Luba’s daughter, at the maternity hospital to see how she was doing and to see the newest member of their family, little Evelyn. I think I was the first after her husband to see the baby. I brought some things I thought she would need.
After I left Marika I went to visit her mother Luba at another hospital. Luba was not feeling well and the ambulance came and took her to the hospital, there she stayed for more than a week and needed help with getting the necessary drugs, I was thankful that I could help!  (Not sure of her problem) 
The head nurse at the maternity hospital, who we have known for years, asked if I could buy a desk for her office. She shared how all of the workers received a raise in their salary and expressed how disappointed she was with what she got. She continue to say how she and other employees have to put some of their own money to get some things for the hospital such as a desk,or else they can get a fine from the government, this is not right but I could see they have no choice.
I did end up getting a desk for her and assembled it in her office. I also brought a couple of boxes of clothes for the staff and a box of bed sheets for the hospital beds which are desperately needed here and in most of the places we visit, she was thankful for the help!
 I went to the village a few times where Hallia,  whereYaroslav's wife is staying. Yaroslav is in fellowship in the Lviv assembly. She is not but was staying in the village, to take care of her mother, but her mother died some time ago and now Halia’s health has failed. One of the last times I went to visit her I was asked if I could pick her up and take her to the hospital. Her village is about  two hours from Ivano and though some of the roads condition have improve there are still a lot of bad areas on the way. They wanted me to bring her to town for a doctor's appointment . I went up with their son and though he speaks little English we still communicated well. On the way back Hallia was having a hard time breathing plus we were running late for her appointment so I tried to go as fast as I could to get to her appointment in one piece! We just made it on time to the appointment and later I was told that the doctor said she had suffered a minor heart attack and if she had not made it to the hospital she could have died, Needless to say the family was very thankful for the help. Here too there were needs for financial help, so was able to help some but much more is needed for surgery.
I visited one orphanage called a children's shelter that is in town. It is not a big place but they are trying to improve their facility to better accommodate the children's needs. I wanted to visit them earlier but they were busy with the opening of their new psychology department. The mayor was there and other political people as well as religious leaders and much media. I visited a week later and the director was happy to show me their new department. One of the latest methods coming from Europe is to treat children with light therapy. The room has various lights with different colors and shapes. Children with emotional difficulties would go in for a time with a psychiatrist and work on whatever the issue of the child might be, by using these lights. It felt comfortable in the room and I asked if I could come to be treated but he only smiled!                                                                  
I did speak briefly to the children and they listened well and received a calendar, bible text and gospel tract and whoever wanted new testaments received one. I also brought some boxes of clothes and shoes. The director wanted to take some photos to put on their Face book page.
I visited one new school in a small village about 30 minutes from town. They were very attentive and looked very happy to see a different face in their school. I first met with the director of the school. He wanted to meet me and I can see he was a little nervous when he said he wanted to ask me some questions. He asked various questions like why do I want to speak to the students, what will be the purpose, what "confession" do I represent and so on. He apologised for asking these questions but said he is responsible for what goes on at the school. I told him I understood fully and  I was not offended at all.
I had planned to speak to one group of students, but there were other teachers as well as the vice principal in the room. When I was done the  English teacher ask if I can speak to another group. I told her I did not have too much time, she was so eager that she started to bring in the next group of students. Though I had an important meeting in town I could not pass this opportunity up and gladly spoke to these students too!  As I was leaving the director gave me a very warm thank you and said that the teacher and the vice principal had very good things to say and the students liked it very much. I was somewhat surprised because God's plan of salvation I thought came out very clear and I was still welcome back, Praise God!! Here too they received calendars, bible texts, new testaments and some sweets and boxes of clothing.
There has been a surprising development for me, I have received my residence that will allow me to stay in Ukraine. This means that I can come and go in and out of the country as I wish without the 90 days restriction. There were a lot of red tape and a lot of wrong information and a lot of barriers along the way that seemed to be making it impossible! I had very little to do with this because I saw the impossibilities, it was one of those things where it went up to the last day, the last hour, the last minutes before closing that I was approved, something that I see only God could do!!
I had my bags packed for the next day I had to leave Ukraine, and was planning to go to another country. Now that I have no time limit I could still go for a few weeks if needed and would still be able to continue with the work here. Not sure how God will orchestrate things but He has made the impossible possible!
Eric and Margie and Heather will be coming to Ukraine for the month of April, pray for their safety and God's blessing while here!
Please continue to pray for each gospel meetings both in the rented room and in the apartment, for the schools and orphanages and villages we visit that they will receive God's word, for the many who we know that are sick and need much help!   Please pray for me also that I would be faithful to His word and for physical and spiritual health and strength!!
Thank You all very much for your needed prayers!!

In Christ our Lord!
Dan


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dan Perez's Report for Dec 2016.

Dan Perez's report.

 During the month of December Edmund and Rulsan came from Lviv to Ivano for two Tuesdays for the meeting both Edmund and I took part. Before the meeting we met for a meal with a few others from the meeting.
In both these meetings there were a good number out and some new people, this is not always the case so it was good to see.  One of these new people was one young woman that I had invited out before but this was the first time she had come, she came with her mother. She can speak good English but is busy with work, her mother wants to learn English so she was interested in coming. I do hope that God will use His word to speak to their hearts and to all that come to these meetings!
I received a call by one of the ladies that come to the meetings about a relative of hers that needed some help, it ended up taking all day. He is an older man and has a home but his brother kicked him out for no good reason, so he has been living in the street for I think a few years.
He really needed to go to the hospital because he has been bleeding from one of his legs and it was very swollen. The hospital was one were you have to pay but  they would not take him because he smelled so very bad. When I picked him up I had to put a plastic cover over the seat sto protect it!  We look him to the sauna and asked if he could use the shower, they said he could. When he was done I bought some cheap shoes and got some clothes for him from the boxes.
I paid the lady for the shower and bought her some chocolate for allowing this man to use the shower, she did a nice thing! I did have time to talk with him about the gospel and he had some questions and listened very well.  We finally made it back to the hospital and will be there for some time, he was very thankful  for the help he received!
Another lady called me asking if I can take her friend to the doctors, she had surgery on her foot so I said I would. Heather from Wisconsin was still here and decided  to go with her to help her walk and keep her company while waiting for the Doctor. The hospital conditions are not very good and the wait could be very long plus this women speaks very little English, for Heather to want to do this was very nice and brave of her, do hope God will use that time for His glory!
Once again another lady called and invited me to a school we have visited many time which is in the village. I had two invitations to see some of the traditional holiday plays that the school was to have. The students do very well with remembering  their lines and poems. The first visit I had to cancel because the van was being repaired in the shop. The teacher was very disappointed that I could not make it and said I should try to come. She said I should really try to make it.  So the interpreter and I took the bus to the school in that village. I was able to speak to two classes before the play; they listened well and seemed to enjoy that time. There were no teachers in these classrooms so we (the interpreter and I) were like their teachers and they seemed to have preferred us over their regular teachers.
There was a priest there on both visits and we and some of the teachers had lunch together and had a good talk. We started talking about teachings of the Bible that were wrong, I had to be careful about what I said, so I focused of how some of the things other religions do is not necessarily bad but they are still in their sins and for some, Jesus sacrifice is not enough which then leaves them  still in their sins. Some did agree and the priest listened very carefully. This priest was very nice and friendly, and he was the one that drove us back to Ivano. He asked me what is the focus of our group, what teaching? I told him Salvation,  people need to know their sins can be forgiven through faith in the finished work of Christ. He liked it and said that it was very good. This was the first time a priest said to me" it was my pleasure to meet you"  and he also asked if I can pray for him and his family, he has 5 children.
The Van needed some repairs; there was a strong smell of gas that was coming through the vents. You really do not know how dependent you are on these vehicles until something goes wrong. So far all seems to have been repaired and working fine, Praise God!!
At the end of the year I bought food packages for some of those that come to the meetings, some do not come very often but they still have children. The food package would help them through the holidays so they can have a New Year's dinner. It also open doors to get to know some better and brings  Christ's Salvation message to their home! Do pray it can be used for His glory!
I DO WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PRAYERS THIS PAST YEAR! ALL WHO HAVE SENT FUND THAT HELPED TO KEEP THIS WORK GOING ANOTHER YEAR! THOSE WHO HAVE SENT BOXES OF AID TO REACH THOSE WITH NEEDS THIS PAST YEAR, THANK YOU ALL!!

In Christ our Lord! 
Dan.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Report from Lutsk Ukraine.

Timothy Sloan reporting from Lutsk, Ukraine.

Fanny Crosby, one of the greatest hymn writers of all time wrote “To God be the glory great things He has done”. Publish in 1875 it is recognized as a wonderful hymn of praise and adoration of God. Here in Lutsk, Ukraine as we look back over 2016 we can utter the same words as we recall a year of blessing in salvation, believers baptized and added to the assembly, a Sunday School with 80 children and an assembly united and active in the Lords work. You might well ask “How is it done?” 1. God has blessed us and we appreciate His presence and blessings, 2. Consistent and persistent hard work in our locality and 3. YOU – your prayers are really valued.



Answers to prayer

1. Two saved recently

2. 5 who recently got saved were baptized,

3. 4 received into fellowship in Lutsk and 1 in L’viv. Dima, was saved in Lutsk on 12th July 2015. He lives and works in Ivano Frankvisk (2 hours’ drive south of L’viv) and was baptized there by brother Eric Fowler. There is no assembly in Ivano Frankvisk as yet so he has been temporally received into the L’viv assembly. Do continue to pray for the work of the Lord in Ivano Frankvisk.

4. Sunday school in Lutsk with over 80 boys and girls,

5. UCC – Ukraine Child Care teaching the scriptures to 100 children every day at the Gospel Hall,

6. We opened a Christian Book shop in the basement of the hall. It is opened 6 days a week from 09.00 to 19:00. We sell all our literature below cost and it is amazing how many poor believers from different churches come and ask if they could distribute some literature in their villages. We never turn anyone away empty handed.

7. Since January we have printed and paid for 60,000 Gospel tracts, 50,000 “Who we are and what we believe” and 50,000 Safety Certainty & Enjoyment. We have bought 10,000 Woven Bags with John 3:16 in Ukrainian on both sides, 10,000 Bibles and New Testaments and received 33,000 Calendars for 2017,

8. All 33,000 calendars have been given out. We know that God has promised to bless His word.



Please pray for

1. The 10,000 woven carrier bags we bought from China in 2016 have been so well received on the streets of Lutsk that we plan to buy a further 10,000 bags with a different verse for 2017.



2. We plan God willing 2 conferences in 2017. Our new Easter Conference commences Friday April 14th to Monday 17th and our 14th summer conference commences Saturday 8th July to Lords Day 16th. The speaker expected is brother Ryan Coleman (Hatboro Gospel Hall) Pennsylvania, USA).



3. The Norwegian owner of the orphanage building in Lutsk which we long to buy contacted me yesterday 12/12/2016 and has asked me to put in a serious bid for the building before New Year. We will do this even though we do not have the funds believing that if God wants us to have it He will provide. We appreciate your prayers.



Rhoda and I are excited as we look forward to 2017 God willing. We have 5 teenagers and a number of unsaved who faithfully attend Gospel meetings. Pray for their salvation. We value your prayers and trust that the Lord will richly bless you.

Yours in Christ, Timothy & Rhoda Sloan



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dan Perez's Report for Nov 2016


Editors note.
An explanation may be in order regarding Dan going to some other European countries. A visitor can only stay 3 months at a time in Ukraine. They must then leave for 3 months before returning. Dan chooses to go and help some assemblies in these other countries for 3 months rather than return to his native USA. These small assemblies really enjoy and appreciate his time with them.
Moldova/Ukraine, 11/2016
     While in Moldova I had the chance to visit a boy’s College dormitory. These are boys in their late teens that are taking a trade like oil drilling, electrician or some kind of construction. The first visit was very difficult, there were about 15 or 20 of them there, two of them spoke Russian and as I was speaking they were just talking over me. It came to the point where I asked the interpreter whether I should continue;  so he then took over in Romanian, the language most of them there understood and I just stepped away.
We both felt very strongly the arrows of our adversary seeking to stop that which was planned to give glory to Christ our Lord! We went again the following week and there were different students and this time more about 30 or so and no one speaking Russian this time. This time they all listened very well and I was surprised at the difference in their attentiveness over that last group, I do hope it can be used to speak to their hearts!
  The assembly there had a Conference with speakers from Romania and Germany who did most of the speaking. The assembly building is small so the place became packed from wall to wall in a short time. The breaks and meals were taken outside in the cold but sunny weather.
 The passage of discussion was in Colossians chapters 2 and 3. Unfortunately I was not feeling well so I spent most of the time outside with the kids.
I got ready to go back to Ukraine, but this time I took a very different route. I was able to get a ride from Moldova into Romania, which was a great help! From here I took a bus pretty much across Romania and through the Carpathian mountains, it took 17 hours to get to the border of Ukraine. This was a new border crossing for me and I was very nervous about them trying to make things difficult but it ended up as one of my easiest and pleasant crossing. When the officer gave me back my passport he said, “Welcome to Ukraine and enjoy your stay”, I think this was the first time I was greeted this way, it felt good!
This part of Ukraine borders three countries Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. I walked across the border into a small village. I was then told there are no buses here and I would have to walk three kilometers to the nearest bus stop, so with one suitcase, one large backpack and one small one, I started walking across the village  to the bus stop. Once I got on the bus I thought it would be 1 or 2 hours to the town where I was going called Uzghorod but it actually took another 5hrs.!!  The purpose of coming to that town was to visit two assemblies that I heard were in this area. I had a number and called and the next day was invited to dinner by this Christian family. One of their daughter's can speak good English and was the interpreter. We had a long discussion for many hours late into the night. Most of the talk was about the Church, her function, her purpose, and her development. We then talked about the gathering together and assembly truth. I spent most of my time with this small assembly of about 10 and this very nice Christian family! The other purpose I came here was to visit a Christian book store. This place was a big warehouse of books in Ukrainian and in Russian. It is a German organization that prints Christian materials in other languages. Books from Macintosh, Darby, Kelly and so on, I was very surprise to see such materials printed in Ukrainian and Russian. My Time spent here was very good and I was very blessed to meet such a family!
 Then came my 10 hour bus ride back over the Carpathian mountains to get back to Ivano. As we were going uphill the bus was going so slow I thought we were going backwards, however I did make it to Ivano safely,  Praise God! I was met by Dima at the bus stop in Ivano and was very glad to see him, we then walked together to the apartment!
While I was away Eric and Margie Fowler were here carrying on the work and then Malcolm and Wade were continuing the work which meant having weekly meetings and visiting institutions, bringing aid that was sent by Christians in North America along with the gospel message. Was good to see Malcolm again and Wade for the first time. Heather Anderson from Wisconsin was also here visiting the Christians in Lutsk, Lviv and Ivano.
We all went to the mid week meeting in Lviv where Wade gave a very good message about Christian character. Gill and Helen Plourde were also staying in Lviv at this time. 
 After the meeting we said our goodbyes. Malcolm and Wade flew out the following day and I came back to Ivano.
Please pray for the work and for us workers, for guidance and strength and for Unity! Also for this Christian family and the small assembly that I visited, that God would protect them and preserve them.
Thank You for your many prayers!
In Christ our Lord! Dan Perez
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