Welcome to the new year, and what a year it has been already. I’ve been struggling to find my footing as nothing around me seems to make any sense. Even among sources that I trust and leaders within the body of Christ there is much disagreement. Where is the truth about anything? Since I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, I want to encourage you with a simple verse from Proverbs 8:17, “I love those who love me and those diligently seek me will find me.” Why is verse so important? Because if I find Him in a situation, then I find Truth!
It’s so important in these days that we are cultivating our own personal relationship with the Lord and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in all things. We don’t have to be able to make sense of it all, just allow Him to be our compass. But having our own personal relationship with Him and spending time in His word is vital to this.
One blessing to the American Church is the abundance of Christian resources: books, podcasts, sermons online and on TV. But that same blessings can also be a hinderance in that we get used to relying on these resources to hear and know God. God doesn’t want a third-party relationship. He wants to reveal the truth in His word to you personally. So for the sake of your sanity and faith, I encourage to step away from the outside voices for a while and spend sometime listening to God through His word. Maybe even try a fast of some sort. This is the time to look to Him so that we won’t be moved, shaken or misled, because no matter what decisions world leaders make, the Father always takes care of His own.
Now that I’ve shared my heart with you on that matter, I can get to what’s been happening in Ukraine. Our holiday celebrations were more low key this past season, but that was to be expected. Normally we travel to all the schools and handicapped facilities and celebrate with them the true meaning of Christmas. That did happen some where we were allowed, but God gave us a new idea to reach out to our church’s neighborhood.
We prepared 200 bags of food and bibles to be passed out to anyone who came by. We set up a table outside the church building, made some signs and stood outside waiting to give. I honestly assumed we would be out there (in the cold) for several hours. We didn’t really advertise beforehand that this was happening. But we gave out all the bags in just over an hour. Neighbors started telling neighbors and that was that. Amazingly we never had such a rush of people that we couldn’t take time to chat with each of them. Our prayer team stood nearby praying for those who had needs as they waited. At the end of such a difficult year everyone was so grateful to receive such a blessing.
As always we are truly thankful to all of you for your support, especially during times like these. We pray that God would continue to provide for all of your needs as you put your trust in Him!
Hidden in Him,
About Max & Amanda Fetisov (Gage)
Amanda has been serving in Ukraine since 2005. With a burden for the children and youth, she has ministered in orphanages and detention centers since she first arrived. Throughout the years, as she watched these children grow up and repeat the same heart-breaking mistakes of their addicted parents, her focus shifted to supporting these aged-out orphans as they transition from the orphanage into their adult lives. Through bible studies, support programs and transition homes she is working to see the cycle of poverty, abandonment and hopelessness broken in their lives.