Seeking God's Call to Ukraine

Seeking God's Call to Ukraine

Posted on July 23, 2016

BY BRIAN RAVES, DIRECTOR OF VIDEO COMMUNICATION & TRIP PARTICIPANT

Last October, I took a trip to Ukraine that changed my life. I had the privilege to film and create some promotional videos for an organization called Mission to Ukraine (MTU). MTU is one of Grace Churchís Partners. As a church, we come alongside these partner organizations to help engage people in Godís mission to bring healing to the broken places of the world. MTU goes above and beyond to love and value those who are marginalized in their everyday, normal life. During my trip, I was blown away at the incredible work this organization was doing on a day to day basis, and I got to experience firsthand the impact they are having. From behind the camera, I fell in love with MTU and the people of Ukraine.



God was stirring something inside of me during that trip, and I knew that I would be back someday. Since that time, Iíve discovered a new passion and heart to love and bring dignity to those with disabilities. At the same time, having recently become a parent, Iíve felt an unexplainable joy in my life that can only be described as an awakening of my love for children. God is moving, I feel it. And as I continue to pursue these passions, I know that it is no coincidence that Ukraine keeps coming to mind.



I want to honor these promptings from God and discern exactly what He has in store for me. So after much thought and prayer, it became clear that I need to return to Ukraine this summer on a Short-Term Trip with Grace Church. Iíll be serving at a summer camp that MTU holds for people with disabilities and their families. A chance to put down the camera, and interact on a more personal and intimate level. I get to spend a week pushing wheelchairs, holding hands, laughing, jumping on trampolines, singing songs, playing games and sharing meals with people who are legitimately cast aside every single day in Ukraine.



My story is still being written, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me on this trip! Iím so thankful for the ways Grace Church is partnering with like-minded organizations all across the world. Because of Grace Church, and their intentionality with Partners and Short-Term Trips, I have an incredibly practical outlet to further investigate my place in Godís mission. God is moving, and His people are respondingÖin my heart, at Grace Church, and all over the world with organizations like MTU.



To find out more about trips that are coming up, click here

Update on Brian

Since his trip in 2016, Brian led a trip back to Ukraine in 2017. This further sparked his interest in helping kids with disabilities. In the fall of 2017, Brian quit his video job at Grace and began his new job as an in-home therapist working with kids who have autism. He is currently attending Ball State and will finish his Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism in May 2019. One trip changed his life. Imagine what it will do to yours.

Comments

Dear Servant of GodGreetings to you and your family. This is Pastor Kigen Benard Kipchirchir. I am serving as a Pastor at Jesus Joyous Christian Centre (JJCC) in Kenya. In serving, I minister to all groups among the congregation. However, I came to have a special inclination to the sick especially those living with chronic conditions. For instance in my own family, we have adopted 3 kids living with HIV/AIDS (living with us as our own children, we pay fees, medication and any other needs as normal children). In the Church we take care of Orphans Vulnerable Children (some living with chronic conditions) and we also support people living with Cancer and HIV/AIDS (have support groups at Church) but they live with their relatives and the Church support them with material needs.We are inviting you, your family and your Church to partner with us in mission. How we wish you can personally visit and minister at our Church. Also we would wish to request you to send missioners to our Church. WE ARE PRAYING FOR AND LOOKING FOR PARTNERS TO SUPPORT US FINANCIALY IN REACHING TO THE COMMUNITY (Check our Website below for the COMMUNITY OUTRECAH PROJECTS). KINDLY WE REQUESTING YOU TO BE ONE OF OUR PARTNERS WITH A COMMITTED MONTHLY FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION AS FROM $50 AND ABOVE OR WHATEVER YOUR ABILITY IS AND AS PER THE LORD’S LEADING. NOT ONLY FINANCES BUT EVEN OTHER NEEDS FOR CHILDREN (BELOW).In the Church we accept and receive gifts of any kind as the Lord directs our partners and according to their ability. For instance the most urgent needs are: sanitary pads (towels) for girls, clothing, food, baby’s diapers and house rent (shelter). Others are Bibles, Christian literature, games kits, and paying school fees for the children. Our major challenge is financing the Orphan's education and providing food items for them. However, we thank God that He has given us the grace in the little we have.Thanks for your time. We shall be praying with you, your family and your place of worship.May the prayer in Psalms 91 be your portion.Abundant blessings Yours in Christ's servicePastor Kigen Benard KipchirchirJesus Joyous Christian Centre (JJCC)Eastlands, UmojaP. O. Box 2635- 00100 Nairobi KenyaBank Account no: 001100083014100 Cooperative Bank Kimathi StreetMobile no: +254722799870Church Email: info@jjccdiscipline.org, church@jjccdiscipline.org Website: www.jjccdiscipline.orgNB: If sending finances from OVERSEAS, then apart from the above details, you need to include the following information:SWIFT CODE: KCOOKENABRANCH CODE: 11045 - KIMATHIBANK CODE: 11NB: All these details are found in our website

Posted by Pst Kigen B K on September 3, 2018 @ 4:22 am

My trip in 2013 to Ukraine also changed my life profoundly. As a result, I too am living more fully out of the destiny that God is writing within me. Thank for sharing your story, I'm always especially encouraged by stories of change affiliated with MTU!

Posted by Marcy on July 24, 2016 @ 1:42 pm