Widows and Pensioners Get Easter Bread
Ukrainian Easter was May 6th, and MMK distributed 350 Easter cakes to our widows and pensioners. They were so pleased. Since their childhood, they have celebrated Easter with this traditional bread, but today it is so expensive to buy in the store. Several posed for pictures with their bread when they took it home the day before Easter.
Kim Janzen Takes a Tumble
Kim fell on a piece of broken sidewalk and broke her ankle. She is now in a cast that has a zipper in it, but her lower leg must be immobile for several weeks. She is using crutches. However, since she lives across the hall from the office, there are some things that she can do such as teach music to the Sunday morning Music Club with our young people, and visit with the widow's prayer group and knitting class on Fridays.
This Sunday she was able, with her crutches, to climb the four flights of chairs to come to church for the first time in two weeks. "Now I know how difficult it must be for our widows to come to the fourth floor every week," she said. Kim conducted a children's anthem yesterday. She hasn't returned on Saturdays yet, but Wes has been teaching her Bible class which she prepares for him.
Sunday Morning Glory
Yesterday (May 12) in the worship service of St. Paul's Church, members of the choir of the KSOC presented many accapella anthems of the Easter season. Selections by Schutz, Casals, G. Martin, Palestrina as well as several Ukrainian composers brought us all closer to the Throne of God in their beautiful tones. These pieces will be part of a concert conducted by Wes and Vika this Wednesday at the St.Vladimir's Catherdral in Kiev.
The children's choir also sang, and some of the children presented pieces on the piano as their gift of praise. The Four-in-Hand Bell choir presented three pieces, led by Vika Konchakovskaya, who organizes this group of four KSOC musicians. Also the string Quartet did a couple of instrumental pieces. Wes Janzen gave introductions to each piece, summarizing the spiritual message, translated by Sergey Basarab.
At the end of the service, Marc McMurrin surprised his parents, by being in the audience on this Mother's Day. He has brought a team of doctors from Orlando in a church project, and Roger and Diane were expecting him later in the week. What a great surprise for Diane to get a hug from her son on this special day!
A Story of a Care Giver
Tonya Lapushanskaya came to Christ a year ago, when she joined St. Paul's Church. She had been a worker in the building where our MMK activities meet, and she began to attend first the church service, then Bible study, and Care Givers class. All during the McMurrin's absence to America, Diane had prepared lessons from a little book called God's Promises for Your Every Need. Each chapter has Scripture verses on a particular topic, such as What to do when you feel: discouraged, lonely, tempted, angry, worried, etc. or What the Bible says about answered prayer, widows, forgiving others, etc. There are 80 different topics.
The Care Givers take the study sheets with the verses on them to the homebound and talk about these topics using the Scriptures. They have been very valuable. In Tonya's own life, the lesson on Forgiving Others was very helpful. Says Tonya, " One day I had a shouting fight with my mother-in-law. I said terrible things to her. When I returned, she was dead. For years I lived with anger and guilt about what I had done. Then when I accepted Christ, and received his forgiveness for my sins, I also received his peace and comfort. The guilt is gone. My life is so different now that I know Jesus." Tonya not only delivers to a homebound widow, but she also works in the food storage room, handing out packets to our widows and pensioners.
For more stories, news and pictures of recent events of MMK in Kiev, find the newest Janzen Journal, by clicking on this link: June 2013
Diane has also written a new page in Diane's Diary called "Pancakes and Policemen." Click on this link to read it: May 2013