"The Blessings of Odessa"

—Ruby Bea Peters, CCC member

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ…” The Apostle Paul to the church at Colossae (Col 2:2).

In preparing for the Odessa Christian English Camp last summer with our sister church, Covenant of Grace, I remember saying to the kids, “Pray for Dad and me to walk closely with the Lord on this fast paced trip where we will have many duties. I honestly do not feel prepared, but God has it happening the way it is happening. So thankful that He is the faithful One.”

June 9, 2018, I wrote in my journal:

Byron and I made the trip! Lord, I don’t really know what You have for us. Please make me sensitive to Your leading …in word and deed.

Bear with one another….Lord, enable me to set my agenda aside. I need to embrace a new culture, new people, new foods.

Enable me to bear with others well and be a source of Godly encouragement.

June 11, 2018, on a bus heading to English Camp:

It is hot and uncomfortable.

Still seems a little surreal that we are here.

This bus ride is way too bumpy!!

June 15, 2018, on the bus ride back to Odessa after camp:

I had no time to write in my journal, because I was deep in a significant conversation with a wife struggling in her marriage. We have kept up with one another, and she has continued to attend other Covenant of Grace events. I pray that we get to see each other this summer.

My thoughts when leaving Odessa:

What sweet times we have had with people (Robin, George, Snezhana, the Burnham family, and our new Ukrainian friends). Thank You, Lord.

We have enjoyed the time…deep conversations, laughter, new foods, lots of open Gospel opportunities. Dear people! It’s been good for us.

This trip has been refreshing on all levels. Gospel ministry gives me life.

Would I do it again? Yes.

And we are…This June Byron and I are planning to board a plane for Odessa. I can’t wait. I know that I will feel unprepared, but once again God will prove Himself faithful. Might God be calling you to go with us? Speak with me, Byron, or anyone on the Global Ministries Team.