Friday, June 16, 2017

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Updated: A few of our OAMC members are posting to Facebook.

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Sabbath concert live streamed, 8 am Pacific

The final Ukraine mission concert will be live streamed from Kiev on the Ukraine Hope TV website.

  • 8 a.m., Pacific (6 pm, Ukraine time)
  • Go to: -- CORRECTED LINK
  • Look for the live TV online link in the upper right corner of the web page

A Touched People

Thursday night’s concert in Kramatorsk was probably our finest thus far. We were well rested after our resort stay. Everyone in the choir and orchestra as well as our conductors seemed to be on the same page. And this audience was certainly our most responsive and enthusiastic we've seen yet.

One of our young Ukrainian brothers told me after the concert that since this city and people are very near the conflict zone, the music was especially meaningful to them, bringing hope to them as well as prayerfully peaceful thoughts.

The audience sprang to their feet as we sang the lyrics, “Slavah, slavah, alleelooyah,” (Glory, glory, alleluia), His Truth is marching on!  Several bravos were elicited from the crowd and ecstatic applause, so much so that we ended up singing the ending to that song again for this very happy audience!

As we ended the concert with our traditional Prayer for Ukraine (sung in their language), the people again rose to their feet in response and reverence. Near the end of that song, more applause broke out as well as four people on the front row raising two large Ukrainian flags, waving them as we sung. It was a moment I won't soon forget.

And so God was present again last night in a powerful way, ministering to and touching these people's hearts. Praise His name.

Now onward to Kiev for the finale concert Saturday night.

Be sure to tune into Hope Channel Ukraine to watch this livestream event, 8 am Sabbath morning Pacific time. (6 pm Sabbath evening local Ukrainian time).

We are hopefully expecting an additional 20 Romanian men along with Alin Apostol, swelling our number to well above one hundred singers!!

Kramatorsk concert hall

Just prior to concert in Kramatorsk 

Standing behind Bert Logan and Paul Dragulin during the concert 

Backstage view during the concert 

View of the screen from backstage 

Moving off the stage after the concert

Travel day Wednesday, Thursday rest day

Here's a report from Bert Logan, received very early Thursday morning, Pacific time:

On Wednesday morning (June 14) we left Mariupol for the nine-hour bus ride to a countryside resort near the city of Kramatorsk. Imagine three large buses and at least 3-4 Sprinter vans caravanning down the road. 

What should have been a trip of just a few hours took us much longer so we could avoid the city of Donetsk, the main conflict area with Russia, plus navigating poor roads.  Still, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and had no problems with our transportation or at the several security checkpoints.
Driving by an old building

Summer days
We finally arrived near Donetsk at ADRA Ukraine offices for our lunch at about 5:30 pm. Would that be called "lupper"?  😉


Paul Johnson partaking of the traditional bread greeting that we all took a chunk of. That is salt on the top of the bread to dip in.

After lunch, we had yet another one-hour drive to the resort. It is surrounded by natural beauty and very relaxing here!

 One of the many cottages they have us in.

Huge pool that many of the guys played in on our arrival. The water is low 70s, so not too warm.

Cristi and Vlad from Romania enjoying Thursday morning sunshine!!

Most of today has been a rest day. We visited this monastery. Amazing views and so picturesque.

 This church is all wood.

View of Ukraine from the top of the hill.

This evening (Thursday, June 15) we have a concert in Kramatorsk, which is quite near the conflict zone. And then Friday we drive all the way back to Kiev.

We are feeling your many prayers here for all of us. Thank you so much! God is working in His amazing ways and I can't wait for Heaven to hear all the many stories of how this tour impacted people for His kingdom.