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Love More Ukraine 2018

Before the glowing Times Square ball made it’s plunge down to begin this year, I knew deep in my heart the word God was calling me to for 2018.

 

“Love.”

 

This word had appeared throughout my recent journal entries, threaded throughout my quiet time with Him, in sermons and all over conversations I was having with friends.

 

Honestly, I didn’t like the word. To me, love is hard to receive. It can look one way to one person and completely different to another. Some search hard and never find it. Some never feel it even though it is so very close. Accepting the word “love” for 2018 would force me to admit way deep beneath the hurts and scars in my own heart that I am deeply loved by God.

 

Sometimes that Truth is hard to feel let alone admit. I know I’m not alone in this either.

 

It’s no coincidence that I’m currently going through the I Am Loved Bible Study with my amazing Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies sisters (Wendy Blight is such an amazing Bible Study teacher by the way!).

 

But God decided to throw a bit of a curveball in this “love” journey this year. The more I claimed “Love” as my word for 2018, I felt God whispering another word that would go after it.

 

“Love more.” 

 

From what I’m understanding almost one moth into this adventure, God is simply calling me to:

  • Love Him more (and in doing this I will see myself the way He sees me)
  • Love others more (this requires becoming completely uncomfortable but it makes for an amazing life!).

Here is where Ukraine comes into the picture! 

 

A little over a year ago, I connected with Art who has amazing connections with churches, orphanages, schools and missionaries in Ukraine. As we talked, he shared that most children who are born with almost any type of birth defect are given-up by their parents to the State for care. You don’t have to search far to find documentaries related to this orphan epidemic in Ukraine as well as the fight for identity that has occurred there over the past few years.

Ukraine’s Forgotten Children (documentary on Youtube)

Winter On Fire Documentary (available on Netflix)

 

A team left for Ukraine in August of 2017 and I sat in our congregation literally holding back tears as the team left. As much as I wanted to be in this group, deep down I knew the timing wasn’t right. But just keeping it real here, it was so hard to sit here on US soil while I knew God had equipped me to be used in Ukraine. But members of that team were covered by my prayers and the experiences they brought back confirmed the Spirit’s leading for me to go to Ukraine.

 

In June of 2018 we have another team currently being put together to make the trip to Ukraine again. I just completed the paperwork for my passport and I’m amazed at how God has brought peace not only to my heart this time around but also great encouragement from my husband and kids. I will be leaving with the team around June 16th and returning around June 29th. Our team will be visiting hospitals, orphanages, senior homes and parks intentionally connecting with families and inviting them to a festival we will be putting together for the community. Our goal is to bring love to these families and to let them see Jesus through the Gospel. 

 

I am excited for what God has in store for us in Ukraine. I have physical challenges but as many of you know, I do not let these “disabilities” define me. This isn’t something that I do – it is a person God’s grace has allowed me to become.

 

I love to be around the lost, the hurting, those who believe they are on the outside looking in.

I love to bring hope through Christ through genuinely caring, listening, laughing with them and bringing hope.

I pray that is what God wants to do in Ukraine…and much more.

 

I will be blogging about this trip as it gets closer but I do want to share how you can be involved.

 

PRAYER TEAM – This is huge! I’m looking for prayer warriors that can begin today making our team a priority in prayer. I will be sharing details with this team as we get closer. Sign-up to be on the prayer team by visiting my Love More Ukraine 2018 page.

 

FINANCIAL DONATIONS: This trip will be around $1500, the most going towards the plane ticket. If you would like to donate you may do so by sending your check to one of the addresses on my Love More Ukraine 2018 page. Hint: Please make sure to include “Bethany Boring Ukraine Trip” on the memo line!).

 

Love More continues. Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey!

 

Dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

 

LET’S CONNECT:

Have you ever been on a mission trip? Please share your thoughts in the comments this week!

 

About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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