September Update

Good and Evil

In addition to the stream of requests for Good and Evil that we are receiving as a result of CMO, we were recently inundated with additional requests. Over the course of 7 hours, we received 122 requests via our website for the Good and Evil book from all over Ukraine. I am still not sure what caused the flurry of activity, in the past, similar episodes have been caused by someone sharing a link to our website on a blog or forum, but this time I was not able to track down the cause. Unfortunately, we actually had to shut down the form on the website because we were fast running out of Good and Evil books.

Melissa and Lydia help put together literature to send with the Good and Evil books.

Melissa and Lydia help put together literature to send with the Good and Evil books.

 

Speaking of which, one of our projects for the next year is to produce a new edition of Good and Evil in Ukrainian. The older version has some problems that we would like to clean up in next edition, and we would also like to explore the option of printing Good and Evil in color, as opposed to the current black-and-white.

Bible First

Last month, I reported that Bible First is being translated into Spanish (and French). Today (September 17th) is the second-to-last day of Expolit, which is a huge conference for Christian Spanish literature, and the ministry that is currently selling our Bible First books is promoting a sample of the new Spanish translation alongside their other Spanish materials. We are praying that God would open doors for our course there at Expolit.

Beal Family

At long last, the Beals have finally sold their home in Ukraine! (Or more precisely, they have a rent-to own agreement set up.) The closing happened the day before Jessie returned to the States, so he was able to wrap things up just in the nick of time. Their belongings are currently in a container that is scheduled to arrive in New York today, so I’m sure Jessie would appreciate your prayers for getting it through customs, as well as for his upcoming back surgery.

Family

Regarding the search for a new apartment, not a whole lot has happened on that front. (It didn’t help much that our realtor has been on vacation.) We have looked at one apartment, but it did not fit our needs. If things don’t speed up soon, we may have to refine our criteria a bit.

Lastly, be sure to take a look at this month’s photo album (and video clips) to see what we have been up to.

 

 

August Update

Carpathian Mountain Outreach

CMO is officially over. All in all, the project went well. We had 5 young men join us for the summer, and we were able to do film showings in 5 villages in the Carpathian mountains, and conducted literature campaigns in 10 cities in western Ukraine. God blessed us with good weather for the project, we had very few problems with sickness, and we are receiving a steady stream of people that are contacting us for more information. You can read a more detailed recap of our summer here. For an overview of the summer’s outreach in pictures, click here.

The CMO 2016 Team. From left to right, Jessie Beal, Adrian Mazur, Colton Hawkes, Nathan Day, David Anna, Joshua Steele, Joseph Day, and Dalton Geske.

The CMO 2016 Team. From left to right, Jessie Beal, Adrian Mazur, Colton Hawkes, Nathan Day, David Anna, Joshua Steele, Joseph Day, and Dalton Geske.

Bible First

I am excited to report that Bible First is currently being translated into French and Spanish! While it will likely be a while before the translations will be finished, we are excited about the opportunities for ministry that this will open up!

Family

While CMO was going on, I was away a lot, and Katelin did a great job holding down the fort while I was gone. Now that CMO is over, we are enjoying spending more time together as a family. Melissa and Lydia are growing like weeds, and Briana is now crawling all over the apartment.

After camping with the CMO guys all summer, Josh and I decided that it was time for a camping trip for the girls! We and our girls were joined by Abby's friend Anya (far right).

After camping with the CMO guys all summer, Josh and I decided that it was time for a camping trip for the girls! We were joined by Abby’s friend Anya (far right).

One thing that we would like to do in the near future is to move to a new apartment. Be praying for God’s guidance in that whole endeavor.

If you’d like to see some of our family’s pictures from the last couple months, click here. Also, here is a montage of video clips of the girls.

 

Carpathian Mountain Outreach 2016

CMO 2016 is in full swing! The latest weekly report was written by my brother, Joseph, and you can read it by clicking here. You can also view our most recent photo album here.

Dalton and David pass out literature as people leave the film showing in the village of Scherbovets.

Dalton and David pass out literature as people leave the film showing in the village of Scherbovets.

Passing out tracts.

Passing out tracts.

On top of Mount Parashka. From left to right: Colton, David, Vanya, Adrian, Josh, Dalton, Joseph, and me.

On top of Mount Parashka. From left to right: Colton, David, Vanya, Adrian, Josh, Dalton, Joseph, and me.

June Update

First off, I’d like to say “Thank-you” to everyone who prayed for our scouting trip! The van ran well, and we were able to make arrangements to show the film in two, maybe three villages, depending on how things work out.

Carpathian Mountain Outreach

In other CMO news, I’ve been busy preparing for this summer’s outreach: arranging for cell phone service for the CMO guys, securing a license to show Courageous, booking hotels for out-of-town trips, and lots of other smaller items. This week, we will hopefully be taking delivery of this summer’s literature.

Regarding the CMO guys themselves, their names are Adrian, Colton, Dalton, David, and Joseph. They will be leaving the States on June 20th, and arriving in Ukraine on June 21st. I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers for an uneventful trip.

If you’d like to keep abreast of the CMO happenings, be sure to sign up for the eReport or like us on Facebook.

Beal Family

One big development is that the Beal Family is moving back to the States to focus more on State-side ministry. They will be promoting Bible First and CMO to American churches, but Jessie will still be returning to Ukraine for CMO. You can read more in their latest newsletter. They have a lot of work ahead of them because all of the belongings that they have acquired in almost 20 years of living in Ukraine will need to either be sold, given away, or shipped back to America. And of course, they will need to create a new home for themselves in the States.

Residency Permits

We received our renewed residency permits, and we are good to go for another year! Thanks for praying!

Family

The last couple boxes that we shipped from the States finally arrived, so Katelin has been busy organizing and putting away all the new stuff that we acquired while in America. Melissa and Lydia’s big project of the month was doing extra chores around the house to earn enough money to pay for admission to a special playground. They are also making good progress on learning back the Ukrainian that they forgot while in the States. And Briana is still her happy little self. She is rolling over more, and just starting to scoot around. Before long, she will be getting into all kinds of trouble!

And lastly, here are this month’s pictures, as well as a video clip.

Melissa and Lydia got Briana all dressed up and decided that she needed her picture taken!

Melissa and Lydia got Briana all dressed up and decided that she needed her picture taken!

Scouting Trip

This Wednesday, Joshua Steele and I will be traveling to the Carpathian Mountains for the 2016 CMO scouting trip. We would appreciate your prayers as we check out the area we are planning to work in this summer, as well as try to schedule the first couple film showings of CMO.

Josh, myself, and Nathan Gregson on last year's scouting trip.

Josh, myself, and Nathan Gregson on last year’s scouting trip.

Back in Ukraine!

Greetings from the Ukrainian side of the Atlantic!  Our trip across the pond went great. Everyone was healthy, all our flights were on time, the girls got some good sleep on the flight over the Atlantic, and none of our bags were lost. While we miss our families, it is good to be back home.

Carpathian Mountain Outreach

Two of the bigger items on our “CMO preparation checklist” have been checked off recently: ordering this summer’s literature and making apartment arrangements for the CMO guys. Also, in a couple weeks, we will be making a scouting trip to the Carpathians to schedule the first couple film showings, and we would appreciate your prayers there. If you’d like to keep up with the action, be sure to sign up for the eReport or like us on Facebook.

Looking over the proof copy of this summer's literature.

Looking over the proof copy of this summer’s literature.

Residency Permits

This past week, I passed another round of documents off to our attorney, and this coming week we will be submitting the final round. So far, everything is going well.

Bible First

The main news on the Bible First front is that we have a shiny new website! Also, as a result of the licensing agreement I mentioned last month, we are not the only ones printing Bible First books anymore. We recently got our hands on a set of books from the first non-ETO printing, and they look great!

Look! It's Bible First books that we didn't print!

Look! It’s Bible First books that we didn’t print!

Family

Within a few days, we had adjusted to our new time zone, but we are still adjusting to life in Ukraine. The girls forgot a lot of their Ukrainian, but they are quickly learning it back. Another adjustment has been life with three kids. Katelin is more busy now, so she has been training the girls to help out more around the house. Melissa is getting used to walking everywhere, since she has been evicted from her stroller seat, but the flip side is that she has been promoted to the top bunk! And of course, Katelin is busy sorting through and organizing our old clothes/things while she is putting away the new clothes/things that we brought from America.

The girls in a pretty courtyard in downtown Charleston.

The girls in a pretty courtyard in downtown Charleston.

And, of course, we have some pictures from April, mostly of our trip to Charleston for Justin and Emily’s wedding, as well our last few weeks in Texas. I didn’t get very many pictures of the wedding, so if you want to see them, click here. Oh, and here’s some video clips of the girls as well.

Our Time in the States

Our family has now spent six months in America, and judging by the silence on our blog, I’d say it has been a busy time, in some ways busier than our life in Ukraine. Here’s some of the highlights of our time Stateside:

Briana’s Birth

Briana Nicole was born in early December. She is about the happiest and most content little baby you ever saw, and everyone loves her to pieces!

Check out that cute little baldie!

Check out that cute little baldie!

Justin and Emily’s Wedding

My brother, Justin, and his fiancee, Emily, were married in Charleston, SC on April 8. The whole Day family was able to make it for the wedding, which was the only time we were all together at one time. Thanks to Mom and Dad Day renting a beach house for the whole family, we were able to turn the trip into a vacation, and spent a fun week with family, exploring Charleston and braving the chilly April surf.

The whole gang. Justin and Emily are in the blue and pink between Mom and Dad.

The whole gang. Back row, left to right: Katelin, Matthew, Mom, Justin, Emily, Dad, Julie, Laura, Joseph, Hannah, Clara. Front row, left to right: Hannah, Lydia, Melissa, Briana, Nathan, Marian, Joshua.

Other Stuff

We spent the rest of our time visiting family and friends, connecting with our supporters, stocking up on stuff that is better purchased in the States, researching and buying curriculum (Yes, Melissa is 5 now, and has started kindergarten!), and taking care of various other items of Stateside business.

We are currently wrapping our our affairs here in Texas, and will be returning to Ukraine on April 28th.

Ministry

There are several ministry items that I need to post updates on:

Carpathian Mountain Outreach

There are five young men coming for CMO this summer, one of which is my brother, Joseph. As soon as I return to Ukraine, I will be hitting the ground running to make preparations for CMO.

Last year's CMO team.

Last year’s CMO team.

Bible First

A few months ago, we signed a licensing agreement that would allow our Bible First lessons to be printed and marketed by companies here in the States. This will get our products out to a wider audience, as well as free us from the responsibilities associated with the printing and shipping of our materials.

On the digital side of things, we have contracted with a development studio to help us build a website that will allow people to study our Bible First course online. We are really excited about this development, and hope to have it available for our students by the end of the year.

Residency Permits

Just this past week, Joshua Steele sat down with our attorney to put together the first round of documents necessary for renewing our Ukrainian residency permits. The whole process will take about a month and a half.

Pictures

Now that Briana has made her appearance, we decided it was time to update our prayer card. To download a copy, just click on the picture, and a full resolution image will appear that can be used for printing or websites.

Our Prayer Card

Our Prayer Card

And here’s a version without the text:

Click here to download a full-resolution image

The Day Family, April 2016

And lastly, here are some pictures from our time in Texas and Colorado.

Made it to the States!

We just wanted to let everyone know that we made it to Houston on schedule! We had a good trip: the girls did great, no one was sick, none of our flights was delayed, and none of our bags got lost. Thanks for praying!

Getting ready to depart from the L'viv airport.

Getting ready to depart from the L’viv airport.

October Update

By the time this update goes out (Friday morning), we should be already in Germany, getting ready for our long flight to Washington DC. After DC, we will be flying to Houston, arriving at midnight. It will be a long day of traveling, especially for our girls, and we would appreciate your prayers!

That baby just keeps growing and growing!

That baby just keeps growing and growing!

As far as this last month has gone, it has been a busy one, with lots of paper shuffling (or sowing seed), trip preparations, and packing. While we will miss our life in Ukraine, we are looking forward to seeing friends and family in America that we haven’t seen for two years. We also can’t complain about the fact that we will be spending most of the winter months in Houston!

Lord willing, we will be seeing many of you in person shortly! But for now, here are a few pictures.

September Update

If you were to ask me what I spent this last month doing, I could answer two different ways. The first would be the more simplistic way: I shuffled a lot of paper. I carried heavy loads of paper (Good and Evils) from our office to our house, where we packed the paper into envelopes, and I then toted it to the post office. I picked up paper from post office (Bible lessons and new requests for Good and Evil and the Bible lessons), and took it home where I graded it, scanned it, and/or typed data from it into the computer, packed it up with more paper, and mailed it back.

On a deeper level, however, I would say that I have been sowing seed. And I sow it by faith. Because we rarely get to meet the people we correspond with, sometimes it’s hard to tell what kind of an effect we are having. I know some of the seed will land on hard ground and get eaten by birds. Some will sprout up quickly, but will quickly wilt or be choked by weeds. But some of the seed will land on good ground, and will bear much fruit.

A typical week's load of paper. Or seed, depending on how you look at it!

A typical week’s load of paper. Or seed, depending on how you look at it!

I sow our seed with confidence, knowing that if it can just find its way to the good ground, it can do its work. We have a solid correspondence course (Bible First!) that we developed over many years, that clearly communicates the Gospel. Not just once, but over and over again, from many different angles. We have a Bible story book (Good and Evil), that communicates the Gospel message in unique way that allows us to reach people that would never darken the door of a church or read typical evangelistic literature. Last, but definitely not least, our literature contains the Words of God, and He has promised that His Word will not return void.

Ultimately, I sow the seed in obedience, regardless of whether or not I get to see the results of my work. But at the same time, I sow the seed in faith, knowing that each and every seed has the potential be the beginning of something much bigger than itself.

And that’s what I’ve been up to this past month.

Family

The big event of the month was Lydia’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that she is already three years old! She is growing up so fast! You can see some pictures from the party in this month’s photo album.

Happy Birthday, Lydia!

Happy Birthday, Lydia!

Speaking of growing up fast, Baby Day is also making her presence felt – literally! No longer do we have to wait with our hand pressed against Katelin’s belly, hoping to catch a faint flutter of movement. That baby is wiggling around all the time! Sometimes Katelin wonders if she ever sleeps!

Our trip to the States is also coming up fast. We are now just under a month until departure. It will be a busy time of wrapping up family and ministry affairs, and preparing to move to the States for six months. While we would appreciate prayers for the whole process, we would especially appreciate prayers for the pregnancy, that nothing would come up that would keep us from returning to the States.