We were blessed to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection twice this year! Depending on the calendar followed, the Easter holiday fell in either March or May this year. The West follows the Gregorian Calendar, which placed Easter on March 27th, which was just before we left the States. The Eastern Orthodox world, (including Ukraine,) follows the Julian Calendar to determine holidays, which this year placed Pascha (Passover) or Easter on May 1st, allowing us to also celebrate the Resurrection in Mukacheve. (In 2017 the calendars align so the East and West will celebrate the same day.)
After worship, we headed down to the river for a picnic and a baptism! Six new converts were baptized, three youth and three adults. Words cannot express the joy of watching former Muslims and Atheists come to a real relationship with Christ and publicly expressing it through water baptism! We have an eternal bond with these beautiful people from the other side of the world. We are now family. Due to the risk the refugees now face, we will not publicly share any pictures of them.
We only hope these pictures can help you feel the same Joy…
Blessings from Mukacheve!
Mark & Nora