Pascha in Ukraine

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…

Baptizing the youth!
Pastor Joel and Katya Baptizing the women!

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2016.05.01 Easter in Mukacheve (107)

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Pastor Joel and Pastor руслан baptizing the young men!

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2016.05.01 Easter in Mukacheve (131)

Ohhhh...the water was cold!
Ohhhh…the water was cold!

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2016.05.01 Easter in Mukacheve (138)

Josh...Joy after baptizing the refugees!
Josh…Joy after baptizing the refugees!
Ukrainian Chicken!
Ukrainian Chicken!
Cooking Plove over an open fire!
Cooking Plove over an open fire!
Lyuba preparing true Ukrainian Plove!
Lyuba preparing true Ukrainian Plove!

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Some of the youth playing toss.
Some of the youth playing toss.
Boys doing tricks...
Boys doing tricks…
Anna & Oleg playing music by the river...
Anna & Oleg playing music by the river…
Kids tossing rocks...
Kids tossing rocks…
Roma passing by...
Roma passing by…
Some of the youth enjoying the pick-nick by the river.
Some of the youth enjoying the pick-nick by the river.
Beautiful scenery!
Beautiful scenery!
This is my spot...right here!
This is my spot…right here!
2016.05.06 Mukacheve Spring Flowers
Mukacheve Spring Flowers

2016.05.06 Mukacheve Spring Flowers

2016.05.06 Mukacheve Spring Flowers

2016.05.10 Mukacheve Spring Flowers

2016.05.10 Mukacheve Spring Flowers

2016.05.10 Mukacheve Spring Flowers

2016.05.11 Mukacheve Backyard (3)

2016.05.13 Mukacheve Peonies (1)

2016.05.13 Mukacheve Peonies (2)

2016.05.13 Mukacheve Peonies (4)

2016.05.13 Mukacheve Peonies (6)

Blessings from Mukacheve!

Mark & Nora

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