Pray for Ukraine

Pray for Ukraine

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Florida was fantastic!
Forgive me if I don't mention every church we went to and everything we did but Florida was great. The Ukrainians had an amazing experience exploring the oceans during a couple of beach afternoons from the east side to the west side.

Northland Church was the biggest event so far of the tour. The KSOC was the special feature for music at all five of Northland's services over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Then we had a special 1 hour long concert Sunday evening. Northland received us well and I am impressed with many of the ministries and people I saw at Northland. I had never been to a church of that magnitude before –it is huge. I was initially skeptic as to what this church would be like, but the longer I spent there the more I appreciated the projects for Christ it operated. The pastor's preaching was solid also. The church staff worked hard and the congregation was receptive to our Ukrainians. Thank you Northland Church. 

Northland has an incredible video team which recorded the worship service. If you are interested I have a Video Link for one of the services the KSOC was at. This is not a concert video –this is the entire worship service at Northland, which includes the KSOC performing.

At Northland we met many incredible people. I personally had many great adventures. Thank you to all the people I had a good time with.

Orlando was a great place to be. We got to stay at the same host families for three nights which was a special treat. On this long journey we have been staying at a new home every night. So it was a splendid bonus being able to not have to completely "pack up" every day.

Before we made it to Northland we had a series of great concerts throughout Florida. Each of the churches served us a fine dinner. I've met many fantastic people throughout this trip. Below are just a few pictures.

A welcome cake for our Ukrainians.

Please pray for the KSOC and our ministries back in Kiev, Ukraine. The tour will be ending soon. We have just five concerts left before heading home. Let them be glorifying to our King.

–Christopher Janzen

P.S. If you have any requests for anything feel free to comment in the comment bars.

Also, check out our youtube channel and Facebook page.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Video #4: Steal Away to Jesus

Here's video excerpt number four! Please enjoy this song by the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

This is from a live performance at Trinity Methodist Church, in Troy, North Carolina.

"Steal Away to Jesus."

Please like and share this video with your friends.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Music Mission Kiev has a very vibrant widows ministry. Each week, we handout food packages to over 420 widows. This is truly a lifeblood for them The widows government pension is minuscule and is not enough to pay for utilities, food, and medicines. MMK also provides assistance for widows requiring medical aid.

Each week, MMK hosts Bible classes and church. Kim Janzen and Diane McMurrin each teach a class from a book of the Bible. Hundreds come weekly. Additionally, we have small group Bible lessons where we provide a hot lunch for those who come. We nourish the body, then nourish the soul. Our mission is very well rounded and provides for many needs. 

Many of the widows MMK serves express how grateful they are for the help. They tell us that before they came to our church they were depressed and bitter; but now they have joy with Christ in their life. MMK offers a safe encouraging community.

This is only part of the story. Many of our widows are so overjoyed with their new life in Christ that they want to serve God. They actively invite friends and strangers to our church, St. Paul's. They also deliver food packages to the homebound. It often takes several hours to get to one of the homebound homes –so this is a big commitment. Commonly, I hear widows tell stories of how they discovered MMK: "I was sitting on a park bench and somebody sat down next to me and invited me to the St. Paul's church. I decided to come and now I am so happy to know Christ. Thank you."

Sasha, pictured below, is an active member in the church. He reads scripture most Sundays at church. Astonishingly, he has memorized over 100 psalms. He never even completed high school. He is a great testimony to the studying of God's word.

Please consider helping us serve more widows each week. There are many widows which we would like to serve and many are coming to Christ. Just a couple months ago we had 80 people join our church.

Now that war is in Ukraine there is a new generation of young widows. MMK is expanding its ministry to help these young widows and their children. Many soldiers and civilians have been killed. We have many that we are helping.

This is an encouraging letter written to us by the pastor of Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Midlothian Virginia. We had a concert there September 19. I remember that church being greatly hospitable to our group. Thank you!

"What a treat we had at Sycamore Presbyterian Church with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus! They performed for us in concert on Saturday night and participated in worship on Sunday morning in worship. Their talent takes them where many others could not go with the gospel of Christ presented through the classical Christian masterpieces. Their compassion takes them where many others would not go, as they care for the widows, orphans, and war refugees in Kiev. The combination of their talent and compassion together make this ministry unique and powerful.  It is our privilege to have a long and growing relationship with Music Mission Kiev, and we look forward to having them come back again."

–Harry D. Long: Sr. Pastor, Sycamore Presbyterian Church: Midlothian, Virginia.

P.S. I was filming this night so this is the best still photo I had, Below is a video from another church, "Steal Away to Jesus."

Friday, October 9, 2015

Video #3: Duba –Ukrainian Folk Song

This is a video of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing a traditional Ukrainian folk song, "Duba."

Please like and share this video with your friend.

P.S. We still have lots of concerts in the tour here is the Schedule once again.

Feel free to check out our Facebook page, our Youtube Channel and here is a link to our Music Mission Kiev website.

Video #2: Bridegroom –Ukrainian Folk Song

Here is is video of a song called, "Bridegroom." This was performed at Trinity Methodist Church, in Troy, North Carolina.

The two soloists:
Misha, tenor.
Inna, Soprano.

Please like and share this video with your friends.

I hope to post more videos soon.

Feel free to comment if you want a particular song to be posted.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

It has been a while since the last post, so this one shall have many pictures from many different churches. The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus has been performing super well.  Some people are even driving several hours to be able to come to multiple concerts because they like the event so much. One man told me, "This is the best music you're gonna hear this side of heaven." People commend our concerts as being healing for the soul.

Below: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.

On September 27, 2015 we were in Troy, North Carolina at Trinity United Methodist Church. That concert was packed. A special thanks to Paul and Sophia who worked so hard to make the concert great. I have no photos of that concert because I was concentrating on filming it. I had a three camera system going that night so I am hoping to post some footage of that soon. The video should be really good.

The photos below came from Trinity Episcopal Church on our Sept 28, 2015 concert.
There was a good crowd this night, and the church sanctuary was beautiful.

After this concert we slept the night at our host families. The next morning we had a mega bus ride of about 8 hours to get to Beaufort, South Carolina.

Community Bible Church in Beaufort had organized a massive missions conference. I commend this Church for hosting a great event like this. It seemed to be well organized and the church staff were working hard with passion. I saw scores of volunteers being extremely helpful. The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was the special feature kickstarting the conference. This church really impressed me. This is a good example of a church that is generously striving for the Kingdom of Heaven.

The next morning the Ukrainians had a special treat. We went to the beach! It was a beautiful beach day with a high tide, sunshine, and partial shade from clouds. It almost could not have been better. The ocean air was fresh and lively, and the waves were fun to play in. The Ukrainian group had a great time. After having so many long drives and so many concerts this really was a treat.

That evening, the weeklong missions conference started with our concert. It was beautiful seeing many dozens of missionaries from that church standing on stage during the flag ceremony of the event. It was a great testimony to what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.

Following that fantastic event we went to Briarwood Presbyterian, in Birmingham, Alabama. Below are some nice pictures. Briarwood was a monstrous facility.

Please, I really want to stress how much of a big deal our concerts are. They are not merely an entertainment thing –they are much more. The music is great and people are so enthusiastic and encouraged afterwards. Many people have personally rejoiced to me about their gladness at attending. However, I would like to see larger audiences, especially at the supposedly bigger churches. I want to see the churches packed out to standing room. That is my dream here. You are Americans who care about those in need. So please invite your friends, invite people you know. This is a big deal. We need people to learn about our mission so that they can help grow the Kingdom of Heaven.

If you care about what our mission is doing, help get more people coming to the concerts. Church members need to be the leaders bringing people to the Kingdom of Heaven. That is what MMK and the KSOC desires. Our concerts are a great opportunity to invite friends to your church.

Share our Facebook page and Concert Schedule with others. Let people see our Music Mission Kiev website to learn about our mission. Check out our Youtube Channel to see some movies about the KSOC and our mission in Ukraine. Prompt yourself to be an active participant in the church.

People who volunteer to be host families are great examples of Christians from the early church who invited the apostles into their homes. Thank you so much to the generous host families who help contribute so much for our Ukrainians.

Our Ukrainian musicians are coming from a country that is undergoing Russian invasion. Over 1.5 million people have had to flee the battle zone. Yet, God is still in Ukraine. We are a light in the darkness. Our mission is responding by sending trucks with aid to help those who are hurting. We offer Bible lessons, we offer hope. We are helping supply hospitals and orphanages with supplies. We are helping widows. We have a vibrant church. This is just some of what we do. We are on the Samaritan road showing love to those who need it.

–Christopher Janzen.

Blessings in Christ.

Only love can defeat pride and pride is the enemy of love.