Pray for Ukraine

Pray for Ukraine

Friday, September 25, 2015

Welcome to my webpage about the East Coast Tour.

Down below is a series of pictures from the last several concerts. Thank you to everybody who made these concerts possible. A video will be posted soon of some songs.

Photo Below from Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Below are photos from a beautiful church we performed at in Winston Salem, North Carolina. This was at Centenary United Methodist Church. Approximately, 750 people came to this concert. The audience was great! People are telling us many thank you's and "That's the best concert I've been to." The compliments are huge.

The two photos below are from a friendship dinner event that the KSOC was welcomed to in Durham, North Carolina. One of our Music Mission Kiev board members Hellen Harrison worked hard organizing this event. The food was tasty. Wes Janzen spoke about what Music Mission Kiev is all about. The work that we do with people distraught by the war, the wounded soldiers in hospitals, the widows ministries and so on. Thank you for the hospitality to the people from Durham. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Photos from the September 18th concert near Richmond Virginia.

Friday, September 18, 2015

We have delighted in attentive and appreciative audiences. at least five people have already told me, "That's the best concert I've ever attended." Our wonderful Ukrainian musicians are giving their all. Our concerts have a lot of variety; vocal and instrumental, very soft and very powerful, slow and fast. We bring Slavic a cappella, sung prayers, sacred classics, Ukrainian folk music, hymns, instrumental chamber music, and stories of God's grace. We ask all of our friends to look at our schedule and phone ahead or email ahead to friends, and encourage them to come to one of our concerts. They will not be disappointed.

Wes Janzen
KSOC Conductor and President of MMK.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pennsylvanian hospitality has been exceptional!!!

Thank you USA. Our Ukrainian musicians are giving their all. We've completed our first two evening concerts and a Sunday morning worship service, each ending with a standing ovation. Some people are coming to more than one concert. The Pennsylvanian landscape and farming communities are beautiful. We look onward to sharing many more concerts as we slowly move south. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Please pray for our team; for health, strength, and safety.

Written by: Wes Janzen
KSOC Conductor and President of Music Mission Kiev
The First Couple of Concerts

On Friday, September 11 we had our first concert of the tour at Christ Wesleyan Church, in Milton, Pennsylvania. We were warmly received by the audience there. The church served the group a fine dinner before the concert. It was greatly appreciated.

The concert was a success and the choir and instrumentalists performed fantastic!
Many people during the intermission and afterwards told me they were thrilled by the performance and deeply touched when hearing about our ministry in Ukraine.

Below is a photo of our flute player Anatolii.

Below: Yuliya sings a beautiful solo

After the concert all of the Ukrainians met up with their American host family for the night. My group went with a spectacular family. We had a wonderful time and they were kind and welcoming. I had a splendid experience with them.
Thank you to all of the host families for allowing us into your homes. Your contribution is significant.

The next morning, after a delicious breakfast was fed to us by our host family, we headed to the church to meet with the bus. The Pennsylvanian countryside is very beautiful even with all the rain.

Our second concert of the tour was on Saturday, Sept 12. This was at First Baptist Church in Danville, Pennsylvania. I'd like to thank all of the people at each of the churches who contributed in any way. People enjoyed the concert immensely.

Misha and Vika sing a duet with the choir.

it was Misha's birthday!!! Hurray

After the concert we went home with a new host family. Again we were met with generosity and kindness. As a group we are very thankful for our hosts. I have seen and heard from many of the Ukrainians that they had splendid experiences with their American hosts.

Written by: Christopher Janzen

P.S. Please invite friends to concerts. It is one of the best ways for people to learn about us. Word of mouth is incredible!!!! Thank you!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Beginning Of A New Adventure.

The Ukrainians safely landed at JFK airport yesterday evening. They drove on the bus to the beautiful Pennsylvania Spruce Lake Retreat centre. At the centre we are preparing for the upcoming 49 days of the tour. The KSOC members had a chance to explore the forested mountains of Pennsylvania and enjoy the fresh air outdoors. They worked hard on their last day rehearsing before the concerts begin. The support team prepared the bus and accompanying truck with the supplies. Now we just need to trust in God that the tour will glorify Him. We hope that many people will come to the concerts, so please invite friends, family, and co-workers. We hope that churches will actively promote our mission. The music shall be extraordinary and the musicians have insane skill.

I would like to give a very brief summary of some of the things the KSOC and Music Mission Kiev does back at their home in Ukraine. The KSOC is the musical arm of MMK. Their primary function is to present friendship-evangelism concerts. We have close ties with many churches in Ukraine so we commonly partner with them during events. Recently, we held concerts in Lviv where funds from ticket sales went to help the wounded in the Lviv hospitals.

Music Mission Kiev has a large ministry to widows. We provide food packages for over 400 widows, including 100 homebound. Each Saturday, MMK has several large Bible study classes where Kim Janzen and Dianne McMurrin teach hundreds of widows. The widows enjoy coming to classes to learn about God and because we offer a safe community of friends for them. Additionally, the widows receive a weekly food package. Many of our widows have loving hearts and deliver a food package to a homebound friend each week. This allows the homebound widow to have an opportunity for quality fellowship, encouragement, and prayer.

Ukraine has undergone an enormous time of stress over the past two years. Ukraine's territory of Crimea was annexed by Russia. Thousands of Ukrainians have been killed in fighting in the east. We have teams that deliver food aid into the conflict zone. They commonly have to wear bullet proof vests and helmets for safety. They deliver food to orphanages and victims of war. We provide the food staples for hundreds of afflicted people on a weekly basis.

These are just a few of the ministries MMK works on.  I have seen our workers make valiant attempts to fill serious needs. In Kiev, we bring significant assistance to wounded soldiers and their families.

The workers at MMK deeply care about those we help. Our staff in Ukraine genuinely love and make friendships with our people.

–Post by: Christopher Janzen

P.S. I hope that you will share this blog, so that others can learn about MMK and the tour the KSOC is having these next couple months. You are welcome to come to our concerts!!!

P.P.S. Our first concert is at Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton, Pennsylvania.

P.P.P.S. Here is a link for the Concert Schedule for September and October. Please take a look and see if any of your friends are nearby. The music will be incredible.