As many of you will know I was formally a Baptist.
My former pastor from amongst that congregation has eight children. The eldest (Daniel) felt from the time he was five that he should go to the USSR. He ended up getting in there just about a year or so before it collapsed and still lives in Ukrain now as a Baptist missionary with his Canadian wife, their son and three younger daughters. The name of the town he is in is Rshishiv (no idea how to spell it but it sounds something like that) and it's near the Dnepra River (again please forgive my spelling).
My former pastor (John), his wife and two youngest daughters are headed to see him at the moment.
I am aware from previous communication that the local Orthodox priest has had some communication with Daniel. From what I can tell, Daniel really doesn't know what to make of the Orthodox Faith and, with all due respect, the situation in Ukrain right now (with the multiple overlapping jurisdictions) is at best somewhat confusing for outsiders.
Daniel's son is a very honest and upright lad. (I met their whole family when their last daughter was born in Australia due to complications while his wife was carrying.) Even if the rest of the family does not come to a realisation of our True Orthodox Christian Faith, I believe this lad probably will sooner or later. However their family is very close-knit, even with people scattered about Australia and the world.
My requests then are as follows please:
1) Please pray that their entire family may come to see the truth of the Orthodox Faith and have the courage to follow it.
2) That their will not be tension amongst them but rather positive witness should some come to understand the True Christian Faith sooner than others.
3) That the local priest whom I mentioned (&/or any other Orthodox clergy in the area) may be a fine witness to Daniel and his family.
4) That while the part of their family that is visiting is over there, that they may come to see the sacredness wherewith we worship in spirit and in truth. Also, that they may seek to explore the Orthodox Faith more.
5) That Daniel's well-intentioned although misguided zeal as a Baptist missionary may be turned into a zeal for the Orthodox Faith and love of God.
If I can think of more specific points later I may mention them but thank you all for now and pray ever for me also please.
Just to end with, it seems to me as though my former pastor John (he's still a Baptist pastor) is somewhat afraid of Orthodoxy. I think he realises that if he is wrong he has spent a large part of his life in a misguided way and misguiding others.
6) Please pray that he may realise how much good he could still do if he opened his heart to Orthodoxy sooner rather than later and come to do so.
This man John is a very kind-hearted man yet his father was a Methodist and he became Baptist in his late teens. It seems as though it is hard for him to kick against the pricks now.