It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into 2009. We hope that you and your family had great holidays together. The Payne family is in Panama City currently and will return to Ukraine on March 1, 2009. We will be traveling trying to raise support for the next several weeks.
Several have asked how the dispute between Ukraine and Russia concerning natural gas is affecting people on the ground in Ukraine. I received an email from my friend Kostya Farkovets that said there has been no disruption in gas service in Gorlovka, although there are rumors that other cities have been affected. Kostya did say that some heavy industries have been ordered by the government to reduce their gas consumption. Kostya also added that it has been incredibly cold for the past few weeks, so they are praising God for having the gas to provide heat!
Dasha sent me some pictures of the babies today and I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy. Thanks to everyone who continues to pray for and support our ministry in Gorlovka. We are grateful for your partnership in sharing the love of Jesus with the people of Ukraine.