Missionaries in Ukraine Serve up Cooking with Jesus
By David Webb
L'viv, Ukraine--A well-known account from the gospels tells of how a great multitude gathered far away from any town to hear Jesus speak. When the dinner hour arrived, only a little bit of bread and fish was found among the crowd, but Jesus fed them all. God's abundant love provides.
David and Shannon Goran, Global Ministries missionaries who were commissioned last fall, share God's abundant love with Ukrainian students. Coming from the Texas Annual Conference, David said, "The Spirit guides us to be a transformed community of believers." What David and Shannon found was hunger for that transformation and more.
Their ministry with the students in L'viv fills both the desire to know more about faith and to know more about American culture. Shannon said, "I was talking to some of the students, and one of them asked what type of food I ate in the United States." A simple question led to a great idea: Cooking with Jesus.
A small group of students gather with David and Shannon. They prepare an American meal together. While it cooks, they have a Bible study and time of prayer. Then they eat. The weekly event has become so popular that David and Shannon have had to get participants to sign up in advance.
Maks Sem is one student who loves Cooking with Jesus. He said, "I understand what it means to be a part of a community of diverse people united by one mission--work and life for Christ." Oksana Demchuk is another regular participant. She has noticed that their time together is really transforming. Oksana said, "I come there like a dry frozen ground after winter, and I leave like a field in autumn."
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In May, we shared the story of Lauren Brown, who is bicycling across the United States this summer to raise awareness and $25,000 for Methodist Dormitories for Rural Children, Advance #3021179. Lauren is still biking along and has already raised $7,500.
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