Ukraine Update: June

1 John 2:2 (KJV) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Lviv, Ukraine June, 27th, 2020


June Update Letter PDF

Here’s my May Update Letter PDF so you can print it out if you would like to:


Sports Ministry

Over this past month God has opened up an awesome, new ministry/language learning opportunity for me. I call it “Sports Ministry”.

It started with some neighbor kids and I going to play Volleyball, Frisbee, Etc. at a nearby field. At first there were just a few of us, but then more people came and invited their friends.

It has been a perfect opportunity to share Jesus with them. God has continued to bring more and more kids each time. Yesterday we had 18!

Here are some pictures:

This was yesterday. At one point there were at least 18.
Our First time
Yesterday playing Volleyball

Oleksii

This is Oleksii.

He is a guy I met about two weeks ago while out talking with people, and sharing Jesus. It was awesome to be able to sit down with him and talk about Jesus!

I told him about how Jesus shed His blood on the cross for us, in order to pay for our sins and the sins of the whole world.

And how Jesus endured all the suffering and wrath of God in our place. So that we wouldn’t have to pay for our own sins, and spend eternity in Hell. But now we can have eternal life forever with Him!

I really think he understood what I was saying. Pray that he would believe on Jesus.

Oleksii and I

Mountain Trip

I had the cool opportunity a few weeks back, to go on an overnight hiking trip with three Ukrainian couples.

We went and tent camped overnight at some big rock formations in the Carpathian Mountains called “Skeli Dovbusha”.

We got rained on pretty good, but it was all worth it by the time we got to the top, and saw the rocks and view! Also, it was a great language learning opportunity to be around some Ukrainians for an extended amount of time.

We all met at a friend’s house in a nearby village.

While we were waiting for the rest of our group to arrive, I was able to do some weed eating for them. It felt so fulfilling to do some real physical work again. I had a blast

The start of the hike up the Mountain
A four wheeler group at the rocks
Finished setting up our tents
On top of the rocks and above the fog.
Taking some pictures on the way down.
Me and my little friend “Alan”

Pictures and projects from June

My friend Yaroslav and I meeting up to run.
Here’s a table that I made with the help of a bunch of Ukrainian boys. This is Nazar and I after we finished it completely.
Building little lean-to shed to keep wood dry
Out at Cerhii’s house in the village
Finished

Things you can pray for

  •  Pray that the Holy Spirit would be working through me, and in the people that I can share Jesus with.
  •  Pray for Oleksii. I really think he understood what I was saying. Pray that he would believe on Jesus.
  •  Pray for the sports ministry kids, and that God would continue to accomplish His work through it.

To God be all Glory, Honour, and Praise

Ukraine Update: May

Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Lviv, Ukraine
May 31, 2020

May Update Letter PDF

Here’s my May Update Letter PDF so you can print it out if you would like to:


Language

Each month, I have been able to understand/speak more and more Ukrainian. I am always looking for ways to be with Ukrainians.

The other day, I met a whole group of new kids that all live right around my apartment building square. We had bunches of fun playing tag, soccer, and other games.

It is great Ukrainian practice, and my favorite way to learn!

Back L – R: Daniel, Max, Vlasta
Front L-R not including me: Vita, Max, Vitalik, (I forgot the one holding the book)
And taking the picture is Yura.

Here is my friend Nazar. We have spent and lot of time together running, hiking, and talking. He has been a great blessing to me for language practice, and is a great friend.


Andrew

A couple weeks ago, I had a Ukrainian guy over to my apartment for supper. His name in English is Andrew. I met him a few months back while out talking to people. We had a great time playing Chess (He won three games in a row, so that tells you how good I am at Chess), talking, and eating.

Playing Chess in my apartment.

At the end, my roommate translated for me, and I was able to share the whole Gospel with him! Please pray for the seed that was planted in his heart, that it would fall on good ground and produce fruit


Picnics, Villages, and Friends

Most of my weekends this month were spent with a very nice Ukrainian family: The Cheparas. Serhii, Natalia, and their daughter Francishka.

Serhii is part of the ETO team here. He takes care of mailing all the Bible correspondence courses to the students.

The office from where they mail all the letters is here in my apartment. So I see Serhii at least once a week, and this month a lot more than that!

Having a picnic in a beautiful village about 30 min from Lviv.

Serhii and Natalia also own a little house in a different village. I’ve been there 4-5 times this month. We had picnics/workdays there with different friends on different days.

I have had a blast each time, and enjoy being able to work with my hands again!

Here are some pictures of some different times I was there:

Another time…..

This past Saturday, Serhii and I went out to the village house and built some more shelves for the cellar. After we finished, we drove and looked at a nearby old, rundown Roman Catholic church.


Youth Meetings

We have been able to start back the Youth Meetings this month. For the past three weeks we have been going through a film series about the life of Jesus called The Chosen.

My goal in doing this is so that I can be able connect/relate with to them better, so that we can learn more about Jesus together, and so that Jesus might come alive to them. Please pray that their eyes and hearts would be opened up and that they would see who Jesus is for them.


Recurring/Monthly Donation

I had someone ask me if I have the ability to receive recurring/monthly donations. If there was a way for them to set up a recurring or monthly donation.

The answer is: Yes I do.

Before, I didn’t have a way where somebody could set up a recurring donation, but now I do.

Here is how you can make a one time, recurring, or monthly donation:

You can find any additional information on my Donate page.


Things you can pray for!

1. Pray for more understanding, learning, and speaking ability in Ukrainian.

2. Pray for Andrew, that God would work in his heart, and he would believe on Jesus.

3. Pray for the youth meetings, as I’ve started them back, that God would work in the hearts of the kids and open their eyes to the truth.

To God be all glory, Honor, and Praise.

– Kade Bloom

Ukraine Update: April

1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Lviv, Ukraine April 27, 2020

April Update Letter PDF

Here’s my April Update Letter PDF so you can print it out if you would like to:

Spring is Here!

After a cold and rainy winter, Spring is finally here. The weather has been beautiful. The sun has been shining a lot more, and everything is starting to bloom.

Here are some pictures:

On my way home from Language Lessons.
A little pond right near my apartment.
A park/soccer field near where I live. Even though parks are technically “Banned” right now, there are always people there.

Getting in the Language


Basketball

Before the quarantine really locked down, I was going to basketball court near where I live and playing basketball with my friends there. It was a great way for me to be able to meet new people, be in the language, and stay active. I haven’t been able to play since it has been banned, but I am looking forward to when it will reopen.

The Basketball Court.

The Bazaar

This is another place that I really enjoyed going to and practicing Ukrainian while buying groceries. It is the Market, or as they call it here, a “the Bazaar”. Unfortunately, it is closed right now too, and won’t open until the quarantine is lifted. As of right now the quarantine is set to end on May 11th, if it doesn’t get extended again.

The Bazaar. This is only the fruit/vegetable section of it, it is actually a lot bigger.

Yaroslav Sherstyuk

While I was out giving out tracts to people and trying to practice Ukrainian, I met this guy named Yaroslav. After introducing ourselves and talking for a little while, I learned that he too was a believer in Jesus Christ! It turns out that he had gotten saved a couple years back while attending a Campus Crusade for Christ Bible study that was taking place on his college campus. He is now serving and ministering with a local church here in Lviv.

Yaroslav and I.

It was really encouraging to be able to meet and talk with him! Plus we were able to talk for a long while, which was great Ukrainian practice for me!


Practicing Ukrainian and handing out tracts

Lately, I’ve been trying to focus on trying to find people who are willing to talk with me. As well as handing out tracts to people. It has been good. God has blessed me to be able to meet new people, and start/develop relationships with them.

The Ska

This is a place called the Ska. There are some nice trails in the woods, clearings, and a place for people to exercise/walk their dogs. I have been able to hand out a good many tracts here, and also at a soccer field that is located just over the top of the trees in the picture above.

The Soccer Field

Here are some of my friends near where I live. I had a good time practicing Ukrainian with them and was able to give each of them a Bible comic book called Good&Evil.

L-R Me, Sasha, Ivan, Orest, Robert(In the back)

Easter

In Ukraine, they celebrate Easter one week later than we do in the States. Ukrainians don’t call it Easter, they call it Великдень (velykden’) which means “Big Day” in Ukrainian. Since we aren’t allowed to meet in groups of over 10 right now, those of us who play music for church services went and recorded some Easter songs. That way the rest of the people at the church could listen to them.

Most of our church music group

Zoom Meetings

For the past few weeks, I have been a part of a Saturday morning Bible Study/Prayer meeting with a group of men who are all actively evangelizing and sharing the Gospel right where they live. It has been very encouraging and motivating to study/learn more about our great Saviour Jesus, and how to share Him with people. https://www.onwardforchrist.org/

Zoom Bible Study

Things you can pray for!

1. Pray for more understanding, learning, and speaking ability in Ukrainian.

2. Pray for people who I have given tracts to, that God would work in their lives and open their eyes.

3. Pray for people that I have met out and about, that God would bless and further those relationships.

To God be all Glory, Honor, and Praise

– Kade Bloom

Ukraine Update: March

Psalm 118:24 (KJV) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Lviv, Ukraine March 27, 2020

Hello Friends, Families, and Brothers/Sisters in Christ!

March has been a great month here in Ukraine despite everything that has been going on lately with the Coronavirus. I praise the Lord that I am healthy, and rejoice in the salvation, hope, and life that He has given me. This month has been filled with new people, news, and praises; so let’s jump right in…


Residency Permit

Praise the Lord! I now have my Residency Permit so I can stay for a year. All I have to do is just renew it each year (without having to get a new Visa)!


Language and New People

Language has been going steadily. I am understanding people better, and can speak simple sentences, but I still have a long ways to go and a lot to learn.

One of my focuses is trying to get out and be around Ukrainians more. Volleyball is a great way for me to meet new people, but most importantly right now, to be where I can hear Ukrainian constantly spoken. Also, I love getting out and playing sports.

Volleyball court where I play Volleyball at sometimes.
A place near my apartment where I can set up my volleyball net.

Up until about a week ago I was also setting up my net at this spot near my apartment a couple times a week and playing volleyball with some of my local friends and anyone else who wants to join in. But due to stricter quarantine rules and the seriousness of Covid-19 in Ukraine right now, I have stopped the volleyball for right now.

My friend Nazar who plays Volleyball with us. I met him today and we ran together.

Victor

Victor and I just after talking in the Coffee house

This is Victor. I was out in Lviv Center a couple weeks ago practicing my Ukrainian with people and giving out Gospel tracts and Picture Bibles in Ukrainian.

Before I had gone out I had been praying, asking God that He would give me divine appointments, and lead me to people who were open to the Gospel. I had asked some friends back home to pray as I was heading out, so they were praying as well.

Lviv Center where I was talking to people at. The building in the background is the Lviv Opera house.

So I had been out for around 1 1/2 hrs and was about to start heading back, when I saw Victor sitting on a bench. I went up, introduced myself, and started talking with him. He invited me to sit next to him, so I did, and he told me about himself and his family in Ukrainian.

It turned out that he wasn’t even from Lviv, but a different city about 60 miles away. He just came to Lviv because he had the day off and it was a pretty day. We talked for about 20 mins, then as we were ending the conversation I gave him one of the picture/comic Bibles that I had with me telling him that I wanted to give it to him for free.

Because in the same way, Jesus came and died in our place so that he could offer eternal life to us for free, and all He wants us to do is BELIEVE on Him and ACCEPT the great gift that He is holding out to us. He was really appreciative and asked if he could buy me a coffee.

Some men playing chess on a bench right near where Victor and I were talking.

As we were walking to the coffee shop, he told me in English, ( Turns out he knew English fluently as well as Ukrainian,Russian, and Polish) ” You know, I had a feeling that someone was going to to come and talk to me today.” I thought to myself ” Wow! God has worked this all out for me to meet him today and share the Gospel with him!”

Anyways, we spent almost 1 1/2 hours in the coffee house and I was able to share the entire Gospel to him from beginning to end. He was locked in. I’ve never had someone listen as intently and focused as he was. After explaining the Gospel to him in many different ways, using many stories and parallels from the Old Testament then connecting them with Jesus, I asked him ” Do you understand this?” He looked me straight in the eye and said “Everything”.

He had to go after that because he had a train to catch, but before he left we exchanged contact info. I just praise God for providing such an amazing truly divine appointment! Please pray for Victor that if he didn’t believe the Gospel then, that he would believe it.

Victor and I right after coming out of the Coffee House.

Out and About in Lviv

This Church is one of the oldest buildings in Lviv. It is estimated to have been built sometime around 1250 A.D.
It is called the Temple of John the Baptist.
This is called St George’s Cathedral. I past it every time I go to language lessons.

March Prayer Letter

Here is my March prayer letter. It is a PDF so you can print it out.


Things to pray for

  • Pray for more understanding, learning, and speaking in Ukrainian.
  • Pray that God would stop Coronavirus and that we would be able to start the Youth Meetings back.
  • Pray for Victor: That if he did believe the Gospel that God would grow,encourage, and mature him, and if not, that he would believe the Gospel and trust in Jesus for his salvation.

All Praise,Honor, and Glory be to God!

Ukraine February Update

Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Lviv, Ukraine March 2, 2020

February has been a very busy and productive month! I want to first, praise the Lord for His protection, provision, and his grace. I want to glorify and thank Him for sending Jesus to be the sacrifice and payment for my sins. I now am a son of God, dead to the bondage of sin, and made a new, living creature in Christ!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I have God’s promise eternal life; living forever and ever in His glory, presence, and righteousness! I am so thankful that I can serve God and bring Him glory.


Youth meetings

Youth group meeting at my apartment.

For the first 5 weeks we had the youth meetings at my apartment, but two weeks ago we were able to move the meetings to the church! It works out so much better because it is a more central location, and there’s more room.

Our first meeting at the church!

Here are some more pics from the meeting….

Playing some minute-to-win it games!


Carpathian Mountain Outreach 2020 is just around the corner. This is an excellent missions trip for any young man (17 and up) or Father/son to get some hands-on experience in evangelism. I went last year and highly recommend it. You will learn different evangelism techniques that you can take back and start doing in your own town/city. If you would like to learn more about CMO click the link below!

Here are a couple pics from CMO 2019 . . .

Singing before street preaching

Krakow, Poland Visa trip

On February 18th Joshua Steele and I went to Krakow, Poland to get a visa for me. Getting a Missionary/Religious work visa is one of the very important steps to obtaining the Residency Permit.

Praise the Lord, everything went very smoothly and they gave me the visa with no issues!

Here are some pictures of the trip…..

The train Station in Lviv. It makes you feel like are in the 1900s, with the old trains, smoke and old train station building.

It was my first time ever traveling on an overnight train. It felt like the shortest 7hr trip I have ever taken, because I was able to sleep a lot!

Going to Poland we had an interesting experience. As you can see, there are three beds per room. Josh and I had the lower two bunks and a Ukrainian teenage had the top one. Well, it turns out that he was smuggling cigarettes into Poland to resale there ( You can buy cigarettes cheaper in Ukraine and sale them for more in Poland). So all during the night he kept moving the cigarettes out of his suitcase, on to his bed, then under the sink, so when the border patrol came in the cigarettes weren’t in his suitcase.

Krakow Train Station
The Mall “Galeria” is in the building in the back.

The train station in Poland is located under this big mall called the “Galeria”. That is where we arrived in. Our train got in at 7:00am and our appointment at the Ukrainian Consulate wasn’t until 1:oopm, so we toured Krakow the whole morning! Krakow is a very beautiful, old European city. It was very cool.

The city defense barricade

This building is located just outside and in front of the main gates of the city. It’s purpose was for if enemy invaders tried to get to the main gate of the city, they had to get by this defense barricade first. The defenders inside the barricade could fire at the enemy from any angle.

Main City Gate
The Main Square

Krakow has one of Europe’s largest open city squares.

Krakow Church and Clock tower
A castle in Krakow that we toured.
Wawel Royal Castle (Pronounced “Vavel” in English)
One of the views from the castle walls.
Part of the inside of the castle. It was like a mini little town inside the castle!
The courtyard to the staterooms

Out and about in Lviv

This month I have started focusing on going out and being around Ukrainians. Playing soccer with them, talking to them, and just being in the language. I have met a lot of new boys and it has really helped with language learning.

The soccer field where I play soccer at.
Some boys I met: L-R Ihor, Me, Robert, Vadiem

Monthly Prayer Letter

Below is my February Prayer Letter. It is a PDF so you can print it out.

Things you can be praying for:

  • Pray that God would continue to work through the Youth Meetings, and in these kids heart.
  • Pray that God would continue to open up my mind to understand and learn Ukrainian.
  • Pray for the kids that I meet and invite to the Youth Meetings that they would come and meet Jesus!

All Praise and Glory be to Jesus Christ!

On the Ground and Running!

Lviv, Ukraine

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Wow! It seems like just a few days ago I sent out an update, and it has been three weeks. I have been super busy and time has flown by!

God has been good to me. I am safe, over being sick, and finally settled into life here in Ukraine! Well, I have a lot of news so let’s jump right in ….. 👇

First, here are a couple pictures of my room in my apartment

…. And here is my roomate Daniel

Daniel and I in our apartment.

This is Daniel’s Family ( and one of their friends). They had me over for Christmas Eve, which in Ukraine is January 6th. I had a great time and was able to experience some real Ukrainian food and culture.

L-R Top Row: Oksana(Friend), Anya, Daniel
L-R Bottom Mr. Mediakovsky, Sofia, Mrs. Mediakovsky, and Veronica

Next, the weekend of January 11th I helped out with a English camp. here are some pictures of that….

This is the Hotel where the Retreat was held at.

On Jan 18th we had our first Church Youth/Teen Meeting at my apartment. It went really well! We had games, singing, Bible teaching, and of course, tea and snacks (which is a “must” in Ukrainian culture). We are starting out going through the book of John.

Front – Back on Left: Boktan, Tanya, Matvi
Three boys in back Right: Stas, Marco, and Tim
Girls in front from R-L: Abby,Anya,Sofia,Hosanna, and Veronica

We’ve had two meetings thus far. Here are pictures from both weeks.

Musical chairs!

Week 1

Also, I have started language lessons. I have three 1 1/2 lessons per week.

I am officially two weeks into learning Ukrainian.

A couple pictures from my neighborhood…

The view out of my apartment window
Street near my apartment

Here are some thing that you can be praying for:

  • Getting my Residency Permit – This is a little bit of a complicated process so you can pray that all the steps would go smoothly and that there would be no issues.
  • The weekly Youth Meetings – Please pray that God would bless and do a great work through this ministry. These kids go to church and know all about God, but some of them have never met and believed on the Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray that God would open their eyes to their need for what Jesus has to offer to them: that is forgiveness for their sins and impute to them His Righteousness.
  • Language Learning – Please pray that God would bless me as I learn Ukrainian and that He would help me to understand and to speak it.

Thank you all so much for your prayers, support and encouragement! May God be greatly glorified!

God bless you richly.

Kade Bloom

To God be all glory, honor, and praise!

Arrived in Ukraine!

Lviv, Ukraine January 6th, 2020

Dear Friends, Families, brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you all so much for your prayers, encouragement, and support.

God has indeed provided and paved the way for me coming to Ukraine!

I left for Ukraine January 2nd from Greenville, SC.

In front left: Mama, Mercie, and Kyler. Back L-R Maloree, Kade,Klay,Macie,Maryrose,Melodie,Kohlton, and Daddy

God blessed my travel tremendously! Everything went very smoothly. No missed flights, no delays, no lost baggage.

I flew from Greenville, to Washington DC, from Washington to Munich, GER, and from Munich to Lviv.

During my layover in Munich I found a really neat place to be able to rest for awhile with a departure screen right there so I didn’t have to walk to find out what gate my flight was going out of!

Really neat area to rest!

Got a chance to play some guitar during my 3hr layover in Munich.

Playing Guitar in Munich airport

The Last leg of the flight from Munich to Lviv went smoothly. I landed in Lviv at 1:30pm on Jan 3rd.

Lviv Airport

I made it through customs without an issue and was met at the airport by Joshua Steele, one of the missionaries that I will be working with here in Lviv.

Joshua Steele and I

It was such a joy to go to church on Sunday and feel the unification of the Holy Spirit. To be able to worship and praise the Lord together even though we are speaking different languages!

Revelation 5:9 (KJV) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Quite a few of the people knew some English though, and they were excited to talk to me.

The Church here in Lviv just before service starts.

Here are some things that you can be praying for:

  • Upcoming English Camp Jan 9th – 12th
  • Youth/Teen meetings that I will be leading every Saturday starting on the 18th
  • For me to be able to learn the language as fast as possible

Once again, thank you everyone so very much for all your prayers! God answered all the prayers for safety of travel and in getting here. Our God answers the prayers of His children and He shows himself mighty on their behalf! He receives glory in doing that!

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2Ch 16:9a (KJV)

To God be all Glory, Honor, and Praise!

Kade Bloom

Onward To Ukraine!

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Family!

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
As many of you probably already know, I will be leaving for Ukraine on January 2nd to do missions work in the city of Lviv.  I will be sending out updates every month so that you can know about everything that is going on in my life while I am in Ukraine!

God Bless

Onward!
Kade Bloom
Heb 12: 1-2