[last sunday at studentska]

[last sunday at studentska]

Yesterday we had our last service at the Church at 3 Studentska Street.

It feels odd to write those words because we had been talking about the move for a couple of years and the word “soon” lost its meaning… until last Friday when I found out that this week we’ll already be meeting at a new place.

God provided this new place, and I believe that it will be a good one… once we settle in, and the shock of the move wears off.

At the moment, most people are in various states of shock.

Some wonder how to get to the new place (since the vast majority do not have a car and take public transport).

Some worry about losing people in the process of moving (because it is a different district of a large city).

Some are hurting because we had so many memories accumulated in fifteen years at this location. It was our first building that we owned. It was ours.

People cried during the last prayer. My pastor broke down as well as he prayed, “We let this place go and we pray for the new building.”

I thought last Sunday service at a place where I have spent most of my growing up years (as a PK, I was at Church more than I was elsewhere) would be a more emotional time for me. Instead, I felt rather Spock-like.

I wondered about my reaction (or lack of it) and realized that because I had to say good bye to Liz just two weeks ago, it helped me to deal with saying good bye to my second home.

I won’t be able to forget it, nor I am required to. It was a big part of my life. However, as much as I don’t like changes, it’s time to let Studentska go and embrace the new place.

Daniel's Last Sunday at Studentska
Daniel’s Last Sunday at Studentska
  • Don Walker

    Zee,

    I have great memories of that building and part of me remains there as well. But I have even better and deeper memories of the people I met there and who will remain my friends no matter where we worship together.

    I do pray that you will be able to keep everyone (although that is not likely) and I pray for those near the new facility that will be added to the church as you make this big move.

    I look forward to the day when I can return to Kyiv and see the new place and hear how God has continued to bless this wonderful group of people.

    In Him,

    Don

    • Yes – that’s the main concern – who will remain? Although the core will stay – we discussed how far we had traveled before and agreed that no matter how long it takes, it’s the people you worship with that matter, not how long you spend in commute. Granted, the new Church is 15 minutes walking from my home… But even back when we had to take three different types of public transport to get to the other side of Kyiv, it did not stop us.

  • Change is never easy. We get comfortable and want to stay where we’re used to. I wonder sometimes if God made us to age so that we would be in a constant changing state? The fond memories of the place of worship will be the foundation for the new worship. Same God, same property; His.

    I think being a PK has it’s advantages in that you have wisdom beyond your years as well as an inborn strength that doesn’t catch up to most of us until much later on in life. You, sister, are a leader…

    • That’s an interesting thought about aging, Floyd… I never thought of it that way…

      Thank you for the encouragement. It really means a lot.

  • Betty Draper

    We (our family) just talked about this last night. Our daughter and family are home from Papua New Guinea. She and her husband are both MK so you would think they would be use to moving but there is something in all of us that wants to dwell in one place. I cannot prove this by the word, so it’s Betty’s gospel but I tend to think since God intended us to be sojourners and not dwellers because this world is not our home no matter how hard we try to make home. Each change has brought its own frustrations and even hurt but also great memories to look back on. We choose how we view our moves…the sooner we let go the quicker we will enjoy what God has for us where ever He places us. Blessings

    • I personally know a LOT of MKs, and they desire to stay in one place even more than us “dwellers”… I think it’s a desire to belong. We will never fully settle here, in this life, because we are not destined for this place, yet while we’re here, the yearning to belong someplace attaches us to wherever we are.

      How long has your daughter and her husband spent in Papua New Guinea?

  • Zee, I’m a “PK” too! What’s weird is now I have kids who are PKs and MKS! Blessings on the new meeting place!

    • Cool 🙂 I guess it’s good to know firsthand what PKs are going through if you’ve got kids who are PKs. Most of the time everyone assumes that it’s easy for pastor’s kids to be Christians, but in reality, it is sometimes harder… Sort of like with the rich in Jesus’ parable about the eye of a needle and camels.

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