In 2000, I had the opportunity to travel to the Ukraine and do some mission work. After many hours in the air my plane touched down in Kiev and then after another six hours in a van arrived at the final destination. Several people were with me, including an interpreter who had a striking resemblance to Martin Short. His name was Ivan (pronounced E-Von) and he was 5’1”, so when he and I stood together speaking to various crowds we had the feel of Austin Powers and mini-me. The van pulled in late at night to the church where we were going to serve, and I immediately said, “Man I’ve got to hit the john.” Not realizing that my American slang was not easily understood, Ivan asked, “Who is this John you are angry with?” I knew then that this was going to be a long week.
We left each day and went to various locations and had worship services. The gathering of people was in homes, businesses, back yards, auditoriums, and once in an actual church building. The day we went to the church, the pastor informed us that the service was going to take place down on the riverbank. After a word of explanation and prayer we all got up and proceeded to journey to the river. There was about a hundred people in the building that morning and each one of them walked the mile and a half to reach the destination. Funny thing happened, when such a crowd is walking toward something others joined in to see where they were going. By the time we had gotten to this massive body of water there were over 500 people. Ivan asked me if I would like to preach to the crowd, my response was, “Yes!” After I spoke we invited anyone who wanted to trust Christ with their lives, could do so by saying a simple prayer together out loud. The outcome wass something I will long remember. Scores of people prayed asking forgiveness and opening their hearts to Christ. We were having church that day but not in a building or sanctuary, it was the place where God met with us.
Sunday, March 9, 2013 marked a big day in the life of Horizon Pointe Church, we had our first service in our own location. We have been meeting in a school for the past six years and God has provided for us a great opportunity to have a home. This wonderful place will not make us a better church, but it will provide for us a greater chance to reach our community. I have been fortunate throughout my ministry to see God do some really cool things. Whether on a riverbank in the Ukraine or in building that has sat empty for a few years, God is to be glorified and He will be there. A new chapter is about to be written and I invite you to come along. We are ready to step into a place where we have never been before. Are you up to the challenge? I can’t wait! I look forward to seeing you soon.
After a week of interpreting for me Ivan picked up some of my slang. We had been to two worship services and on our way to the third when the driver pulled off the road. Ivan jumped out and said, “Danny, let’s go hit John!” It was a long week.