One week after starting the Riverwalk outreach, I got message on Facebook from a girl who goes to my church. She had just moved here from Pennsylvania in June, and she said that she saw the videos of the outreaches and wanted to be a part of them. She said she could sing and play the keyboard and would be willing to come out on Sunday’s. Sofiya came on 9/5 and she sang a few songs that were amazing. I began thanking God right away for telling her to join us because I could see how effective she was going to be.
The next day I was home early from work because it was Labor Day, and I was watching videos from the previous night’s outreach. One lady captured a video of Sofiya playing a song called “Million Little Miracles” and she posted it online. As I listened to the song, I felt like it was speaking right to me. It’s about all the “little miracles” God does in our lives and how He is so faithful to us. As I listened to this song, unspeakable gratitude started to well up in my heart and I could feel the tangible presence of Jesus. I began to cry and pour out my thanks to God right there in my bedroom. As I did, I suddenly began to feel VERY drawn to Sofiya, who has a voice like an angel. From that moment onward, I felt like I was falling in love with her.
Here’s a short clip from that video- https://youtu.be/9Vx900dVQI4
Her and I talked SO much over the next several weeks and I was amazed at how her story connects with mine on so many levels. The more I got to know her, the more I fell in love with her. Within the first two months I (we) knew that I knew that she was sent here by God to be my missionary partner. I asked her to marry me on November 9th and before I could even get the question out, she said yes.
She and I are now gearing up for a spring wedding and once we get married, we will be launching out into our missionary journey. We will be doing more outreaches in this area throughout the week, and we will periodically take mission trips to other cities. Funny enough her father used to do this type of thing back in the former U.S.S.R. (they’re originally from Ukraine) so her family is VERY supportive of it.
Somis that big news or is that BIG NEWS?!
After spending nearly 5 years very joyfully single, this is all a total shock to me. I was NEVER looking for a wife and part of me didn’t ever want to find one. However, God knows what He is doing, and I know it will be way more fun and effective traveling and ministering with her than just with Jesus!
I would ask that you continue to lift me up in prayer, as this is still a big walk of faith. But, thankfully after all these undeniable confirmations, I’m very much convinced that God is directing all of this.
Thanks so much for being on the journey with me (us)! Lots of love and God bless you!