Taste of Heaven

Look familiar? It’s the inspiration for their flag. There are acres of sunflowers in the countryside as far as the eye can see.

Thank you so much to the friends and family who were praying for my family and I during my time in Ukraine.  I could sense your support very much.  I thankfully remained in pretty good health for the duration of the trip.  It is so good to be back with my loving wife and beautiful girls.   It’s sad to see how Patience has grown and changed in just two weeks.

An Evening in Kyiv (Kiev) from my Hotel Window

The main question concerning Evangelion’s 8th trip to Ukraine this year was whether their experiment would work.  The experiment was to fill out our numbers with Ukrainian singers who rehearsed on their own.  We wondered if the sound would blend, if they’d know the music, or if the language barrier would be prohibitive.  At our first joint rehearsal we were all amazed and praising God for the beauty we were able to create with these brothers and sisters on the other side of the planet.  Besides making some amazing music together, we developed relationships that would never have been possible with an earlier model of touring.

Mr. Sergii Bilokin and his lovely wife Nadiia

Having this closer connection to the Ukrainian people gave us a better sense of our impact as well.   However, as in any missions trip, I feel like I received more than I gave.

Tenor extraordinaire Tim Faatz and some Ukrainians we met in Poltava.

In any future work I do overseas with an ensemble, I hope to use this model of cross-cultural collaboration.  It was a taste of heaven: humbling, sweet and glorious.