FlutterbyPridge on facing lions
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FLUTTERBYPRIDGE ON

FACING LIONS

Lions are fascinating creatures. They symbolize strength, power, and nobility for a reason. One slap of their paw can crush bone.

The photo above is from a safari in South Africa. Just after sunrise we came across a lion close enough that one could have leaned out of the vehicle to touch. It was a moment of breathtaking beauty, awe, and more than a little fear.

"Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a Mighty Man from Kabzeel with many exploits to his credit: he killed two famous Moabites; he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion on a snowy day; and he killed an Egyptian, a giant seven and a half feet tall." 1 Chronicles 11:22-23 (MSG)

I don't know what brought this to mind a few days ago. Perhaps it came from some hard emotional blows in the past couple of weeks, or considering what seems like impossible odds facing so many I know, or just from my contemplation of these great creatures.

We all face situations in life at some point that could take us out with a swipe. Benaiah, one of David's mighty men, "climbed down into a pit and killed a lion on a snowy day." 

That's like a triple blow: deadly opponent, enclosed space with nowhere to run, and terrible weather conditions. The odds of walking away from that battle are better left uncalculated, yet Benaiah came out the victor.

I think sometimes we stumble into a pit and find a lion and have no choice but to fight or die, and sometimes we climb down into a pit and face that lion because it's the right thing to do. Either way, it takes courage to fight.

Benaiah's name is translated "Yahweh delivers" or "the son of Yahweh builds up." He was the son of Jehoiada, which means "Yahweh knows." God knows, God delivers, and the son of God builds up.  I think if we can grasp that, then we will gain the courage to face whatever lion and whatever pit we encounter.
New contact cards so we can stay in touch here and abroad.
WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST MONTH:
  • I have a ticket to NC for August 31st. Step one of moving back to Ukraine is getting me and all my stuff back to the east coast.
  • I was able to get a dedicated Skype number so when my US number is turned off you will still be able to call me.
  • That number and my other contact is on my new contact cards pictured above. 
  • First dental exam in four years (he wasn't happy about that). Aside from needing a little deeper cleaning than normal, all is well!
  • Also had an eye exam for the first time in like four years. No change at all and totally healthy!
PRAYER POINTS FOR NEXT STEPS:
  • Grace and strength to transition well - so very many emotions!
  • $2,000 in monthly support
  • Buying a ticket to L'viv
  • A couple of other doctor check-ups
  • I'll be doing some traveling on the East Coast in the next couple of months to reconnect, opportunities to speak, etc.
Will you consider investing in what God is doing in Ukraine and partnering with me to return there?

Before leaving I need about $4000 for flights, luggage and shipping costs, visa and registration, and phone. This also includes costs, such as winter essentials like a winter coat and boots, and apartment needs like kitchenware, bedding, etc.

Monthly I need $2000, which includes transportation, food, language lessons, and other living expenses. A large portion of this is that I feel very strongly this time about the need for a good apartment in the city centre.

I’d be honored if you would join in praying for what God is doing in Ukraine and the great things He has in store. I would also love to pray with you about needs in your life. Feel free to email me personally at stephanie@flutterbypridge.com  if there is any way I can support you in prayer.

I also need those who will financially partner with me, one-time or monthly, even $5 or $10 adds up quickly. Whether you choose to join in prayer and/or financially, you are part of seeing God transform lives in Ukraine.

If you would like to help financially, tax deductible giving can be made through
Re-Generation: online through PayPal to email address
info@re-generationnow.com. Under the "Write a Note (optional)" you can just indicate "Ukraine" and if it's one-time or on-going.

or by check with a separate note attached indicating it’s for Ukraine to:
Re-Generation
1905 N. Wilcox Avenue, Suite 219
Hollywood, CA 90068

You can also keep up to date through my Facebook page, here.

L'viv is known as the "City of Lions" because the city was named after Lev Danylovych, or Leo I of Galicia as he was known. Leo means "lion" in Latin. He was the King of Galicia-Volhynia (King of Rus) and Grand Prince of Kiev later in the 13th century.

Today when walking around L'viv you will spot lions of all different styles in statues, paintings, and souvenirs. 
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