On Saturday, Sept. the second, five of us, Elias and Elpida Aigiptiades, Lyn Kern, Darlene Rushdoony and I, in two cars packed with clothes and food, went to Saraj, Skopje (Former Republic of Macedonia) to see the children sponsored by the Macedonian Outreach. In addition, we visited the suburb of Volkovo where Sokrat is the pastor and where we sponsor many children. Everyone but especially the children welcomed us with great joy and excitement.

I praise God for His love for these children and their community! God has blessed them and continues to bless them daily. I am grateful for all the sponsors that the Lord provided for these kids that not only provide education to them but also the means for them to learn how they can give their lives to Jesus. God bless you one and all. It thrills my heart to see that many children have already met Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

Sokrat, on the left, is Aleksander’s father. Alex, as we call him, is the young man that we support in seminary in Aberdeen, Scotland. Even though Alex is legally blind, he is a wonderful Christian man who with determination finished all his schooling including higher education and today he is working on his doctorate in a very difficult area of study, OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH. We are very proud of him as he is finishing this year doing four years in three. Pray for Alex for the Lord to use him to His glory!

Alex preached on Sunday the 3rd in Volkovo, his father’s church. It was very sweet to watch the proud father translating for his congregation in Macedonian as Alex spoke in English so we could also understand. Praise God for the joy He gives us as we reap some of the fruit of our labor on this side of heaven!

The young people of the church in Volkovo. Please be praying for this church. The building is half finished but they cannot continue building because they are still waiting for the permit to operate as a church. They filed their papers five years ago.

This is the fourth year that Lyn has fundraised to buy school supplies for our children in Saraj. And this year again with joy she gave out forty backpacks full with school supplies. Sunday afternoon, Sept. the 3rd, was a day of celebration! Thank you from all of us as well at The Macedonian Outreach for supporting Lyn to once again bring joy in this extremely poor ghetto!

  1. September 16, 2017

    We love getting these blogs from you and to see all the wonderful ways God is using all of you! Great to see all the happy kids!!
    I can only imagine how sad the people in these places will be to see you come back to the states.

    Praying for you and Lyn to have a safe trip home!

    • September 16, 2017

      Dee, thank you for your quick response. Not only they are sad but they would be happy if I moved and lived in their village. I also am sad when I leave.

      Please keep on praying…………


  2. September 16, 2017

    It brings tears of joy to my heart to think of the many, many children and peoples lives you have touched. Praising God and thanking Him for the gift of you (and Lynn) and the many other volunteers who have given time, talent and treasure to make such great things happen. May God continue to keep you safe as you prepare to come home.
    In His abundant love,
    Pat McCoy

    • September 16, 2017

      Thank you, Pat. You have all these years been such an encouragement to me. God bless you! Vula

  3. September 17, 2017

    So happy to hear the report that you have sent. We have both enjoyed your pictures also. How wonderful to see the blessing that God is bestowing on everyone. Sincerely, Jean and Steff Veltema

  4. September 17, 2017

    HI Vula and Lyn,
    What a wonderful blog–loved the story of Alex. What an incredible man of God to accomplish all that he is doing. It will be exciting to see where God will use him after he finishes this last year. Amazing to think of all the odds God has equipped him to overcome . What a blessing God has given to Macedonia Outreach to be able to help support his education in Scotland!!

    So fun to see Lyn’s big smile passing out all those backpacks–totally filled to overflowing with school supplies and love. She is such a blessing to the village of Saraj!

    Know you must be returning soon. We have missed you. May God give you His peace as you leave your “sweet loved ones” behind to return home. We love you ladies!! Have a safe journey. Hugs, Joan

    • September 23, 2017

      Hi, Joan:

      Alex is indeed a very special man of God. He is so smart and that gift makes up for his eye challenge. Many other special people here that God has gifted to bring glory to His name!

      Well, the time is almost around the corner and we will be coming home, God willing.

      I’ve missed you and look forward to our getting together so I can share some more of the wonderful experiences that the Lord allowed me to have once more this year.

      I love you dear friend! Vula

  5. September 17, 2017

    Dear Vula,

    There is almost no joy like the joy of being a conduit for life change that God created you for. We love and admire and praise God for all the life changes He has used you to make.
    Thank you for sharing this journey with us this trip in words and pictures!


  6. September 18, 2017

    Vula and Lyn, what joy to be a blessing to so many! Although it will be sad to leave, remember you are a blessing to many back here too! I’m looking forward to seeing you both again. Safe travels home. God bless you!

  7. October 24, 2017

    Dear Vula,
    I’m so glad to see you have made another safe and wonderful trip this year. I always look forward to your reports. I hope you were able to see my sponsored children during your travels. Good luck on your upcoming dinner. I wish I was closer and could attend. I hope to talk to you soon.
    Love to you,
    Leslie Dickson

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