The house that Peter and Yuri built

This is the house Peter and Yuri built,

calloused hands pounding and lifting, binding and sealing.

Peter, the rock, the pastor, and Yuri, his son, once prodigal but now a pastor, himself.

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This is baby Yuri (one of ten children) and one of his sisters, Veronica, cheeks plump with life and love

in the house that Peter and Yuri built.

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These are more of Yuri’s children, singing “Ring Christmas Bells” in full harmony, a cappella, in a tiny upstairs bedroom.

“Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” we sang in response,

the cacophony of foreign phonetics needing no interpretation,

deep in the house Peter and Yuri built.

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Silent Night is Little Peter’s favorite Christmas song, after all.

Little Peter, rescued from an orphanage, not once, but twice, and brought to live in the house that Peter and Yuri built.

Little Peter, the far-away son my family has loved and prayed for, for three years now.

“They are weak, but He is strong,” my soul sang as I stroked Little Peter’s wasting hands, his twiggy arms ever shrinking from the muscular dystrophy.

“With God I have no grief,” his small voice sang to us, a mighty solo, a double forte in the mighty score of God’s rescuing grace.

“I know Jesus loves me,” Little Peter smiled, warm and safe in the house Peter and Yuri built.

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We came to give, but our cups overflowed on this day,

in the house that Peter and Yuri built.

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Our cups overflowed, indeed.

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For the full story of little Peter and his rescue, click here to read it all at World Next Door.

Become a part of rescues like these and more by learning more about Mission to Ukraine and giving your time, talents and treasures to them now!

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