December 17th, 2017 8:40am Fellowship
9am Discipleship Classes
10am Christmas Music Presentation featuring the CEFC Choir
Ruth & Mike Hryshkanych
Mike and Ruth Hryshkanych served as Camp Director and Director's Assistant at LLBC for many years. Mike was a forester by education and came to LLBC with his newlywed wife Ruth in the year 1975. By 1982 their two children Jason and Sarah had been born and increased the number of staff to 5. Mike & Ruth officially retired from the ministry in May 2015.
Mike grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of Florida. Ruth grew up in Staten Island NY and in the Congo, Africa as a missionary kid. After completing a nursing degree, Ruth attended Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield where Mike was continuing his education. They met in a small Bible study fellowship there.
Mike went home to be with the Lord in January of this year. His life was celebrated in an amazing service that honored and glorified his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hryshkanych Fall Update Letter
I realized after sending out the last letter that I’d forgotten a few key happenings in October because I was too excited to just share about baby Michael and my visit with my “CO kids” after the camp bus tour. I just now finished the bus tour scrapbook and my own of the tour and kids and it was delightful to remember all the joy of those times.
I returned to WI dreading walking alone into an empty house. However God worked my rides out so I arrived home just in time to re-pack and head off with my mom and a friend to Camp Forest Springs. The Jill Briscoe “Just Between Us” retreat was a gift from the CFS President after Mike’s death. (Thank you, Dick and Viv and staff!) What an amazing 3 days for me and the women attending. I’m not sure it was all my mom’s classic elder aura that drew Jill to our table, but Jill ate 2 meals with us and we shared heart to heart: my mom (93), Jill (82), and the other two of us (in our 60’s – another birthday for me this month to be celebrated with Sarah, my mom, and friends – I am blessed).
Stuart and Jill Briscoe’s personal stories and ministries around the world have influenced me for years to spur me on to a deeper walk with Christ and to encourage me when I wanted to quit. Jill has mentored me “from afar” through seminars, retreats, books, the JBU magazine, and tapes. Grab hold of her stuff and grow with her; a humble, gentle, fun, real, personable, godly woman. Jill’s personal challenge to me that week was to continue to share with those younger than I as commanded in Scripture, regardless of widowhood or getting old or feeling used up or weak. In ministry for me, there is a women’s luncheon the beginning of December and a retreat next April that have me emotionally frazzled and fearful – but God says He will equip me as He wills, to share His Word. I know that in my head – and that the fear isn’t there from Him but from the evil one. God is ENOUGH! (A key thought from the good sharing at the LLBC Crafters Retreat last weekend I attended with our new pastor’s wife.) I’d appreciate your prayers as I continue to learn from Him and desire to pass it on well to others.
Sarah is coming home for Thanksgiving, then again the end of the year; Jason, Heather, Jubilee and Michael come from CO after Christmas and over New Years, joining my mom and the whole Larsen family here in WI (my sister’s fam of 18!). I am already looking forward to good family times, anticipating (with Kleenex) the reflecting on all God has done the last 2 years with wonderful memories that can overshadow the losses because of HOPE. Still, I would appreciate your prayers as we go through yet another set of “firsts” without Mike. You continue to bless me! Be Thankful? I am.