August 20, 2017 8:40am Fellowship Time
9am Sunday School
10am Worship Service
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 May Update 2017
The merry month of May? Well, some of it was. Some of it wasn’t.
After returning with my mom from our PA trip, life was busy with appointments, finances, and friends. Then Sarah and I drove west to Colorado for 4 good days all together with Jason, Heather and Jubilee before Sarah flew home. J&H headed off to a retreat while Juju and I had 4 fun days of play. The parents returned home and we had only the next day to prepare and pack for our trip to Oklahoma City for their UW Sports Training Camp (my job to again help with Jubilee).
My only complaint was the putrid smell in their garage. Turns out it was my van – from the front grill where rested a disintegrated woodcock I’d hit 2 weeks earlier in Wisconsin! Ugh! To make a long, disgusting, maggot-filled story tolerable and short let’s just say Jason and I were very glad to take thorough showers, laundering our clothes and shoes after hours of clean up in the driveway that Sunday night. We ate a late supper, did some work, and fell into bed… completely forgetting to close the garage, turn off the lights, and take my purse out of the van in the driveway.
My van was stolen the morning of May 29. My reaction was to pace back and forth in the living room reminding myself out loud of the Lord’s control in all things, His omniscience, His provision, His protection, and that He was not surprised by the stupidity of this country girl in the city. Within 2 hours the van had been found, the police on the scene checked it out, then got Jason’s call and we went to get it in a construction site 1 mile away. A man walking his dog had seen the van with engine still running, all the doors open, no one around and reported it. The thief was caught on a house surveillance camera carrying away my bag; in it was my GPS, car key, $100, credit cards and checkbook.
God’s part in this? While not expecting to ever get any of the things back, God protected us and the van, Jason's open garage and things in there. God prompted me to have Mike's van key with me in my luggage – I‘ve never carried the extra on a trip before. Jason had my financial document with all card and account numbers and every account was closed before the thief could use them. We shopped for a GPS and still left for OK City the next day with Heather and Jubilee riding with me and Jason in a rental van. I refuse to stress about it because there is not one thing I can do now. A friend sent me a gift of $100 not knowing what I’d lost. Join me in praying that the man will be caught, ending up in prison with someone who leads him to Christ and away from a life of crime. THEN this would be worth it!
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING for me through these 4 months of grieving, changes, and travel. Hopefully June will be a bit more placid. Since driving home from CO/OK (about 4000 miles), I’ve worked with friends on a mission trip garage sale and celebrated with my mom for her 93rd birthday and my grandnephew’s 1st, will spend a couple of hours at camp, then drive to the UP for a week of Vacation Bible School ministry. Life goes on. My Kleenex box gets a little less use. God is at work. Again, thank you for your love and care as you pray and share life with me!