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Update on Ukraine May 2019

Update on Ukraine May 2019

BMI in Ukraine - May 2019

Music in worship 2019 - Ukraine

Become a voice not an echo...

Music in Worship 2019 – Become a Voice, Not an Echo

This has to be the most successful Music in Worship conference to date.  From May 9-11, 2019, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary (UETS) held its 5th international Music in Worship conference. The conference saw over 300 people from all over Ukraine gathered together to deepen their understanding of worship. It’s such a privilege to be a part of an International team led by conference founder Fred Heuman. Music in Worship also gathered Musicians and singers from USA, Ukraine and United Kingdom. The host of the conference Maryna Yarmolenko leads the music department at UETS and has done a superb job in directing the general development of music students who study at the college for three years. Though this is the fifth year and much help impetus has always come from outside, this year saw many Ukraine worship leaders ‘rising up’ and taking their place. 

Says Steve, ‘I have always believed we as International helpers, must set up projects, events, etc which ‘arms’ a nation to ‘survive’, but also allowing them to finally take ownership of the direction they feel God is leading THEIR NATION …’


Music in Worship 2019

Music in Worship, 2019Це був дивовижний час поклоніння, нових відкриттів, знайомств, рішень і викликів.Як це відбувалось, відео від Lana Dmitrenko#uets #uetsnet #уєтс #musicinworship #praiseandworship

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Українська Євангельська Теологічна семінарія στις Τετάρτη, 15 Μαΐου 2019

This year, ten well-known Ukrainian writers, composers, performers, worship leaders, project coordinators and teachers, such as Bria Blessing, Andrey Chmut, Hryfel Andriy, Vladislav Budeev, Anna Kindzerska and Sergei Lvov, contributed to the event by conducting seminars or workshops. Steve was amongst the several speakers delivering seminars and workshops throughout the conference as well as leading worship along with the International team.

This was a special Music In Worship conference for Steve as his friend and the head of London School of Theology music Department, Jeremy Perigo, joined the International team.

Again, a few delegates had to leave early as they had travelled (not by plane) over 12 hours in order to attend the conference. Amazing!!!

On 1 – 6 October 2019, BMI will be returning to Ukraine to record the several songs written by Ukraine songwriters at the Songwriting Consultation. (More information to follow!) We are thankful for these key, significant open-doors to minister to our brothers and sisters in Eastern Europe.

~ Steve Thompson

Music in Worship 2019

Бути голосом, а не відлуннямЩе одне нагадування про прекрасний час, який ми провели разом з учасниками міжнародної конференції з поклоніння Music in Worship. Ще більше вражень і відгуків в новому відео від Lana Dmitrenko#uets #uetsnet #уєтс #musicinworship #praiseandworship

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Українська Євангельська Теологічна семінарія στις Τρίτη, 4 Ιουνίου 2019

Gospel Xpression Presentation

Steve spent a few days preparing, delivering and facilitating a consultation on Gospel Music in Ukraine

  • The plan is to record an album with a mass choir or with New Life Gospel Group, band and orchestra
  • The history of gospel music was shared with a small audience
  • All songs to be used has been written by Ukrainian songwriters

Not many gathered at this presentation as it was an ‘invite only’ event (though we believe this should have been a more open event). However, this was an outstanding event as New Life Gospel Group kicked off the evening with some golden Gospel numbers then the presentation of two new songs written at the Songwriting Consultation on March 2019.

Steve then lead some worship and quickly moving unto sharing the ‘history of Gospel music’ starting from the plantations in Africa, developing in the USA and eventually Europe. The vision of recording many of the new Ukrainian written gospel songs was then shared by Steve, the evening ending with New Life Gospel Group.

Where is God in suffering?

Where is God in suffering?

Where is God in Suffering?

Vel on Radio 



How can we stay close to God in everyday life? Over the coming month, a special Woman to Woman ‘Be Real’ episode will be released each week addressing topics such as suffering, sex and hearing the voice of God.

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From the ashes the Father brings life. From disappointment and helplessness, He brings comfort and hope. From Coma, meningitis, bleed on the brain & septicemia the Father releases healing. God has done it before and he can do it again. However, we need to trust in his everlasting love, goodness and mercy. 

‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…’

Songwriting Consultation – Ukraine 2019

Songwriting Consultation – Ukraine 2019

Songwriting Consultation - Ukraine 2019 Update

Steve & Velveta returned to Ukraine as part of their ongoing Mission to Eastern Europe. This trip, they were invited to facilitate a Songwriting Consultation, organised to teach specific writers how to write specific songs for a Gospel Choir. In October 2019 there will be a live recording with over 100 choir members, band and orchestra. 

So, songwriters from all over Ukraine were invited to take part in several workshops with Steve & Vel where they taught on how to write songs towards the album. Steve & Vel conducted several sessions where the delegates were placed in small groups and encouraged to write thematic songs.

The next stage will be the arduous task of setting up some form of Publishing as well as introducing CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International). Much prayer is needed toward this particular individual project.

Дякуючи #GospelXpress2019:ПОЧАТОК, познайомились із талановитимиSerhiy Dobosh та Євгеній Мусієць (Yevgenii Musiiets)! Це просто неймовірне виконання!

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Gospel Express στις Πέμπτη, 28 Μαρτίου 2019

Some of the delegates travelled over 13 hours one-way to be part of the Songwriting Consultation.

In May 2019, BMI will be returning to Ukraine to start working on the songs with a few of the singers.

~ Steve Thompson



During the conference, two musicians who were part of the conference made an impromptu performance. They will also be part of the Express Gospel Choir live recording in October.

Gospel Xpress 2019:ПОЧАТОК

Трохи поділимося з вами, що ж відбувалося на нашому інтенсиві з написання пісень #GospelXpress2019:ПОЧАТОК, який відбувся 22-24 березня за участю Steve Thompson і Velveta Thompson.Як ми вже писали, в результаті цього з'явилось більше десяти нових пісень! Вражаючий результат!

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Gospel Express στις Τρίτη, 23 Απριλίου 2019

Ukraine 2018 Update

Ukraine 2018 Update

Well, there we were on the eve of the concert – final rehearsal – choir, band and crew working incredibly hard. This is the first time for many singing in a gospel choir!
The atmosphere is electric – even before the actual final performance and worship, much has been accomplished. Haha – I hope I haven’t ‘worked’ these dear folks too hard ?
We have been so blessed by the multiple testimonies of what has taken place in peoples lives throughout the last few days. There have been illnesses, sore voices, but these troops have soldiered through. 
Yeah … very humbled to be here in Ukraine ??

So, ‘Gospel Express’ will go down in my historical journals as one of my most fulfilling events where dreams, visions and aspirations were realised. The essence of the young and old in one choir declaring the goodness of Jesus in Ukraine. 
I have made many more new friends and do indeed celebrate great memories that will be etched in my heart forever … so. until the next event 

‘Heaven’ – Gospel Express Live
Steve interview on TBN (Ukraine)
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