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216. Lana Savchuk // Encouragement While Waiting

216. Lana Savchuk // Encouragement While Waiting

Lana Savchuk was born in Moscow, Russia. She is a fifth-generation Christian and a pastor’s kid. She got to know Jesus personally once she moved to the US in 2005. Alongside her husband Vlad Savchuk, they lead the Hungry Generation Church in Washington. They also have a non-profit ministry serving and inspiring people worldwide with teachings, books, podcasts, and an online school.

Tune into this episode as Lana shares about her upbringing, encountering Jesus, and her testimony of pregnancy after a 13-year wait due to infertility.

Bible Verses:

Daniel 3:18 “But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

1 Samuel 1 and 2 – the story of Hannah and Samuel

Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

1 Samuel 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

Topics Discussed

Introduction

  • Lana lives in Washington.
  • Lana grew up in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States when she was 19 years old.
  • Lana met her husband at church, and they have been married for 13 years.
  • Lana and her husband are leaders at Hungry Generation Church in Washington.
  • Lana grew up in a Christian home. Her parents were pastors of a church in Moscow.
  • When she was a teenager, Lana walked away from the Lord and became completely hopeless.
  • When she was 19 years old, Lana had a real encounter with God.

Lana’s Testimony

  • Lana and her husband prayed and contended for babies for 13 years. She is now 35 weeks pregnant!!!
  • Lana came to the conclusion that she didn’t want to be so desperate for a child that it would hinder her relationship with her husband, her enjoyment of life and her service to the Lord.
  • She refused to become depressed, and she refused to let her life be centered around infertility.
  • In her 13-year journey, she always had hope.
  • 9 years ago, Lana’s husband received a prophetic word about their child during his quiet time with the Lord.
  • She is now pregnant with her son Samuel.

Surrender

  • God has a plan that we don’t understand, and we have to trust Him.
  • God is waiting for our surrender.
  • When it boils up in you emotionally, give it back to the Lord.
  • Trust that God’s Will will be done in your life.
  • God has a bigger plan.

Practical Ways to Wait Well

  • Make the decision that it will not change your lifestyle and it will not change your relationship with God.
  • Make the decision to believe the truth that God is good.
  • Seek God first above all else.
  • Surround yourself with community that will encourage you.
  • Do not isolate yourself.

Encouragement in the Waiting

  • Understand how good God is!
  • God is good and He’s holding everything in His hands.
  • Subdue any negative thoughts that come into your mind (why me, etc.)
  • Do not lose hope!
  • Trust the Lord and do everything like a normal person.
  • Don’t isolate yourself.
  • Enjoy your life in the season you’re in.
  • Put your hope in Jesus, not the miracle.

Powerful Quotes:

“None of us can deny an encounter with God.” – Caroline Harries

“Testimonies build our faith and encourage us.” – Caroline

“Even if it’s not going to happen for whatever reason, God is still faithful to His promises.” – Lana

“Our hope is in the Lord. Our hope is not in the promise of the Lord.” – Lana Savchuk

“If we hope in Jesus, He is the one who holds that miracle.” – Lana Savchuk

“We’re not victims, we’re victors!”- Lana

“The Lord is good and He has good things for His children prepared.” – Lana Savchuk

Resources: 

https://www.youtube.com/lanahungrygen

https://www.pastorvlad.org

https://www.hungrygen.com

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