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Admission Interview

Admission Interview

Although the picture looks stark, it represents good news to us. This young woman is being interviewed for entrance into our missions program. The process is a little daunting for the applicants as they have to face a panel of several profs. But we try to put them at ease as we discuss whether this is a good fit. The applicant in the picture certainly seems to be, and so we look forward to welcoming her to the intro class in the last week of […]



Kerri’s Back!

Kerri’s Back!

We have good news to share with all of you who have been praying for Kerri’s back pain to subside. What began a few years ago as lower back pain and a pinched nerve slowly progressed into neck/shoulder/jaw pain, and then all-over pain, and fatigue. After innumerable consultations with doctors, physical therapists and massage therapists, an American missionary doctor in Kyiv finally suggested a treatment that is helping her. Now, instead of asking for prayers for Kerri’s back, now we can say that she is […]



Soviet Secret Police Replaced by … us?

Soviet Secret Police Replaced by … us?

To hear what happened this weekend in Kyiv, click on the 3-minute video and listen hard past the noisy music playing in the square.  



The Gospel on an Egg

The Gospel on an Egg

In very fancy Ukrainian letters, this says “Jesus is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.” May God be glorified here and throughout the world. Happy Easter from Ukraine!



From the Floor

From the Floor

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Feast and Famine

Feast and Famine


I Thank God for…

I Thank God for…

Kyiv Theological Seminary put together a Thanksgiving video in English that turned out great! It’s such a privilege to get to be here influencing the future of not only Ukraine, but all the places these students will go. Thanks to those of you who support and pray for us!



One at a Time

One at a Time

This is my first graduation as the director of the World Missions Program at Kyiv Theological Seminary. Graduations are the time when we get to celebrate the success of our students, and know that they are as prepared as possible for the future of ministry that God has for them. The World Missions Program is quite small, so we are excited by every graduate. This year we had one graduate – Olga, who was also from our church. So she heard about the importance of […]



Crammed Cafeteria

Crammed Cafeteria

Kyiv Seminary Cafeteria is jammed. Every single one of 90 seats is taken – this is an answer to prayer. We are thankful for students who continue to come and study even during these difficult days. For some of them the travel through checkpoints is dangerous, but they don’t want to miss the chance receive training. Everyone is a little distracted, but the ministry continues.



Repurposing

Repurposing

This is one of my favorite classes to teach – World Missions for students NOT in my World Missions Program. Each year I have the opportunity to teach the graduating seniors about mission, and to try to show them how this is their mission as well, even if they are already headed toward becoming a pastor, chaplain, teacher, or any other kind of minister. And, every year a few students come and speak to me, and let me know that this was a new idea […]



Glimpse – Ivan*

Glimpse – Ivan*

Ivan came into my office the other day and said he needed some counseling. It was a bit of a surprise, since I don’t know him very well and he isn’t a student in the missions program, which is my main focus. But as he began to speak, I understood. Ivan has successfully planted a church in the area and has been planning to start over with a new church plant when he graduates this spring. But God has been speaking to him ever since […]



Bah Humbug!

Bah Humbug!

“Hope you feel better by Wednesday,” an American friend said to me. “Why, what’s Wednesday?” “Ummm….Christmas?” “Oh…yeah…” I started to laugh, realizing my friend must think I’m Scrooge. Christmas is a bit fluid at our house. Sometimes we celebrate on the 25th, but more often not because it isn’t Christmas Day here. With Sophie in national school, which usually goes through till the end of December, it’s tricky to keep a normal holiday schedule. I had mentally claimed Wednesday as an extra day to catch […]