Thank you for joining us in prayer! Here is what we are currently praying about: Praise God that the Seminary, and more specifically the World Missions Program, have many new students this year. When people join us wanting to be trained so that they can effectively minister cross-culturally, we know that God is working in their hearts and in their communities. Please pray for these new students as they begin to face the realities of challenging studies, while maintaining their lives and ministries. Also pray […]
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We just spent a week hosting our area director, who comes to check on our field once a year. It was a good reason to get our team together for a traditional Ukrainian meal. Since everyone has their own ministries and chaotic lives, it’s a challenge to get everyone together, but some good cherry vareniki (dumplings) sweeten the deal. In case you didn’t notice this is a 360-degree photo so try dragging it in all directions to experience the full effect.
On September 23, protestant christians celebrated Thanksgiving in Kyiv, where tens of thousands of believers of all kinds banded together downtown to publicly thank God for his goodness. Held on the same square where revolution and protests took place just a few years ago, in a country where the Orthodox church dominates and protestants are sidelined as sects, the event itself was something to be thankful for. We gathered to worship and express our dependence on God, even during this difficult time when war continues […]
To us, this picture represents answers to prayer, since it shows a room full of new students, who are eager to join God in his mission to all nations. Just a month ago, we didn’t know whether we would have enough students to start a new class…but once again God surprised us with a new batch, and we spent an intense week together, discovering the story of redemption and our place in it. Of course this isn’t new material for us, but each time we […]
Hosting our new students for a good home-cooked meal does much more than a just provide a break from the seminary’s cafeteria. It’s a time of building friendships with students that establishes trust and a foundation for training that goes beyond the classroom. It now seems so clear why the Apostle Paul valued hospitality among the spiritual gifts. (We’ve blurred the face of one student, who is preparing for ministry where her identity needs to be protected.) I didn’t know what the students were doing […]
Our trips to the States are fun, and we love visiting with many of you, but they aren’t generally relaxing. Our parents’ homes are the exceptions–places where we can breathe deeply. Since our home is in an old Soviet apartment in a city of concrete high rises, we thoroughly enjoy retreating to the fresh air and beautiful vistas, both in the Texas Hill Country and in Colorado. This is Jason’s parents’ home in the Rocky Mountains, overlooking Colorado Springs. What a blessing to be able […]
This is our year for a brief home assignment. We’ll be in the States from the beginning of June to the middle of August, and we’re hoping to see as many of you as we can. Here’s our schedule: June 2 – Chicago, IL 9 – Atlanta, GA 11 – Santa Rosa, FL 17 – Dallas, TX 24 – Oklahoma City, OK 26 – Dallas, TX July 2 – Blanco, TX 15 – […]
Jason has been mentoring Marina, a young lady from our church who has led two Ukrainian teams on mission trips. After she recently returned from a trip to Moldova, she stopped by his office to give him a report. Story after story bubbled out of her as she told how God worked through her in the lives of university students, an old lady who had given up hope, Muslims who had never heard the gospel, and even the lives of her teammates—they are more excited […]
We are so thankful for those who give their time and energy to love and teach our kids. Kate Tracy from our mission, WorldVenture, wrote this article about the value of the training that our third-culture kids (TCKs) get at Christian international schools. Beyond witnessing to the non-Christian families in attendance, the TCK educators recognize the incredible honor it is to serve TCKs themselves. “We call them bridge builders,” say the Quicks. “If you can go to a new country and learn what it’s like […]
We are surrounded by graffiti, since we live right in the city. So, when we started seeing better street art, we loved it. An article on Yahoo.com tells more of the story. Kiev (AFP) – In a mural splashed across a four-story building in central Kiev, a small boy nonchalantly throws paper planes. The peaceful image is just one example of the colourful street art springing up across the Ukrainian capital, reflecting a new mood of optimism in a city once criss-crossed by barricades. Read […]
We celebrated Casey’s birthday multiple times. I guess becoming a teenager is worthy of all the attention.