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First Day of School

First Day of School

Aug 24–Jason starts back today, before either of the girls, and on Ukrainian Independence Day! Aug 26—KC’s first day of 7th grade! Big changes this year…three new teachers and 2 new kids in her little class. Sophie got up early to say goodbye to her sister, but couldn’t manage to stay awake…good thing she still has another week before her school starts! Sept 1—Sophie’s first day of 4th grade!



Ukrainian Flag Day

Ukrainian Flag Day

Tomorrow is Ukrainian Independence Day – but right now this isn’t a foregone conclusion. Today is Ukrainian Flag Day. Please continue to pray for Ukraine and for the soldiers who are currently defending it.



War and Peace

War and Peace

The tandem existence of war and peace in Ukraine, sometimes only separated by a 10-minute car ride, leaves soldiers’ heads spinning. To some returning soldiers, people outside of the conflict areas seem ambivalent or unaware that the war is going on. …. “But it’s natural that civilians live their lives normally,” Kulik added. “Putin wants the Ukrainian people to live in fear, so I think it’s great that people go on and live their lives and help build our society to be better.” Read more […]



Dad’s Day

Dad’s Day

Happy Father’s Day from our family to yours!



Fast Food and KC-A

Fast Food and KC-A

Every year the kids have a chance to get creative and come up with new costumes for the Fall Festival at KCA – the MK school. This year, Sophie went as “Fast Food” and Casey went as “Casey-A” (KCA).



The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming

My Grandpa still thinks that we live in Russia — he can’t seem to remember that Ukraine is its own sovereign nation, no longer under the control of Moscow…or at least that has been true for the past 23 years. But, tomorrow Grandpa might be correct… Ok, that was dramatic…and hopefully it will never be true, but today it became a possibility. We know that many of you have been watching the news and are aware of the deteriorating political situation here in Ukraine. We […]



How was your Thanksgiving? We had a riot!

How was your Thanksgiving? We had a riot!

People here are often surprised that we have turkeys for Thanksgiving…we are surprised that they have turkeys for elected officials. But, this week, everyone has had their fill. If you haven’t heard about the massive demonstrations happening downtown in our city, you’ve either been totally distracted by Black Friday, or you’re still sleeping off the tryptophan. (We know that’s been debunked, but we won’t blow your cover.) Here, Ukrainians have begun referring to Nov. 28 as “Black Thursday”—not as a celebration of the free market, […]



What’s Going on in Ukraine?

What’s Going on in Ukraine?

Rather than trying to explain the politics of the EuroMaidan protests that are occurring downtown, here are some links to a few articles and videos by experts. UPDATE: The following links provide some background, but much has happened since we posted them. We haven’t kept them current because of censorship laws that have now been repealed. For more more up-to-date news, check KyivPost, or BBC News Europe. What’s Happening in Ukraine? The Idiot’s Guide Explainer We aren’t questioning your intelligence…but this might be helpful to […]



Thriving

Thriving

Our girls have had a great fall at school. Their experience in school here has not always been wonderful, so we are very grateful for how things have been going this year. Casey finished 4th grade in Ukrainian school last spring and this year, we transitioned her to an English-speaking school with other missionary kids. The experience has been great. She is making friends with others who can understand her life as a third-culture kid and she is thriving. Sophie is in 2nd grade in […]



Coming Soon to a City Near You

Coming Soon to a City Near You

We’re getting ready for a coast-to-coast sweep across the US. Every two years we return to the States to reconnect with churches, family, and people on our ministry team. This summer our schedule is packed with more events than ever, including advanced studies in missions, practical training to help us be more effective in ministry, leadership meetings at our mission headquarters, ministry at churches across the country, and hopefully time to sit and have a cup of coffee with you. (We’ll need the coffee!) May […]



Prayers, Potatoes, and Possibilities

Prayers, Potatoes, and Possibilities

“What can we do?” For our little Ukrainian church with its even littler budget, this wasn’t just a rhetorical question. But together we found an answer–several in fact. It has been a fulfilling part of our ministry here to lead an outreach team, which in turn has been leading the rest of the church in mission. Recently we led a missions prayer meeting focused on an unreached people group, which captured the interest of the congregation. The pastor thought it was so valuable that he […]



We Finally Got It!

We Finally Got It!

If  you received our Christmas letter in the mail, we kind of left you hanging. We feel like we’ve been left hanging for more than two months as we have submitted and re-submitted our documents, trying to obtain permission to stay in Ukraine for the next year. Our deadline passed on December 10, but we finally received our temporary residency permit on December 26 with the all-important rubber stamp. Thank you for your prayers. We won’t have to go through this again…until next year. But, […]