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 […]
August 24 is Ukrainian Independence Day, which is a hotly contested idea at the moment. Service men like these bravely risk their lives daily fighting for its freedom. Pray for them. They are heroes.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Two years ago, what began as a peaceful protest against our corrupt government escalated into a bloody conflict that deposed the president and shuffled the parliament. We hoped this would bring much-needed change in Ukraine. Now there’s debate about whether the new leaders are any better than the previous. What’s clear is that life has not improved for Ukrainians. Thousands more lives have been lost in an unexpected war with Russia, inflation and devaluation of the currency, and economic crisis. We see God at work through […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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, […]