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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 […]



Independence Day

Independence Day

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.



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.  



See You Soon

See You Soon

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 – […]



Glimpse – Marina

Glimpse – Marina

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 […]



Training Third-Culture Kids

Training Third-Culture Kids

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 […]



Maidan Memorial

Maidan Memorial

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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]