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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 […]



A Club about Nothing

A Club about Nothing

It’s like a Seinfeld plot line…a club about nothing. We invited people to a conversation club where people could come and, well, converse. And, somewhat surprisingly, they came. To talk. About, well, nothing in particular. This fall we organized and wrote curriculum, and then hosted an English club in coordination with our church. We put together a similar outreach in the past, but this one was even more of a success. The official club has already concluded, but due to popular demand, we are continuing with a couple […]



It’s Catching

It’s Catching

When Jason was asked to lead our church’s missions team, we decided that the most important step was making sure that the team had caught the vision of God’s mission. That way, they will be motivated to share it with the rest of the church. After concentrated teaching, along with many missions projects and prayer services put on by the missions team, several members of our small church have really caught the vision. One just returned from a short-term trip where she was trained in […]



Purposeful Redundancy with a Purpose

Purposeful Redundancy with a Purpose

I say the same thing every time I teach. But one student came back and wanted to hear it yet again. Sergei isn’t one of my slow students who needed to repeat a class. He has caught the vision that brought us to Ukraine, and he wanted to soak in its significance for another session. One of the main reasons we chose to serve in Ukraine was because of its strategic potential to be a missionary sending force and a gateway to the rest of […]