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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 We haven’t kept them current because of censorship laws that have now been repealed.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 […]



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, […]



Law and Disorder

Law and Disorder

In September Ukraine passed new legislation that invalidated our visas and changed the laws about how foreigners can stay in Ukraine. Russia did something similar a few years ago, and this caused many missionaries to leave the country because they could no longer obtain the permissions they needed to stay there long term. We’re hoping that this won’t be the result here, but we have yet to see how the government will implement their new laws. One thing is sure…the process will certainly be more […]



Jingle, Jingle, Jingle…

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle…

It sounds like Christmas, but it’s actually our keys. When we left the States more than six years ago, our key rings were empty. This left an unfamiliar silence in our steps as we relinquished roles and responsibilities, with their respective keys. Now the jingle is back and is louder than ever. The crescendo has been gradual, but now, as we get ready to replace this year’s calendar, it’s exciting to remember how full it was of ministry and new responsibilities. Our primary ministry is […]



Bake Someone Happy

Bake Someone Happy

I have never thought of myself as the Betty Crocker type. And when I pictured life on the mission field, I thought I’d be doing something really meaningful and valuable. Certainly not baking. Or making coffee. (Imagine my eyes rolling.) But the longer I’m here, the more I realize that one of the best ways to make people feel loved–something that transcends cultural differences and language barriers–is hospitality. And what’s even more surprising to me is that I’m really starting to enjoy it. At church, […]



I Love to Admit

I Love to Admit

One of my favorite parts of teaching happens before classes even begin in the fall–admissions interviews. The students are usually very nervous, anxious to give us the right answers. I, on the other hand, bask in the stories that they all tell of how God has been moving in their lives and how with our help they’ll be more prepared to follow God’s calling.  Every time we get new students it reaffirms our purpose for being here. This year we had record enrollment again, which […]



It’s Watermelon Time

It’s Watermelon Time

It was a cool treat on a hot summer day, but it wasn’t the sweetest melon ever. The last one we had tasted like candy, so we had high hopes. Watch the 30-second video below.