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Let them Eat Vareniki

Let them Eat Vareniki

We just spent a week hosting our area director, who comes to check on our field once a year. It was a good reason to get our team together for a traditional Ukrainian meal. Since everyone has their own ministries and chaotic lives, it’s a challenge to get everyone together, but some good cherry vareniki (dumplings) sweeten the deal. In case you didn’t notice this is a 360-degree photo so try dragging it in all directions to experience the full effect.  



Mamayeva Sloboda

Mamayeva Sloboda

There’s no better time to talk through ministry strategy and challenges with our area director than when we’re walking through a picturesque Cossack village. I wonder if it really was a simpler time…? *In case you didn’t notice these are 360-degree photos so try dragging them in all directions to experience the full effect.  



Ukraine in Colorado

Ukraine in Colorado

With only one exception, our whole team from Ukraine managed to make it to our mission’s 75 anniversary in Colorado! It was an amazing turnout, considering it’s even hard to get everyone together here in Kyiv. We are so thankful for these folks, who have become our family on this side of the world.



Gupta US Tour 2018

Gupta US Tour 2018

Two weeks from today, we’re hopping on a plane to the States for the summer! Hoping to see many of you. Not all of our dates are firm yet, but generally we’ll be in Texas (Dallas, Blanco and Houston) for June, and in Colorado (Estes Park and Colorado Springs) for July. Aug is still in the works…



Picnic, anyone?

Picnic, anyone?

People often assume our weather is like Siberia. Really it’s more like Chicago, but this week has been the coldest of the year (-15C), with lots of snow, despite the fact that March 1 is officially the first day of spring in this part of the world. Those of us who love the sun and really miss it in the winter are ready to get on with spring, but it comes SLOWLY here. After 12 years, we’ve learned not to trade out the winter clothes […]



A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

Just came back from the park (which we call a forest) by our apartment and thought I’d share a few pictures. In the middle of the forest, there are three beautiful lakes (not  clean for swimming, although people do…some even fish there!), a ropes course, an old Soviet-era amusement park, several coffee carts, and today we saw 3 horses!



Sideswiped in Slow Motion

Sideswiped in Slow Motion

We were almost standing still, waiting in traffic to get to the girls’ soccer game when this truck slowly came over into our lane and sideswiped us, claiming he didn’t even see us. Jason honked, and the driver finally stopped. But not before crunching the driver’s door. The police came slowly, measured slowly, took statements slowly, and left. Then an insurance adjuster came to take a long look. Four hours later, we were still sitting by the side of the road waiting to be cleared to […]



Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold

“Make new friends, and keep the old…one is silver and the other gold.” Since beginning school at the international Christian school this fall, Sophie has tried hard to do both, and she’s been quite successful, taking the silver and gold! She brought a tie-die kit back from the States this summer with the idea that she’d throw a party for her one of her Ukrainian friends’ birthdays that she missed while we were gone. And before school even started, she had already made phone calls to invite […]



The Gospel on an Egg

The Gospel on an Egg

In very fancy Ukrainian letters, this says “Jesus is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.” May God be glorified here and throughout the world. Happy Easter from Ukraine!



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 […]



Winter on Fire

Winter on Fire

This Netflix documentary is a pretty good account of what really happened here two years ago, and now it’s up for an Academy Award. It is not the whole story, but it explains some of the key events. Here’s the trailer for the movie.



You know this Ukrainian Christmas Carol

You know this Ukrainian Christmas Carol

This is a neat article about the Ukrainian roots of The Carol of the Bells. The claymation video at the end I especially like! We love the rich cultural heritage and long history of Ukraine. Read the entire article here.