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!
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 […]
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.
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.
Just to give you a feel for how much inflation Ukraine has experienced, here are the differences in price (in grievnas–Ukrainian currency) from last Nov to this Nov.
This made me laugh me today…and I needed to. I have pain shooting from my back to my foot. Never experienced this before! Also, Chili dog likes to join me when I’m doing my back stretches.
We are surrounded by graffiti, since we live right in the city. So, when we started seeing better street art, we loved it. An article on Yahoo.com tells more of the story. Kiev (AFP) – In a mural splashed across a four-story building in central Kiev, a small boy nonchalantly throws paper planes. The peaceful image is just one example of the colourful street art springing up across the Ukrainian capital, reflecting a new mood of optimism in a city once criss-crossed by barricades. Read […]
Tomorrow is Ukrainian Independence Day – but right now this isn’t a foregone conclusion. Today is Ukrainian Flag Day. Please continue to pray for Ukraine and for the soldiers who are currently defending it.
The tandem existence of war and peace in Ukraine, sometimes only separated by a 10-minute car ride, leaves soldiers’ heads spinning. To some returning soldiers, people outside of the conflict areas seem ambivalent or unaware that the war is going on. …. “But it’s natural that civilians live their lives normally,” Kulik added. “Putin wants the Ukrainian people to live in fear, so I think it’s great that people go on and live their lives and help build our society to be better.” Read more […]
Our girls have had a great fall at school. Their experience in school here has not always been wonderful, so we are very grateful for how things have been going this year. Casey finished 4th grade in Ukrainian school last spring and this year, we transitioned her to an English-speaking school with other missionary kids. The experience has been great. She is making friends with others who can understand her life as a third-culture kid and she is thriving. Sophie is in 2nd grade in […]