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Ukraine’s on the Rise—at least the prices are!

Ukraine’s on the Rise—at least the prices are!

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.



From the Floor

From the Floor

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Feast and Famine

Feast and Famine


On my Nerves

On my Nerves

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.



Not Your Typical Graffiti

Not Your Typical Graffiti

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 […]



Ukrainian Flag Day

Ukrainian Flag Day

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.



War and Peace

War and Peace

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 […]



Thriving

Thriving

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 […]



The Rest of Ukraine

The Rest of Ukraine

We were all invited to spend a weekend at my friend’s family farm in a small village. This part of Ukraine is well off the beaten path, and it was a fascinating exposure to Ukrainian life outside the big city. Here, there is a well-known aphorism, “there’s Kiev and then there’s the rest of Ukraine.”  



Coming Soon to a City Near You

Coming Soon to a City Near You

We’re getting ready for a coast-to-coast sweep across the US. Every two years we return to the States to reconnect with churches, family, and people on our ministry team. This summer our schedule is packed with more events than ever, including advanced studies in missions, practical training to help us be more effective in ministry, leadership meetings at our mission headquarters, ministry at churches across the country, and hopefully time to sit and have a cup of coffee with you. (We’ll need the coffee!) May […]



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 […]