Purpose

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 […]



I Thank God for…

I Thank God for…

Kyiv Theological Seminary put together a Thanksgiving video in English that turned out great! It’s such a privilege to get to be here influencing the future of not only Ukraine, but all the places these students will go. Thanks to those of you who support and pray for us!



Odessa Orphans

Odessa Orphans

Michelle is our hero. The girls and I visited her in Odessa, Ukraine, and got to help her for a few days with her ministry to orphans. We joined in with her daily camp activities, and spent the rest of the time wrapping birthday gifts and preparing crafts for the kids. A donor in the States sent a huge pile of soccer cleats for the kids, so we helped them all find the right fit. Until now, they had always played barefoot, so getting their own pair […]



One at a Time

One at a Time

This is my first graduation as the director of the World Missions Program at Kyiv Theological Seminary. Graduations are the time when we get to celebrate the success of our students, and know that they are as prepared as possible for the future of ministry that God has for them. The World Missions Program is quite small, so we are excited by every graduate. This year we had one graduate – Olga, who was also from our church. So she heard about the importance of […]



Finishing Unwell

Finishing Unwell

After a year of planning, a week of decorating, and a day of serving, I got sick and couldn’t finish the KTS Women’s Conference. Ironically the theme was “Finishing the Race”…er… Fortunately, it was a team effort, and others carried the baton to the finish line for a win.



Crammed Cafeteria

Crammed Cafeteria

Kyiv Seminary Cafeteria is jammed. Every single one of 90 seats is taken – this is an answer to prayer. We are thankful for students who continue to come and study even during these difficult days. For some of them the travel through checkpoints is dangerous, but they don’t want to miss the chance receive training. Everyone is a little distracted, but the ministry continues.



Repurposing

Repurposing

This is one of my favorite classes to teach – World Missions for students NOT in my World Missions Program. Each year I have the opportunity to teach the graduating seniors about mission, and to try to show them how this is their mission as well, even if they are already headed toward becoming a pastor, chaplain, teacher, or any other kind of minister. And, every year a few students come and speak to me, and let me know that this was a new idea […]



Glimpse – Ivan*

Glimpse – Ivan*

Ivan came into my office the other day and said he needed some counseling. It was a bit of a surprise, since I don’t know him very well and he isn’t a student in the missions program, which is my main focus. But as he began to speak, I understood. Ivan has successfully planted a church in the area and has been planning to start over with a new church plant when he graduates this spring. But God has been speaking to him ever since […]



Glimpse – Vasiliy*

Glimpse – Vasiliy*

Vasiliy—In my inbox is an email from Vasiliy who has been coming to our English club. The club officially concluded a week ago, but many of the participants, including Vasiliy, urged us to continue to meet with them for more practice—which, of course, we will. But Vasiliy’s questions go far beyond the English language. In his email, he explains that he wants to know more about the Bible and our church. And he’d like permission to invite some of his friends to join us. *Name […]



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 […]



Glimpse – Sergei*

Glimpse – Sergei*

We’ve never seen anyone so excited to receive a Bible. Two days ago, our friend Sergei flipped through the crisp new pages with anticipation. Conversations were put on hold as he explored his new treasure and we explained how the notes and reference materials would help him understand the Scripture. We don’t think Sergei has yet given his life to Christ, but God is clearly moving. We’ve watched as he’s progressed from total unfamiliarity to eager participation in church and anxious desire to read the […]



The Last of the…Who?

The Last of the…Who?

People often make the opposite mistake about me that Columbus made when identifying inhabitants of the new world. “Dots, not feathers,” is my typical response. But the question, “What tribe are you from?” has always caught me off guard—until this summer. Our family was invited to participate in a Wild West-themed Evangelistic youth camp. (I know that in the States, the theme of cowboys and Indians is taboo, but here it’s, well, different.) That’s how I ended up playing the role of Sitting Bull and […]