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.
Posts Tagged ‘ 360photo ’
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.
On September 23, protestant christians celebrated Thanksgiving in Kyiv, where tens of thousands of believers of all kinds banded together downtown to publicly thank God for his goodness. Held on the same square where revolution and protests took place just a few years ago, in a country where the Orthodox church dominates and protestants are sidelined as sects, the event itself was something to be thankful for. We gathered to worship and express our dependence on God, even during this difficult time when war continues […]
To us, this picture represents answers to prayer, since it shows a room full of new students, who are eager to join God in his mission to all nations. Just a month ago, we didn’t know whether we would have enough students to start a new class…but once again God surprised us with a new batch, and we spent an intense week together, discovering the story of redemption and our place in it. Of course this isn’t new material for us, but each time we […]
Hosting our new students for a good home-cooked meal does much more than a just provide a break from the seminary’s cafeteria. It’s a time of building friendships with students that establishes trust and a foundation for training that goes beyond the classroom. It now seems so clear why the Apostle Paul valued hospitality among the spiritual gifts. (We’ve blurred the face of one student, who is preparing for ministry where her identity needs to be protected.) I didn’t know what the students were doing […]
Although the picture looks stark, it represents good news to us. This young woman is being interviewed for entrance into our missions program. The process is a little daunting for the applicants as they have to face a panel of several profs. But we try to put them at ease as we discuss whether this is a good fit. The applicant in the picture certainly seems to be, and so we look forward to welcoming her to the intro class in the last week of […]
After a very busy summer of travel, we ended the summer with our dear friends from seminary who live in Georgia, which was the perfect place to finish…except that Jason couldn’t stay long. We went to a high school football game (first ever for my kids) and had a day at the lake all together before he had to leave to go to a class. But the girls and I stayed longer, and our kids got to go to school with theirs two days to […]
Our trips to the States are fun, and we love visiting with many of you, but they aren’t generally relaxing. Our parents’ homes are the exceptions–places where we can breathe deeply. Since our home is in an old Soviet apartment in a city of concrete high rises, we thoroughly enjoy retreating to the fresh air and beautiful vistas, both in the Texas Hill Country and in Colorado. This is Jason’s parents’ home in the Rocky Mountains, overlooking Colorado Springs. What a blessing to be able […]