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There is a song in Russian that I have grown to love during the last few months. The church I attend in Dnipro sings it often and as I was preparing to teach from Psalm 139 for our retreat, the Lord reminded me of the song (since it is taken from … [Read more]

Where did the time go?

I let a momentous occasion slip by... In February 2005 I began writing this blog. I can't believe that 10 years have gone by. I had just moved to Karaganda, KZ in January 2005 and someone suggested that I write a blog about my experiences. I … [Read more]

My journey (almost) home

Before this past Friday, February 27, the last time I had driven into Dzerzhinsk was April 12, 2014. It was a bit surreal seeing the city sign from a different entrance. This time the weather was much warmer and welcoming, around 50 degrees F. … [Read more]

Getting away

I spent last week in the Carpathian Mountains. It was good to be able to "get away" from all the 24/7 news available. I spent much of one whole day walking the streets of two small villages and praying with my pastor friend, Sasha. We probably … [Read more]

Boldly going blue and gold

Just outside of Oleksandria, along the train route, it stood high above all the village houses. It flew briskly in the wind, proudly identifying the owner’s patriotic stance that they were for Ukraine. The blue and gold of the Ukrainian flag have … [Read more]

The Life of a Displaced Person

There are more than 500,000 people reported displaced due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. I believe this number to be much higher. The last 2 days some friends from Lugansk have been staying with me while they look for an apartment in … [Read more]


I have just completed a move to Dnipropetrovsk. The city sits on the Dniper River that cuts Ukraine in to two halves, and a city where a little over 1 million people call it home. Most, if not all, people are aware of what has transpired in … [Read more]

Of hair, and new experiences

I had a new experience today! I got a haircut at an Express Cuts kiosk near the apartment where I am staying. As you walk in, there is a pay box. At first, I didn't understand what it would be there for, but soon, I discovered that you pay for … [Read more]


The past two days have been difficult for me (maybe this is true of most days currently). I continue to pray for everything to work out and I can return to Donetsk. Yet, I know that I need to think and plan for the future. So, on Wednesday, I … [Read more]

Broken, but not completely shattered

I have hesitated to write much about what has been going on in my personal life of late.  The last few months have definitely been challenging.  Yet, today, I had one of those moments that, I pray the Lord will remind me of in the future, and use … [Read more]