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When the war broke out in eastern Ukraine, fake bomb reports happened all over the country causing disruptions in many transportation hubs. Eventually, Borispol Airport in Kyiv installed security at every entrance. In my 4 month "exile" there in … [Read more]

Learning to relax

For Christmas, I received a Fitbit watch. It has been a great gift... one that reminds me that I need to move. The last few weeks it has been hard to move as we have had rain often. I have enjoyed being back in an area where I can go for … [Read more]

Life in a country at war

Let me reflect for a moment... My first look into the Ukrainian culture came in February 1994 when I arrived to live in Lugansk (far east UA). I learned much about the culture, life and language that year. I cannot speak with complete authority … [Read more]

When two weeks becomes two years… and counting

This past Saturday, Central Church in Dnipro hosted a children's Easter program for internally displaced (IDP's) kids and their parents/ grandparents. It was encouraging to see so many people attend, but also disheartening at the same time, as it … [Read more]

A life in transition

Not sure where to start. There has been so much I have wanted to say, yet, didn't know if it was time to say it. Recently, as part of a team building exercise, I took an inventory of myself. Reading through the results, I felt that it nailed me … [Read more]

Child like

In several European countries, there is a tradition of clapping after the plane lands. I do not know how, why or when this tradition started, and as of late, it seems fewer people are doing it when landing in Ukraine. Friday, as I returned to … [Read more]

What will be your legacy?

Today, through the blessing of technology, I was able to watch the celebration service of a friend who passed away all too soon. I met J in January 1998 as I moved into my tiny apartment on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. He was my … [Read more]

Love God, Love others… reflections from the past year after leaving Donetsk

My world changed on April 14, 2014. I left my apartment early in the morning, just after daylight. I was headed northwest to Dnipropetrovsk and was sure that I would be gone for maybe a couple of weeks when things would settle down. Tears … [Read more]

You are there…

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]