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Lugansk

After a long night on the train, morning came. As we arrived at the Kommunarsk station, I noticed the snow had turned to a brownish and blackish color.  I remember asking the interpreter why that was.  Surrounding the station was a huge coal mine … [Read more]

Train

My first train ride was full of unforgettable moments. Before even getting on the train, we had a 5 1/2 hour wait at the train station in Kyiv. Wow, the station was packed with people. My first "cultural" experience happened when I went to the … [Read more]

Blessed!

One of the words I often see from my journal writings from 1994 is the word, "blessed." I was truly blessed to be chosen by God to move to Ukraine. While those feelings of being blessed where challenged at times due to culture shock or by other … [Read more]

Zero Days!

Twenty five years ago today, I began a journey from Wichita Falls. My mom and middle sister, Nola, drove me to DFW airport. In yesterday's post, I made the comment that "I Surrender All" was new and popular on the radio. In my journal, I made … [Read more]

GO!

Twenty five years ago I started on a journey that led this Texas boy across an ocean into a land which I hardly even heard of. Since that first trip in February 1994, I have lived in 3 former Soviet countries, traveled throughout much of Europe and … [Read more]

Adventure! ПРИКЛЮЧЕНИЕ!

When I moved to Kyiv in 2003 to serve with the IMB, I had to take public transportation from one side of the city to the other side every day to attend Russian lessons. It took about one hour and 15 minutes one way.  One of the first words I … [Read more]

Seasons

Saturday evening, as I was preparing supper, I was listening to Air 1 radio.  Switchfoot’s “Love is worth the fight” came on, and immediately, I was transported to Donetsk when I was introduced to their music and had several friends in Donetsk who … [Read more]

Home

This week I am in eastern Ukraine, near Donetsk where I used to live.   It is difficult to hear the stories people share of their lives since the war started. While it has been tough on those from cities affected by the war, it has been tough on … [Read more]

Worthy

This morning as I thought about how busy my next 4 weeks will be, my mind thought of the song we sang last week during a conference I attended.  I turned on my tv, tuned into youtube and found the … [Read more]

Honesty

I am a pretty open person.  I'm pretty opinionated (guess this comes from my debate days in HS).  I used to be an extrovert (off the chart!), but that has moderated some. On November 11, 2016, I endured surgery to remove a tumor on my pancreas. … [Read more]