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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 restroom. While I was standing in the room, I realized […]

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 influences, I still grew through each of those […]

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 another mention that it was the last song I […]

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 eaten foods I didn’t know existed! For the […]

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 wanted to learn in Russian […]

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 loved their music. I’m trying to find where my place is I’m […]

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 those in cities near the front […]

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 video: The imagery in the video is fantastic, and if you pay attention, the video […]

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.  The surgery is called the Whipple procedure.  The surgery […]

The Hum

In late July 2014, about 10 days after the fighting ended in Slavyansk, a colleague, a couple of friends and I drove there.  We were on a “fact-finding trip” to see what help we might offer in the area. As we were driving down one of the highways, I noticed this humming sound.  At first, […]