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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 […]

Family

Aren’t family relationships difficult at times? Jacob learned that lesson many times in his life, and of course, some of them were caused by his own poor decisions.  In Genesis 31, the Lord tells Jacob to “return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.” (verse 3) […]

Adversity

What will my response be when adversity comes? In this morning’s Bible reading from Job, Satan was sure that Job would curse God’s face if he lost everything.  Yet, after discovering much of what he owned was lost and that his children had died, it is stated in 1:22, “Throughout all this, Job did not […]

The “C” word

I think one of the first things I asked my sister when I woke up from surgery was whether or not I had cancer.  She said yes, and after the words sunk in, I didn’t think about it too much more.  It wasn’t until the day he released me that I had confirmation that the […]

30 seconds

The street I take out of my apartment area crosses with a major highway in town. Often, if I am going to go to the center of the city, I take a left at the intersection. After moving here, I quickly realized how often cars coming from the direction of the airport run the red […]

Security

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 2014, I remember going to Ocean Plaza mall with a colleague, and as we arrived, we […]