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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, […]

Busy-ness

The past few weeks have been extremely busy, and honestly, they are getting busy-er! Last night, however, I got to enjoy a symphonic orchestra concert for a few hours.  It was a gift from a group of students that were part of Campus Crusade’s English club.  The group I led for the week bought me […]

Decisions

There have been times when I have made some terrible decisions.  And, as usual, when one makes a terrible decision, there are consequences. This morning, as I was in the Word, I read the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11, which is full of bad decisions on David’s part.  Verse 2 says […]

Second best

My Bible plan has me in 1 Samuel right now.  As I was reading through the anointing of Saul, I was struck by this thought…  it was not God’s plan to have a king.  It was the people that wanted one. 1 Sam 8:5, “Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all […]

Life

First, I need to apologize for being silent.  I have been on the road much these last 3 weeks, and then when I arrived home in Dnipro, my internet hasn’t been working properly. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  How many “friends” do you have?  How often do you connect with your good friends? […]

Strong

“Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before […]

Friendship

How do you define friendship?  How many “true” friends can one have? As Americans, we often can meet a new person and later the same day, during conversation, we can say, “I met a new friend today…”  Historically, Ukrainians have lots of acquaintances and a few people with whom they call friend.  However, I am […]

Fellowship

I have had a great few days of fellowship… Fellowship with colleagues I was in Kharkov for a 3 day seminar that IMB helped host.  My colleague and I helped some in the organizing of the seminar, but, most of the work was done by our friends and national partners.  I always enjoy fellowshipping with […]

Plan

For the last few days, I have been in a conference looking at Community Development.  One important aspect of CD is planning. One of the things that I have loved about serving cross-culturally is how I have been stretched in this area.  Sometimes in the past, I haven’t been the best at planning. This morning […]

Why

Oftentimes, when something bad or unpleasant happens to us, our first response is to ask God, “Why?”  I find it interesting that even people who don’t consider themselves particularly religious often ask this question. Moses sure asked God many questions that began with the word, “Why?”  Take for example in Number 11, as the Israelites […]