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Visiting the dentist

Dr Hyde became my dentist in 1993.  I needed some dental work done and since I was moving to Ukraine soon, he agreed to take on my case.  I had not been to a dentist in years due to an extremely traumatic event in Daingerfield, TX while in high school. Dr Hyde showed me that […]

The cold has arrived…

Since returning to Donetsk on January 5, it was been freezing or below with snow on the ground.  I think it has been a little strange as we have more snow and it is colder in Donetsk than the capital city, Kiev,  which is more north. The last few days have seen the temperatures drop […]

I think I know how Elijah felt…

Then he (Elijah) was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is […]

Bring on the playoffs

After 35 bowls, 70 teams, and 24 days, the college world “crowned” a mythical football champion at the BCS Championship game.  There are now so many bowls that the colleges are looking at allowing teams with a losing record to play in bowl games. Most of these bowls have names that literally change from year […]

Super (busy) Saturday!

Saturday was a fairly busy day for me.  I invited an American brother over for breakfast.  We hadn’t talked in some time so we had lots of catching up to do.  I prepared lots of food and we enjoyed the conversation along with the food.  We visited for almost 3 hours and had a great […]

Christmas eve blessings…

The pastor of Gethsemane church asked me to join him this afternoon (Christmas eve in Ukraine) to visit some homes around the church to share the Christmas message.  I truly enjoyed my time. The first home is just around the corner from the church.  When we arrived, we visited with the wife and husband of […]

Welcome 2011!

I really hope to blog more in 2011.  I find it challenging but I want to inform what is going on in my life and ministry. I spent the last week in Budapest helping with a youth retreat.  It was my first time to join this retreat.  It was enjoyable and I had fun meeting […]

Life in our part of the world

Ukraine is home to many different people groups, ethnic, political, religious… Please read this story about one family’s struggle in Ukraine written by a colleague living in Kiev.

Where are you going in 2011?

I know that many people make resolutions each year.  I know I have in the past, but quit making them as I never seemed to be able to keep them. Instead of resolutions, I am setting to goals.  Our organizations has changed in many ways in the past 2 years.  One of those ways included […]

Merry Christmas

While snow falls in parts of the US, we have watched most of the snow here melt in the last few days.  While I didn’t see a white Christmas, it was a joyous occasion. Merry Christmas from me to you, Joe