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First few days…

It doesn’t seem that Kyiv has changed that much since I left.

I recently heard an incredible statistic. They estimate that more than 5,000 vehicles a month are being added to the streets of Kyiv. If this is true, that would mean 60,000 a year. I don’t know if that is true, but believe me, we already have enough!

The airport parking lots were completely full when I arrived and they have opened a new parking lot there. People are parking along the road to and from the airport. I guess this means that people are able to fly, which means more money for the economy. That’s a good thing, right?

I attended a high school play called “The Curious Savage” last night at Kiev Christian Academy. One of the IMB missionary kids (MK) was in the play. He, along with others, did a superb job! Good going Matthew!

After the play, I went to the supermarket. I expected that since it was almost 11 p.m. that it would not be busy. Boy, was I wrong. I don’t know how many check lanes were open (there were lots!!!) and every one of the lines were long. Another indication of a good economy?!?!

I met with my pastor Valodya and one of my best friends in Kyiv, Pasha, on Tuesday. We met at the mall in north Kyiv. They decided to get somethig to eat at the food court. Can you guess where they wanted to eat?? Not at the Ukrainian or eastern restaurants…they chose McDonald’s!

McDonald’s has a sandwich called “Big Taste” here and the sauce they put on it makes it taste like it was grilled. I will admit that the meat at McDonald’s taste better here than in the US. I guess it must be due to all the “fattening” they do in the US before slaughtering the cow. I couldn’t believe that I was in Ukraine little more than 1 day and already stopping at McDonald’s!

I will be speaking at my church tomorrow at both services, then I will be preaching at our monthly American service Sunday afternoon. Please lift me up in prayer.