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Greetings from Donetsk

I have been in Donetsk a week now.  I arrived last Monday evening and was incredibly tired after a 12 hour drive, then having to unload all my stuff from 2 vehicles and up to the third floor apartment.

That first evening, Oleg (the driver who moved my things to Donetsk) and I walked to a restaurant not too far from my apartment.  It was interesting to see all the people milling about in the park.  Lots of people enjoying their evening in the park.

Since then, I have spent much time buying stuff for the apartment.  I have been to the supermarket twice, to the furniture stores looking for things for the apartment, to the local “home depot” store for paint and supplies.  I spent two days painting the bedroom and getting it ready, and I have tried to unpack kitchen stuff.

Looking at all the stuff still needing to be unpacked you would think that I haven’t accomplished much, but I am taking it one step at a time and trying to not get frustrated about it.  In the meantime, I have tried to get out some and walk through the park, pray and see where God is at work.

I had a great day in worship on Sunday with a small congregation.  I found the worship to be genuine and the people to be loving.  It has been a great first week!

Comments

  1. Sounds like you had a great first week. Yea God. I know that you will have many more great weeks ahead. Press on, brother. In the meantime I will go to Papasitos from time to time in your honor.

    Lord meet all Joe’s needs and open the doors for him to do the ministry
    you called him to do. Amen

  2. Julie Turner says:

    Doug and I will be praying for you. Summer has been crazy for us. Family went to Alaska for a mission trip and really working to catch up with the kids. I know that God will be faithful to complete a good work in you in Donetsk. Keep us posted.

  3. @Virgil… thank you for praying and for filling in for me at Papasitos! I know that it is at great sacrifice that you do! 🙂
    @Julie… Thanks for praying. Sounds like a great time in Alaska. You need to send me a photo of the kids so I can see how they have grown. Also, congratulations is in order since your pastor is now president of SBC.

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