I traveled to Odessa, Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon with Vadim. Vadim went to Kazakhstan this past summer. We arrived around 6 p.m. and had dinner at the food court of one of the “malls” near the house where we were to stay.

I found out that Vadim had never been to Odessa and had never seen the Black Sea. So, we drove downtown to check out the main street and then to walk to the boardwalk along the sea. We had a great time. He was like a child in some regards, seeing his first ship, etc.

The next morning, I drove him to the beach and since it was a warm day, he went for a swim. The air temperature was around 72 degrees, and I am not sure about the water. I just knew it was too cold for me.

Again, Vadim’s reaction was similar to a child’s the first time that a person sees the sea/ ocean, the city from the seashore, the huge ships sitting in the ocean… It was fun to watch him!

After lunch, we drove to Odessa Seminary where he shared his testimony about his adventures in Kstan, and then I shared about next summer’s project. Several brothers indicated an interest, and hopefully some of them will think about missionary work as a life’s vocation should they hear God’s voice calling.

We got back in the car and drove to Kyiv and after dropping Vadim off at the train station so that he could catch a train home, I arrived home around 9:30 p.m. Long day, but a good one…