I have just completed a move to Dnipropetrovsk. The city sits on the Dniper River that cuts Ukraine in to two halves, and a city where a little over 1 million people call it home.
Most, if not all, people are aware of what has transpired in Ukraine during the last 8 months. Actually, I was in Texas in November 2013 when the protests started in Kyiv. I didn’t think much about the protests then or when I packed and left the US on January 2, 2014.
Upon returning to Donetsk, life seemed somewhat normal because the protests in Kyiv were such a long way from us.
All changed in February when a whirlwind of events led to many changes in the government in Kyiv which in turn led to protests being held in eastern Ukraine. Eventually, protestors took charge of things in the east, prompting me to leave on April 14.
It was a difficult decision to leave, but having seen what has transpired over the last 4 months, it was the right decision.
These last 4 months have been the most unsettled of my life. However, I have been encouraged by family and friends who have prayed for me. I have received phone calls from people I do not even know telling me they are praying. Colleagues that housed and fed me.
In the midst of being unsettled, I know one thing for sure: God has been with me through every step of the way. How do I know this?
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,f you did it to me.’” Matt 25:34-40
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