It Won’t Be Long! … (April 2017 Update)

For some reason, a number of Andre Crouch songs have been floating around in my head this month.  My favorite is “Jesus is the Answer”.  I love the words and the melody.  “Jesus is the answer for the world today. Above Him there’s no other, ‘cause Jesus is the way. That song expresses why we are doing this work and this ministry.  There is no other answer for the people of the world today! Another song has also captured my mind – “It Won’t Be Long.”  In the process of building a house and even doing ministry in Ukraine, it is a good reminder of where our focus needs to be: “It won’t be long, till we’ll be leaving here….”  Continue Reading »

Just around the Corner! … (March 2017 Update)

A lot of things are happening for us this this month and next so we have a lot coming “around the corner.  We have ministry opportunities with English clubs and also with teaching at KTS.  Additionally, we are trying to get everything ready for moving into our house, hopefully at the beginning of April.  So we have a lot coming around the corner this month.  Continue Reading »

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! … (February 2017 Update)

Yes, I’m still fixed on Christmas songs!  It takes a while for me to get Christmas out of my system.  But it really is cold outside!  Last week, we returned from the warm weather of Arkansas to the arctic cold of Ukraine.  At times, we have had temperature down to -18 C (0 F) and it really is cold.  But fortunately, we have a warm home to stay in when the temperatures drop like this.  We also faced more than just the challenge of the weather when we returned – most of all, lots to do and very little time to do it.


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Exceedingly, Abundantly … (January 2017 Update)

As I look back on 2016, Ephesians 3:21 constantly comes to mind: “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”  What stands out to me is that God has repeatedly blessed us with far more than we ever thought possible in all areas of our lives this past year!  And for that, we are exceedingly grateful! Continue Reading »

Redeeming the Time … (November 2016 Update)

“Time is man’s opportunity to accomplish the work for which he is living.” So says Richard Baxter in his A Christian Directory.  Through the years, people have often asked me what I needed the most prayer for and I have often responded, “time.”  Time goes by so quickly and there is so much to be done for the Lord.  We need to “redeem the time” so that we can do the most for the Kingdom while we are here.

Time is my greatest need this month too!  Or at least the wisdom to use the time wisely that the Lord gives me.  November will be my busiest month this year with teaching 3 classes, getting ready to return to the states for Christmas, and trying to get everything arranged and set up for the workers so work can continue on the house while we are gone. Continue Reading »

This past month, I began my 21st year teaching in Ukraine!  It is still difficult to believe that I have been teaching here this long.  But in September, as classes resumed, I realized that we still have much ministry ahead.  Here are some of the ministry opportunities we have coming up. Continue Reading »


September marks a major milestone in our ministry as I begin my 21st year teaching through Teaching Resources! 20 years ago, Jim came to Ukraine to teach the first class at Kiev Theological Seminary.  Since that time, Jim has taught an average of 4-7 classes every year in Ukraine. We have seen many graduates go out from the seminary.  Additionally, Jim has taught in many other countries, including Haiti, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia and Bulgaria. These years have been filled with great ministry, memories and an abundance of God’s grace!  Here are a few of his memories. Continue Reading »