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Giving and Receiving (January 2019 Update)

I always remember telling my children: “Christmas is not about receiving; it’s about giving.” I hope it helped them to remember that God gave us the greatest gift of all by sending His only Son for us.  That’s the message of Christmas. But reflecting on this past Christmas, I think my annual reminder to my children was not totally correct. Christmas is about giving and receiving. We emphasized the giving because we wanted our children to focus on the people they were giving to, not the presents they were receiving. But Christmas is about giving and receiving. And sometimes, receiving is the hardest part. (more…)

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Oh the Depths! … (November 2018 Update) 

In Romans 11:33, Paul reminds us about the greatness of our God.  He says, “Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of our God!” In crossing the ocean by ship, this verse continued to refrain in my mind, “Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of our God!” For 7 days, we were at sea with no land in sight (except at the beginning and the end of our journey).  Just waves and waves of a constantly rolling, deep, deep ocean.  Each day as we looked out on the ocean, we were reminded that, as deep and vast as the ocean was, the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God are far deeper and more vast than any ocean.  (more…)

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As we move into 2018, we are ready for what the Lord will do through our ministry here in Ukraine this new year!  Each new year provides new opportunities and blessings beyond what we can even imagine.  In my class on prayer, students have a number of verses to memorize. My favorite is Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” This is our confidence as we move into another year of serving the Lord in this ministry.  Here are a few praises from 2017 and some prayer requests for 2018. (more…)

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English Opens Doors! (October 2015 Update)

Over the last two weeks, I have been involved in teaching English classes through Campus (Crusade) Ministries at Shevchenko National University.  We had 360 students come to interviews to be part of this 2-week intensive English classes (3 hours each evening).  This year, we were only able to take 160 students.  But it is one of the few campuses where they still allow us to teach biblical passages in our English lessons and we have had some really great discussions.

In my class (of about 22 students), we have discussed salvation, eternal life, forgiveness and many other spiritual topics.  The students have been very open and full of questions about Christianity.  In addition to the classes, we are meeting during the day with some students who want more information about Christianity and following Christ.  After the classes end this week, we will be following up personally as well as inviting students to come to a weekly Bible Study.  Please continue to pray for this ministry.  It is amazing to see how many doors (and lives) are opened to the gospel through simply teaching English!

2015 Fall English Club (more…)

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Back in Ukraine (June 2015 Update)

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We arrived back in Kiev on Saturday to some of the best weather I have ever experienced in Ukraine.  But we know that won’t last long as summer weather will be here soon.  Already I am working on getting things ready for the next class – which is next week!!! During our time in the US, the director of REALIS contacted me about doing a writing seminar for their students similar to what we have been doing at KTS the last few years.  REALIS offers a Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Communications through Nyack College and Seminary in New York.   I have been familiar with the ministry of REALIS since Todd Marshall began working with them over 10 years ago.  So I was excited to help out, even though it would mean a lot of work getting ready in one week after returning.  But that’s ministry!  Be praying for me as I put together the lectures and exercises in a format that fits their schedule and needs.  (more…)

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Well…at least the “Go” part is accurate!  I’m not sure we are really “ready” or “set” for the new school year, but it’s here!  So, maybe a better title would be, “ready or not, here I come!”

Our first week back was a whirlwind.  We began with 3 days of training in our faculty In-Service followed by the first week of classes.  The second weekend, we had an all-day planning meeting (9 am to 8 pm!)
2013.08.22 KTS In Servicewith our church.  Needless to say, we have a lot happening already—and we have a lot of decisions to make regarding ministries in the coming year.  Be praying for us as we consider what the Lord would have us to do. (more…)

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Winter in Kiev“Severe!” (February 2013 Update)

I continue to be amazed with the names of the months here in Ukraine. They all tell something about the weather changes. January is Січень or “Cutting.” This could refer either to the cutting of wood or to the cutting or “biting” cold. As someone who heated his home for many years with a woodstove, seems a little late for cutting wood. But it could mean “splitting wood.” Either one is usually pretty descriptive! February is Лютий which means “severe.” This definitely refers to the weather which is usually colder in February than January. Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of snow but not a lot of really cold weather. Still I love the descriptive months! (more…)

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