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 »

Big Steps (July Update)

Big Steps … (July 2016 Update)

June has been a month of big steps for us in almost every area.  We made big steps in ministry, in our family and with our house.  Here’s a quick update about June and the next steps for us for July.

Big Steps in Ministry …

In May, I finished teaching my last class for this academic year.  But I still had papers and assignments to grade before I could officially call it “summer break.” In June, I received 2 sets of papers from nearly 40 students so I set to work grading and evaluating papers from the class. Almost all the papers are graded and I will be working on final grades for this class.  Hopefully before July, I will be finished for this summer!  Then I will be taking a little time each week to get my classes ready for September.  But mostly, I will be trying to get some work done on our house before the fall semester rolls around.

Thanks for praying for me as I taught at a church conference in Cherkassy, Ukraine. I taught on the theology and practice of prayer.  Dan Upchurch taught on church planting and outreach.  We had a great conference with this wonderful church in Cherkassy. Continue Reading »

Learning to Walk … (June 2016 Update)

May has been a month of “learning to walk” in so many ways. Nadia is learning to walk physically, and we are learning to walk spiritually.  And, with graduation in May, we had the joy of seeing our graduates “walk” and begin “walking out” their faith in their ministries! So we are all learning to walk! Continue Reading »