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The Crisis in Ukraine (February 2014 Update)

The Crisis in Ukraine began at the end of November 2013.  Then the president suddenly changed his mind and dropped our Tear for Ukraineagreement to enter the European Union and began to pursue money from Russia (Russia had been pressuring Ukraine by long delays from Ukrainian exports at the borders).  Thousands of people came to protest this decision and the government responded with harsh violence against unarmed protesters.  This brought more people into the streets – nearly 1 million for one protest.  People stayed in the main square protesting around the clock for the entire month of December in below freezing temperatures! (more…)

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“Rushin’ to Russian!” (October 2013 Update)In=Yaz

Life has been very busy for me this past month.  In September, I taught a class on Christology.  I also decided to take a university class in Russian at Kiev National Linguistic University.  While I was told the class would begin September 16th  (the week after the Christology class was over), like many things in Ukraine, I found out it would begin on the 9th (the day my Christology class began).  So I would teach class for 4 hours in the morning, leave immediately after class to ride the metro for an hour to get to at least part of the Russian class.  I was able to catch about 15-20 minutes of class, get my homework for the next day then head back to the metro (another hour) so I could get home to prepare for teaching the next day!  It was a wild week, but I survived – I definitely did not want to fall behind on the class.  (more…)

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“June Has Me Seeing Red! … Okay, Red Berries” (June 2013 Update)

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The names of months in Ukraine continue to be very interesting to me!  June is called Червень or “Red” because it is the month when all the red berries come out.  It is a wonderful time for sweet, fresh fruits after the winter months.  It’s also a beautiful time of year when the weather is warm and the flowers are in full bloom.

For me, it also means getting ready to return home for a summer break!  And I’m ready!  (Okay, not really… I still have a lot to do before we can leave).  After teaching the entire month, having some commitment every weekend in May, we are very tired (maybe “red eyes”) and looking forward to some summer rest. (more…)

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“April Flowers Bring May … Grass?” (May 2013 Update)

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Okay.  I know that sounds strange to most American.  We all know that “April Showers bring May Flowers.”  But in the Ukrainian calendar (as well as most Eastern European countries), the first budding of flowers is in April (beautiful cherry and apricot blossoms).  That gives way to the coming of green grass everywhere by May.  So April is Квітень (“flowers”) and May is appropriately named Травень or “Grass.”  For us, it means the cold is gone for this year and the flowers and warm weather have returned!

April and May are also times of high pollen co
unt.  So I have been battling sinus infections much of the month.  But that seems a small price to pay for some warm weather! (more…)

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Trusting His Loving Kindness

Jim Ehrhard

Lovingkindness

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life. (Psalm 36:7-9)

One way to grow in trusting the Lord is to spend much time meditating on His lovingkindness.  Lovingkindness is an Old Testament term similar to the idea of grace in the New Testament.  It combines the idea of His mercy in not punishing us as we desire with the His goodness in giving to us “exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all we could ask or think.”  It shows the zealous, active love of God for His people.  No wonder David said: How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God.  (more…)

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I’m continuing to work on my Russian and I am making some progress.  My understanding is greatly improving.  Depending on the conversation, I usually understand most of what I hear (depending on the context and the speaker).  That’s a big improvement. Speaking in Russian, however, is another story.  I can carry on conversations, but only with a lot of hesitating and stopping to correct myself and trying again.  Getting case endings right is really difficult.  It seems like, the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know! (more…)

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