Merry Christmas!!

May the wonder of the incarnation and God’s unfathomable love never cease to amaze us and give us great joy! We indeed have much to celebrate and much to tell. Thank you for your love, encouragement, and support for us as we bring the good news of a Savior to Odessa Ukraine.  God’s blessings upon…



Looking back, looking forward

With a seeming flick of a switch, the seasons have changed.  The nights have grown cooler, twilight has begun to arrive earlier, and browning leaves have started to waft down upon the ground that is already spotted with fallen chestnuts.  It’s official: summer is over.  Several great things happened over the summer, and a few great things we desired to…



Ministry Boom!

  Catching up. Wow.  The last four months have been so incredibly busy (and wonderful) that’s it’s been extremely difficult to keep this blog up to date.  In this update, we’re going to try to give you a picture of the wonderful things that happened in ministry this last season through pictures and captions.  Enjoy!  …



Affected by war

Late yesterday evening as Andrea and I were getting ready for bed, we heard the familiar chimes of Skype, alerting us to grandma’s incoming call.  Unfortunately, she looked concerned and her first question for us was, “Are you ok?  Donetsk is all over the news and it seems really close to you!” We’ve heard from many of…



November, 2014 – Autumn Blur!

It shouldn’t surprise us that Fall flies by so quickly, but each year it seems to catch us off guard — I’m sure it’s the same for you.  Summer ends and all of a sudden we feel like we’re sucked into a colorful wormhole!   This Autumn, not only were we busy with activities that accompanied our girls returning to…



September, 2014 – Wars and Rumors of War

Invasion Two hundred and twenty years ago Catherine the Great, having just won land from Turkey and wanting to create an ice-free port for Russia, established the city of Odessa.   This week when I took the girls to school we passed festive flags on every street, smiling people, and preparations for a massive celebration of the…



August – English Camp!

When I think of August in Odessa, I typically think of two things: hot weather and our annual English camp outreach!  This evangelistic outreach takes us to the outskirts of Odessa to a little village called Augustovka – a place where the cows roam the streets, my home becomes a tent, and my showers are outside.  We spend…



June, 2014 – The new “norm”

A New Norm for a Different World Six months ago, if we opened the paper and saw that the country’s supply of gas had been cut off, Russian tanks had crossed over Ukraine’s eastern border, cities were taken over by Russian / Chechen militants, planes had been shot at (and shot down), and hundreds of Ukraine’s…



May, 2014 – Presidential Vote

Presidential Vote Tomorrow, May 25th, Ukraine will vote for a new president.  Many folks we have talked with hope that this will enable their country to step out from under Russian influence, away from European influence, and emerge as a healthy independent nation.  Please pray that the elections would be conducted free from intimidation and violence.  Voting booths will…



May 2014 – Kulikovo Field

Hello friends, family, prayer warriors and any who have supported us during our years in Ukraine – It’s likely that many of you have seen the reports of unrest here in Odessa over the weekend, including riots, an attack on our local police station, and dozens of people dead. We wanted to let you know…