Ending With A Bang! (Part 2)

Uzhgorod Orphanage Just days after returning from our week in Komarivka it was onto the train our almost 18 hour one-way trip to the western edge of Ukraine. Steven, Greg and I accompanied a team from YWAM to bring Christmas to our ongoing work: the Gypsy Orphanage. As Greg put it in his blog, “they aren’t “The Orphans” anymore… they’re Sasha, Evan, Aurthur and Joseph”. After summer camp and Greg’s other visits to Uzhgorod, it was like visiting family. The children all welcomed us. Even “Mr. President” was there waiting for us. I was happy to see my little friend the “watch girl” who so touched my heart last summer.

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Ending With A Bang! (Part 1)

Thanks to the blessing of a warmer start to winter this year and few snow days, we were able squeeze in outreaches when at the same time last year, ministries were brought to a standstill by the weather.

Komarivka Orphanage Three hours northeast of Kyiv lies the small village of Komarivka. Roughly translated it means “Mosquito Village.” Fortunately for us it was winter and we didn’t have to deal with the bugs! The orphanage houses approximately 130 children from the ages of 6 to 17 years. At first glance it looks like all the other orphanages we’ve been in, however upon closer inspection, there are signs of attention and care, a rarity on Ukrainian orphanages. In fact, a beautiful play set complete with bridge stands proudly in the yard.Continue reading the rest of this post...

What a difference a year makes!

I spent some time today reflecting on Christmas 2005. It was our first Christmas in Ukraine having been here for only a month. It was our first real winter and the worst in Ukraine in ten years! Everyday was full of new (some good, some not so good) experiences. A year later not all the changes are ones that can be seen. Continue reading the rest of this post...