Happy belated Thanksgiving Everyone! Usually, we tend to forget the day as we are in Ukraine and not many Canadians around…. This was a special one for us as, being back in Canada we were able to drive up north to Edmonton for the day and spend the afternoon with siblings and extended family. In […]
Greetings from southern Alberta. A month ago we were standing in the airport in Kiev, attempting to get our bags through the various security checks and onto a plane bound for Calgary. These past two months have been a bit surreal, for so much change has happened in our lives in such a short amount […]
August 21, 2014 Hi Everyone, I wanted to give you a quick update on what has been happening out in Sumy during these turbulent times in Ukraine. This summer has been a challenging one, as God has opened a door for Sumy Grace Church to minister in a new area – to many individuals who […]
“We have to leave now or we won’t make the train.” That was Aug 6. Our stuff for Canada was already sitting in another location ready for our departure on Aug 24. Our stuff for storage was sitting in piles in different rooms awaiting the crew that was to move it to Sumy that coming […]
Hi Everyone, It has been a bit of a roller coaster week. The past week at camp was very busy with the usual stuff, along with helping the leadership there in the process of ministering to refugees from the fighting raging down in the southeast. We wrapped everything up on Monday and came back to […]
“Where are you from – if it isn’t a secret…” “Are you from the Baltics? I can tell from your accent…..” Ah, the joys of living overseas. In Ukraine we look like the nationals – being of a slavic type nationality ourselves – but at times when we open our mouths it is obvious […]
“How to ruin a sermon….” I was speaking at an evening chapel here at the kids week at Grace Camp. My theme was creation, and so I came up with this great idea that would help be a bridge and have some audience participation. I got four kids up there, ranging in ages from 8-11 […]
Alicia: “Hi Dad. Now I know that you hate it when we do this, and you don’t like it when it happens… John: “What’s up? Are you ok?” Alicia: “Yes, I’m fine. I am out on my bike…” John: “Where are you at?” Alicia: “Down the road from the camp, about 2 km away.” John: […]
The ministry to people with Special Needs at Grace Camp has come to a close for another year. At the last campfire, one mom expressed her thoughts: “Thank you for the warmth you have shown our children. You have cared for them, shared with them, and interacted with them. It has been such a blessing […]
Without an awareness of Christ’s presence, we tend to live anxiously.
But a clear sense of identity and provision gives us hope and courage to face the struggles and temptations that come our way.