Sunday, May 20, 2007

What a year...

So, we are new to this blogging thing, but it seems like the best way for our family and friends to keep up with what we are doing. And what are we doing? Well, we are learning to live in a foreign country, attempting to learn a new language, trying to raise four very active children, finishing building our home, and finally, looking to see what ministry God would have us be a part of here in Kaharlyk, Ukraine.

We've been here a year, and what a year it has been. Tons of new experiences, trials, surprises, joys, and new friendships. We are starting to understand how things work here; that it takes forever to get anything done, that it is all about who you know, that the Ukrainian people love to display their hospitality, that driving in Kiev is a high-risk activity. All that aside, we see God working here in Ukraine and that is more exciting than any of our experiences. We feel blessed to be able to be a part of what He is doing here. What that part will be, we don't fully know yet. We are just taking it day by day, looking for little opportunities to serve and help out where needed.

Side note from Christy: It has been almost 10 years since my dad passed away. Today would have been his 57th birthday. I have been thinking about him quite a bit lately. At one time in his life he had prayed about taking a mission trip to Russia, but it never happened. He would be thrilled that we are here serving in Ukraine. He would also be thrilled that he has 7 grandsons, and of course, one granddaughter.


gossgoss said...

Thanks so much for starting your own blog! I love having one because it's such an easy way to hear about some of the little things and the big things going on in each other's lives. I will be checking on you now!!

Pam Means said...

Hi Christy,

So nice to read your blog and see the Ukraine from a women's point of view, lol. I know things aren't always easy there - or here for that matter - but it is so nice you are making lots of Christian friends and Ukrainian friends and neighbors.

I'm sad for you about the anniversary of your dad's death. My sister died 11 years ago from breast cancer and I have been thinking of her all week. I really miss her too. I'm sure your dad would be proud of you in the Ukraine, but then again proud of you wherever you are.

Let me know if things can be safely mailed to you without disruption by the Ukrainian P.O. If you ever need anything for you personally to make your life a little easier, let me know and if I can get it I'll mail it to you.

Miss seeing you and your precious kids and Micah. I know you won't be back for over a year and I'll be praying for you.

Love you lots - Pam Means

Micah and Christy said...

Hey Pam! I miss you too! You are such a blessing to me. Thanks for the offer to send some things in the mail. I will let you know what I could use. God bless!