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Going Home

Ukraine MapIt really has been a good summer together as a family.  We’ve been really homesick, but we have also been right where God wanted us to be.

We have received blessing after blessing after blessing.  We have raise additional support while we have been here.  We have had all the kids seen by their doctors and had a few small surgical procedures taken care of that we couldn’t have done at home in Ukraine easily.  We have been able to see all of our families and spend time with them.  We have seen friends.

We know without a doubt that God had in His plan for us to come to the USA for the summer – but we are just as sure that our next step is to return to our home in Ukraine.  We don’t know the future, at all.  Yet, we trust the One Who does.  We can’t see several steps ahead, but we can see that our next step is to go back.  We fly next Monday afternoon and will get home on Wednesday afternoon.  We are excited!!

Thank you to the MANY who have blessed us so richly this summer.  You’ve made a difficult situation (living somewhere besides your own home for 2 and a half months) not only bearable, but you’ve made it home for us for the summer.  We are doubly blessed to have 2 homes on this earth!

We hold our future lightly before the Lord and will continue to seek to obey Him for our every step.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

23 Years and Counting…

23 years ago today, we said I do.

Those two words say a lot. Basically, we agreed to walk together on the journey, no matter what. No matter where it took us. No matter how hard it got. No matter.

It’s been a great journey so far. Lots of twists and turns, for sure…joy, sorrow, happiness, sadness, times of plenty, times of want, times of certainty, times or complete unknown.

I can say this for sure…

I am more in love with the bride of my youth than I have ever been before.

Graduation Day

Just a really quick note to say congratulations to Hannah!  Graduating today.  We are so very proud of her!

Tomorrow we fly to America for two months.  Guess we should pack?!

Blessed be the Name of The Lord!!

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Thank you for PRAYING!

We have been making preparations to depart May 23.  We’ve got tickets and we are getting things in order here to be gone for 2 1/2 months. God has answered our/your prayers about the people we leave behind here.  They have all affirmed our decision and await our return the middle of August. While we are in the States we will have the opportunity to share what God has been doing here in Ukraine and share our dreams about what He WILL do in the future.  We will see family and friends.  Our kids will go have checkups to be sure that everything is okay with their health and development.  We will take advantage of the time there to de-stress and RECHARGE for a busy Autumn here in Ukraine.  We will be making preparations while we are in the States for a fall conference for families with special needs kids in the Zhytomyr area.  They are excited for us to come and we are MORE excited to have the opportunity.  Specifically, it will be in a small village that was created after the Chernobyl disaster for displaced families.  Some families have 2 or 3 children with severe disabilities.  It’s a great opportunity to connect with parents.  We will continue to work on language study while we are in the States.  We will do lessons by Skype with our teacher here in Ukraine, God willing. And, of course, we will get Hannah settled at school. The time will go fast, we know. It’s a difficult time in Ukraine right now, of course, but we are grateful that nothing is ever out of the reach of our Great God.  He IS in control. We depend on Him for all we need – spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially – everything.  He is our All in all. Thank you for continuing to pray and we will see many of you before you know it!

Prayer Needs—Your prayers make a difference!

  • leaving here will be very hard emotionally for us for so many reasons
  • the actual trip will be very hard with the little’s (in case you don’t know, we have 8 children with us (1 is in the USA in college) and five of them have Down syndrome and are like toddlers and preschoolers)
  • we need a place to stay in the USA — my mom has graciously invited us to stay with her, but that probably needs to be temporary for her sanity
  • we need a large vehicle to drive while in the USA

We trust the Lord to meet all these needs, but if He calls you to be part of the answer, thank you for responding!

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Heading to the USA

The Malone Family on Mission in Ukraine

We’ve made a very difficult decision… We have been praying and seeking the Lord’s wisdom since we returned home from London.  Unfortunately, things here in Ukraine are not improving, but in many ways, things are out of control.  In the last week, we have begun seeing troops in the city with automatic weapons, a pronounced police/military presence in the metro stations (subway) that we use (I can’t say that they are in all of the stations), our road into Kiev now has a roadblock set up by the police and military to check vehicles going in to the city (these checkpoints are set up at every entrance to Kyiv city), and on Wednesday, there were some troops even in our small Brovary. Last night, coming home from Kyiv, not only was the official roadblock reinforced with sandbags, a large truck to block the road,  and 15 – 20 military personnel, but at the entrance to our city, Brovary, citizens were building another roadblock out of concrete blocks and sandbags.  All of this in preparation for the victory day holiday and the days leading up to the election. REWIND A COUPLE OF WEEKS… Mary and I began praying that God would make it clear what we were to do.  We’ve been putting off decisions in hopes of Hannah being able to graduate with her class and to participate in the Spring play that she is in.  Yet, during this waiting time, we have been praying about going to the USA for the summer.  Two of the obstacles were the promises we had made to participate in three weeks worth of camps here in Ukraine for families with special needs kids, and the feelings of our dear friends Yuri and Sveta.  We began praying that God would prepare their hearts if we were to decide it was time to step out of the situation here in Ukraine.  Yuri, since November, has been telling us “don’t worry, everything will get back to normal, and there is nothing to be afraid of, there is no reason to leave Ukraine…” Several days ago, it became apparent that Yuri was becoming worried, himself.  We could see it on his face and he stopped telling us everything was fine and not to worry. Two days ago, he said he wanted to talk to me.  With tears in his eyes he told me that it was time for us to go.  At least for the summer.  He believes that things are getting to the point that it will either rapidly get much worse and dangerous here or that things will slowly begin to get better.  And there is absolutely no way to tell which way it will fall.  If it falls for the worse, he said it would be difficult to get our large family out quickly.  He is right about that.  that’s one of the things we have considered in our decision to stay or leave temporarily.  We talked for about an hour.  At the end of that time I was agreeable that we would go for the summer.   He wanted us to leave before the election that is on May 25.  Well, Hannah’s graduation is May 22.  We were able to get tickets for May 23 out of Kyiv to Dallas.  We are VERY torn, but we know that we have clearly heard from the Lord.  We plan to return mid August if at all possible.

Prayer Needs—PLEASE PRAY

  • understanding from our friends here in Ukraine
  • leaving here will be very hard emotionally for us for so many reasons
  • the actual trip will be very hard with the little’s (in case you don’t know, we have 8 children with us (1 is in the USA in college) and five of them have Down syndrome and are like toddlers and preschoolers)
  • we need a place to stay in the USA — my mom has graciously invited us to stay with her, but that probably needs to be temporary for her sanity
  • we need a large vehicle to drive while in the USA
  • we need finances to get there and stay for the summer (we have some surplus from the two weeks we spent out of Ukraine in February, but it is SO expensive to fly this many people to the USA

We trust the Lord to meet all these needs, but if He calls you to be part of the answer, thank you for responding! Feel free to ask any question you have – EMAIL NOW

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