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Loss Equals Gain

Philippians 3:7–9

7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

I would like to say that the theft we experienced wasn’t hard and that it didn’t cause great anger (from the loss of property and the feeling of violation) and even fear (loss of passport and the fact that our address is in the hand of thieves).  But I can’t.  What I can say is that in this journey of the last 10 days, I have come to the conclusion that “I count everything as loss for the sake of Christ and knowing Him and making Him known.”

Driving in to school yesterday, the sky was so clear and the row upon row of apartment buildings along the river were in clear view.  At first, I thought how pretty the view was.  Then the Lord pricked my heart and I thought of (and could even see) the literally tens of thousands of people who live in those buildings – and don’t know Him – lost and going to hell.  A real payment for rejection of God in a real place.  Suddenly, stuff doesn’t seem so important.

So I’ve been trying to wait upon the Lord.  Letting Him renew my strength.  It’s then that we can mount up with wings as eagles.  Run and not grow weary.  Walk and not faint.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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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