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Thursday, April 05, 2018

First Month In Kiev

We have been in Kiev for one month today. Sometimes in the busyness of each day we do not share with you all what is happening. Here is a recap of our first month's activities...
Lora has been busy turning our bare apartment into a wonderful living space and a welcoming entertaining place! (Kenny has helped a little with this project).
Kenny has been helping Kostya Farkovets complete the renovation of his new apartment - the builders completed the shell, Kostya was responsible for everything else!
Kenny visited a local university - Kiev University (named after) Boris Grinchenko. Kenny has already taught two faculty English classes (for teachers who are learning English) this week, and he will teach four Junior level classes next week. In addition he is working with the dean of the English department to develop other teaching opportunities. This could turn into a great ministry site!
Lexi and Kenny attended a "Teen Leadership Camp" at KUBG on Thursday of last week. There were about 20 high school students attending the camp.
The Paynes are hosting Youth Group meetings on Friday nights and Young Adult small group meetings on Sunday nights. Both of these events are off to a great start.
We have been visiting a several different local churches with friends in Kiev on Sunday mornings. The winter weather was pretty active until late last week!
Thanks for being such faithful ministry partners! Please continue to pray for us as we are reaching out to new people in Kiev!

Thursday, February 08, 2018

24 Days and Counting...

24 Days until we fly to Kiev, Ukraine!
We still need people to join our Cross Culture Ministry Family as donors to help send us...
If you are interested in helping out, message me and I will tell you how.
Or you can donate on this page!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

In order to go, you have to leave...

Cleaned out my office at Palo Alto, preached my final sermon as a staff member, and ended 2017 by closing the door...

As 2018 begins we are opening the door to a new season of our life as missionaries in Kiev, Ukraine. We would appreciate your prayers as we begin this faith journey. We would also like to invite you to become part of our Cross Culture Ministry Family by partnering with us financially each month to help make our work possible.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Payne's Returning to Ukraine

Kenny, Lora and Lexi Payne are returning to Ukraine in March 2018. We will live and minister in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Due to the ongoing conflict in the Donetsk Region we cannot return to Gorlovka. Kenny continues to preach each Sunday for the ladies who remain in Gorlovka via Skype.

We are in the process of visiting churches to tell our story and raise support from our mission. If you would like for us to visit your congregation please send Kenny a message.

If you would like to support the Payne Family as they work in Ukraine you can donate via PayPal on this site. Please keep us in your prayers that God will bless our desire to go to Ukraine by sending us!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring in Ukraine

Spring has arrived in Ukraine and the kids are out and about. Saturday Tanya was able to have a Bible class with several of the neighborhood girls. They were excited to be back in class and hopefully this will become a weekly event again. Please keep the people of Ukraine in your daily prayers.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Life in Gorlovka

Everyday when I talk with Tanya I ask the same question. "Is it quiet?" Sometimes the answer is "yes" and sometimes "no.' Sometimes I get a story about being awakened in the middle of the night by bombs falling, not miles away on the outskirts of town, but blocks away in the center. This morning those bombs fell on the bus terminal at the other end of Pushkin Street about four blocks from our house.

On Sunday morning it was three blocks away in the other direction on Rudakova Street. There are no military installations at these sites, just neighborhoods where ordinary people live. Unfortunately it is also becoming more frequent that these are the sites where ordinary people die. Please keep these people in your prayers.

Despite the bombs falling, life goes on. Tanya sent some wonderful pictures of children attending Bible class - these young people are living in a life-threatening situation 24/7 and they are needing a source of hope and love. Tanya is teaching them that Jesus is that source!

Thanks for being ministry partners with us as we share the love of Jesus with the people of Ukraine. Please keep them all in your daily prayers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Be Faithful in Prayer for Ukraine

There was heavy shelling in Gorlovka over the past 24 hours and several people were killed. There is growing fear among the citizens of Gorlovka, because at any time rockets can rain down from the sky and destroy your home and family. At the same time, there is a growing sense among some that because of the inability to control "your fate," since the rockets seem to fall indescriminately, it is up to God "to save and protect you." Please be faithful in daily prayer for the people of Gorlovka and other cities in Eastern Ukraine where daily bombing is the new normal. Your prayers may be the encouragement someone needs to remain faithful in both love and service in a difficult time.

First Month In Kiev

We have been in Kiev for one month today. Sometimes in the busyness of each day we do not share with you all what is happening. Here is a r...