September was a great month in Kiev, and October is also off to a wonderful start. I haven’t posted in a while, so I will try to give you the highlights of the past month…
Lora and I were granted our Temporary Resident Permits allowing for full year residency. There was a technical problem with Lexi’s, so please be praying that everything gets resolved and she is granted one as well.
Our Discipleship Small Groups are meeting each week. The teens meet on Friday night and the Young Adults meet on Sunday evening. We are reading through the Sermon on the Mount with the teens and the Gospel of Luke with the young adults. The discussions are engaging, and you can see growth happening from week to week.
I am visiting English classes at Grinchenko University each week and teaching things like “Building Strong Character,” “Relationships,” and “What is love?” I am amazed at the language ability of the freshmen classes I have visited, so much better than 20 years ago!
Lora has been busy creating “teaching artwork” for the apartment. She made a chalkboard where the memory verse for the week gets displayed, as well as other signs (see attached pictures). We also send Facebook posts a couple of times a week to remind everyone of the story we studied on Sunday.
We are trying to keep the word of God in front of our student’s eyes in a variety of ways.
School started for Lexi in September and she is busy with classes, guitar lessons, and small group activities. I am taking online classes through Loyola University Chicago, working towards a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction.
Last week we took our young adult small group to a Bethel Music concert with Jeremy Riddle. Yesterday I attended a lecture and a meet and greet with Phillip Yancey. We are enjoying living in the big city!
Thanks for being such faithful ministry partners! Your gifts are changing lives!