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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Ready for Fall in Kiev

It was a busy summer for the Payne family as we visited the United States for June and July. We visited churches in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. We also attended IMPACT Junior and Senior at Lipscomb University, the Equip Workshop in Orlando, and Summer Celebration at Lipscomb.

Since arriving back in Kiev on July 30 we have been meeting with our teen small group on Friday evenings, and with our young adult small group on Sunday evenings. School started in Ukraine this week and Kenny will be teaching at Boris Grinchneko University again soon.

Thanks to our Cross Culture family of supporters who make our ministry possible. If you would like to become a ministry partner, please send me a private message and I will give you details. We cannot serve the people of Ukraine without partners helping us with funding!














Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring in Ukraine

Winter finally ended at the beginning of April! Spring is in full swing, trees are full of leaves and flowers are blooming everywhere. The warmer weather is a welcomed friend.

Kenny is teaching a lot of classes each week at Grinchenko University. While the classes are all for English practice - students need to interact with native speakers - the topics lend themselves to discussions about faith, Jesus and the wonder of life.

Our small groups for teens (Friday nights) and young adults (Sunday nights) continue to be times of food, fun and fellowship as well as giving teaching opportunities.

Lora has been working hard to make our apartment feel like home and become a hospitable and welcoming meeting place for our friends.

Thanks for your support and prayers for our work. We are so grateful to have such faithful minstry partners!









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.





Ready for Fall in Kiev

It was a busy summer for the Payne family as we visited the United States for June and July. We visited churches in Tennessee, Florida, Geor...