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Friday, August 26, 2016

Seeing the Results...23 Years Later!

Last week, our family was blessed by an invitation to the Hilltop Mission Church in Chillicothe, Ohio and we enjoyed a special missions service with our friends, Bob and Jenny Jividen, the precious people of that congregation and their dedicated and fervent pastor, Jared McKinney.

  The most touching moment of the service, for our family, happened unexpectedly.....


Friday, May 20, 2016

Learning to Lean on Jesus

  Saturday, May 7, was the most terrifying day of our lives, but also a day of experiencing God's grace, strength, mercy and even peace in a way we have never experienced before.

  I was in the center of the village at a youth meeting....


Monday, February 22, 2016

Grace in a Time of Grieving

  A few days ago, we learned that the mother of a 12-year-old boy, Max, who comes to our Sunday School had been released from the hospital with only a few days left to live.  When we visited her, we were so glad to find that her heart was open to the Lord.  We found Alyona with the Bible which we had given her son by her side...


Saturday, November 4, 2015

Sowing Seeds Along the Way

As our family drove along one day, we picked up a soldier who was hitchhiking to the train station to meet with his unit in eastern Ukraine....


Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Inspiring Legacy of a Missionary Woman

This picture is so special to us.  It’s Elisabeth Elliot Gren meeting our little Daniel the day before the wedding of my sister, Danielle....


Friday, April 17, 2015

Praying For An Awakening

As Ukraine continues to trudge through the uncertainty of these times, we have longed and prayed for an awakening, a spiritual hunger and openness to be sparked within the hearts of the people around us...


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunday School in a Ukrainian Village

  This past Sunday, our son, David (who loves to work and play around with video editing) decided to take some clips during our Sunday School in our village.  He put together this video...


Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas From Ukraine

We took a little video clip in our home of our family playing and singing one of the Christmas carols which we have been practicing lately.  We wanted to share it with you...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Best...In the Worst...

One of my Bible College professors shared a story about a church in Leicestershire, England that was built during a time of civil war, instability, suffering and heartache....



Monday, July 21, 2014

“The future of that man...”

I had never played a piano quite like this.  Yes, it was a Steinway and those are always a treat to play.  And this was a limited edition “Imagine” piano...


Friday, June 20, 2014

The Other War in Ukraine

Today, I drove by another long convoy of Ukrainian military vehicles and soldiers which had briefly stopping along the route to the embattled eastern regions just a few hours away...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

“Though war should this I will be confident”

My neighbor, Vladimir, and I paused in our conversation on the road in front of our houses as we heard the ominous thud-thudding of helicopters.  Within seconds...


Wednesday, February 29, 2014

Ukraine In Turmoil

Our children gaped in wide-eyed amazement out the window of our van as we drove past the regional government building in the city of Zaporozhye a few days ago.  Rows of riot police stood...


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Israel Tour Video - A Mesage from the Valley of Elah


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Israel Tour Video - A Mesage from Jericho


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Cost of the Call

As I sat there silently, and looked around that simple room, I could not help but be filled with a sense of wonder. Growing up in America, I had read stories of the persecution of believers in during the time of the Soviet Union. I had heard of Bibles being confiscated...


Thursday, January 18, 2018

In Loving Memory

During these past, exciting days we had something sad happen as well.  A dear elderly lady in our little village church, Yekaterina, passed away suddenly in her sleep just before Christmas.  Just the week before...


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Thoughts From Smyrna

This small video is an excerpt of the material which I am sharing (in Russian) with with a local Ukrainian church...


Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Reminder of God's Care

(from Oksana) “I remember as I read my Bible on March 3, 2018, I was very discouraged.  Scott and I were facing some disappointment and pressures which were weighing heavily on me....


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Scenes From a Ukrainain Youth Conference


The Lord blessed the autumn youth conference in our region....

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ukrainian Village Christmas with our Sunday School


Video Clip...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Painting the Village Playground


Video Clip...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Oksana's Thoughts about our Greek Adventure


This May, the Lord gave us a very special gift and opportunity to visit Biblical places in Greece...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Chance to Bring Glory to Our Heavenly Father


The name of our ministry center and church in our village, Balki, is called "Mayak 516," or "Lighthouse 516."

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Shining in His Presence


I just finished leading our little Ukrainian congregation through a series of sermons from the Book of Exodus, and my own heart was stirred...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Christmas Outreach


A few miles away from our village is the town of Dneprorudniy, where Oksana grew up, and there we have many friends and acquaintances...

Friday, January 1, 2021

A Christmas Chalk Talk in a Ukrainian Village


Here's a time-lapse of the chalk message which I shared during the 2020-21 Christmas season.  The words in the blacklight at the end say, "Christ is Born!"

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Peek Behind the Scenes


I briefly stepped onto the bus with my daughters to pay their fare to the city of Zaporozhye where they were traveling to see friends.  After I had exited....

Monday, August 23, 2021

A Call to Missions


Here's a little video to share about how God led Oksana and me to ministry in Ukraine.