So, where exactly do we serve in Ukraine?
Good question! First, a few general facts about Ukraine. It is the second largest nation in Europe, and is roughly the size of the state of Texas. When Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, it became know as "The Breadbasket of the U.S.S.R. because of it's rich, fertile soil. Ukraine has a population of about 52 million. The official language is Ukrainian, but many people in the East and the South (where we live) still primarily use the Russian language.
Our family ministers in the Zaporozhye Region of Ukraine. You can see this general area circled on the map to the left. Zaporozhye is the nearest large city, and the center of the region. Oksana's family moved to this area of Ukraine during the late 70's. Previously, they had lived in the Cherkessk region of southern Russia.
This is a closer picture of the Zaporozhye Region (in red) of Ukraine where we minister and live when we are in Ukraine. If you follow the Dnepir River (it is pronounced NEH-per) South, you will come to our village, Balki. The circled areas are the regions of Ukraine which have been in turmoil resulting from the conflict with Russia.