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Archive for March, 2009

recent political/religious tragedy in Ukraine; read here.

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Two couples in my church have asked me to attend their births as a doula. In order for me (and the father) to be allowed in the birth house with the mom, we have to do two medical tests: 1) a chest x-ray showing we don’t have active TB, and 2) a nose swab that tests negative for streptococcus. I was at the clinic this evening for the moms-to-be class I teach on Thursdays, and I asked about getting these tests done. The nose one i need to come back early next week, and the x-ray, i went up to the 3rd floor, asked the cleaning lady where to go, she pointed me down the hall to an open door. I went in and started talking to the x-ray tech lady, and at first, she was going to send me to some hospital for foreigners, but when i said i’d pay and it was for attending a birth, she got a liking to me and did it. i paid her 15 greeven, almost 2 dollars, for the service.

It may sound small, but I am so thankful to God. In a post-Communist country, you can get the run-around big time for little stuff like this if people want. I am so glad God smoothed my way for this.

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painted nails

Painting nails is a very tactile thing, which young kids love, of course, so here are the girls’ nails after they themselves painted them. I just stayed nearby to supervise that polish bottle and brush didn’t get off their small workspace.

Skyla is bottom and left, Vika is tops

Skyla is bottom and left, Vika is tops

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Moms and Grandmothers, consider signing this petition for more modesty in fashion. And take some time to browse Dannah’s sites about modesty.

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new communion set

This is a thank-you to Highland Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN, who bought this communion set for us. It has been a great blessing! We take the Lord’s Supper together every first Sunday morning of the month. In Ukraine, only baptized believers partake of the Lord’s Supper. That is why, at the baptisms, they have the Lord’s Supper—it’s the first time the baptised people partake of that.

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Vitaliy's mom, front right in blue, came to Kiev this Sunday to visit us and do some family business

Vitaliy's mom, front right in blue, came to Kiev this Sunday to visit us and do some family business

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There’s an Iranian (or generally Arabic?) Christian church in Kiev, we just learned, because these two brothers came this Sunday. One man talked a little and the other sang–it was so interesting to listen to their language! We were reminded of the many believers in the Middle East that are suffering for Christ.

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singing in Iranian

singing in Iranian

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we three

we three

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been wanting a new family photo for our e-newsletters

been wanting a new family photo for our e-newsletters

the church recognizes birthdays each Sunday for the past week; here's Vika with her chocolate egg w/ toy inside

the church recognizes birthdays each Sunday for the past week; here's Vika with her chocolate egg w/ toy inside

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All three birthday celebrants--Sveta and Sasha and Vika

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