Katie and I have been back in town for about a week and half now. We had a great time in Donetsk, but we returned home absolutely exhausted. We took last week a little slow, trying to take some good solid hours of rest in between things we had to get done.
I am very excited to finally announce that my new book, Red, White, Blue and Yellow: An American’s Guide To Short-Term Missions in Ukraine is finally finished.
As we mentioned a few months ago, Katie and I have had a plan to only be in the apartment we’re in now for just a few months. The idea was to spend these first few months searching for the place we’d like to stay in long-term. We didn’t want the pressure of having to find that place quickly, and we knew that looking for it during the winter months would be difficult.
Well, it is with great excitement that we announce today that we have found that place! This apartment really couldn’t have been a better fit for the two of us, and we look forward to sharing with you soon exactly how God blessed us with this place. If all goes according to plan we should be moving in within two weeks. We are really looking forward to finally unpacking all our boxes and feeling settled in our home here.
We are excited about this new apartment and will definitely share video with you all as soon as we can. For now, though, we thought you might enjoy this sneak peak:
Last week Katie and I were able to travel to Oklahoma City to make a support presentation to one of the congregations there. It went fine, but it was one of those meetings where you walk away not entirely sure of what anyone thought. Usually I feel like you get a vibe one way or the other, but for that meeting it was just kind of neutral. Afterward we did hear some positive things from different people, so that was good. It will be a while before we hear back from them, so do keep that opportunity in your prayers.
We also have been invited to travel up to the Boise, Idaho to talk with a congregation there about support which is very exciting. Not only do they seem like a great church, one of their ministers is actually from Broken Arrow, so there is already a connection between the two congregations which is nice. We’ll hopefully be traveling up in October, but possibly November.
After a series of very fortunate events, Katie and I are making a six-month stop in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma before we continue on to join our team in Ukraine.
About four months ago Brandon gave me the biggest surprise he had ever given. It was the kind of surprise that blows all other surprises out of the water.
It was a challenge though. I probably skipped around ten days total during the 90 that I had to make up along the way. The hardest days were days like we had out at Lockney when we left at 6:45 in the morning and didn’t get home until 10:30. But I got it done, and it feels good.