There are times in life when you just need to get away, shut down the computer, and catch a train to someplace on the other side of the country.
Friday morning I arrived before the sun in L’viv, Ukraine, Â what has perhaps become my favorite place in the world. Yes, I mean that statement. My friend Bria was at the train station at 5 a.m. to pick me up… that is serious friendship.
I’m not sure I’ve introduced you to the Blessings, but rest assured they live up to their family name. Originally they are from Texas, but have been serving in Ukraine since the early 90s. Mark and Rhonda pastor a church plant, Living Word Church, and are also building Bethel Ministry House. Bria, Lindsay, and Krista are their daughters and I have come to consider them all good friends (ask me the crazy story of how we met sometime). They all have so much going on that you should really just go follow their blog to find out more about them and all that God is doing through them!
I cannot begin to tell you how much I love just spending time with this family. My excuse for traveling this weekend was the L’viv Coffee Festival, which believe me I drank my share of that beautiful black liquid, but what really made the weekend was conversations and life with the Blessings.
Living as a single missionary far from home means that for my timid little self a lot of days it simply takes courage just to walk out my door. I miss family and all the quirkiness that comes with it. I miss the kind of friendships where you can talk about anything and sometimes you laugh and sometimes you cry, and it’s okay, because you don’t have to pretend or be cool but you just get to be yourself. That’s how I feel with the Blessings.
It’s not that life is perfect in L’viv by any means or that they have all the answers. But time and again I found us discussing the deep and the meaningful, the confusing and the frustrating, the beautiful and the amazing that comes with trying to walk in obedience to Christ. Then a few minutes later we would be laughing away at some silly 80s video (oh Cyndi Lauper) or random bursts of songs or quotes. Â And I was certain Jesus loves me when Rhonda asked me Monday morning how I felt about eggs and grits for breakfast… yes, I’m sure I heard the Hallelujah chorus being sung.
Please pray for the Blessing family. This week they are moving from the old part of their home into the newer part so that the roof can be redone on the older side. Lindsay is recovering from bacterial pneumonia and Krista had to leave the country last week because of visa issues and is on her way to the States for the next three months and Bria is finishing upÂ an album that should be released soon (can’t wait!!!). So they have a lot happening and are trusting God for strength and provision as they seek to walk out what they sense God is leading them in. They are truly amazing and I’m so thankful for each of them.