Believe it or not I have sat down to write a blog countless times in the past couple of months. There are several unfinished ones in my queue (that will probably never be finished because the moment has passed). So here’s the abridged version, which I would save for a newsletter but, despite best intentions, I don’t know when that will happen so at least you can have a glimpse of what’s going on 🙂
ICA Kiev held our Women’s Retreat in October where 60 of the ladies from our church came together for the weekend and worshipped and laughed and cried and came closer to God and to each other.
I moved to a new apartment, which happens to be on the corner of Freedom Street and Truth Street (which I’m convinced there is a sermon in) and towers 13 stories in the air, far above the tree line. My roommate is a science teacher at the local Christian school and we our slightly ghetto home has given us a lot of laughs and headaches.
After almost three months, lots of medicine, and even more prayer, I am finally not in constant pain. Praise God!!!!! I still have to be careful but I am so thankful to not feel pain every moment of the day and have new compassion for those with chronic pain.
One of my dear friends, Tanya, who I first met in 2009 on the World Race as a university student, is now doing a Discipleship Training School with YWAM and I’m so excited for her and proud of her.
My church here has been in this crazy season of searching for a place to call our own, and dealing with all the unexpected that comes with not having that. It has been a challenge. Yesterday we met for the first time in the Hotel that will be home for our weekend services, while we continue to search for a smaller center to rent for our ministries that meet throughout the week.
Unfortunately because of the costs associated with treating my health this year (infections, colds, TB tests, and herniated disc), it doesn’t look like I’ll be coming home for Christmas. I’m not opposed to Christmas miracles though so for now I still have some hope.