We have arrived!
Hello to our 4 faithful followers :). We apologize for not updating all week. There was a point in time when our blog post was deleted, and then we just got distracted by the beautiful children and wonderful hospitality. But here we are, back in Kiev, ready to give you a summary of the week. We left Kiev last weekend, leaving Natasha behind. We were able to do three separate church services on Sunday, which was pretty cool. VBS began on Monday, and we decided to teach some of the cool stories of the Old Testament. The first day went really well, and then Lloyd and Vala joined us that night to be with us the rest of the week. Camp went so well all week. We all got very attached, and more importantly, were able to see so much growth in the kids. God did some seriously amazing things through the camp, and we are all in awe. We are simply sinful human beings, but it is so cool to witness what He can do through us despite who we are. Thank you so much for supporting us, and for your prayers. We all feel them and know they were answered through the camp. We love you!
Soo…we went to a gaybo…
Today was pretty simple for most of us. While Natasha and Vika (our contact and interpreter) took Jenny, Kyle, Zach and me around Kiev, Sean and Patrick assisted three of our other interpreters in moving. The two of them had an unexpectedly long day, as one of the apartments is on the eighth floor with no elevator. The rest of us, however, were able to stay active and explore Kiev in order to avoid jet lag. Kiev is such a beautiful city, especially in the springtime. We were able to drink kvac from a street vendor, which was exciting for us. Kvac is basically a sweet non-alcoholic beer.
For me, today was so wonderful. I was able to spend time with Vika and Zoya again after two years, and meet Vala, Zoya’s twin sister. Seeing them was like being reunited with my sisters. (Caitie, they said to tell you hello and they miss you a lot.)
Once Sean and Patrick were finished moving, we all met up and ate supper at a great restaurant called Linna’s. It is pretty late now, but we just got back to the Pierquet’s, so it’s shower time. We leave at 5 in the morning for Kobelaki, so it will be another long travel day. We are all excited to see Pastor Serge. :)
We Made It!
At around 1pm Ukrainian time (5am your time) our flight landed in Kiev We were blessed with easy travel the whole way here and one of our contacts plus Patrick was ready and waiting for us.
We then took a short car ride to the Pierque’s house where we will be staying at until Saturday. We then settled in a little and ate a late lunch and cleaned ourselves up from our long travel.
We then took a bus ride/subway rides to a part of the city so that we could meet up with a World Race team that has been here ministering for the past month. It was great to sit around and be silly with other missionaries our age that were also from America.
Now we are back and ready to go to bed. Even though none of us have slept longer than an hour at the most since we woke up Wednesday morning, our contacts kept us active so that we could adjust to Ukrainian time and go to bed at a normal time.
Tomorrow sounds like it will be a day of relaxing and maybe helping someone move. And then we’ll explore more of the city in the evening.
I am already in love with Ukraine! Eastern Europe is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.
We can’t wait to share more of our adventures with you!
It’s Here! It’s Here!
The day is finally here! I’m still awake finishing up packing and adding our team bios to the blog (Patrick’s still needs to be added). In a handful of hours (8 or so) the 5 of us that you have been introduced to so far, will board our first of three flights that will take us to Kiev, Ukraine where our Team Leader, Patrick Williams will be waiting for us along with one or two of our contacts! We’ve had a wonderful 3 days of training with GI, growing stronger as a team and bonding like never before. We can’t wait to get this adventure started. Thanks again for all of your prayers and support! Hopefully we’ll be able to keep this updated over the next two weeks. And hopefully the next time you hear from us, we’ll be safe and sound in Ukraine!
PS- Just incase you were wondering, we will be returning on June 5th!
Meet our Assistant Team Leader!
Hello! I’m Jenny! Unlike all of my fellow teammates, I have never been to Ukraine, but I am absolutely thrilled by the opportunity that has presented itself to me to go to this beautiful country. I am a Christian Ministry major with an emphasis in Youth Ministry and I will start my senior year in the fall. This will be my second mission trip, my first mission experience was last summer to the small village of Songa Mbele, Tanzania. I absolutely love my team and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us! I also really love strawberry ice cream with strawberry chunks and chocolate sprinkles.
This is Zach!
I am Zachary Beims, 21 years old. I just finished my second year at Sterling College and I am a Biology Major planning to become a Chiropractor. This will be my second year in U-Kraine. I did mission work here last year and fell in love. I knew before we left that I would be returning to the people and to the places that we were experiencing. Needless to say, I am extremely excited to be back in my favorite foreign country.
Say Hello to Kyle!
I am 21 years old from Oklahoma City, OK. I am a Business Major. I visited Ukraine last year on a mission trip, and I enjoy meditating on Psalm 27. I can’t wait to show God’s love to Ukraine. Random facts: I like to have fun and a good time. As quoted by Dr. Joe Skillen, I am the “wine” of the group.
Hi. I’m Emily!
I love Ukraine, and am stoked to return! Some of my favorite things about Ukraine are the bagged ice cream, the farmland, the amazing hospitality, and a little boy named Kolya. I also lov this mission team, and fully believe God is going to use us for his Glory.
My name is Sean Mestdagh, a soon to be 23 year old (I’ll get to celebrate while in Ukraine!). A recent graduate with a degree in business and sports management. This will be my second trip to Ukraine, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our team this year.
Well Hey There!
We are a group of people that are lucky enough to be sent out to Ukraine for a mission trip, under the organization, Global Infusion. Our team is composed of 6 members, 3 are current students at Sterling College, 2 just graduated, and 1 is a member of the community. 5 out of the 6 members have gone to Ukraine with Global Infusion and they are all excited to return, and our 6th member is thrilled to experience Ukraine for the first time.
We will be posted team member bio’s soon!
- team U-kraine