Home from Ukraine today

It feels weird to be back in the States again. I don’t stick out as an American tourist here and I can actually eavesdrop on conversations and understand what people are saying! As soon as I got back to my apartment from the airport I took my car out for an oil change before driving to Texarkana tomorrow. My first thought at the garage was, “Woah, everyone here speaks English!” lol Even when picking up some food at Target I noticed that I could read all the signs and get through the checkout without an interpreter. I’m still used to mixing lots of hand gestures with the few Ukrainian and Russian words I know, so reverting back to plain English might take a day or two. :)

I’m very tired and will just relax for the rest of the day since I’m leaving to Texarkana after church tomorrow. Dana and I need to get our marriage license on Monday, so I’m enjoying some peace and quiet here at home for now.

All of my Ukraine pictures are posted in my photo album, so feel free to check ’em out. I’ll leave it to my video blogs of the trip to give details, but to summarize, it was a great time of fellowship, encouragement and ministry with the believers of Rozny Baptist Church in Rozny, Ukraine. I can’t wait to see them all again soon!

Posted on July 8, 2006

  • Great pictures sweetie! I could tell by your smile that you put all of your heart in to the people and children of Ukraine. I am so happy you had this opportunity and that next time theres a mission trip for one of us, that we both will be going. I love you and can’t wait to see you and watch your videos of your trip.

  • Sarah Whited (Bishop)

    Hey Tim,
    I’m glad you made it home safetly. I have a few other friends that are in different countries on mission trips, so each night I set aside a time to pray for all of them, so you have been in my prayers. It’s amazing to see and hear how God works in each of our lives through missions whether it be right here in our own back yard or in other countries. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. Have a great week and you and Dana will be in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare for your wedding. Being married is the best ever so may God bless the both of you as you begin this new journey together.

  • Brother, I am glad you’ve made it! Thanks for posting the pictures, as I personally look at your picures I feel myself at home. Yea, native Ukrainian village church and people, so dear to heart and so lovely. I hope you liked Kiev city too. Kids are awesome! This is one of great blessings to do a summer camp for kids and country kids are very different from urban kids, though they have so much in common and one common need, the need of love. Btw, how do you guys enjoyed Ukrainian food? I want to run home and ask my wife to fix me some borsch (you know what I’m talking here about) as I look at the picure of the team ready for lunch. I know trips like this one impacts one’s life to a great measure. I am sure it is true about the whole team. I pray others will be influenced by testimony of those who returned back from the trip. God bless!

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