Do Problems Come in Threes

pashafunApparently, scientists have found the reason why problems "come in threes"!  They don’t.  Finding patterns in life makes us feel more secure though.  So we see often see things where we want to see them.

Sometimes “bad things” come in twos, sometimes in ones.  Today though for us, it was FIVE in a row, one after another.

At 9:00, Shane and Jemi let me know that they had just discovered that their temporary residency permits were due to run out and they didn’t have enough time to renew them…  a money and time consuming process requiring a trip to Poland!

At 9:07, Shane said that they had had bad news about  the building of the youth centre and discovered that they “basically can’t do anything much”, (legally/morally), in order to solve the problem and he doesn’t see their way forward on

At 9:12, we heard that mum broke her shoulder while gardening and was in the hospital.


IMG-0224It’s been a while since I wrote something here.  It’s kind of a weird task… I don’t know who reads these notes.  Do 10 people read them?  100?  I do know that some of the traffic is somehow automated.  How much, I guess I’ll never know.  I look back and see that a few of the posts were opened over 30,000 times!  Who reads them???  I have been told that it’s difficult to read what I write.  I don’t know how much of that is due to the mixed up synapses in my brain from living in a Russian/Ukrainian speaking world and how much is just my unique way of communicating.  Either way…  for those who find it difficult: my apologies?

I “went dark” for two months.  There was no good reason.  I did wonder if I would hear from anyone asking about the reason why…  People are way too polite these days!  Today we rather forcefully suggested to one of the guys at rehab that he needed to walk in the light rather than in the darkness.  Where do we trip and fall?  It is when we aren’t walking in the light of God’s Will/Word.

All Done

It’s 13:00 on Saturday and we have finished the signing of documents.  There were only two small hiccups in the process.  One was strange.  We discovered that Priscilla’s tax-file number has her middle name spelt incorrectly.  They decided that this wasn’t a serious problem after a discussion.  The other problem was the fact that a big transformer for electricity is on the property, but not listed there as a structure.  Weirdly enough, we ended up convincing the government official that it shouldn’t be listed as a structure… and the sale should go forward.  It took about 15 minutes of discussion before she folded!

Post-sale, we walked around the building a bit to make sure everything was there that should be there.  I’ll go back in 30 mins. and some of the men and I will tidy up a bit for tomorrow when we will meet there as a church. 

Here are some of the photos you might find interesting from today…

I saved Jesse’s Christmas present to me for such a day as this.  There is no better drink on the planet.

Our little bank was packed out with about 20 people in line when we walked in to pay the fees. 

The office where the paperwork was done.  The lady on the left complimented Pris by telling her she knew right away that Pris was a Ukrainian.

We went from that office straight to the building.  How much will the Lord be glorified here?

The trees out the front will provide shade for us tomorrow as we picnic and celebrate. 

The family of God is generous

Well… we are expecting US$44,000 to appear in our bank account any day now.  It has been an incredible month.  Several couples and two churches have donated bringing the total received to US$55,000 – enough to buy the building and do renovations towards making the building something more than just “utilitarian-useful”. 

We had agreed with the owner to sign over the building on Monday at the latest.  So knowing the money is in Kiev is a big relief.  As it turns out, I can’t withdraw it until Monday anyway, (the banks need 24 hours warning of large-sum withdrawals).  So we couldn’t have cut it any finer.

The vision for this place is still coming together.  This week, I want to gather several people together and sit in different rooms praying and listening to ideas. 

It is definitely in my heart to start a Christian day-care and, in a couple of years, a Christian school in the building.  We need to decide whether to put the ladies rehab centre in one end, or build a second floor on the end and put the ladies there… or keep them in the village.  Do we develop so that the youth use the building as a hang-out joint?  Do we plan to build a separate building on the property for children of addicted ladies to stay in, (quasi-orphanage)?  We will have an opportunity to put in a good kitchen/dining room.  Should they be in the one room?  Carpet squares in the main area?  Wooden floors in the day-care area?  Should we take out a column and put in heavy duty beam in its place?  There are lots more questions needing wisdom to decide.  May God guide!

We won’t do any repairs before the first meeting.  I want for us to have photos of our first meeting in the untouched hall so that we can have the comparison.  So it is looking as if we’ll be meeting there as a church in 9 days!!!  People will be so excited!