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Documents and Bureaucracy

At rest, my heart rate is 50 beats a minute.  Apparently, that is the heart rate of an athlete.  The only problem with that is that I am NOT an athlete.  At this particular stage in my life, I am watching with a wary eye a middle that has spread way more than I ever thought I’d let it.  What happens to my heart beat if I actually DO get fit again?IMG_0622

We went down to tea with Shane and Jemi this week where the setting sun caused me to quickly pull out my phone and snap a picture of Pris.  You are the beneficiaries.  :)

We are doing well.  This last week we’ve pulled together several (seven) documents necessary to obtain a letter of approval from the ministry of culture so that we can then apply for a visa in Krakow, Poland.  There are new laws and new departments and new fees making the process more complex.  Thankfully, they have approved us for one year, but we are going to try again to get them to approve us for three years.  If they do and if the embassy in Poland grants the visa, then we save about $6000!  So we are praying that the extra documents we have submitted will be sufficient to change their minds… or satisfy their bureaucratic “bone”.  We leave Ukraine on the 3rd of August. 

The Camp Report


I think the time away on Snake Island is my favorite time of the year.  … those 6 days just pip the Christmas season for 1st place.

Inclement weather notwithstanding, it was another special week filled with relaxing, teaching, meeting up with old friends again, and enjoying the camping experience.  Oh!  There were also competitions, (like this one where a team had to eat several raw potatoes – apparently extremely difficult for some people!) 



This year, Pris and the kids and I went out a day early so that the 55 people who joined us didn’t have to wait so long for a ride out.  We decided we liked being out there before everyone else arrived.  We had just two boats ferrying people and supplies, so it took a while Monday to finish up the trips.  Shane was a champ.  He and Jem were overseers for the week.  They did great.

A recap of the last three months…

On such a day as this – sunshine, warmth in the air, and peace and joy in the home, how could this not be a beautiful day? Confidently stated: we love spring!

clip_image002Several weeks ago, we had a week-end at a camp-site up near Chernobyl. It was a great time… blessed by the Lord. 17 of us took 15 guys who don’t know the Lord away and we played paintball, volleyball and numerous indoor games around the talk times and four “lectures”. Several of the guys responded on different levels to the presentation of the gospel and I met with four of them afterwards to answer question – of which there were many. Three of the guys seem to have already made decisions while one of them, Max, is wanting to, but recognizes the repercussions on his relationships if he goes ahead and that gives him pause. It is my hope and has been my prayer today that God shows him grace and tips the scales in his mind so that he doesn’t worry about the repercussions, but just goes ahead with faith.


What does it mean when one of the best doctors in his field in Ukraine says he can’t find anything that would be the cause of the stroke and I can resume life as normal?


1.  The doctor is missing something.

2.  The doctor is lying.

3.  The doctor is correct and either God has done a miracle (possible but unlikely)                              or there really was nothing permanent that is the cause.

I would naturally prefer #3 to be the case. 

We went in yesterday morning – Pris drove to the edge of the city and then we took the metro to a stop close to the Hospital of Neurology of Ukraine.  We hopped into a taxi driven by a talkative chap who informed us, before wishing us good health, that times were bad and he often earned in a couple of hours of night work what he earned all day driving around.  But the passengers!  And the ladies were the worst now.  But I digress…

We saw another neurosurgeon who sent us with our MRI’s to a specialist for a second (third in this case) opinion.  They both gave us the “all clear”. 

Next step:  Visit the first neurologist with the opinions of the others, and see what he has to say.  We’ll also probably go ahead and get my heart checked out properly as some irregularities came up in a couple of the tests that were done. 

Meanwhile, I begin to have more strength in the limbs and notice improvement in speech.  It feels good.