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I am “wifeless”.  On my way to visit the dentist yesterday, I found myself wondering how I would “cope” if Priscilla were out of my life permanently and not just for one week.  What a difference that would make!  I thought of several things that would have to change for me to continue to be decently useful in God’s Kingdom.  And I realized that in spite of the DEVASTATION the loss would cause in my heart, life would go on and I could continue to serve the Lord.  I also realized that because of Pris and the kids, my life has rhythm that to a large extent beats according to the tune of their lives.  “Wifeless,” the rhythm I have now would be so hard to keep!  I’m not often given to such introspection.  I know that I sure do love and appreciate the wife God has given me though!


Dentist…  I visited Vanya the dentist twice this week.  He looks about 17, but must be older.   Normally, I would prefer being alone during my dentist visit so the posting of this picture is something of an enigma to me.  With no exaggeration, I expect to need to visit another 10-12 times.  Ukrainian dentists seem to like bringing a patient in several times for root canal work.  I sigh…




First things first… feel free to click on the heading - “Cafe”.  By doing so you will be opening up the whole entry.




The week has somehow flown by. 

There have been a number of interesting moments in it. 


Teaching Elle to read.  Pris taught four days.  During a Kiev day for Pris, I taught the letter “G”. 

Meeting with Sergei and Lena again.  It was just nice being with them as well as a privilege to communicate how God has blessed our marriage as we have followed His principles.

News of the week: Sergei chose to be baptized.


See past the ice… a young man is choosing to live a new life where Jesus rules! Wow!


Football fanatic? (click to expand)

JesseI am always fascinated by crowds.  Crowds at team events are even more fascinating.  The passion shown by the fans is incredible.  For many their sport fills the “God-shaped hole” in their lives, and truly they are worshippers to admire and pity!    Admire – because of their dedication; pity – because they settle for a counterfeit god.

Jesse and I went to the Manchester City – Dynamo Kiev game last Thursday (got home too far into Friday) with a group of guys from the church and Igor, a friend who I pray is not far from the kingdom of God.  Personally, I found the actual event… fine.  In spite of having played the game in my teens for four seasons, and refereeing the game, and living in Eastern Europe  – I don’t feel that much of an appreciation for the game.  Pity really.  The crowds though…!!!  What entertainment!

This past week has seen us witnessing the demise of a long winter.  Last week, –10.  This week, +10.  The river has been un-iced, and the ground is… an earthy colour!  We all went outside Saturday afternoon and did a bit of a clean-up of all that the white snow conveniently hid so well.