Special Volunteer

When I first arrived in Ukraine, I volunteered at a center for children and made friends with a special boy named Anton.  He was bright, inquisitive and full of fun.  He was one of my first Russian teachers.  Time passed, and I moved on to other ministry projects and always wondered what happened to him.  I found him on facebook this week and he has been very busy with his life.  Very busy indeed.  I am so proud of him!

 

My World Has Been Chaos For Two Years

189663_4967498109471_641074372_n534076_10151088296726386_1075072274_n-1

So I kind of blew the whole National Blog Posting Month thing and skipped the last couple of days.  But the cool thing is, that I’m figuring out how to rearrange getting things done so trying to post each day and not accomplishing that is not in vain.  Life really has changed a lot in the last few years and sometimes you have to sit down and figure out how to accomplish more, what you really need to be focused on and how to manage your time better.

I had a very productive, yet hard week last week and when Friday came around I felt rather beat up and mentally tired so I decided to put a lot of things aside and just rest and spend some down time reading and listening to worship music in the evening.  I’m so glad I did, because I was not so shocked the next morning when I woke up to find out about the terrorist attacks in Paris.

I had decided to rest on Saturday and not spend time on the internet, but I as has been the habit for the last two years in Ukraine, I check my news feed for any important news that may be going on.  When you live in a country that’s been invaded by Russia, that’s just your regular, daily habit.

I was shocked and saddened to read the news of Paris and completely missed Lebanon’s bombing and the huge anti government rally’s taking place in South Korea.  I think that’s what it’s going to be like now.  Whatever country has the most media outlet access and social media will get the attention.

All I know is that for the past two years Ukraine also has been dealing with terrorists.  In fact, the invasion of Ukraine is not even called a war and it’s officially called an “Anti Terrorists Operation”  About 7000 Ukrainians have been killed and 1.5 million people have been displaced from their homes as internal refugees.

The world is increasing in chaos, that’s for sure.  It’s frustrating seeing the media coverage in Paris and knowing that there’s probably not one major news outlet in eastern Ukraine right now covering the war there.  It’s sad to think that so many people have to suffer because world leaders cannot make decisions nor seem to want to work together for peace.

None of these things are truly shocking when looked through the filter of scripture.

“From whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”  –  Psalms 120:2-4

Why did I post these two photos at the top of the page?  Because these two boys are reasons why I do what I do when the world gets crazy.  Sergei, a boy who didn’t have to go through the hosting process and hope someone would come back to Ukraine to adopt him, but was adopted by Ukrainians and Vadim, who after I confiscated his plastic gun and told him he was going to have to choose between being in the mafia and being an athlete, almost fell to the ground laughing and said, “I’m not an athlete!”  He was wrong.  To his surprise he hit the winning grand slam for his baseball team.

This is life, this is what we should be focusing on and how we should be spending our time.  There are evil people in the world who make other choices.  The won’t win in the end.