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After barely a week of settling in and exploring Zholty Vody, we left Thursday, October 1st, and drove to Dnipropetrovsk to meet Stepan Bokach who is the regional director for Gospelink.Gospelink is a ministry which works with pastors and churches in Ukraine to reach out and minister to orphans and others in need of help.  We were given Stepan's contact information by Dean Kershner (the man who portrays Vanya) whom we met this past summer at Camp Dwight.

During our initial meeting, Stepaninvited us to go immediately to Nikopol, where a group of Canadians were doing a two-week outreach to widows, handicapped children, and other needy people.  After being treated to an amazing Ukranian meal, we headed south to Nikopol with our interpreter and new friend, Ira.

In Nikopol we had a tremendous experience, spending three days with wonderful believers from Canada and Ukraine.  We had the privilege of staying in one of two homes for foster families and had a precious time getting to k…

From Bojano to Ukraine

After our busy Sunday, Monday morning dawned a little too early but we finished packing, loaded the van and tidied our cabin.  Both families came down to say goodbye and after a sweet prayer time we started our trip to Ukraine.

We stopped in Tchew at the home of our friends (Piotr and Marisha) and enjoyed fellowship with their family and Yanush and his family for an hour.They had large plates of delicious pastries prepared for us, along with lots of coffee and tea. They also gathered around us and prayed for us, and we felt that we were saying goodbye to family as we pulled away from their home.

Poland has a really nice toll road and we traveled on this until wesafely reached "Varshava" as Warsaw is pronounced.  Ben had contacted Jerzy Schmiel, a gentleman who was instrumental in arranging the tours thathe and the other younger siblings took part in years ago in Poland.   It was amazing that we found his office building amid all the rest because our phone ran out of minut…

Our First Visitor

After exploring Poland for a month and meeting many new people, we were excited to see a special visitor who arrived October fifteenth from the States.In preparation, we created a new Polish greeting custom—a sausage lei. We all piled in the van, drove to the Gdansk airport and waited in front of the security doors for. . .Uncle Ben! (Sorry about these fuzzy pictures. . .)

He was loaded with his heavy luggage (containing luxuries Poland/Ukraine don't have) and trusty bass. We snacked on the sausage lei until we arrived in Bojano. We took the scenic back road forest route to the Stebnecki’s home where Nancy had prepared spaghetti for everyone. After dinner, Uncle Ben unpacked his luggage. He brought along expandable fishing poles for the kids to share, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract and Kobos coffee! He also brought letters from various friends.
Ben slept in the main house so he could catch up on sleep but his jet lag pills must have worked because he and the kids…

Our First Month in Poland. . .Part Two

We continued to enjoy beautiful weather in September and maintain a school schedule.  Most afternoons, the kid enjoyed walking to town through the forest to buy sweets at their favorite store, Biedrunka.  We also bought fresh bread from a local bakery and a variety of sausages from another store (or sklep) nearby. 

Another Christian home-school family also lives on the Stebnecki's property.  They have a sweet twelve year old girl and cute little boy age two.  Scarlett enjoys spending time with Julia and Samuel has become Eliana's little shadow.  Their mother, Danusha, has taught us some Polish and her husband Gieshek has helped Chris "modify" our van.  We've been enjoying spending time with this family and learning from them.

On Saturday, September 5th, Chris was blessed to be able to attend a "Daddy" conference about 5 hours from Bojano in the city of  Lodz (Wooj.) There were around 850 dads in attendance from several countries, mostly Poland. Some…

Our First Month in Poland. . .Part One

Here is a summary of our first month in Poland. . . better late than never!

    We arrived in Poland refreshed after our wonderful stay with our Norwegian friends.  After landing, we collected our mountain of luggage and hauled it outside to await our greeting party.  Jurek arrived first in his van and managed to pack all our luggage in the back in less than five minutes!  Three other vehicles also came carrying the Stebnecki family, Goscia (Jurek's wife) and two of their friends.  After orgainizing seating arrangements, our caravan set off to enjoy dinner at an "American" restaurant.  The food was worth the hour and a half wait.  With full bellies, our caravan then continued to our new home in Bojano, Poland.  Our cabin is like a fairy tale home-- very cozy.

After a few days of getting acclimated to our new surroundings and accommodations, we were provided with the opportunity to share our testimony and music at Ecclesia, church in Gdynia, with Wieshek translating.  Afte…