So, for a week, we’ve waiting for today…..the day when we would find out when court would be scheduled, with the hopes that it could be later this week – in time for my husband to make it home for our oldest daughter’s big swim meet, and mostly to have a timeline. Even after court, we have another two – three weeks of process to go through. So, to find out that the court is now back logged, and that it will be later this week before we find out when we will be scheduled, and possibly another few weeks before we even HAVE court…..a big blow. Don’t get me wrong – we’ve been having an incredible experience here – we’ve made, what I believe, to be life long friends with some missionaries here (the Peipons with Ukraine Medical Outreach), we’ve taken advantage of the sights (25 cents to ride the metro) and yummy foods (and loving that you can you get coffee, cold beer or ice cream at every street corner kiosk for under a buck – life is good!), my husband has found some semi-English speaking locals to take him out biking, and, of course, we’ve been able to visit with our son almost every day, building bonds. But, being here almost 3 weeks and not having an end in sight was hard to hear today. So, I’ve been asking God to show me what purpose there might be to this. I can’t say that I have an answer to that yet, and frankly, it might not have have anything to do with me ! But, please pray for my kids at home (esp for my oldest that is having the hardest time) , and patience for our parents that have been holding down the fort (which I know isn’t always easy). And of course, that we will get news of a court date in the next day or so….
Happy times – All of us eating ice cream
We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Presbyterian Church with our new friends, the Peipons. This week, there were two teams present in church – a French speaking Swiss team that the Peipons organized, and another English team from….can you believe this….Richmond Va (which is where we are from)! How likely are we to be sitting in Ukrainian church service with an English team from our home town ( another church across town from us)?!?! From across the world, a congregation was singing familiar praise songs in English, French, and Ukrainian! I felt so emotional. Then, one of the verses read was from Isiah 12: 4-6. “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name: make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. SING to the Lord, for He had done glorious things: let this be known to ALL THE WOLD. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” WOW God….thanks for that gift. I haven’t digested it all yet, but to be half way across the world, and be in worship, singing the same praise songs I know from home, with people from 3 different countries, that all love the Lord, was AMAZING…. And again, I guess it’s all bigger than me…….
Mat by some food in the market.
Ian is ready for the beach. What a ham!