Last month was a novel month for me. As you know, I flew to the mainland of Europe for the first time! I tried all kinds of new foods: borscht (a beet and cabbage soup), olie bolin (fried, sweet bread from the Netherlands, yum!), and Domino’s Pizza—Ukraine style. I saw all kinds of new things: Sinterklaas (like the U.S. Santa Claus, kinda), towering apartment buildings in Kiev, and real windmills from the Netherlands. And I spent some money…okay, a lot of money. Your money. (Thanks!)
Remember not so long ago when we all gave money to the designated giving project Places of Peace: Russia and Ukraine? The money that was raised goes to buying a space (an apartment, probably) for Sunday worships and International Friendship Club meetings in our Eurasia Mission Center. This past month, I traveled to Ukraine to see if we could spend some of that money!
We arrived on a Monday afternoon in a very chilly Kiev and immediately went to check out some apartments to buy. The first one was spacious, had a lot of character, and we loved it. We didn’t want to fall too in love with it, though, who buys the first place they see? We proceeded to look at apartments for the rest of the week, checking out all kinds of places, then going back to our office in Kiev, talking about pros and cons and what the apartment MUST have in order for it to work into all of our parameters. At the end of the week, it was official…we must have the first apartment or none at all! The decision made, we talked to the real estate agent, and then began to dream!
What could this apartment mean to our church in Kiev? In Ukraine? In all of Eastern Europe? It is an excellent meeting place, we could teach MEADS there, visiting guest ministers could stay there (as soon as we put in a shower, of course), and we now have space to put people when we grow and grow and grow! What an apartment! It is perfect for our needs!
More and more, I understand how blessed I am to have this new job. I get to see how money given to the church truly and honestly changes people’s lives. Thank you for your generosity. It makes a difference! I promise! I’ve seen it!