Chris Lovingood and Lena Morozova Kyiv Prayerletter
October and November were filled with wonderful news, and not so wonderful news. We’ll start with the good. Please visit our website www.kyivmission.org for many updates, including galleries of recent events and even our wedding photos! Our print newsletter will be mailed later in December and then will be posted on-line. Also, check out Jonathan Shaub’s website http://www.uecenter.org/internship/jonathan/index.htm for his perspective and many interesting galleries.
Dima Kalinin, who read with
Our Student Nights continue with good crowds. To try to spend more time with those who are
interested, we invited everyone who had questions to the UEC, Fridays at .
As a surprise, we decided to cook a big pot of soup each week. We have about 7 who attend. Jonathan,
The first Sunday of October Nivki
Church launched two Sunday assemblies.
We had discussed it for two years, and the time finally came.
All of our Study Center courses—two Old Testament classes and the Ministry of Teaching course—as well as the courses taught by others continue. We’ll provide more details when the semester closes.
The UEC celebrated its second year of service in early
November (our actually anniversary is October 6). David Ralston, our board president, and a
Jonathan is also leading a UEC effort to expand our library holdings. His website http://www.uecenter.org/harvestofbooks/index.htm about our “Harvest of Books” contains all the details. If you have some books you would like to send our way, let us know and visit his website. We’ll add you to our map. We are hoping 25 groups will participate this year.
Our UEC work seems to grow constantly. October was a record-breaking month--over 4,000 patron visits. We’ve also made several trips to the post office since Eastern European Mission sent 250 Russian Bibles and 250 Russian-language A Newcomer’s Guide to the Bible to us. It’s been a joy distributing those. It’s so exciting to see that our dream is alive and well and serving hundreds of people every week.
Our personal news is mostly woes, unfortunately. Our Russian tutor, Zhanna
Serafimovna, of many missionaries and of many years
died in late October. She was a
wonderful woman and will be missed by many.
Besides that bad news, I have had a series of urological problems. After paying $600 for a seemingly endless
series of tests, I was eventually diagnosed with chronic prostatitis,
a relatively difficult-to-cure malady. Then,
after one doctor proposed a formidable treatment regime (which also cost $2500
and involved leeches), we sought a second opinion. This Soviet doctor claimed I don’t have prostatitis but may have a problem with my back. Now, I am symptom free but who knows what may
As for the aquarium, more woes. Two fish have died recently. We finally figured out why two of the
angelfish “skelari” were so combative and
territorial. They were hoping to be
parents! But their eggs soon became
caviar. That was the end of that
dream. On the good side,
Although we thought about not coming to the
By Chris Lovingood | EUROPE | Ukraine