I returned to Ukraine during the first week of April and was welcomed by many of my closest Ukrainian friends when my bus arrived in Lutsk!
|Opening our session in prayer|
|Pasha participated in teaching again|
|Sveta was present to translate and also help with teaching|
|The students often studied late into the night with Henry|
The Agape Rehabilitation Complex continues to be full of patients. We are so grateful that people are beginning to seek rehab sooner rather than later after surgeries, strokes or injuries as it often gives them greater potential to progress. Not long ago a local neurosurgeon called Sveta to request rehabilitation for a man who had received a spinal cord injury just days prior in a diving accident. He had undergone surgery the day before and the surgeon actually asked Sveta to first come to the hospital to educate the staff and the family and then to accept him to Agape as soon as possible. So many secondary problems that patients with spinal cord injury often encounter here in Ukraine can be prevented by early education, but we rarely have the opportunity to give it. This was that rare opportunity and that man is now receiving the early rehabilitation he needs. Praise the Lord! And we are also considering how to propose providing further education for the hospital staff.
Life outside of work has also been busy since my return. While I was in the US, Sveta moved into her new house in the village of Boratyn. So we now live directly behind Agape and have an extremely short commute to work.
|Agape - taken from our driveway|
|Our house is the gray one left of center - taken from Agape|
|Walking home after a trip to Lutsk for groceries|
|Sveta walked in the vicinity of my first run so we could explore the area together, but she hasn't joined me since!|
While there may be less convenience living in a village, there are also some wonderful aspects that we love! We have the possibility to be outside at any time - to sit on the back porch and enjoy the quiet or to take walks along the train tracks or through the nearby forest.
|Hanging out on the back porch on a Sunday afternoon!|
An obvious difference between apartment life and life in a house is that we now have yard work. Actually we just have weeds but they too must be controlled to some extent. Since we have nowhere to store a lawnmower yet, we recently borrowed tools from Agape to "cut" our high weeds. Then one of the men from Agape brought over the lawnmower and mowed it shorter for us. So now not only do I know the difference between a sickle and a scythe, I have successfully used them both.
And best of all, we now have a place that is fully accessible to all of our friends! No more steps or narrow elevators that sometimes get turned off or break. We have ramps to the front and back doors and a wide open floor plan. We look forward to the opportunity to host more and more of our friends in this home!
Other adventures this spring included spending an afternoon at a tulip festival at a nearby nursery. I particularly enjoyed this since tulips are my favorite flower!
|Sveta and I lived with Lyuda (red jacket) years ago before she married and before we moved to the US.|
|Dinner with friends in Lutsk|
|Sveta's mom came for a weekend too!|
|Lunch break at Agape|
|Lutsk train station - mom and I were headed to the Kyiv airport|
On Thursday, we head to camp for adults with disabilities which runs until July 20. Then camp for families of children with disabilities will run July 22-28. Please join us in prayer for these camps. This time of year is always a highlight for many of us, but we want it to be so much more than just fun for those who attend. Many of them are not believers and we are praying for their repentance above all else, so please join us. More to come when we return from camp!