I wanted to title this "Ukraine update" or "KCA update" but then I remembered I wasn't at either place!
"The America"-- By the Numbers
12 Maryland counties entered; 5 states + DC visited.
$2,403 raised (4 churches, plus a few small donations)
38 more people needed to sponsor me at $25/month! Click here to contribute electronically.
4 of 13 churches visited
My ministry in Ukraine cannot happen without your help and partnership. YOU are part of the team. As mentioned above, this summer $2,403 has been contributed toward my account. A small part of that amount came from monthly sponsors. To cover my expenses for this last school year, I still need $9,597 from either one-time donations or through monthly pledges. If you are interested in contributing electronically, the link is above. For contributing by check, here are the instructions: Checks should be made out to: General Treasurer, Church of the Nazarene and mailed to PO Box 843116, Kansas City, MO 64184. Please include Jessica H /Mission Corps/Ukraine on the memo line of your check in order for the funds to go to the appropriate area of the world where I will be serving. Thank you SO MUCH!
Re-entry shock, or reverse culture shock, hasn't been too bad. One of the confusing things is dealing with time zones: there is now a 7 hour difference between my friends in Ukraine and me, but no difference between me and my East Coast friends. Here is a funny story: At Family Camp, I had a water bottle that I would refill in the dining hall and then take back to the cabin. Eventually I realized that the tap water in the cabin was perfectly drinkable and that I didn't need to take my water bottle with me!
In my travels, I have been able to meet lots of people. Here are just a few --
*Lisa-Jo: she and her husband lived in Kiev for 3 years, and attended the Nazarene church. I read her blog, and we have many mutual friends. We met for lunch the day I applied for my visa.
*Aleksey and Lena: Ukrainian missionary couple with Campus Crusade ministering in Ocean City, MD to Eastern European students
*Missionary Rod Reed and his daughters Katie (18) and Hannah (12): Missionary speaker(s) at Family Camp, from Africa Nazarene Univ. I enjoyed having lunch with them one day, and hearing them share during the missions service.
NYC -- the capstone of my summer
Over 6,000 Nazarene teens and their sponsors gathered in Louisville, Kentucky last week for a time of worship, service, prayer, and fun. Our Missionary Kid group had 29 students and 6 sponsors, coming from every region of the Church of the Nazarene. My roommates included 2 MKs from Eastern Europe and one from Senegal. I saw friends from all over the country -- Mid-Atlantic District, New England District, Maine, Michigan, and even El Paso!
|Our crazy MK group|
|"Something to Eat" assembly line|
We also had times of fun, whether it was go-karting and mini golfing on Saturday, playing Ninja or Pterodactyl at the hotel, or enjoying the exhibit hall (usually gravitating to the drums in the NCM exhibit).
|Eurasia representation at NYC|
Click here to see my most up-to-date listing of churches I will be visiting.
July 22-24: Road trip to New England!
Aug 15: Depart America for Ukraine
Aug 23: First Day of School / Parent Orientation
*The MKs' openness to God's leading and for their recognition of what God wanted to say to them during NYC.
*A full schedule of speaking at churches
*The opportunities to see friends and family while "home" in America
*For the MKs to assimilate how God's spoken to them into how they live their lives for months and years to come
*MKs in transition -- whether it is between other countries or back to America
*Provision of the remaining funds for the rest of my school year. I hope to be able to stay in Ukraine until the end of July, so that I can attend the district kids' camp.
One more year at KCA, here we go! Thanks for all your support!