I hope you are all enjoying your summer months, wherever you may be! Here is the promised second update for the month of June, as it did not all fit into one email.
KCA Class of 2012
Graduation was held this year on May 24. Of these 12 students, I had taught all but 1 of them at some point.
|KCA Teachers/Staff and the class of 2012!|
|My Precalculus class and I|
This summer, I am wrapping up 3 years of life in Ukraine. My primary goal is to compile all my English lesson plans and materials into a cohesive PDF document to leave here. (Currently, they are in a pile on my bedroom floor.)
|At my desk before taking down my photos|
At home, I organized and cleaned my shkafs (shkaf = closet/shelves/storage) in preparation for the next residents. This place never was so tidy -- and it might only last a week, but for now, it's nice!
"Good goodbyes lead to good hellos" (from a re-entry workshop I attended).
Ukraine has been my home for the past 3 years. The people here are family to me. Kiev First Church of the Nazarene is my home church. Since my college days, it is the only one I've attended for at least 4 weeks in a row. When people ask what I do, I answer, "Teach math/Bible at KCA."
|My last time to see Bob and Josh Skinner, and the first dinner I served Ree and Joey Sumi|
Our entire Nazarene mission team has changed over the course of my three years here, and it has been hard to watch my friends leave. However, the new team is assembled and they have had their meetings recently.
Ree and Joey Sumi, pictured above, have arrived and will be living in my apartment. For now, we are flatmates and I am helping them get settled. As I show them around the neighborhood and how to navigate public transport or pay bills at the bank, I realize just how far I've come in 3 years.
|Ree and I outside the memorial/museum for "The Great Patriotic War Against the Fascists" (WW2)|
~Now until July 1: Euro 2012 football (aka soccer) championships--I've enjoyed watching the matches on TV and cheering for Ukraine and the Netherlands!
~Visit Chernivtsi (Western Ukraine) and Poltava (Eastern Ukraine)
July 7: American Chamber of Commerce hosts an American Independence Day picnic
July 12: Depart Ukraine :(
*Opportunities for quality time and good goodbyes with friends this summer
*The opportunity to support the other missionaries on our team
*God is teaching me more and more to rely on Him, and not on the people or places around me, for stability/constancy: "Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God" (Psalm 90:1-2).
*KCA students who have graduated or moved to other countries
*For me as I transition out of Ukraine and make plans for America
*The new Nazarene mission team, that they would have a smooth transition in and that Ukrainians would be accepting of them
How can I pray for you?
How can I pray for you?