Thursday, December 19, 2013

Some pictures

These are pictures from the month of December.  They're not really in any particular order.  Life is busy, and sometimes I forget to post pictures and posts as often as I should.  Here are a few pictures to keep you up to date with our Pilgrims. 

Our youngest Pilgrims, Marta, plays with a stuffed bear that her great-aunt Debbie sent from America for Christmas.  How thoughtful of Debbie! 

This is the picture that we didn't use for our Thank You cards.  I love how silly our staff and their families can be - I love working with these people and value their dedication so much.  It's great to be part of such an amazing team! 

We start and finish Pilgrims in small groups.  It helps with our space issue, because at the end when things are a bit more crowded, we can use both rooms.  We broke along gender lines this night, but thankfully Pastor Volodya's wife was willing to mix things up a bit!  At the end, the small groups pray together to end our time.  

The girl's group! 

And a few of the guys even joined them - even though this looks like a middle school dance - we all like each other! 

At Pilgrim's this week we learned how to search for things in the Bible, how to guess where a scripture might be found, and how to remember the order of the books of the Bible.  A lot of our new students don't know how to find the scripture, so this was fun and helpful.  Do you use God Eats Pop Corn/General Electric Power Company to remember Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Collossians?   Well, that acronym doesn't work in Ukrainian, so today the students came up with an acronym of their own - it translates to "God Energetically Paints Everyone" ... which is a really cool way to remember the order of these epistles.  It's awesome to have such creative students.  

Over Christmas break, the four staff members are in competition against the rest of the Pilgrims to see which group will read more verses of the Bible!  It should be a great challenge! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Some photos

The protests continue in Ukraine.  It is hard to keep up to date with all that is happening.  Things are moving quickly, and yet things are moving so slowly.  Some days are scary and some days are victorious and some days are both.  Here are a few pictures of the protests here in Lviv. 

Almost every evening thousands of people gather to support the protesters in Kiv. 

One of our Pilgrims and her friend. 

Children play in the snow.  In Lviv, whole families come together to show their support. 

Sometimes we just stand together and watch the news on the giant screen.  The people of Lviv love their country so much.