Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Monday, February 21, 2005

Friday, 18 February 2005

This morning I administered the final exam, and an hour later we had a party for the end of the class. The students were very gracious and kind in their comments regarding the class. I have this deep appreciation for several of the older men who are students – we are like one another in our values. Afterwards we headed to the Myer’s new place in the village Roshenka, east of Kyiv. They have an acre of land and a very nice dacha, or country house. On the way out, we drove past the tall fir trees, which must be old forest – they’re very tall. We make a few left and right turns, and go twisting through the homes until we reach the end of the lane. Jim and Phyllis have about 9/10 of an acre with several fruit and nut trees, a barn and outbuildings, and even though it is winter it is plain that this will be a beautiful place. We have dinner and then sit by the fireplace and converse for a pleasant couple of hours, including ministries near and far, friends and events that have taken place.

In the evening we returned to enjoy a final couple of hours with Nina and Oksana. We debriefed about our stay, and laughed about some of the events we had experienced, then said our goodbyes. I took a slow walk home by the usual route, under the metro/highway overpass, past the post office and through the high-rise apartment complex to Jim Dumas’ place, to shower and pack for the early morning pickup from Sasha. I am grateful to the Lord for the experience here and for His grace in ministry.

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