General Updates

Saying Good-bye to the 2016-2017 School Year


The kids keep growing up. See them, up in front  – light hair, light-colored clothes. New Milestone! At the JV Spring conference, Marissa was invited to be in the kids program with all the big kids because she is a first grader now. Dylan just finished another year of preschool, and looks forward to going […]

Subject Matter Experts and Jacks of All Trades


Missionaries are people, which means they have good and bad days. On a bad day, you’ll find my mind far, far away, using my MBA to be a good FLDP (finance leadership development program) graduate and SME (subject matter expert) in FMS (financial management systems), like SAP and Hyperion. (I just recalled how much we used […]

JV Conference on Psalm 23


I wrote this in reflection after attending our annual Josiah Venture family spring conference. Our president, Dave Patty, prepared all the teaching for the conference based on shepherding, our Great Shepherd, Jesus, and Psalm 23. He leads me beside still waters.  He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  I will […]

Reformation 500-Year Anniversary – Live from Wittenberg!


Protestant churches all over the world are gearing up for the celebration of 500 years since Martin Luther hung his 95 theses on this church door to make a statement against the inconsistencies he saw between Scripture and the practices in the church in 1517. Can you imagine? That was FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO! And it […]

EXIT Tour Round 2 with New Life!


After two months “off EXIT Tour”, we were back on. Our local church, New Life, in Lviv, where we have served for 10 years(!), was up next in line for an EXIT Tour. They had booked a band out of England, Crossfya, which was the same group that came last year and did a similar project. […]

Dual Language Bible Project


For the past two years I have been team Ukraine’s representative for a dual-language Bible printing project with Josiah Venture. A very large donation was given so that any country where Josiah Venture serves could order 5,000 modern-translation Bibles in a dual language format. This means English plus the national language spoken, for example, Ukrainian. […]

All Staff In a School for Spring17


Recently Ben and I have pushed “All Staff in a School” ministry philosophy. These are two of my schools that I pray for often. “All Staff in a School” is a phrase we came up with, based on our JV President, Dave Patty’s saying of “All Staff on the [Disciple-making] Path”, meaning that every Josiah […]

The Kids Surprise Me Every Day


I have not written in so long about the kids. It is hard to believe that we recently experienced our first ever Spring Break with a school-aged child. It was not a super eventful week, but Marissa is thrilled to “sleep in” (meaning getting up at 6:30), not doing homework (although she still does her […]

Easter and Salvation


Happy Easter from Lviv, Ukraine! We had a wonderful, true holiday weekend. No plans. We went to Thursday and Sunday church services, and we attended a small team dinner on Sunday night, but other than that we had 3 full days of rest. The kids were doing “healthy eating” through the month of April, so […]

Easter Break Reading List


Reading has taken on a new meaning in our household. Besides having the two kids, who are reading more and more every day, including my text messages from my phone and other personal things they should not see…, my perspective on reading has recently changed. After having from November 1-February 15 to read 19 books […]

Never Before Have I Felt So Inspired


Inspire. This was the name of our Josiah Venture Fall Conference back in September 2016. There we were inspired and changed by the stories of the first century Church. Jesus ascends to heaven, and the Apostles and disciples go out and bring Christianity to the ends of the civilized world in one generation after Christ. […]

In Preparation for Easter


Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost. 99% of Central and Eastern European teenagers do not follow Christ. Many of them do not even know Him, the Messiah, the Christ – the one who laid down His perfect life so that we might be made right again with God, and live – […]

Two Week Countdown to EXIT


Yesterday we had an organizational meeting about our next EXIT Tour, which starts in two weeks. April 18-21st. I am so excited. This is an incredible project with teenagers. I have blogged much about EXIT since mid February, when we launched the ministry. Also in March 2016 we did something similar with a band, Crossfiya, […]

Persons of Peace


In the Bible we hear the phrase “a person of peace”. Our friend, Benjamin Francis, from India often talks about people of peace in the ministry in India, and how important this is.  “In Luke 9 and 10, Matthew 10 and Mark 6, Jesus gives an often overlooked strategy for our gaining entrance and winning […]

16 Personalities and the Annual Staff Retreat


Ben recently asked our whole team to take the personality profile test from a well-known website. This test is nice because it is available in Czech, Russian, Ukrainian and English, all native languages spoken on our team of 21. It doesn’t take very long to answer, yet the pages and pages of personality profiling […]

Love EUROPE and LOVE EVFREE Fullerton


This is a special thank you to a very influential ministry partner (EVFree Church of Fullerton, CA) that keeps on loving the ministry of Josiah Venture in Central and Eastern Europe. In heaven I’m convinced that there will be a whole night devoted to this church’s people who have loved Ukraine and pleased God SO […]

EXIT TOUR Time Again


EXIT Tour Ukraine – news briefing from EXIT Tour Ukraine on Vimeo. When I watched this video, taped and aired for our local Lviv news channel, in the youth slot (6:45-7pm on Tuesday nights!), I was reminded that we have our second official round of EXIT TOUR starting April 19-21.  New potential! New teenagers! New […]

What is the Gospel Anyway?


Between EXIT Tour (see February blog posts) and INSPIRE conference (I’ll write more soon) our team and network of churches/youth groups have been discussing A LOT about sharing the Gospel. The Gospel, ie. evangelia, is the good news that God the Son was sent to Earth by God the Father. He lived a perfect life, died […]

Standing Among Giants Once Again


February 25th, 2017. I’m sitting on a flight from Lviv to Munich, Germany. Ben is seated one row ahead of me. The kids are still in Lviv, staying for 11 days with Grammy, while we are headed to Pasadena, California for our first on-campus intensive at the very start of a new stage of life […]

An Annual Report You Don’t Want to Miss


Ahhhh. Seminary prep has taken me captive for the past few weeks. Therefore the blog suffers. In order to get back into blog land, I usually choose something relatively easy to post to help me ease back in. Therefore, enjoy the annual report from Josiah Venture. No one likes reading annual reports, but this one […]

Tomorrow EXIT Tour Launches in Ukraine!


Tonight, a Slovak leader, an American missionary, a rapper from England called Faith Child, and his drummer arrive in Ukraine. Tomorrow two EVFree CA youth pastors arrive, as well. They are all added to another two Slovaks, a man from Scotland, our Josiah Venture Ukraine team of Ukrainians and Americans, and two local churches, Christ […]

Luther, A Mighty Fortress, and Ukraine


Last Saturday we attended a three-hour event for the Christian youth of Lviv regarding the 500-year Reformation anniversary. We learned about Martin Luther and his fight to call the existing church out on its corruption and lack of a biblical foundation. We learned about the Protestant movement beginnings, and how Lviv, Ukraine and western Ukraine […]

Now Choose Life: Dad Turns 60


The first picture is when I was in 7th grade. My dad had made a decision to follow Jesus a bit before that. And I have seen God at work in his life through the easy times, the busy times, the slow times, the sick times, the hardest of times. Today is my dad’s 60th birthday. A […]

In the Top Ten of the Nicest Things In 10 Years


I’ve already mentioned that January 10th, 2007 was our 10-year anniversary of living and serving God in Ukraine. Over the years we have been the recipients of some very kind gestures, including several surprise birthday parties, an unexpected baby shower, “welcome back” fanfare at the airport, being called up the front to be recognized for […]