World Travelers

Josh and I love to travel.  Some of our most amazing experiences have come from the many places we’ve visited.  Here are some of our favorite memories…

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I finally got my Chinese…

FOOD!! Since moving here to Mukachevo, I’ve been missing two foods that I ate constantly in America: Mexican & Chinese. So, I was super excited when we came across a Chinese restaurant in Budapest – it was so yummy!

As for my Chinese visa, I was once again denied; this time due to proof of residency – which i was never told I needed nor has this ever been needed in the past nor was it posted on the website. We’ve done a lot of thinking and praying about our next step. We both feel that the best thing to do is to just cancel our trip to China. We no longer have the time or the budget to continue pursuing this visa. Although the China trip would be an amazing experience, we’re content about this decision and have peace about it. God is doing great things here with us, and He will do great things in China without us.

So, after being denied early Wednesday morning, we just relaxed and spent the day enjoying one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to.

Pictures and People

A slideshow of pictures is now available for viewing: either by clicking HERE or by clicking on “Ukraine Feb. 2008” in the left column under “photos”. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions. We’d love to respond to any questions you have.

To clarify who all is in the pictures (in order of appearance):

  • Steve and Cristine Keever (and daughter Autumn) – missionaries with YWAM serving in Budapest. We worked with Cristine in 2001 at COI’s Mission Training School. They graciously opened up their home for three nights as we were traveling to and from Ukraine. Hospitality and Kindness at it’s best!
  • Dow and Cindee Warner – Founders of Sons of Salvation, our Directors/Mentors, and Friends. They have been traveling for about 8 weeks now and are still going strong. They were our Teachers at the Mission training school in 2001 and came to see the calling on our lives. For the past 8 years they have been challenging us to return to the mission field. They are some of the biggest encouragers in our lives and are very special.
  • Lori Enskaya (and daughter Abigail) – The story of how Lori and I became friends is a very cool God connection. (I’ll write that story in another post soon). Lori completely spent her week helping us, showing us around town, ordering our meals, and assisting us in finding our apartment. She also generously allowed us to hang out at her home during some down times. Her husband Oleg worked during the daytime, but we thank Him, too, for giving up his evenings with His wife so that she could be with us. Lori, Thank you for all that you have done.
  • Jim and Laurie Sliz – new friends from New York who love the Ukraine and hope to minister there one day. This was the first time we met Jim and Laurie; they came along to get to know Dow & Cindee, us, and to see if SOS is a good fit for them. Their hearts are completely opened to serving in Ukraine, even leaving behind their 5 children and their families. It was a pleasure getting to know them and seeing their passion – hopefully one day we will have the pleasure of working alongside them.
  • Pastor Greg -He is Jim and Laurie’s pastor. Their church is fairly new (I think about 4 years old), and He prays that His church, however small they are, will have a big heart for mission work. By seeing firsthand the needs in Ukraine, he can now take all he’s experienced back to his congregation and develop a plan of action to participate in mission work. It always excites me to see a pastor passionate about missions.
  • Andrej – A Ukrainian friend that Josh and I met on our first trip to Ukraine in 2000. We have sporadically kept in touch over the years and reconnected again last week. He is a great man of God, leads the worship at his church, and is involved in outreach. Besides all that, he works as a lawyer, including adoptions (locally and internationally). He’s a great friend and we’re excited to be back in contact.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get pictures of everyone else that we cam e in contact with, such as our translator, other missionaries, and ministers. But, we will definitely get them once we move there.

Update from Ukraine #3

Email Received 02/25 – 5:00 PM Ukraine Time:


We actually didn’t get to sign the lease – the landlady is nervous about renting to Americans because she fears that we will get homesick and will take off in the middle of the night. So, Lori (the missionary here) is going to sign the lease in her name for us and will serve as our middle man. We trust Lori and she trusts us, so it is a good arrangment. We believe that after the 3 first three months, Tatiana will trust us and will allow us to put our name on the lease. Although she is nervous about leasing to us, she is taking good care of us. She will fix a few things (which originally we were told we had to take it “as is”), and she decided to buy us a rug for the main living area. The floors are all wood and rugs are expensive, so this is a huge blessing. She also told us we could change the locks and not give them a copy. It is common here for landlords to come and go from their tenants apartments as they please; if you complain, they make life difficult. There is one missionary who’s landlady would come several times a day and use her water so that she didn’t have to pay as much for her own; she figured the American was rich enough to pay for more. So, we are blessed that Tatiana respects our privacy. She has also agreed to let us paint, as long as we get her approval on the color scheme. Right now they are all bright pastel colors.

Our tutoring has been secured. We will be studying with a friend, Snezhana. She lives about 30 minutes away, but we think she will be wonderful. We instantly connected with her, and she was already giving us advice and small lessons as we hung out with her during the day. We are going to have lessons 3-4 times a day for 2 hours. She warned us that we would have tons of homework, but since language is our main focus for a while, we expect it to be strenuous. There is also a professional translator and interprator who teaches English at a university here. We met with her and she has offered to meet with us weekly just to help us out and give us hands-on practical application – ordering food, shopping, etc.

Other than that, God is opening many new relationships who serve in ministry here. Many work with youth and orphans, both of which we have a heart for. I’ll give more information about those later.

We leave to return to Budapest tomorrow – a day earlier than originally planned – but things have been so smooth here that everything was taken care of more quickly than anticipated. It will be nice to have 2 days to just do touristy things – visiting castles and museums.

Love you all. See you soon.
~Josh and LIndsey