We’ll…Shannon and I got an email a couple of days ago which basically informed us that our scheduled pre-missionary service training was not going to happen and we were welcome to leave for Ukraine as soon as possible. We kind of knew this was a possibility. When we got hired and were trying to schedule everything around this event this forewarning loomed in the background: “The dates are concrete but the training is not, figure that one out.” Such is bureaucracy I suppose.
All that to say, we will be leaving earlier, approximately mid-September and our immediate task when we get there will be primarily to learn language. To do so we will enroll in a Ukrainian course at L’viv University and will continue in intensive acquisition until March when we return for three weeks for the next scheduled training and commissioning. Until then our role in the student ministry will be simply to show up and build relationships.
We are still plugging away with everything. Shannon and I are both done with work and simply trying to tie up a bunch of loose ends. We had a garage sale which went quite well and we have said more goodbyes than either of us care to. But it is time to go and we are ready.