Our students finally convinced us. Even though we were trying our hardest just to be a presence and work every second of every hour of every day (well – maybe not quite that much) on language, our students asked us to lead a small group one too many times. David and I are now the proud co-facilitators with one of our students, Valodia, of…”Cooking z Icycom.” The translated name is Cooking with Jesus, and yes the title is in a combination of English and Ukrainian, just like our lives.
On Tuesday evenings we have seven students over to our house. Last Tuesday was our first meeting. The students wanted to learn how to cook some American dishes, and we decided to incorporate some Jesus into it, and it has proven to be an amazing mix.
Last week we made lasagna casserole and garlic bread. So before the bible study side of things, we had quite the mess going with nine cooks in one kitchen. David and I are trying hard to keep our hands in our pockets. But with measurements being different and temperatures being different and words like dice, chop, grade, butter (not the noun, the verb – please butter the bread) not being understood it allows for a lot of fun.
Everyone was given a notebook last week and it allows them to write down the ingredients and directions in terms they understand. I feel a little bad, all the books have beautiful, very girlie, flowers on them because this time around we have more guys than gals. Apparently men cooking in Ukraine is still new, but our guys have been very up front saying they need to learn to do this in order that it might help them find a girlfriend.
So while dinner cooked, we opened the Word. And let me tell you if food and some cute girls can’t convince a college guy to come try out a Bible study, I’m stumped. Luckily, it worked and EVERYONE participated. We are reading II Timothy. We thought, Timothy’s young, our students are young…this is a good fit. We are not using a study guide, only the Bible. Our study is 12 weeks long and therefore we only cover a dozen or so verses a week.
It lets the students read on their own, think on their own and come up with some really good questions. And it has only taken me a week to see how differently Timothy can apply to different people in different cultures. Talk about meeting people where they are at…it’s so great to watch.
We forgot to take pictures last week, but this week, I’m on it. I will get these loaded Tuesday night. On the menu this week is chili, cornbread and the second half and Chapter One.