Lance & Megan's Blog

Special Update

June17

Megan and my recent season of being without a home has had us praying about the future and how we can move forward as a family. After much prayer and thought, we are sensing from the Lord that we will be in Ternopil long enough to settle our family here. After much thought and prayer, we have decided to start the process of raising funds to buy a house. As we have been looking for a place and getting our fundraising strategy ready, a huge opportunity came up and we are excited to share it with you.

Since January, we have been living at our Youth With A Mission facility after our landlady asked us to leave the apartment because she wanted to sell it. Though moving was not an easy thing for us, it opened up the possibility to actually consider the idea of purchasing a house. It just so happens that the house right next to the YWAM building came up for sale while we were praying about this and the owner wants to give us first preference! We feel peace about pursuing buying this property, but time is a bit tight, our neighbor wants to sell within the next couple months. We have been given a $50,000 loan but will need to raise an additional $25,000 to complete the purchase of the house and land (phase 1.)

Having lived at our YWAM facility these past months has been difficult due to not having our own space, however, we have loved the ability to be right in the middle of base community life. We feel that moving next door will have a positive effect on the culture of our community as we go into the future.

To be clear, Megan and I are planning on buying this property for our family, YWAM Ternopil will not be involved in the purchasing and developing of the property. We will be purchasing the land through a loan and money raised by Megan and I, not through YWAM Ternopil money. However, the way the properties sit together, we would be choosing to open up parts of the property for shared spaces (as shown in the picture below.)

By us owning the next door property:

· There would be a shared back yard with the base. This would allow for desperately needed outdoor activities which we really are not able to do at the moment.

· Eventually, we might be able to add parking for the base which will become increasingly needed due to a 9 story apartment complex coming in across the street.

· We would secure this property from developers as well as give opportunity for YWAM Ternopil to officially purchase it at a later time if they so desire.

The Plan

Phase 1: The Purchase ($75,000+ approximately $5000 for bank fees etc.)

Purchase the property and move into the existing structure. This is an extremely old building with major structural issues. It is livable, but it is not a long term solution.

Phase 2: Build A House: (approximately $65,000)

Since the existing house is old and in need of major repairs, it would be more economical to build a new home at a more logical placement on the property.

Phase 3: Old Structure Tear Down and Property development (approximately $15,000)

Tearing down the structure is not straight forward being that it is part of a duplex. It could be a complex job. We would also need to add fencing and figure out parking as well as landscaping. It would also be nice to add some sitting spaces for students and teams to enjoy outside.

We would like to invite you to consider partnering with us in this project whether that is through prayer, finance or advice/help. For us this is a stretch of faith as well as skill set. We are continuing to seek godly counsel and wisdom from the Lord as we finalize our plan of how to raise the money needed.

If you want more information, have questions or input we would be more than happy to Skype or FaceTime. We are tentatively planning on coming to the states late summer-mid fall, so we would love to talk face to face as well.

We are excited to see what happens in these next months as we move ahead to find something where our family can sprout more roots! Thank you for your years of support for our family. We really appreciate it.

Q&A

Question: Why can’t your organization give you money for this?

Answer: Youth With A Mission is different than many other mission sending groups in the fact that they do not play any role in the support raising process. They do not have any organizational funds to give to anyone for any reason. It is one of the foundational values of YWAM that each person is responsible for their own support.

Question: What will happen if you are ever forced to leave Ukraine for some reason?

Answer: The blessing of being next to the base is that there will always be someone to either live at our place or watch over it. Even if we have to be gone for a long period of time, the base can care for it and when we can return, we can sell it if needed.

Question: Will this be YWAM Ternopil’s property?

Answer: No, this will be our own personal property. But… we understand that we will be in community and that the property will sometimes be used for YWAM activities. We want to be open and available for helping our YWAM community with what we have.

A year in review

June17

Everyone jokes that a baby changes everything but until you have a baby you really don’t quite understand what that means. For us, that has meant, slowed down communication and sadly our blog has been low on the priority list. Since it has been over a year since we posted anything. We will simply give some pictures to recap what we have been doing.

April 2018- We moved into our apartment.
April 2018- We were able to make a trip to Finland to meet with other DTS leaders and staff.
May 2018- We participated in and helped with Marriage Week.
May 2018- We had an all staff training time that ended in May.
June 2018- We hosted a TESOL outreach team and offered TESOL classes for those that wanted to be TESOL certified.
July 2018- We hosted a six week Leadership Development Course
August 2018- We helped teach in a DTS staff training in Kyiv.
September 2018- City-wide Thanksgiving brought us out to advertise and run a marriage dialogue cafe.
October 2018- Staff retreat to the Carpathian Mountains!
October 2018- We started our Discipleship Training School
November 2018- Lance’s parents came for a visit
December 2018- Benaiah turned one!!
December 2018- Megan spoke at our annual Women’s Christmas Tea
January 2019- we had to move out of our apartment since our landlady wanted to sell it. Benaiah is packing up his books.
January 2019- Lance started his Discipleship and Christian Formations course in England.
February 2019- Discipleship Training School graduated!
March 2019- We started a large remodel project in the YWAM building.
April 2019- Lance and fellow staff, Ryan started a project to tell the story of a work started by our church planting ministry.

Meet Benaiah

March22

There is a new addition to our family! Benaiah Mark Roberts was born December 14 at 14:02 on a lovely sunny Thursday. He of course is the cutest baby ever.

Hours old

Benaiah enjoyed his first Christmas with family.

Meeting Santa Claus

He was introduced to snow for the first time and had his first sledding experience.

Benaiah and his cousin Jethro are only 9 months apart and they started their relationship on the right foot.

Benaiah got to visit the ocean for the first time.

Naturally he experienced his first plane ride on his way to Ukraine. And now he has celebrated his 3 month birthday here in Ternopil!

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Time with family

March22

Lance and I love, I mean LOVE the ocean. Both of our families enjoy being by the ocean so it was perfect to plan a family gathering by the ocean. We made multiple trips to the ocean, first trip was with Lance’s family in Depoe Bay for a weekend together, this has been one of Lance’s family’s favorite spots because it is perfect for watching the waves crash on the rocks.

The ocean has always been a place for Lance and I to relax and rest. We love listening to the ocean, poking at tide pools, watching sunrises and sunsets at the ocean, it is just one of our favorite places.

All together (just missing two kids though!)

Later in January, my family rented a house in Warrenton where we could all be together. We played games, watched The Goonies, went to the beach, visited Cannon Beach and just hung out.

Playing Kubb in the rain

Walking on the beach

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Fall Staff Day

November10

It is crucial that we spend time with our staff to communicate plans and expectations as well as just have fun and pray together. We try to have several days a year that we can set aside for just being together. Two days before Lance and I left, we had our staff day.

We could only squeeze in one day but it was a great day for communicating our plans for the future and to hear from everyone. We communicated our plan of having three months for staff togetherness and that everyone should be ready to participate and be present during that time.

We also wanted to hear from everyone what they thought our base vision was. This might seem simple but we have wanted to rework that for years and just have not felt ready for it so we want to slowly work into it and this was one way to start that process. We gave two teams random objects and asked each team to use the items in describing what they thought the vision was. This gave us some direction and understanding of where everyone was at in regards to the vision. It was fun, simple and informative.

And to end our time, we had a team craft that involved a world map and decoupage. Since our building is still fairly new we are ever so slowly decorating and making it homey. This was one way we could all participate in decorating the base while emphasizing missions. All the kids could join in too and now it is a permanent reminder of our time together.

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