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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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Packing it all up

November8

Lance and I have stayed in the same apartment in Ukraine for the last four years. It was our first home as a married couple so it has a special place in our lives.

Our first meal in our home

Over the last year though we have been thinking about finding a new place that would be cheaper and when we knew that we would be coming back to the states to have our baby it seemed to be the perfect time to move out.

We have had a good landlord and lots of memories in this place. We have had friends and family come stay with us, many get togethers with friends, and just time together as a couple. We hope to find a new place that is for a good price, has room for guests, and either has an elevator or is not on the fourth floor. Our ideal plan would be to rent a house that has a bit of yard but that is not as easy as finding an apartment.

First Christmas in our apartment

View from our window

Saying goodbye as we pack everything up

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Planning for leaders

November7

Ten days before we left Ternopil, we squeezed in four days of planning for the next year with our leadership team.

This is always a critical time for us as leaders to reflect on what happened in the last year, look at what worked and what didn’t and figure out how we can improve and grow as a team.

This past year was super busy and we felt we needed more time as staff together, to facilitate that we have decided to set aside March, April and May as a time to focus on the staff. We are not exactly sure how that will look but we want to have some times of teaching/training and also some times of ministry and fun together.

We look forward to seeing what will come out of this time and what God has for us next year! We already have a full calendar for next year but the Lord may change things around so we want to be ready for His will.