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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.

A Shower for Baby Roberts

September19

While we had a team here from the states they decided to host a baby shower for us. It was a very sneaky surprise party, Lance knew about it but I did not.

Us sharing how Lance kept the party a secret.

We had gone out with a few friends for dinner (they also knew about the party) and they were being very cryptic about what to do after dinner. I was slowly enjoying my meal while they were ready to go and said “well let’s head out…” I was a little surprised they were not up for more chit chat but ‘ok’ I thought. They wanted to watch a movie but I was thinking ‘you’re leaving tomorrow, this is our last evening together why are we watching a movie?’ Then as soon as we got back to the YWAM campus, our friends seemed to disperse and I could smell apple crisp. One of the team members found me and asked if I would like to join the team for apple crisp to which I obviously agreed. When I entered the room there was the classic “Surprise!” And I can tell you, I was surprised!

Lance acting out changing the diaper.

Furiously writing baby names

They arranged yummy treats and games for everyone to participate in. One game involved coming up with baby names for each letter of the alphabet. There were some great suggestions but also some funny ones, like Zit for example. 🙂

The team pooled their money together and got us a baby crib and bedding. Other guests gave us cute outfits and toys for little baby Roberts. We are also stalked with plenty of diapers and encouraging notes from many friends.

Yep, that is small!

We were so blessed by this surprise party. Thank you to everyone that planned, prepared, and participated in the party!

My parents got to be part of the party!

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A visit from mom and dad

August31

Last year, Megan’s parents came for a visit for the first time. This year they decided to join a medical team in Romania and thought, “we are so close, why not come again?” We were happy to have them come again.

Working together

We got to help with the eye clinic for one day

We went on a road trip to Romania to pick them up and bring them back to Ukraine. They were just in time to experience the final week of the Equip school and see what the team from America did. We warned them ahead of time that we would be busy that first week but they did great getting out in the city, eating out and buying things in the market without any help from us! We are thoroughly impressed!

At the Equip graduation

After the school finished and we tied up a few things with the American team and then we were able to take both of them to some of our favorite places to explore.

At Terrakaniv Fortress

In Kaminets-Podilsky

As busy as we were, it was an honor to have family come and really see what we do.

Women’s Christmas Tea

March15

Two years ago we hosted a women’s Christmas tea as an event to spread the message of hope. (Go HERE to read about it.) We pulled off another beautiful and fun tea once more in December.

All of our base staff came together to invite, decorate, cook, and clean for this event. Staff hosted a table and then invited people to their table. Each table was unique and beautiful, Megan went with a literary theme. The food was also especially tasty and there was plenty of it!

Yummy food! Lance was a great server.

We had games, crafts, music and several speakers to share a testimony or special word. The women that came heard a clear message of what Christmas is all about and were able to receive encouragement from others around them.

What a lovely table!

We had a team from Holland with us so they were a big help in serving and cleaning. They also put on a small kids program for our staff kids, they still talk about it! We are so happy to be able to invite people from the community to hear of Jesus and his love for us. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good tea party?!

Exchanging ornaments game

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Bringing a love for Ukraine

September13

Back in 2015, we worked with a local coffee shop to bring hope to the city, read about it HERE, Lance was able to work with the same people again to bring a love for Ukraine.

Lance and I try to get out into the countryside as often as we can. We believe that getting to know your surroundings will encourage a greater understanding of the people and nation we are serving. Not to mention, a greater love for the beauty it holds! Some of the pictures Lance has taken has captured the attention of others in Ukraine.

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Our favorite coffee shop asked Lance to print a few photos to display in the shop. Of course Lance was excited for the opportunity to share his photos and his love of exploring Ukraine. Lance printed about 20 photos and prepared a short speech to encourage exploration of Ukraine.

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We truly do love Ukraine and we have realized that many people do not know the beauty that is with in the country. We want to inspire Ukrainians to love their country and to see more of it. This opportunity of showcasing the beauty within Ukraine was a great way to motivate others to visit historic sites in Ukraine. Each photo was printed with the name of the village and the number of kilometers it was from Ternopil.

We are hoping that more young people will get outside of their city to experience first hand, the beauty of Ukraine!

You can see most of Lance’s photos on his Flickr site.

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