Phil & Denise


Serving in Ukraine, Eurasia

We were called into missions, and to Ukraine specifically, when we were both in our 40s, after Phil went on a short-term missions trip to Ukraine in 2006. Phil left a great career as a computer programmer (after 20+ years), and we said goodbye to a comfortable life in Minnesota to say yes to God's leading.

We have NO regrets!  We have lived in Ukraine 6 of the last 8+ years.  God has given us a deep love for the people of Ukraine. We love serving God where He has placed us and are excited to see how God is changing hearts and lives!

In Krivoy Rog, we partner with our friends in the Churches of Praise, encouraging and helping them in two main areas: 1) church planting and 2) youth ministry. Our main purpose here matches the purpose of our area (Eurasia Northwest) - to plant the church where it is not. There are many communities in Ukraine without a church and we want to help them change that! God has not forgotten about Ukraine!

We are currently home in the US for itineration, planning to return to Ukraine late in 2019.

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On July 1 and 2, Phil went with a translator and a young friend to the Cherkassy oblast (state) in Ukraine for ministry. We spent the most time in the town of Chigirin, which is about 4 hours from Krivoy Rog, and did some fun things there as well. A few of the young people met us and spent time with us Saturday evening and then two young men went with us Sunday morning to the museum.

Chigirin is located close to the Dnieper River and about 4 hours north of Krivoy Rog

Chigirin is an important historic site because in the mid 1600's, it became the capital of the Cossack leader. This area later became known as Ukraine. The Cossack leader and hero of the day was General Bogdan Khmelnytsky. After the end of the Russo-Turkish War in 1681, the town gradually diminished in significance.

A statue honoring their hero stands on a hill overlooking the town.

It was a climb to reach the statue, but what a view waited for us there!

We even saw a fire in the distance

Closer shots of the statue...

Some things we saw as we walked around the park that evening...

And some shots of us...

Guess who the tourist is? I forgot they put Vitya's hat on my head for a bit.

Here we are by the shores of the Dnieper River. We drove here for a swim, but that did not last long, as the weather changed drastically and quickly. We watched lightning and listened to thunder in the distance for a while. The temperature went from about 85 degrees to 68 degrees in less than an hour and it started to rain. They devoured this pan of chocolate chip cookie bars that Denise made in less time than that.

On Sunday morning we went to the museum that displays many artifacts from Cossack history and information about General Bogdan and his family.

While ministry is always the first priority (preached 3 times that weekend), it is always fun to see more of and to learn more about the places that we visit.
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