This is a team of talented, resourceful missionaries. Lucky me, I got to stay several days with Rob and Denyce (2nd from left, back row and front row) and their two boys. Like the rest they are fine young people, all sharpies, I like to call them. Rob is a computer whiz, editor of video and he helped me in many ways. Denyce is a wonder in the kitchen and with their two boys. The photo above is courtesy of Brandon and his wife Katie, left. They are in Lubbock, preparing to join the team in 2010. And another addition since the photo, little baby Max McDougle joined the group a month ago.
Malachi doing *homework* on the computer. He and I had fun singing My Little Puppy in English and Na Ladoni Bozhi (In the Loving Hands of God) in Russian.
These fine folks are from the Alekseevka congregation which has been meeting in northern Kharkov since the early 90's. What a very special congregation. I wanted a group shot - but this was just a few after the worship service on a recent Sunday.
David, right, has a background is home-building and construction. He's always got a project or two going and if that doesn't make a person popular. . .
Another brother in Kharkov, Valera works with youth camps and Eastern European Mission. Valera is a cook by profession and in December, Valera treated us all to homemade borsht. It was so rich and wonderful. Valera was my first link to all things Kharkov. Thanks to friend Jay in Atlanta for getting us connected.
With dear sister Lyba who graciously shares her apartment with me. Lyba works part time with the Alekseeva congregation in northern Kharkov. She's so very special and has a gift for serving elderly of the congregation. And gypsies such as myself.
Robert - what a great, dependable brother from the Aleseekva congregation. Getting me and my luggage from one place to the next is no small feat. Robert is a strong, dependable logistics guy.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Interesting as Kharkov is - it's history, culture and scenery - that pales in comparison to Christian friends there. Maybe you'll get to visit sometime.