Thursday, December 11, 2008

Enjoying Life!

Hello to you all! It's been awhile... we've been busy! But, it's time for us to update you on what's been happening around here. Life has been good here in Kharkov-- God is so good to us!
It's hard to believe the holidays are already upon us. We went out a couple weekends ago and shopped for a Christmas tree and decorations... it turned out great! I'll have to post a final picture of the tree later, but here's a few pictures of the process. As you can see, our nephew Canaan helped us out. My parents sent us a few decorations from the states as well with the Jarboes, so that helped make things more festive around our place.
Last Saturday we had a bunch of people into our home for Borsch soup. It's a very common Russian soup that's delicious (main ingredients are cabbage and beets -- see picture below). A good friend of ours, Valeri, came over and cooked everything for us! Valeri is a chef (see picture to the left), so it was the best borsh we've had yet! Here are a few pictures of that day. That same weekend, our team was blessed to have a visit from Eileen Ench, a missionary in Rostov, Russia. We were able to visit with her about her work and just encourage one another. She even taught us a few children's songs in Russian, so we look forward to implementing those into our Bible Classes on Sunday morning! Further down are a few more pictures of our guest that day. We had the whole team over, plus Andre (in the picture with Eileen and Dougle) and Luba (in the picture with Eileen). Our house was packed, but we had a wonderful time together. :)
We are also excited to announce that we've found a permanent apartment! It's a very nice place, nicer than we were anticipating, in fact. We signed the agreement and will move in on December 29th. We're so thankful for many of you and the prayers you offered up for all of our apartment searches. Our whole team has now found apartments and are within about 10 min walking distance of one another, plus we're in the center of the city. God truly blessed us with exactly what we were hoping for! Please be praying for us and for our new landlords.
We're leaving today, Thursday, and going on holiday to South Africa! We were gifted this trip back at our graduation and are finally able to go on it. We'll be visiting a friend, Lindsay White, who is working down there with the Adventures in Missions program. While we're there, we'll be doing many touristy/holiday stuff, but we'll also be spending time with the local congregations in Port Elizabeth. David will be speaking at 3 different congregations while we're there. We're excited about going and spending Christmas there. We will return to Kharkov on December 27th.
We hope all of you are doing well. We appreciate all the comments, encouragement, love, and support you send our way. God bless!


Anonymous said...

Mmmm - I miss Borsch! Love to hear of your friends and hospitality to them already! God is going to bless so many through you.

Love you guys!

p.s. Have a GREAT time in PE! It's beautiful and the people are amazingly friendly and loving.

Mihills Family Blog said...

Have a very Merry Christmas!! We're so happy that things are going well for you all. We're anxious to see pics of your new apartment when you get back and settled in.

Love to you both,

Russell & Debbie

Jay Jarboe said...

Have a great trip and a wonderful holiday!
Jay and Sherry

Margaret Shipley said...

I was friends with Eileen way back when at the Broadway congregation and had no idea where she was. It really is a small world!

liquidtexas said...

I was just in Kharkov a few weeks ago. I will be moving there sometime next year. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Mike and Lucy said...

Just wanted you to know that I thought this was one of your best posts. Very informative, short and yet gives people an idea, with lots of good pics. Just thought you'd like to know!!

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

Kevin wants to try Borsch when we come visit someday. He is begging me to make some right this minute. :) (Kevin says he will eat a big pot of that and then go bungy jump.)

It looks like you had a nice Christmas!

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