The first thing I noticed was the bumpy roads. We made it to Ilona's family's home at about 5am, where I slept the morning away. Once I was up I was introduced to her wonderful mother, father, and two sisters. I really enjoyed my time with them. The week was spent touring the city, experiencing the good coffee shops in town, bowling, hanging out with the family, listening to Ilona and her sisters sing (Ilona's music project page), attending seminars lead by Malcolm, and an english class. The week flew by!
We were in the town of Luts'k. We toured a castle built in the 14th century, and underground tunnels used for church, living, and also hiding during war. I enjoyed Ukraine very much. It is definitely a more eastern country. Here is an example....Malcolm is trying to start an christian english school in Lut'sk, so many of the meetings were based around this subject and really the reason for the trip. There is an english teacher who is wanting to head up this project and feels very passionate about the school. She wanted to get her pastor's blessing for this and felt it was very important to do. They met with the pastor and he expressed the importance of working in the church before starting a school. She was very discouraged, and didn't know if she should move forward with the school. After a few days of thought and prayer she decided she would proceed despite her pastor's feelings. This whole concept of needing to ask the pastor for permission and him not liking the idea of her working outside of the church is so foreign to me. It doesn't make sense in my mind. Different cultures.
|Danka and I in the snowy streets.|