Stories in the Missional Journey of Bruce & Deborah Crowe

O Christmas Tree


We got a tree today!  The kids are pretty excited.. We have been trying for a while but because they don’t celebrate Christmas until Jan 6, they just came out this week…. delivered in Soviet army trucks… how cool is that?


We love little Clarkie, he is a sweet boy that has required the least amount of training (comparitively… but then Noah makes everyone look good).  He’s sporting my ‘helmet’ as he likes to call it… my cool Ukrainian winter hat.  His favorite movie is Milo and Otis, and lights up each time Otis rescues Milo from danger.


Ug.. I just clicked the wrong button and lost 15 min of typing/pictures… so now you get a picture of me, in my ‘boyz in the hood’ hat, freezing in my office.  Been working on the Christmas Event this week, things are going really well.  We’ve invited the entire list (in person) and received a wonderful response.  The event has opened many doors, building relationships already that we look forward to pursuing.  Remember us Friday, Dec 26… 5pm… which is around when you get up in Texas.  40-50 public servants, police chief, mayor, economic development, chamber/cultural folks, hospital director and 3 college directors with their assistance… it should be a very interesting and enjoyable evening.  The ladies (deb, priscilla especially) have been working hard and planning all the american food (using ukrainian ingredients…).


Noah and his mom.  He’s a stinker, and constantly has our head on a swivel.  He says, “pazsha – loosta’ in russian which is ‘please’. He will have the best little Russian accent.  The kids are all doing well with russian.  We are proud of them and their attitudes.  Broderic is already starting to translate for me sometimes… how scary is that… I can’t keep up!

Ok, well I had other stuff and photos but it’s 8pm and I haven’t seen the family today, or eaten lunch or supper.  The days fly by, we are busy, but busy about good things so it’s enjoyable and rewarding.  If you have time, email us a family update.  We’d love to hear how you are doing, what’s new.  We’d be thrilled to read some updates to the kids as well, if your kids could say hi.  This Christmas and end of year has snuck up on us.  We are looking back at the trail of dust behind us… recounting what we’ve done this year, with the move, the transition, and ready for a vacation… bermuda sounds lovely.  Do they speak english there?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45




  1. stephanie

    The kids made your kids a picture a long time ago and it has been sitting on my desk to send to you. It is now in North Carolina waiting for me to get to the post office. I have a bad feeling it might be back in Texas again before it actually gets to the post office. Is your address on the website? I’ll have to look. If not send me an email please.

  2. Jon V

    Leigh & I miss you guys and hope the dinner event goes well on the 26th!

  3. Lorrie

    Clark looks like the cutest little Ukranian boy ever 🙂 Noah has that look in his eye like Seth does, he, Seth and Alexus would have quite a time together-maybe we could all meet in Bermuda someday! Merry Christmas brother of mine!

  4. Judy

    lol….if anyone ever offers you a ministry in Bermuda – TAKE IT!
    Love the photos, the boys are beautiful. Wishing you a healthy, happy and blessed Christmas.
    2009 will be HUGE!
    Be well, God bless,

  5. Papa

    Missing you all,Mom and I read it together.Heading home from Comox tommorrow,then Jan 1 we head to the Ukraine.
    You are looking more Russian all the time,especially I bet when your driving your black SUV.
    Merry Christmas,
    Dad ps record Dec snowfall here in Canada,hows the weather there?

  6. Emily

    Hey ukrainian peeps! I really miss you guys. It’s to bad we live far way. Tell Bron Fron and Rodgey i hope to see them really soon. That’s good that Noah is learning Russian Aunt Deb. that’s cute.
    How’s the life going in Ukraine? Here in British Columbia, is been pretty swell. Sienna is four years old now. She had a birthday in December. She looks much older :). And Seth ofcourse had a birth-day too. He’s two years old. He’s a little munchkin:). That’s good that your prepared for the Christms season. It’s good to get your Tree up earlier, then it seems more like Christams is sooner. I will try to complement on your blog more often okay? P.S. We need to arrange a Skype chat sometime. I’d love to chat with Broderic and Bronwyn. Well……May God Bless you in his relm of Faith. For you are Fearfully and wonderfully made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you all!

  7. Matthew

    Hi its Matthew here. I can’t believe that you guys are learning to speak a whole different language! I could never do that. Could Broderic please send me a list of words with there translations in ukranian? Thanks. Bye!

  8. Anna

    Hello Uncle Bruce!I hope you like what you get for Christmas.And have a fun time I herd you are haveing Christmas January sixth,we never did that before somtimes we have Christmas early like this year were haveing nanas presnts today Dec.24 and mommys and daddys presants on Dec.25. Have a good Christmas!!!!!!!!!

  9. Kevin

    I’m praying that the Lord grant y’all servant’s hearts and smiles today.

  10. Papa

    Hey all,
    Dorothy and I are here at Bruce and Debs.We are a bit jet lagged,but the trip went smoothly.Huge new years day celebrations happened in Kiev new years day,and was able to get some pictures ,on the way home from the airport.
    Papa Lloyd

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