September 1st marks the ‘opening bell’ across Ukraine. An hour (at least) long service filled with the same songs, poems, suits and dresses. This year however, a somber emotion filled the air as parents gathered to remember the fallen soldiers from our town – not from WWII, but only weeks ago.
Last week we were able via a donation from Texas, provide shoes for the kids at Kuzmenci. Thank you to all that gave this summer towards the fire/restoration of property. The kids are back, and have actually a much nicer/cleaner place to live than before the fire.
On Friday of last week, we received some amazing news. The Health Inspector for the region surprised us by visiting our Mayor’s office with our official approval document. This means we are totally legal now and can finally open! We celebrated by opening for a few hours, and selling our ceremonious first cup of coffee – the winner.. Alyosha. Fitting, as he was with us when we bought the property +3yrs ago, and was instrumental in the major renovations. I gladly took his $1.50, along with this historic photo!
More to come on the Cafe later. Please pray for us as we prepare for Vladivostock, Russia in less than 2 weeks. I go to the consulate tomorrow to pick up my visa. Many refugees have flooded the region from the Mariupol region – the situation is escalating, and many homes are crowded with additional family, friends and contacts from the war torn areas. This is a logistical nightmare for families fleeing and receiving, schools, hospitals, and everything in between.
Deb is only 6 weeks shy (or less) from baby delivery #8. We are looking at a crazy month ahead with travel, family visiting, the Cafe now open, more big changes in our Texas business, and an escalating war to the south – not to mention the looming winter ahead with concern of gas/heat politics. Life comes at us in waves doesn’t it? Enjoy the lulls, they are a gift. When my kids complain of being ‘bored’, I tell them how lucky they are, they leave puzzled, but they’ll get it.
It’s times like this we take refuge in our great God. We hide in Him because He is our strength. We push forward in prayer because the real enemy is already defeated. We remember our King sits securely on His Throne, and all who trust in Him should not be afraid.
Thank you for praying, caring and the little notes you do send. We miss you guy out there!
We join with many across Ukraine and the world for peaceful resolution before more lives needlessly taken.
We’ll be in touch soon with more updates on the Cafe and ways you can continue to partner with us.
Bruce & Deb