Current UMO News

World AIDS Day

December 5, 2017 |

December 1. World AIDS Day. As much as HIV/AIDS seems to be on the decrease in Africa and other areas, we are sadly aware that this disease is on the increase in Ukraine. The stigma associated with HIV in Ukraine is so strong that many people will simply not be tested, even if they are…

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First Baptist Church

February 27, 2015 |

We arrived in the U.S. on Friday night and Sunday morning we were sharing our lives with friends at First Baptist Church in Princess Anne, Maryland. This faithful body has prayed for us and for our ministry in Ukraine since we first left the Shore in 2001. We were delighted to be invited to spend…

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More lessons from Prayer Week

January 12, 2015 |

We were definitely challenged over the week to consider our personal walks with the Lord and how that affects our professional/ministry life. A few snippets along the way: Step out in faith with a new mindset! Listen to Him in order to stand for Him. We have access through Christ to all we need to…

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Merry Christmas

January 7, 2015 |

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas from some of the group in Serbia!

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Autism update

April 13, 2013 |

UMO board member Tom Saxon is very much devoted to the challenge of autism in Ukraine. As a former missionary with Mission to the World, he and his wife lived for two years in Odessa, Ukraine. During this time he became aware of the plight of families with children with autism, and in March, Tom…

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PRiME time

April 13, 2013 |

For the past couple of years Jim has been collaborating with a group called PRIME, Partners in International Medical Education. This group works within the medical education system sharing and teaching “Whole Person Medical Care.” An openly Christian organization working within 40+ countries, PRiME shares that much can be learned from Jesus Christ, the Good…

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Novi Sad, Serbia

October 2, 2012 |

What an amazing long weekend in Serbia! Jim was invited to be the key medical speaker at the first-ever gathering of young Christian medical professionals and students in Novi Sad. And I was able to accompany him. Ever since we first met Klara Dudas at an HCFI Prayer Week several years ago, she has invited…

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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ansong

August 13, 2012 |

I could sure get used to weddings every other week! We attended a delightful wedding ceremony over the weekend. The couple met at a Christian medical student conference here in Ukraine. (One of the guests told us that Jim might be one of the most important people at the wedding because he had a significant…

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Children reaching out

August 9, 2012 |

What a blessing to be in a position to watch children minister to children. There is just something so innocent when children opt to reach out to other children. Unassuming. Genuine. This week at the HIV/AIDS unit of the National Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, a new family in town visited our favorite little patients. Such…

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To Kenya and back

August 6, 2012 |

Last week we had a 2-night house guest who traveled here from the U.S. via Istanbul, Turkey. A mutual friend contacted us to see if we might have space for him to stay. We did and so began a couple evenings of learning about each other. When we asked where he was going from Kyiv…

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