Current UMO News

The Swiss team has officially arrived!

July 11, 2013 |

How much fun for us that our friends from Switzerland who first came to minister with us two years ago are back! We have been planning this trip for months — dare I say a year?! Corinne and Daniel are co-leaders of the team. (We first met Corinne through an HCFI prayer week in Denmark!)…

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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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What is health?

February 28, 2013 |

For the past 40 years of my life as a doctor I have had a rather narrow view of what it means to be healthy. My medical training caused me to concentrate mainly on the physical aspects of disease and how to reverse its effects. Occasionally, I dealt with the emotional aspects and rarely with…

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Connect the dots

January 31, 2013 |

Who doesn’t remember playing “Connect the Dots” as a child? We played. Our children played. And our grandchildren will soon experience this classic. As we drew lines connecting the numbered dots a pattern would emerge. In the end, we would recognize the pattern and color in the details. Sometimes our ministry feels like this. Several…

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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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Worthiness

September 14, 2012 |

Jim posted earlier on our facebook page: Many people are working hard to raise the awareness of and ability of those with a disability in Ukraine. In a country where people are valued mainly for their utilitarian purpose we must work hard to overcome the stigma they face every day. Looking forward to our conference,…

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Toliy and Yulia

September 11, 2012 |

We are so very excited to share some great news with our Ukraine Medical Outreach friends and supporters: Jim’s assistant Toliy is engaged to a beautiful gal from western Ukraine and the wedding will take place at the end of the month. Toliy will continue to work for UMO, and his bride has already begun…

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Lives are improving

August 28, 2012 |

Last night’s dinner. Long-awaited. Long-anticipated. But finally a reality! We like to gather the ‘team’ here for dinner on a regular basis so that we can all get to know each other better — outside of a hospital setting — and also so that we can understand frustrations and successes in the ministry. Last night…

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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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