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Helping Hands

October 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Helping Hands

One of our frustrations has been the lack of follow-up with children that we meet at our camps each summer. We lose touch with them for months only to see them again for one week the next summer. We needed a reason to pull them together regularly. We started a children’s club to fill that…

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September 14, 2012 | Comments Off on Worthiness

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 | Comments Off on Toliy and Yulia

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 | Comments Off on Lives are improving

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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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ansong

August 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ansong

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 | Comments Off on Children reaching out

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 | Comments Off on To Kenya and back

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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Kyrgyzstan visitors

August 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Kyrgyzstan visitors

Every day in Ukraine brings a little something different with it. As much as we think we have a schedule, we really just have some daily guidelines. Or goals. Things we’d like to accomplish. But when you’re a pediatrician, especially trained in the West, you get some extra-special visitors from time to time. And the…

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Bride and groom

July 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Bride and groom

One of the many wonderful results of working with medical students in Ukraine is that Jim becomes not just an adviser or a mentor but also a friend. And as such, Jim is often invited to special events taking place in the lives of these friends. One such event took place on Saturday in Irpin,…

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The Glory of Being a Medical Professional

July 13, 2012 | Comments Off on The Glory of Being a Medical Professional

(This is the devotional that Jim sent to medical students at the end of another school year.) It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2 All around the world students are graduating after completing anywhere from four to eight years of…

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