Current UMO News

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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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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Leadership council of foreign medical students

December 31, 2012 |

Six young men on the leadership council of foreign medical students traveled by overnight bus and overnight train from all parts of Ukraine to Kyiv on Saturday to discuss, pray, and consider the future of this group. As an adviser to this group of Christians, it was a privilege to host this meeting in our…

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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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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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Bride and groom

July 31, 2012 |

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 |

(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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Irina Galina

February 10, 2012 |

Encouraging medical professionals, building relationships and learning what is happening in medicine throughout Ukraine frequently requires Jim to travel. Typically these trips are by overnight train, maximizing his time and allowing him to arrive at his destination reasonably refreshed. Recently Jim and his assistant Anatoliy had the opportunity to travel to Odessa. They stayed with…

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