We have officially set foot on Ukrainian soil. Yesterday, at 3:30 PM, we unloaded off our plane to a rainy day in L’viv but nasty weather would not dampen our spirits. We made it! Our trip over was seamless with the exception of 2 quick connections (10 min. in Chicago & 30 min. in Dusseldorf, Germany).
We ran into the first bit of trouble. Upon checking my iPhone this morning I received a message from Logan, one of the team members. She wrote, “We’re locked in our room. Help!” I went downstairs just in time to see the hotel’s handyman break open the lock with a crowbar. Good times.
I’m updating from my iPhone so I’ll have to keep to the high points. I walked around the city this morning & reveled in the fact that I was walking these streets again, places that were just memories to me for a year. The team ate breakfast at the hotel & enjoyed our first bit of “Ukrainian food.” Cabbage, sausage, potatoes, etc. Oh, & I had 3 cups of instant coffee. I was in heaven, because Europeans don’t drink coffee quite on the level of Americans.
With cameras in hand, we walked around the city for a good hour & a half, getting shots of the gorgeous architecture or the fascinating people. Logan’s better at being incognito when she shoots portraits of strangers. I’m too obvious & that’s why half of my shots of people have them scowling at me.
The city was as grand & gritty as I last remember it. Lots of stunning, old buildings tagged with graffiti.
The team will train with the missionaries & the JV interns this afternoon & then we’ll get a bit to sup on after that. Also, there’s a team from Dallas, TX that will join us for camp. All in all, that’s around 20 Americans at camp this year.
We’re going off the grid tomorrow en route to Lutsk to meet up with the leadership from God’s Design Church & head to camp to prepare it for the kids to arrive in a couple of days.
So, in less than 24 hours, the reunion I’ve been praying for will finally take place. God is amazing!