Monday, August 25, 2008

Ukraine and the Russian-Georgian Conflict

I thought I would recommend a few articles on the recent Russian-Georgian War in the Caucasus. Obviously since this took place near Ukraine I have been pretty interested in it's developments. In many ways this conflict involves Ukraine as the article by Victor Yushchenko (The current president of Ukraine) discusses.

Article #1 is by George Freidman and gives some good historical background to this conflict as well as analysis from an American foreign policy perspective.

Article #2 is by Olga Ivanovna. She is a Russian student studying here in the States and claims that the American press has been biased and has not told the entire story.

Article #3 is the one by Victor Yushchenko in today's Washington Post. In it he talks about how this affects Ukraine.

Just so you are aware all three articles paint different pictures and reflect different views of what is happening. But I think there is something to be learned and some truth in all 3 articles.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kiev Apartment

Jon Eide(our team leader in Kiev) has recently been looking for apartments for us in Kiev and he sent us a video and some pictures of one. I thought I would post the video so you can see what a typical apartment in Ukraine looks like. It's not much different than here except that there are two rooms for all the bathroom amenities: one for the shower and sink and one for the toilet.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Presenting our Ministry

Today Kristen and I are going to Knoebel's for the day to celebrate my nephew's birthday. We're looking forward to spending time with family and having fun at the park.

Also, on Sunday Kristen and I are giving a presentation of our ministry in Ukraine to our Church during Sunday School. It should be fun! We'll let you know how it goes.