10. Will you see people from Ukraine that you saw last spring?
We hope so. Katya lives in Odessa (on the Black Sea) and our trip last summer was to Rivne (in central Ukraine). We understand that there is a train that runs from Odessa to Rivne and we hope we’ll be able to travel during a 10-day wait period to visit with our host family and also members of Salvation Church, ECC’s partner church in Ukraine. Our translators were from several different cities. We’d love to visit a couple of them in Lviv and Chernivtsi. Although we hope to travel some, our main purpose for going is to adopt Katya. This will be our priority.
Our church will be traveling to Rivne to help Salvation Church, our sister church, with a English/Sports Camp at the end of August. So, it’s possible that the Lord is working our adoption travel plans to coordinate with Evergreen’s trip to Rivne enabling us to participate in this mission trip. That would be really neat. Here are our friends from Salvation Church.
As much as we want to travel TOMORROW to bring Katya home, we’re choosing to trust God with the timing.
11. Where will you stay in Ukraine?
Regardless of our travel, Odessa will be our home base. We will most likely stay in Odessa Executive Suites, owned and run by Americans (http://www.odessaexecutivesuites.com/) . Here we can rent a two-bedroom apartment for an amazing price. We’ll have internet access, 24-hour help at the front desk, and will be positioned in the heart of Odessa.
12. Does Katya know you are trying to adopt her?
Yes. Shortly after we began the adoption process, one of our Frontier Horizon contacts talked with Tamara, Katya’s grandmother, about our desire to bring Katya into our family. Tamara had been hoping for this and shared the news with Katya. Although it will be hard for Tamara, she knows that Katya’s life in Ukraine after she is gone will be immeasurably more difficult and that Katya could very well end up as an “orphan statistic.” Whenever we skype with Katya, she asks us “When are you coming? Tomorrow? Next week?”
And we say, “As soon as God opens the way.”
“I’ll wait,” she says …
And Katya, we’ll wait too. We’ll wait and we’ll work annd we’ll watch for God to open the way to bring you home.