One of the realities of overseas travel is jet-lag. Hurdling your body through 8 to 9 different time zones, in an aluminum tube, at 40,000 feet and over 500 mph, for 11 hours, tends to take its toll on the human body (Not to mention the in-country flights on either end of the overseas hop)! As a result, EEMN builds in a few days for acclimation, before the actual language camp begins.
One of the best ways to work through the jet-lag is walking and staying occupied, while our bodies adjust to living many time zones removed from our homes in the U.S.
On Friday, we took a walk around our new home-away-from-home, Petrodolina, Ukraine. The population is about 3,500 people and it only takes about 25 minutes to walk from one end of town to the other. We also spent time getting to know our host family, Pr. Alexander & Ilona Gross and their two daughters, Anna Maria and Marta.
On Saturday we took and excursion into the large port city of Odesa, Ukraine. We experienced the multi-layered history of this land, which goes all the way back to the early Greek culture and includes the more recent French rule and, of course, the heavy handed Soviet influence of the U.S.S.R.
Following worship with the congregation at Petrodolina Lutheran Church, we were joined by our Ukrainian team of translators, who helped us set up the classrooms for the camp at the school in the nearby village of Yospivka, Ukraine. We also spent time getting to know each other by assembling the EEMN student curriculum books we will use and then by joining in an extended devotion and worship time, together. It looks like this is going to be a really great camp and we are especially excited about the 108 students that will join us there!
Thank you for your continued support and prayers!