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06 July 2006 @ 12:51 pm
I'm leaving for the Ukraine in one week and six days (July 19th)!!


And I'm sorry that this journal wasn't updated at all. I suck. Feel free to pelt me with rotten fruit or slightly mildewed sponges.
06 July 2006 @ 12:50 pm


I snagged this from an old website about my Ukraine trip, and liked what I said so much that I figured I'd repost it here. As far as money goes, I sent out letters and, amazingly, my trip is entirely paid for; my parents didn't have to pay a cent of that money, and now I feel that God really wants to use me on this trip. However, a few things that I've learned about the trip since I wrote this last December:

+ there are only 9 team members going on the trip

+ the airlines have lessened the weight allowance in suitcases from 70 lbs. to 50 lbs.

+ I am the youngest member on the trip, and there's an age gap of about 50 years between myself and the next oldest person that's going on the trip alone (four of the people are married)

+ we're staying in London overnight and I'm rooming with someone I've never met

Please pray for me on this trip! *hugs you all* I can't wait for God to use me over there.

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Well, I don't really know what to say. My name is Natalie Gail and I've recently come to the conclusion that Christ is the only thing that could ever make life worth living, and that He is the reason for my existence and for my redemption, and for everything else in between. On July 15th 2005 I surrendered my life to His hands, and am pleased to proclaim that I've never been so happy, content or alive in my entire 16 years on this earth. So, now I've finally got a grand purpose for my life, and for all of my endeavors, however large or small, until I'm released from this temporary world. Yay.

For some time now, I've also been extremely interested in world travel, particularly to Eastern and Western Europe. I've been trying nearly every hairbrained scheme to get myself out of the United States, but have yet to leave these 'capitalist' boarders. Even more recently, I've been struck with a profound desire to visit / live in Eastern Europe, specifically Poland and the Czech Republic. However, up until a few months ago, I had no intention of fulfilling those dreams until I was 18. I expected that, like everything else, my dreams of travel would come to me after I was old enough to vote and purchase nicotine. But the Lord brings everything about in His time, and sometimes that time moves quicker than one would expect.

For the past five years, my church has gone on a mission trip to the Ukraine. A group of about 20 people, including our senior pastor and some of his family, board a plane with suitcases stuffed to the gills with every imaginable item (popcorn, balloons, paint... and occasionally clothing) and fly halfway around the world to provide a week-long summer Bible camp for children in the villiage of Mlinyev (don't know if I spelled that correctly). Last year nearly 300 children were involved in the program, and they brought their parents to an end of the week party; most of the town was involved with or introduced to the church through this week-long program! Children from infancy to 17 years old are invited to participate in seperate, age-divided programs, and they come in droves! I am so excited at the prospect of being involved in this amazing endeavor and I feel so blessed that God has called me to serve in an area that is so desperately in need of His love.

Unfortunately, there is a catch (isn't there always?). While I'm currently employed at the Library as a part-time book-stacker, I cannot possibly earn enough money to pay for my plane ticket and the rest of the expenses connected with this venture. I recieved an estimate from my pastor regarding the ammount of money required to go to the Ukraine this summer: $2,300.

But before you do anything else, and even if you do nothing else, please do this most important thing:

Please keep me and the rest of the people who are going on this trip in your thoughts, and pray for us often. Pray that all who desire to go will be able to, both physically and financially, and please pray for our safety and our strength. Above all else, your prayer is what I most desire; that is the only support I need.

I will be updating this site periodically with any information I gain about this trip. Once meetings start up (in January?), I'll post after every meeting to let you all know how things are going.

I hope to have pictures of the Ukraine and more information about what I'll be doing over there on this site soon. Until then, please continue to check in!

<font size="So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Matthew 6:31-34
05 May 2006 @ 01:27 am
під;нижній будівництво

Under Construction

Now, don't be too impressed; the Ukrainian translation wasn't done by me, I just found an online dictionary. For all I know, those words could mean "Goats often enjoy iced tea," but it doesn't matter because none of you can read it anyway. ;) It just looks really cool.

I'm absolutely swamped with papers / exams / general college headaches at the moment, and I haven't had time to put any information up here. Also, the Ukraine Team hasn't had a single meeting, but hopefully those will start up soon and I'll be able to report back with all sorts of interesting information.

In the meantime, I've got to be thinking of small gifts that I can bring to my host family / families, and to some special people that I meet while I'm 'in country'. The village I'm going to is so impoverished that many of the things we take for granted (a curling iron, a tape measure, travel board games) are precious objects to them. They love to recieve gifts that bare some sort 'USA' insignia, or some other mark that distinguishes them as 'being from America.' I've had a few ideas of things to bring (they also have to be small enough to fit in my carry-on, amongst all of the belongings that I'm allowed to bring on the trip), but I would love suggestions. If you'd like to make one, and don't have a Livejournal account, just click the leave a comment link and you can leave an 'anonymous' comment on this entry (although I'd love to know who was writing to me in the comment!).

If you're aching for more information on the Ukraine in general, check out what the CIA says about it, read a great all-inclusive Wikipedia entry or bone up on the latest happenings. The anneversary of the Chernobyl disaster has created some 'Ukraine buzz' recently, if you're looking for an uplifting story to read. ;)

I'll hopefully be posting more information soon!


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