Endings & Beginnings

 

I recently traveled back to Ukraine. Friends and family had mixed emotions. Understandable. For perhaps the first time since our year-long Ukraine adoption ordeal, I was at total peace about my travel back into what I now consider, my second home.
My heart was burdened, however. I carry a burden for the very person who created the ordeal for my family — the ambitious, young prosecutor involved in our adoption proceedings.
I prayed for his salvation. I asked others to pray for him. I prayed for protection from him.
Following our adoption journey (as captured in“Until We All Come Home”), our prosecutor received a promotion, which moved him closer to Kiev, the northern part of Ukraine (from the southern region of Odessa). However, once the president of Ukraine fled to Moscow following MAIDAN, our prosecutor returned to the Odessa Oblast, to the main prosecutor’s office in the city of Odessa. It created an uneasy feeling for me to continue to work in Odessa knowing he was there. It was a matter of constant prayer.
Over the last two years, I have felt an increasing call to Ukraine. What I was being called to do, didn’t match up with what I knew (does it ever?).
“God, I want to serve you. I want to be in the very center of your will…always. But how can I possibly work in Ukraine, in the Odessa Oblast, with this young prosecutor (one who held a personal grudge?) in such a position of power?”
I continued to pray for courage. I continued to pray for his salvation. I continued to pray for an answer.
On Thursday, May 21, 2015, I was meeting with pastors in Kiliya, a village outside of Izmayil, the city we adopted Jake from. It didn’t appear I was going to be able to meet with my lawyer and friend, Eugen (also known as “Akula”) and his wife, Maria. When I phoned Eugen to tell him the bad news and make my apologies, his disappointment was evident. I promised to try to find a way.
My meetings ended, and most of the pastors needed to deliver or attend the evening Ascension Day services. I was able to find a ride into Izmayil and meet with Eugen and Maria after all.
As we waited for dinner, Eugen presented me with two large legal files.
“What are these?” I asked.
“These are your files on the (final) two cases I represented you on,” Eugen replied.
“I thought you needed to keep these, in case the prosecutor gave us trouble again?”
Eugen smiled.
“That is no longer a concern, Kim. Your prosecutor has been fired. He is no longer a threat to you or your family.”
I was stunned.
“These files are a gift for you.”
I was speechless.
“Thank you, Eugen This news is…incredible. God has answered many prayers,” I finally managed.
Prayers answered.
With what has long been considered the last obstacle to ministry service in Ukraine was laid to rest. I can’t help but wonder what God has in store for our ministry in Ukraine…
Will you join us in prayer concerning our continued work in Ukraine?
It is so refreshing to experience such an answer. I look forward with renewed faith to God’s leading to continued work on behalf of the orphaned of Ukraine.
I thank God for every one of you who have journeyed with us.
To new beginnings!
 

 

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