Quick Prayer Requests, April

Here are a couple of things coming up in the next few weeks that we would appreciate your prayers for.
Pray for Belgium to grant Katya a visa so she can travel with me to Belgium when I teach there.  Right now, the Embassy is not granting her a visa even though we have been sending additional documents every day.  This has been going on for over a week and we definitely need you to pray for them to grant her a visa soon.  We leave on April 25th.
Pray for my class preparations and teaching in Belgium.  I have been very busy and I’m behind in getting everything ready for this class.
Pray for my class preparations for the Research and Critical Thinking class that will be going on when in Kiev when I return.  I am meeting with another professor to help her to teach the days when I will still be in Belgium.
Pray for my time to get papers graded for the World History class I am currently teaching online.
Pray for Katya and I as we begin to help with an ESL class at our church beginning this Sunday.  Our church has a great ministry through teaching English and has reached many with the gospel through this ministry.  This year, we have had over 40 students in the ESL class that meets before church.  An American couple who helped with this ministry has moved to Romania and so we are helping out (along with one other American professor).  Pray for us all (Ukrainians and Americans) especially as we begin the Bible Study phase of the ESL training.  There will be many spiritual questions for us all to answer!
We are also excited to have our first visitor from the US!  David Myers (actually he is studying near Vienna, Austria) will be visiting us for a week.  He arrives this Saturday. It will be great to see him and spend time with him before we head out to Belgium!
Finally, we had a great retreat last weekend with our church.  Katya and I both taught a couple of seminars on Dating and Relationships.  It was a great conference and all the speakers did an excellent job.  We had college and young adults from 4 different churches.  Thanks for praying for us!

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April Update

Here is just a quick update (because I am CRAZY busy!)
I returned from the States on Monday, March 28th and immediately began teaching class on Tuesday, March 29th.  This is a class on Prayer for Church Planters.  The professor scheduled to come from the States and tech the class had some scheduling conflicts and had to cancel.  So we had no one to teach the class.  But it has been a really great class.  The students have been very attentive and full of excellent questions.  Also, it has been great having my pastor, Sergey Bochko, translating the class.  He is not only a great translator; he knows the Word and often provides great insights and questions too!
I’ll be teaching this class the rest of this week (Monday-Thursday, April 4-7) and then I will be teaching at our church’s retreat youth (Key to the Heart) starting on Friday!  Sergey and I will be teaching on Satan’s Lies about Purity on Friday night; Katya and I will be teaching a class about Strengthening your marriage on Saturday; and Katya will be teaching the ladies on Biblical Femininity also on Saturday.  Be praying for us all (and the other teachers too) and for those who attend.
Also, I am teaching an on-line class in World History and I have papers to grade every week.  And I also have papers to grade from the Talbot class I taught here in March.  And I have to get ready to teach Issues in Theology in Belgium in two weeks.  And I have to prepare to co-teach a class on Research and Writing with Natalie Tereschenko the week after I return from Belgium!!!!
Because of all of this (teaching every week except 3 from now until June 10th!), I have stopped taking Russian lessons (which I need very badly).  I’m still learning and understanding more but pray that I can have some time to work on Russian every day too.
My time in America was very good even though it was short.  I was able to do the tax work needed, teach two men’s groups, meet with many friends and supporters, and spend some time with my children and gradchildren!
Finally, continue to pray for finances.  Ours were a little low last month but that is true for just about everyone I know.  But God knows and that matters most.  Please pray that He will encourage the hearts of some to become partners with us in this important ministry.  Thank you so much for your support and prayers!

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Wisdom (Needed!) (March Update, 2011)

So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12 (NASB)
Ready to Teach… Again, and again, and again, and again, and again!
I am still working on lectures for my next class and it is fast approaching.  The class is for the Talbot Master’s program, “The Theology and Practice of Prayer.”  This is the first time I have taught this class so I am working very hard to get everything together.  I am excited about a class that integrates both practice and theology.  Be praying for me as I teach it and for the students in the class.  Pray that we will all grow in our prayer lives through this course.
At the same time, I am also putting together an online-class World History class at KTS for some graduating students who need this class to be able to study in US and European programs.  This is much more difficult that I imagined.  I’m not the most computer-savvy person so my learning curve has been pretty steep!  I have to get the online materials all posted before Wednesday (March 2) because we have an orientation meeting that day.  Then I will be grading and interacting with this class for the next 6-8 weeks.  Pray that I can be efficient in my use of time while teaching this class.
Finally, I am working on Contemporary Issues in Theology that I will be teaching in Belgium at the end of April and I will be working with one of my students in the Talbot program to co-teach the Critical Thinking and Writing 1 that I designed last year.  We will be teaching this class in May at KTS.  I also just learned that I am needed to teaching Critical Thinking and Writing 2 at the end of May too!  So April and May and early June will be very busy!
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
The last few weeks have been a scramble to make some decisions about classes that I will teach.  I am still in the decision making process because I am trying to teach less so I can work more on Russian.  I missed about half of my lessons this year because of time conflicts and I’m trying to protect some of my time for language studies.  I wanted to avoid teaching any new classes (which take 3 times as long to develop), but the need for teachers is also great.  So I’m probably going to be teaching some new ones too.
Here is what I am tentatively looking at for next year … Exposition of Genesis (September; new class for me); Church History 1 (November) and World History (November).  This will mean teaching back-to-back classes in November which is very tiring.  Then in the spring, I will be teaching Theology and Spirituality (end of January; new course for me), Homiletics 2 (March; new class for me), Theology 4 (March; new class for me); and Critical Thinking and Writing 1 (May).
As you can see, there are a lot of needs.  Please be praying for me as I make some decisions about these classes in the coming weeks.  I’m also going to need to work on alternative ways to do Russian for the next few months.  Because of my schedule, I will only be able to make 9 out of 32 lessons.  So, Katya and I are going to work through some Russian textbooks together.  Pray that I will stay disciplined so I can work on Russian.
Home in March … Short time, but I’m excited!
I have been praying about getting back to Arkansas this spring for a short visit.  I really need to work on taxes (both personal and corporate) and I have a number of other Teaching Resources tasks that I cannot do from here.  Johnnie Baker (The Bible Church of Cabot) has set up a VPN (I think) to my home computer so I am able to do a lot from Kiev (amazing—Thanks, Johnnie!).  But there are still some things I need to set up while I’m there too.  Also, Joy is working and needs someone to watch her kids during the day.  So, I will get to come home, get some work done, pick up some books to bring back, and get to spend time with my grandchildren.  The only negative is that Katya has to stay and work at the seminary—a reminder to me of how important she is to the seminary!
One concern was finances for the trip.  But God supplies in amazing ways!  A couple of weeks ago, we received an email from the Albrights and the International Church of Milan in Italy—they provided a gift to cover the cost of flying back for that week!  Without us even asking!  Wow!  God’s people are so amazing!!!
I will be home the week of March 18-26.  I will be teaching at the Men’s breakfast on March 19th at the Bible Church of Cabot and then with a group of men in North Little Rock at Jim Boles’s home on Saturday morning, March 26th.  In both groups, we will be looking at theology and prayer (How Our View of God Affects our Prayer).  Be praying for me as I teach these two times.
And on my flight through DC, I will get to spend the night with Joel, Alyssa and Lucas!
Prayer Needs
Wisdom about time usage…  Continue to pray for me about this.
Class Preparations… I have five (!) classes that I am preparing for right now.  I also have papers that I am grading from the last class in January and will soon have papers from the Talbot class and the World History class.  Pray that I can complete everything quickly.
Russian … Continue to pray that I can find more time for my Russian.
Our Church … Open Hearts Church in Kiev is really a wonderful blessing for us.  We love the worship, the teaching and the small groups!  Pray for Pastor Sergy Bochko and his wife, Natasha, as they led this new church.  We have ESL clubs on Sunday mornings before church that have over 40 non-believers coming!  Pray for these to build relationships and to hear the gospel.
Finances … It is amazing how being a missionary teaches you dependence and gratitude!  We are so grateful for each of you who support us each month!  Please pray that a few more can join our support team.  We have all we need but things are tight financially here.  Also, pray for the Seminary itself.  Finances are the lowest they have ever been and we have about one month’s worth of operating funds.  Ukraine has had nearly double inflation in the past few years and this has had an impact on the school’s finances.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support … we could not be here doing this ministry without your help!

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So Much to Do … So Little Time (February Update, 2011)

Class Completed! (Whew…)
Last Friday, I finished teaching the Critical Thinking and Writing II class!  It was a lot of work but I think it benefited the students greatly.  The class involved analyzing short stories for characters, settings, plots, etc.  Every day, we examined a different short story, looked at biblical applications and then students had to write a critical essay.  This was a class I designed so that we could meet accreditation requirements for US and European schools and it went very well!  Many of the students said it will be a great help in developing a biblical worldview and in understanding for biblical interpretation.  Thank you for praying.
Preparations! (Ugh…)
I am currently working on another new class, “The Theology and Practice of Prayer” that I will teach at KTS in March for our Talbot Masters Degree program.  I am working about 4-6 hours a day getting together notes and Powerpoint presentations for this class.  I am excited about teaching it and I am praying that the class will benefit all of us (teacher included) in deepening our prayer lives.  Also, at the end of February and into April, I will be teaching an online-class World History class at KTS for some graduating students who need this class to be able to study in US and European programs. Additionally, I am working on Contemporary Issues in Theology that I will be teaching in Belgium at the end of April.  Finally, I will be working with one of my students in the Talbot program to co-teach the Critical Thinking and Writing 1 that I designed last year.  We will be teaching this class in May at KTS.
As you can see, I am slightly overwhelmed with all the classes I am preparing and teaching this semester.  In twelve months, I will have taught 5 new courses!  Usually a new course takes 3-4 times as much preparation as teaching a class that you have taught before.  One professor said that this is way beyond the normal teaching load.  And I have been trying to take Russian classes also.  But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and I am committed to not teaching any new classes until I have completed my Russian studies.
Grateful for so much!
January has been a wonderful time being back here in Kiev.  Our church and small group continue to be a real blessing to us.  Last Sunday, the church celebrated its five year anniversary.  It was wonderful… great worship, great message and a full house (pictures on Facebook).  Also, I will be preaching at two churches this month.  Pray that the messages will be helpful to the believers here.
Also, the weather has been much warmer than normal (but that may not last long).  We have also been able to use or apartment for hosting a number of people overnight that last few weeks.  Finally, Katya and I were able to take some time to go to see the Nutcracker Ballet in Kiev for only about $8 a ticket… it was wonderful!… One of those small pleasure s that mean so much when you need a break.  And Monday night, Katya and I will be getting together with some other missionaries here to watch a replay of the Super Bowl.  It will be great fellowship and also a chance to reconnect with one of my great loves—American football .
Prayer Needs
Wisdom about time usage…  “There is so little to do and so much time! Stop, reverse that!” (Willy Wonka).  I need to say “no” more often so I can have a reasonable work load.  Pray for wisdom and a willingness to say no.
Class Preparations… I have four (!) classes that I am preparing for right now.  I also have papers that I am grading from the last two classes.  Pray that I can complete everything quickly.
Russian … Please pray that I can find more time for my Russian.  When I should be spending 6 hours a day, I am doing good to find 6 a week.  I hope this will change after I finish teaching my class in March.
Finances … Pray that God will supply all our needs.  We would like to continue to come to America to visit but finances are tight.  Also, our General Fund is a little low right now.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support … we could not be here doing this ministry without your help!

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January Update (2011)

Back in Ukraine
We arrived back in Ukraine in time for Christmas here with Katya’s family.  But after that, my time has been consumed with getting things ready for my class next week.  I had to compile lecture notes, powerpoints and handouts so that they can be translated.  I’ve finished enough for the first week but I will still be working on the second week while I’m teaching week 1.
Be praying for me as I teach this class.  It is a writing and critical thinking class that we have not taught before. So I have had to design it from the beginning.  This has been very time-consuming but it is the only way to do a new course.  The class teaches students how to interpret and analyze literature make biblical applications.  It teaches critical thinking skills that will help pastors in biblical exegesis and exposition.  I try to have a biblical connection in every day’s lectures.  There is always a bit of trepidation whenever I teach a new class – I have a lot with this one!  Thanks for praying!
Christmas in the US
We had a wonderful time over Christmas in the United States.  We began by arriving in New York.  We spent one whirlwind day in the city seeing the trees, lights, and major sights (Katya’s first time ever!) before heading by train to visit friends and supporters in Connecticut.  Connecticut was wonderful!  We had three receptions with friends while there … at the MacKenzie’s, the Ong’s, and the Elovecky’s.  Each was different but all we very precious to both of us.  We also were able to worship at Shepaug Valley Bible Church in Roxbury and were blessed to see Rebecca Stinson home for the holidays from Cambodia.
Then we headed to Arkansas to be home in time for Christmas with my family.  It was wonderful having all my children and grandchildren together for nearly two weeks!  We ate, played games, watched a couple of movies, talked (and talked) and ate (way too much).  It was great.
On the weekends, we were able to worship at my two favorite churches in Arkansas.  The Sunday after Christmas, we worshipped at the Bible Church of Cabot and the Sunday after New Years, we worshipped at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship (in North Little Rock).  We loved seeing everyone and only wish we could have spent more time with every person we saw.
Grateful for so much!
As we started the new year, we talked about the things we were grateful for from this past year.  There are far too many to mention in this brief update… Friends and family are at the top of the list.  The apartment we were able to get here in Kiev has been a wonderful blessing (we not only got a great location with lots of space, but we were able to buy all the furniture and appliances from the previous tenant for only $400.00!).  Katya and I have often talked about how amazing it has been that our relationship has grown to the point of marriage.  Neither of us expected to be married at this point and we still cannot believe all the ways God put things together for us!  Most of all, we are thankful for Jesus: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
Thank you too for your prayers and support … we could not be here doing this ministry without your help!

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Second Week in Kiev

This week was also a very good week but extremely busy.  I had lots of meetings with other professors and some students on campus as well as some gatherings with family and friends to celebrate my engagement.  Additionally, we spent many hours getting together documents for my resident visa and for our marriage and for Katya’s visa.

Without a doubt, Katya getting her visa was the high point of a week full of high points!  It is difficult for a female to get a single entry visa into the United States.  But the US Embassy gave her a five year multiple entry visa!  Thank you so much for all your prayers about her visa.  This means that she can travel to the US with me in October as planned and also home for Christmas.  We will also be beginning the process of working on her spouse visa in the coming months.  This will take a lot longer to get—often 5-6 months.  We have lots of documents to gather to show our relationship before and after marriage.  And then we have to go through a series of interviews at the US Embassy so they can be sure that we are really married.  It’s complicated but worth it!

Also I am a grandfather again! Joel and Alyssa had baby Lucas this week! Alyssa went through a couple of days of labor before he arrived but mother, baby and proud papa are all doing well.  We’re very excited for them and we should be able to see Joel, Alyssa and Lucas in person in October!

This week, be praying for Katya and me as we go through the registration process for marriage.  We need certified translations of all documents (getting those Monday) and then we have to go to register at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Tuesday morning) and then to the local registration office (RAGS) also on Tuesday morning.  We have to do all of this before noon too because the office only does registrations between 9:30-12:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  So it will be a hectic morning and we are praying for no lines so we can get everything done on time.

We have not had time to look for apartments yet because we have had so much else to do.  So that will begin also this week.  And we will be meeting with our pastor to do some pre-marital counseling over the next month.  My registration and visa are in the process and I should be able to have all the documents I need to get a regular visa to live in Ukraine.  A man with the Baptist Union here is handling all the paper work and, even though it is more expensive, his help is invaluable!

I have learned a lot more about Ukraine in the past two weeks.  Relationships and friendships are very precious here.  People take time to be together and so meetings and gatherings take longer than in the US.  Also, everything takes longer than I ever expected.  But I’m glad to be here and learning as a go.

I spent a lot of time preparing for next week’s class.  I completed all that I need for the first week but I still have work for the second week.   I will be teaching Christology the first week (13-17) and then Soteriology the second week (20-24).  This is a new course for me and it has a number of very controversial issues to cover.  Pray for me to be clear and for students to understand.

I’m looking forward to church tomorrow—wonderful worship, fellowship and teaching!

Thanks for Praying!  I’ll send a short devotional that really blessed me in the next update.

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August 2010 Prayer Update

August Prayer Update (08/10/2010)
It is hard to believe that I am only 2 ½ weeks away from heading back to Ukraine!  I’m both excited and overwhelmed with all that has to be done still.  Here are some things to be praying for:
Medical Insurance … this has been the greatest difficulty so far.  I am trying to find a policy that will give me coverage both in Ukraine and the United States at a reasonable price.  I am working through many different options but I need to find something fast.
Shipping Options … I am trying to locate a company that will give me the best shipping prices and times so I can receive my boxes when I need them.  I am also trying to find a company with a good reputation that will not overcharge or lose my stuff.  This is very difficult to find for shipping to Ukraine.
Packing … Time and wisdom are two of my greatest needs: what to pack for shipping (I have to keep this category small because shipping is very expensive); what to sell (garage sale, EBay, Craig’s List, etc); what to store in the US.
My Achilles … I think my torn Achilles is healing well but I still have a long way to go.  I will be on crutches another two weeks (no weight on the foot) and then in a walker boot cast for another 3-4 weeks.  This means I will be in the boot cast for at least a couple of weeks in Ukraine.  My biggest concern is here—it is hard to move boxes and pack on one leg!  Everything takes me about twice as long—and I wear out faster too.  Pray for rapid healing.
My Language Studies … When I get to Kiev, I will spend the first two weeks in intensive Russian language studies.  I’ve been told, not only to plan for 8 hours of class a day, but up to 6 hours of homework at night!
My Classes … Right now, I am teaching an American History class that ends the day before I leave (August 27).  I am also working on PowerPoint slides for my Christology/Soteriology class that I will be teaching in September.  I have to get these finished soon so I can send them to be translated.
My “facebook” experience … Many missionary friends have recommended using Facebook as a communication tool when I am in Ukraine.  I am reluctantly listening.  But I have much to learn since I have not had any experience on Facebook.  And my technology learning curve is pretty small! Hopefully, I’ll have a Facebook page up and running before I leave for Ukraine.  Sounds like a small need to most of you, but to me, joining Facebook is a frightening task!
Thanks for praying!

Here are a couple of answers to recent questions:
Send contributions to the same address: 20 Sunrise Place, Cabot, AR 72023.
I will be continuing the same ministry I have been doing for the last 15 years but I will be living in Ukraine.  This will give me a number of advantages, especially with learning the language.  I receive no salary or expenses from Kiev Theological Seminary (the same as the other missionaries teaching there) so all my support is dependent on contributions.
Here is a short devotion that I read this morning that reminded me of the awesome power of our God:
David says, “The darkness and the light are all alike unto thee.” O wonderful union of Contraries!  O unsearchable power; O powerful matter of universal joy!  God is the only truth, and the measure of truth; darkness and light are both alike to Him, who is the First and the Last.  As life holds from darkness, and makes manifest all excellencies in itself, so darkness holds from light, and is a manifestation of all….  Light has its own proper appearance, and is seen by God in its own distinct shape, as it is in itself, yet in the seeing of it, all things are seen.  So does darkness appear before God, in its darkest and best form; and all lights of comfort, holiness, and truth here together with it in the same appearance.  Blessed are they

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Ukraine Move Update

July 2010 Additional Update


Thank you for praying about my move to Ukraine. I wanted to give everyone a quick update about God’s wonderful provisions for my upcoming move to Ukraine.

First, most of my anticipated moving costs have been provided, especially because of one very generous gift by one family! I will still need a little more for transition costs and buying appliances and setting up an office there, but we are very close. Second, the monthly pledges are within $150.00. Again God provided a few additional persons to be part of my monthly support team!

Third, I might have a very good apartment possibility. The director of the Talbot Program that we offer at KTS informed me about a possible apartment that might be just what I need! SEND International has been using it for missionaries in language school but they do not have any new missionaries coming this fall and were going to have to let the apartment go. It has been occupied by American missionaries for a number of years so many of the improvements that I might need to make in an apartment have already been made. Also, the family currently living there will be moving to Russia sometime this fall. They want to sell much of their furniture and appliances! This might not save me much money, but it will save me a lot of time trying to find appliances and furniture. The rent is just the amount that I had hoped to find. And the walk to the seminary is only about 5 minutes! It could not be any better. I’ll find out more when I get to Kiev at the end of August.

Continue praying for my time with all that I have to do. I have been selling as many things as I can, sorting through what to pack and what to store and also trying to get ready to teach classes. It has been a very busy summer and August is fast approaching. I have notes and PowerPoints to finish and send to the translators in the next week and a syllabus for the December class to get finished. Also, I will be teaching an American History class here in Little Rock this August that ends the day before I leave for Ukraine. So much to do…so little time.


Thanks for you prayers and you support as I prepare for Ukraine. Gifts should continue to be sent to: Teaching Resources International 20 Sunrise Place Cabot, AR 72023-2047 Please designate them for either DS-1000 (for Jim’s Support) or for 1500/Ukraine (for one-time gifts for moving help)

Copyright 2010

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July 24th Update

Thank you for praying about my move to Ukraine. I wanted to give everyone a quick update about God’s wonderful provisions for my upcoming move to Ukraine.

First, most of my anticipated moving costs have been provided, especially because of one very generous gift by one family! I will still need a little more for transition costs and buying appliances and setting up an office there, but we are very close. Second, the monthly pledges are within $150.00. Again God provided a few additional persons to be part of my monthly support team!
Third, I might have a very good apartment possibility. The director of the Talbot Program that we offer at KTS informed me about a possible apartment that might be just what I need! SEND International has been using it for missionaries in language school but they do not have any new missionaries coming this fall and were going to have to let the apartment go. It has been occupied by American missionaries for a number of years so many of the improvements that I might need to make in an apartment have already been made. Also, the family currently living there will be moving to Russia sometime this fall. They want to sell much of their furniture and appliances! This might not save me much money, but it will save me a lot of time trying to find appliances and furniture. The rent is just the amount that I had hoped to find. And the walk to the seminary is only about 5 minutes! It could not be any better. I’ll find out more when I get to Kiev at the end of August.
Continue praying for my time with all that I have to do. I have been selling as many things as I can, sorting through what to pack and what to store and also trying to get ready to teach classes. It has been a very busy summer and August is fast approaching. I have notes and PowerPoints to finish and send to the translators in the next week and a syllabus for the December class to get finished. Also, I will be teaching an American History class here in Little Rock this August that ends the day before I leave for Ukraine. So much to do…so little time.


Thanks for you prayers and you support as I prepare for Ukraine. Gifts should continue to be sent to: Teaching Resources International 20 Sunrise Place Cabot, AR 72023-2047 Please designate them for either DS-1000 (for Jim’s Support) or for 1500/Ukraine (for one-time gifts for moving help)

Copyright 2010

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July 2010 Update from Jim Ehrhard

July 2010 Update from Jim Ehrhard

Thanks for praying about my move to Ukraine.  I will be looking for an apartment when I return to Kiev in late August.  I will be staying in Kiev for nearly 2 months beginning August 27th until October 22nd.  During that time, I will be taking two intensive Russian classes, teaching a class in Christology and Soteriology and looking for an apartment and furniture.  It will be a very busy time.  I need to get an apartment so that I can begin to put things there that I ship over.  I will not move until December or January.  But I need to get things in place this next trip.

My current plan is to stay in Ukraine 2-3 months at a time and return here once a quarter.  That would be a little less air travel than I am currently doing so the costs should be less overall.  I am still working on my estimates for living expenses but it looks like I will need about $500 more per month.  My biggest expense will be moving and providing an apartment.  I am estimating I will need about $6000 before I leave at the end of August so that I can secure the apartment and begin furnishing it.  If you want to contribute to this one-time need, just designate the gift as 1500/Ukraine/Moving.  Thanks!  Please see the complete update below.

As to teaching, I have a lot to prepare for this summer.  Currently I am working on lectures and Powerpoints for the Christology/Soteriology class (September 13-24).  I also will be teaching American History in Little Rock again in August.  I also am preparing for classes I am teaching in Kiev: World History (December 2010), Research and Writing II (January 2011), The Theology and Practice of Prayer (March 2011), and Research and Writing I (May 2011).  In addition to all this, I am trying to work on Russian 1-2 hours a day and selling and packing things to prepare for the move.

Also, continue to pray for Jim and Karen Albright and Tyler and Jessica Stewart in their ministry in Milan, Italy. See their updates on our website too.

Please remember to put one of the following designations in the memo section of your check:

For General Fund (put nothing or General)

For Ehrhard’s Support – 1000 or DS-TRI

For Albright’s Support – 2000 or Italy

For Stewart’s Support – 3000 or S-Italy

For Jim’s move to Ukraine – 1500 or Ukraine/Moving

The IRS does not want us to have any personal names in the memo section.  Thank you!

UPDATE continued …

Jim’s June Update

Ukraine

I spent some of my time in Kiev my last trip talking with other missionaries exploring the possibilities, needs and costs of me moving to Ukraine and teaching there on a regular basis.  I am spending time this summer preparing for this. I sold my car two weeks ago (a very big step toward moving) and I will be working on selling other things and deciding what to ship to Ukraine.  I am also working on Russian about 2-3 hours a day as well as preparing syllabi for classes and PowerPoints for the classes I will be teaching (see “Upcoming Schedule” below).

There are a number of ministry-related reasons for this move: 1) Language… while my Russian is improving, I will not be able to use it like I need to without some time in language immersion; 2) Teaching … the seminary there is expanding its programs to include a Masters in Biblical Counseling and they need me to teach some additional classes; 3) Church … I would like to be more involved with a local church in Ukraine and be able to help churches and pastors in a practical way.  Right now, I am limited to going to church there 1-2 times when I am teaching.  It would help to be more directly connected with Ukrainian pastors and churches.  4) Travel … I will save a lot of travel money whenever I teach in Bulgaria or Belgium (or other schools in Europe).  Costs for travel within Europe are much cheaper than traveling over from the US (about $500-1000 less).

Support and Expenses

I will probably need to increase my monthly support a little depending on apartment costs and health insurance.  Right now, all I can do is estimate the costs.  I currently receive about $2249.00 per month from Teaching Resources.  I estimate that I would need about $3000.00 per month for living expenses.  So I will need to raise about $500.00-800.00 in additional support.

Housing Rent and Utilities            $1100-1200

Food            $600.00

Medical            $200.00

Transportation (public)            $50.00

Miscell. Living             $100-200

Taxes            $400.00

Reserve            $300.00

$ 2950.00

My biggest expense would be moving and start-up expenses. It is hard to estimate this accurately at this point.  Missionaries there have given me estimates from $6000-20,000.  Mine will probably be on the lower end of those estimates.  I estimate that I will need $6000-10,000 in start up costs. Many of the things I have now cannot be taken because customs taxes are often more than the value of purchasing the item in Ukraine. I will need some one-time donations to help me cover these expenses when I return in the fall (designate as 1500/Ukraine/Moving).   The Intensive Russian classes I will be taking this fall will cost about $500.00.  Regular classes (after I move) will be $250/month).

  1. Computer/Printer
  2. Appliances (most apartments do not have these)
  3. Furniture for apartment
  4. Dishes (I can transport some but not everything I need)
  5. Office Furniture (desk/files/shelves)
  6. Visa Costs
  7. Travel/Shipping

Upcoming Schedule

My current plan is to return to Ukraine at the end of August and stay for a little over 2 months.  Here is a breakdown of the tentative plans for those months and most of the following year:

August 30-September 10 – Two-week Intensive Russian class
September 13-24 – Teaching Theology 3 (Christology and Soteriology) at KTS
September 27-October 1 – “free” week to find apartment and some furnishings
October 4-15 – Two-week Intensive Russian class

October 15-20 – finalizing apartment & furnishings before I return to US

This will allow me to get things in order for when I return in December or January.  I need to secure an apartment so I can have some place to ship and store things that I will need to send over.  Here is a tentative schedule for the rest of the academic year.

November 29-December 10 –Teaching History at KTS

December 15-January 15 – Home in US for Christmas

January 2011 – Teaching Research and Writing II at KTS

March 2011 – Teaching Theology and Practice of Prayer at KTS

April 2011 – Home in US for spring break

May 2011 – Teaching Research and Writing I at KTS

July & August 2011 – Home in US for summer break

My plan will be to stay in Ukraine three months at a time and return 2-4 times each year.  I will usually be returning to the US in the summers and over Christmas when school is not in session and perhaps once in the spring and fall.  This will be almost the opposite of my travel now but it will be fewer trips.

Prayer Needs:

  1. Additional monthly support before I move ($500-800/month)
  2. One-time moving expenses (appx. $6000)
  3. Time to focus on Russian studies this summer.
  4. Time for completing course work for teaching in the fall and winter.
  5. Selling items here during the summer.
  6. Wisdom in decision making about apartment and furnishings in the fall.
  7. God’s leading on many personal decisions.

Thank you so much for helping me to ministry to pastors and churches in Ukraine!

Gifts should continue to be sent to:

Teaching Resources International

20 Sunrise Place

Cabot, AR 72023-2047

Please designate them for either DS-1000 (for Jim’s Support) or for 1500/Ukraine (for one-time gifts for moving help)

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