It is exceedingly surprising to me how much we Americans can take for granted. I’ve always heard this but never fully experienced the the just of not having everything I want and need at my fingertips. I will admit, the cultural differences are intimidating, but leave me in awe of how great God is. Today our team went to the village of Zelenivka, a very saddening town I might add. Throughout these past few days, I had been earnestly praying for God to give me a new look into my life, something that I would have to experience in order to change. And being such a faithful God, he did so. I have learned a lot about selflessness on this trip, selflessness and humility. I have never met anyone as sincere and kind as my host family. they never cease to amaze me with their willingness to take time out of their schedules for an entire week to cook for us, make sure we are where we are supposed to be every day and that we everything we need in this foreign land.
It is in the clinics where I have seen God move the most. You have probably heard that eyes are the windows to the soul, and through this opportunity, I have seen this to be true. When the patients enter the clinic, they seem to have a very visible disappointment and total abandonment written on their faces. When after spending some time with us and seeing how we demonstrate compassion, and spend time with them and give them medical supplies, they leave with a smile and sense of contentment, knowing that they mean something to someone and they are loved. My heart is torn to leave such precious people in a few days, but i pray that God will bless them and this team as we finish our mission in Ukraine.