We’re Back!

At around 12:15pm on April 28th, we landed at L’viv International Airport. To me, this seemed like the shortest and smoothest flight we’ve had yet! The kids did very well (slept a good bit) and overall the trip was uneventful. No ash cloud either. 🙂 That said, I did notice that we were cruising at about 38,000 feet – a good 8,000 feet higher than normal. Maybe we were flying  above the danger zone?

Having arrived back at home, we were greeted by a whole crowd of smiling faces. The Beal’s and Nathan picked us up at the airport. When we got to our apartment, we found it clean and the kitchen stocked with several meals and snacks. Our friends Tomasz and Miriam even sent over a French Silk pie! (Am I loved or what?) In short, we want to say a great big “thank you!” to all our dear friends here who made our return to Ukraine such a pleasant one.

I’d also like to express our sincere gratefulness to our friends and family on the other side of the Atlantic who were such a blessing to us while were in the US the past 8 months. Of these, I would like to say a very special thank you to my mom, Cathy, who worked like Wonder Woman to help us get our houses ready to rent. She laid tile, painted, cleaned, hauled junk in the van, made phone calls, screened prospective tenants, etc, etc, etc. After we left, she oversaw the process of emptying our house in the US, returning borrowed items to their owners, and signing the lease with our new tenants. There is no way in the world we could have finished all these tasks without her help. THANK YOU, MOM!!

Here in L’viv, we’re still in the process of unpacking and reorganizing, but are making progress. I’m moving my office over to our ministry center, which will free up an extra room in our house. This will probably end up being the baby’s room/guest room. Once we get our feet under us, we’ll be sending out the next issue of Overseas Field Report with more ministry details. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued prayers for us as we gear up for a full summer of ministry.

VISA UPDATE
For those of you who have kept up with the visa saga, know that our troubles in that arena are far from over. The day we got in from the States, I went with a small group of Americans to meet with a representative of the US Consulate from Kyiv. We discussed with him our concerns and some of the problems we have experienced with registration. He was able to give us quite a bit of information which I believe will be helpful in solving the problems we face. There are still several unknowns, but in a nutshell it appears we will no longer be able to use the Type-K (cultural) visas that we’ve all had in the past. Please continue to pray that the Lord would give us wisdom as we search for lasting solutions to these immigration issues.

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About Joshua Steele

My passion is leading people to Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. To that end, I have served as a missionary in Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, the United States, and currently Ukraine, where I have lived and ministered since 2001. In 2004, I married Kelsie, the girl of my dreams, and God has blessed us beyond measure with a precious family. Our five children Abigail, Rebekah, Hosanna, Kathryn, and David are the joy of our lives! Together, we live to glorify our Savior and proclaim His Word to those around us.

3 thoughts on “We’re Back!

  1. Sorry, I seem to comment only on visa things, but I do pray for you and read the other parts, too! 🙂

    I really haven’t been able to follow your visa saga, and I would like to hear details, someday when you have time. To us everything seems so simple and straightforward with Ukrainian visas….

    • Hey Phyllis,

      Thanks for the reply. Actually, in an attempt to smooth things out, I’ve been talking to as many people as I can, trying to learn what different folks are doing. I think our main problem (or so it appears right now) is that we have been coming in on cultural visas and expecting to stay long term. It seems the Ukrainian gov’t doesn’t like that so much. As I understand it, you guys have religious visas, yes? I’d really like to talk to you about how you guys are approaching it. Do you have a cell number? Mine is 099-732-1824. Let’s chat. God bless!

      Joshua

  2. Yes, we have religious visas, and yes, I’ll write to you with our phone numbers. 🙂

    And I probably should have said that after Russia everything here seems simple. That probably makes a difference. Plus, we have someone helping us with all of it here.

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