Posted Jul 18, 2010 by 6 Comments

First of all, I should say how much of a blast we are all having right now.

For the last couple of weeks, the interns and I have been all over the place.  We’ve been hanging out at Mission to Ukraine’s two summer camps, going to Banyas, and even taking trains all the way across Ukraine!

Lauren on the train out to our retreat in the Carpathian Mountains. Also, the photo at the top of the page is Krystallin. :)

We’re learning a ton about the Ukrainian people, about disabilities, about orphans, and especially about ourselves.  The only problem with all of this is that we’ve had next to no internet access the whole time.

Sure, I’ve been able to zip back to Zhytomyr for a night every now and then to send a few articles off to be posted on the website, but for the most part we’ve been completely in the dark.

Anyway, since I am not able to check the articles when they go live, I’ve made two big mistakes that I feel should be addressed.

First of all, the recent Culture Guide, “Surviving Dinner,” was not, in fact, written by me (as it indicated at the bottom of the article).  It was written by our intern Lauren Schneider!  It was a simple mistake on my part, but one that took a few days for me to notice.  Oops!

Sorry Lauren.  :-)

Chris checking out some graffiti in the city of L’Viv. So far I haven’t messed up any of his articles. I suppose it’s just a matter of time!

The second mistake I’ve made is probably a bit more serious.  Krystallin’s recent article, “Curbs Without Ramps,” was a fantastic perspective on the limitations faced by those with disabilities in Zhytomyr.  Unfortunately, due to a mix up in files, I accidentally posted her first rough draft instead of the polished final version.

Once again, I didn’t realize my mistake until it was too late! While we were having a blast at camp, everyone back home was reading Krystallin’s rough draft.

Needless to say, with both of these mistakes I feel just terrible.  I just hope that our end-of-summer retreat in Italy will help the girls to forgive me.  :-)

Anyway, thanks again for being such committed readers.  More powerful and engaging articles are on the way!

Stay tuned…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Krystallin said... 


    July 18th, 2010 at 8:10 am  

    Hahaha, ahh you’re forgiven Barry. We all make mistakes. 😉 Italy should cover it, but only if espresso is included….

  2. Becca said... 


    July 18th, 2010 at 1:17 pm  

    Well the rough draft was really good! haha

  3. Jim.M said... 


    July 18th, 2010 at 3:14 pm  

    You guys turn out great articles no matter what version they are, and as for the authorship issue….. the stories are inspired by the Spirit no matter who’s keyboard they roll off of. You are simply pouring it out for us, so that we see a bit of the Kingdom advancing where you are. Some of the best works of art and journalism have “Anonymous” at the bottom…there is a reason for that I suppose.

    So, Barry,Krystallin,Lauren, and Chris,.. or who ever you are…keep up the great work, It was great seeing you this morning via Skype at the Outreach Kiosk at Grace Community Church. Everyone here enjoyed talking to you guys!!

    Oh, and BTW…is the graffiti in Chris’s picture a message to you guys? “Don’t Stop…keep reporting!!”

    See you soon.


  4. Kris Schneider said... 


    July 18th, 2010 at 11:08 pm  

    I agree! Krystallin great job on the rough draft! I would have never known it wasn’t the finished product. Lauren’s article was great and it doesn’t really matter who wrote it, the content was awesome. :) Barry, so nice of you to publicly apologize. It takes a lot to be humble for the “whole world” to see. Enjoy your last week and especially Italy. Buy the girls something pretty in Italy and it will probably never be spoken of again. :)

  5. Jonathan Pomazon said... 


    July 19th, 2010 at 4:45 pm  

    You guys have brought Mission to Ukraine, its sister organizations, and the culture of this wonderful country to life – regardless of which one of you authored an individual piece. All I can say is that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one and can only say “thank you” for your perseverance and professionalism in the face of the obvious limitations you’ve had to work with. May your tribe increase!

  6. David Byers said... 


    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am  

    We are all human and we all make mistakes, but I had higher expectations for you, Barry. Almost ‘supernatural’ standards. You are trying to mess up your superhero status in my book. I am going to have to reflect, and regather my feelings regarding editing abilities. It’s a sad day for the faithful fans! 😉

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