What a fantastic summer!  

This June and July I took our three summer interns, Lauren, Chris and Krystallin, across the ocean for a two-month cross-cultural experience in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.  They worked with Mission to Ukraine and Last Bell, two incredible organizations bringing hope and light into places that have long been in darkness. 

Because I wasn’t pursuing a specific “assignment” myself, I had the opportunity to float between the ministries and to follow up with a few stories that began when I first visited Ukraine back in 2009. 

Me and the interns early on in the summer. What a great team!

I caught up with little Peter, finally adopted into a loving family, I re-visited Romaniv Orphanage and I participated in MTU’s summer camps… something I had only heard about before. 

I also started two new initiatives.  One is a dream of mine to get another boy adopted from the Romaniv Orphanage by a Ukrainian family.  The other is a fun new project designed to let us see the world from the eyes of children around the world. 

To read these articles and more, take a look below.  Maybe through it all you too will find a way to jump in with what God is doing in Ukraine! 

The Summer Begins!

Can your life really change over a cup of coffee? 

Click here to read this travel journal… 

Return to Romaniv

Do you want proof that the kingdom of God is powerful?  Read on… 

Click here to read this article…

Photo Gallery: The Second Chapter

The time has come for Romaniv to be taken to the next level… 

Click here to see this photo gallery…

The Marika Project

What if we could see the world through Marika’s eyes? 

Click here to read this article…

Welcome Home!

For little Peter, being adopted was only the beginning of the story… 

Click here to read this article… 

The Marika Project Begins!

Now that Marika has her very own camera, the Marika Project has officially begun! 

Click here to read this article…

Dima

For one disabled orphan in Ukraine there is hope.  But he needs YOU to act… 

Click here to read this article… 

Apologies!

Oh, the woes of inadequate internet access! 

Click here to read this article… 

Photo Gallery: Marika’s Work!

Camp from the eyes (and camera) of a six year old… 

Click here to see this photo gallery… 

Behind the Scrim

Now I know what lies behind the curtain… 

Click here to read this article…

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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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