In the middle of the summer, we took a day off at MTU and followed our fearless leader, Pastor Peter, out of the city and into another side of Ukrainian life.  What I thought would be an interesting bit of sightseeing turned into an eye-opening and unforgettable experience…

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About the Author: Lauren Schneider was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. She is a Journalism/Mass Communications major at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Lauren loves writing and photography and could eat Chick-fil-A every day for the rest of her life.

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  1. Jim.M said... 


    August 16th, 2010 at 7:27 am  

    “I knew that this kind of life existed somewhere,…..”

    When I read stories on World Next Door I find that from time to time a single sentence, word of photo gets to me. Interestingly it may only represent a small seemingly irrelevant bit of the bigger picture, the sentence above is the one from this story that made me stop and think.

    “This kind of life…” There are so many “kinds” of life seen in this story, lives lived in poverty, lives lived with illness, lives lived with joy, and lives lived with a servants heart, just a few “kinds” that stood out.

    “Existed somewhere”… On some level, these “kinds” of life are where we are, every day. We may not knowingly encounter the depth of poverty, or the degree of illness, or the sacrificial servants heart of the pastor in this story, but they are here, now, we are surrounded by them….we are only separated from them by choice.


  2. Cindy Mankus said... 


    August 16th, 2010 at 7:39 am  

    Hey Lauren! Great story about the family that last year stole my heart. I couldn’t sleep for 2 days after my visit to their house and couldn’t figure out why. I had seen poor in Ukraine before, but never as with this family. The beautiful thing is…I don’t think they realize how poor they are. God truly is our provider-regardless of our circumstances! Keep up your great work…and may our paths meet again! What a pleasure to meet you and read your stories about what God showed you!

  3. Jonathan P said... 


    August 16th, 2010 at 10:33 pm  

    Lauren, I loved reading your post. I have nothing to add except to say a hearty “amin” to what you write. God calls each of us to be his hands and feet to any of a number of folks around us – for some of us, the neighbor he has put on our hearts is in Ukraine. Thank you for your kind and generous spirit – God is continuing to use you in a powerful way. I pray he will continue to soften your heart so that you can help us all remain passionate and compassionate toward these dear ones.

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