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Celtic spirituality has a fascinating concept that I’d like to totally steal, if that’s okay. (Thanks, all you Celtic readers!)
The concept is called “thin places.” These are areas of the world where the veil between heaven and earth is at its thinnest. Where the physical and spiritual realms mix. Where pain and healing collide.
I would argue that Zhytomyr, Ukraine is full of these thin places. Nowhere else in the world have I seen such terrible brokenness on display next to such mind-blowing generosity, strength and hope.
Disabled children, rampant abortion, filthy orphanages, poverty, and one of the most profound movements of the kingdom of God I’ve ever witnessed.
Special-needs children full of love and hope. Babies saved from abortion. An orphanage for abandoned, disabled boys who now have something to live for.
Let’s just say that hanging out with Mission to Ukraine is amazing.
This bittersweet mix of pain and hope is what I tried to capture in my articles, photos and videos. I tried to paint the picture of these “thin places” in the only way I know how… by telling stories.
So take a look, and let the power of the kingdom of God blow you away!
Why I can’t stop smiling here in Ukraine…
If this doesn’t give you a glimmer of hope for today, nothing will!
I was dumbfounded. Flabbergasted. Astounded. These aren’t the boys I remember!
For the boys of Romaniv Orphanage, visiting an aquarium and shopping mall was quite the adventure!
Thanks to MTU, one young woman’s life will never be the same.
There is only one word to describe my week at Romaniv Orphanage… bittersweet.
The journey from neglect to nurture has begun!
How MTU is bringing the wider world to boys who have seen very little of it…
It seems like Yura is all about love these days…
Meet a young woman whose changed life is now changing others…
A glimpse into everyday life for the boys at Romaniv Orphanage…
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.