As some of you may know, my husband Ben and I have been longing to serve God in some capacity. On the evening of August 30, 2012, we arrived in Dickinson, North Dakota with a little bit of money, even less of a plan, and no idea what direction we were heading or even which one we wanted. We came out to Dickinson just shy of three years ago when our plans to go to Calvary Chapel Bible College Hungary did not pan out, and our house in Montana sat on the market for what seemed like forever. We felt the stirring by God to go, so we quit our jobs and headed to the Bakken. For those of you who do not know, the Bakken is one of the largest oil patches in all of the United States. Ben worked the oil field and I went back to college. Many people ask me what my major is but the truth is for the most part I started going back to school for the college housing. Ok, don’t get me wrong, I am getting something out of it and I now have a bit more direction. One thing I can say is the years following our arrival have presented us with a recurring theme in a varied array of areas: food, culture, books, news, and people, to name a few. As the occurrences increased in both frequency and intensity, we began more and more to turn our hearts and minds eastward, toward the source: Ukraine.
Things that stood out to us were the Ukrainian Cultural Institute here in Dickinson and the Ukrainian Festival that our daughter Priscilla had the opportunity to participate in, borscht, which is beet soup and happens to be very common in both Russia and Ukraine, The Grace Effect, a book on both Christian apologetics and Ukrainian adoption, and Calvary Chapel Kaharlyk, which is the reason I chose the degree I am currently pursuing.
As I personally dug in I found myself wanting to be part of the ministry of Calvary Chapel Kaharlyk in their business for transformation ministry which is creating jobs and impacting the community. Calvary Chapel Kaharlyk had 100% unemployment in their congregation until they started a bio energy program. Mind blown, that’s all I am saying. Actually, I have lots more to say and would encourage you to look at the videos they have posted on the ministry as well as consider partnering with them in their business ventures. How this ministry ties with my degree is that I am now pursuing a Agri-International Business degree. I want to be useful, and I want to help create jobs and minister to those in need through practical ministry. Oh yeah, practical ministry also brings me to a great book we recently read and studied through at EBC, “When Helping Hurts.” I will save that for another day. One thing I do want to mention is that this feels like the first time my husband and I are both on board to go somewhere and do something, and if that isn’t a direction from God, then I don’t know what is!
Lastly, I would like to mention borscht. YUM! nuff Said!! If you live in Dickinson I would encourage you to swing by Jacks because they make some tasty borscht.
Calvary Chapel Kaharlyk
The Grace Effect, by Larry Taunton
Ukrainian Cultural Institute,
also there is a program here called North Dakota Ukrainian
Dance Association which puts on a Ukrainian Festival every summer
Above all, it’s a desire stirring in us that says,
“Here we are Lord, send us.”