Journey to Ukraine

Journey to Ukraine

In March of 2022, our family was forced to evacuate from Ukraine. We have served as missionaries in L’viv for over 20 years, and now, like so many others, we find ourselves suddenly displaced from our home, our church, and our precious Ukrainian friends. But despite the shock of evacuation, God is opening doors and leading us step by step down this new path. Our purpose is to bless and minister to Ukrainians affected by the war. Come with us as we share our stories: striving to serve God, bless people, and praying that someday soon this journey will lead us back to our beloved Ukraine. ❤️🇺🇦

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June 27, 2022 35 min

Our family is moving to a house! The small apartment that has been our home for the past three months has been a God-send, but now it’s time for a bit more space. Additionally, we would like to bring you some new updates on the Good and Evil project, our other ETO team members, the Bible First program, and our recent family ministry trip to Bratislava.

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It has now been over 100 days since Russia invaded our home — the beautiful country of Ukraine. We’re all ready for this nightmare to end, but reality is not as simple as we would like. In this episode, we’ll share our thinking about the long-term implications of the war for our family and ministry. We’ll update you on several key fronts, and we’ll close out the episode with an informative synopsis of the military situation on the ...

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Today we’re pleased to introduce a new series on the podcast called Voices from Ukraine. In each episode of the series, we’ll be interviewing people in-country who are serving the Lord and striving to support the Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom.

In today’s episode, we’re excited to bring you the story of Serhii and Natallia Chepara. You’ll hear Serhii share his experiences in his native Ukrainian language, with Kelsie...

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May 2, 2022 32 min

As we enter the third month of Russia’s war against Ukraine, I am reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 16:9: “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” Despite the sorrow and tragedy of war, God continues to lead and bless His people. In this episode, we’ll tell you all about our recent trip to Poland where we visited a large group of our displaced Ukrainian friends from our church in L...

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April 20, 2022 33 min

Evacuation life for our family has proven to be anything but boring! In this episode, we’re excited to share our most recent stories with you, including another trip back into Ukraine, new doors opening for ministry to refugees in Slovakia and Poland, family news, and, sadly, a report on Russia’s latest missile strike in L’viv.

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April 8, 2022 42 min

For the first time since our evacuation, Joshua made a trip back into Ukraine to our home in L’viv. Hours before his planned arrival, L’viv was hit by Russian cruise missiles! Meanwhile, our daughter Abigail volunteered for a week with a team distributing humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees entering Slovakia. She joins us in this episode to share her story! We also have news about a new van for our family, as well as several pra...

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March 25, 2022 38 min

God is continuing to open doors here in Slovakia, and we are seeing good progress on several fronts. In this episode, we’ll talk about our new apartment, some good relationships that we’ve been building with Ukrainians, an exciting evacuation story from Kharkiv, and Joshua’s upcoming trip back to L’viv. Additionally, we have some good news about a new van!

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March 15, 2022 31 min

A few days ago, I received a sobering text message which consisted of only two words: “Save us”. That message was sent by someone trapped in the city of Chernihiv, currently besieged by the Russian invaders.

In this latest update, we’ll talk more about the evacuation work that’s going on in Ukraine. You’ll also hear about our search for a new van, how our family is getting on in Slovakia, and about specific ways that you can continu...

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March 5, 2022 37 min

This episode is the fourth in a series of audio updates we published to our blog in the days leading up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and our family's subsequent evacuation to Slovakia.

Our Journey
by Joshua Steele

On March 1, 2022, our family completed our crossing from Ukraine into Slovakia. This has been a difficult journey, but as always, God has been more than faithful. It’s been a few days since we posted news of our p...

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February 25, 2022 20 min

This episode is the third in a series of audio updates we published to our blog in the days leading up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and our family's subsequent evacuation to Slovakia.

Sirens and Shelters
by Joshua Steele

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues into its second day. This morning, we woke up to air raid sirens in L’viv. Please listen to the audio clip below for our latest update. As always, we greatly appreciat...

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February 24, 2022 10 min

This episode is the second in a series of audio updates we published to our blog in the days leading up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and our family's subsequent evacuation to Slovakia.

Ukraine Update from L’viv
by Joshua Steele

Russia has invaded Ukraine. Our family remains in L’viv as of this writing, and we’d like to provide you with a brief update on our situation here. Please listen to the audio clip below to learn more...

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February 13, 2022 35 min

This episode is the first in a series of audio updates we published to our blog in the days leading up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and our family's subsequent evacuation to Slovakia.

Are We Safe?
by Kelsie Steele

My mom made a comment to me about my husband several years ago. She said, “I think Joshua has good judgment. I would feel safe with him.” I don’t even remember the circumstances that prompted that remark, but rece...

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