101 Uniquenesses I Noticed in Beautiful Ukraine

   BATHROOMS    1. Toilets in Ukraine are almost always smaller than toilets in America. Perhaps this is to conserve space or money spent on porcelain. Toilets, or “squatters” can sometimes be found in the floor, or even lacking a seat. I have no idea how the babushkas and dadushkas (grandmas & grandpas) can handle … Continue reading



Odessa, Ukraine, and the World | Then ’til Now | Part I

Today Ukraine’s population is primarily Slavic, whether Russian, Ukrainian, or Polish.  The Slavs have been here since day one, whenever that was, inhabiting this forrested plain region above the Black Sea, with Mountain ranges jutting up along the east and west side.  In times B.C. the Slavs which occupied the area today known as Ukraine, … Continue reading

US Embassy Kiev Visa Interview | посольство СШ Киев интервью виза

A letter of complaint about the U.S. Consulate Services in Kiev My name is Jacob Nelson.  My wife is a Ukrainian citizen born and raised in Odessa.  I am a U.S. Citizen.  We live in Odessa as Christian missionaries to Ukraine’s people.  Last week my wife applied for a B-2 non-immigrant visa so she could … Continue reading

A Christmas Note to Odessa & the World

This week I was upset about the fact that everywhere I go in Odessa I see Grandfather Frost decor and zero nativity sets.  I did manage to find one pretty small one of relatively poor quality.  I have since been informed that many churches do build their own.  It remains very noticeable though that communism … Continue reading

Ukraine a Step Closer to Undemocracy?

Although I do enjoy very much learning about the faith of the founding fathers of America, I have never been one who’s much for politics.  All my life I have found them to be a tremendous bore.  Not to mention I have a hard time trusting any of them.  Maturing in age I see more … Continue reading

How Thirsty Are You?

Don’t Drink the Water Ukraine is fortunate to have plumbing and running water. Many countries in the world do not. If you are from the U.S. however it is not wise to drink the water. Ukrainian stomachs have been conditioned to it, although I’m not so sure it’s the best thing for them to drink. … Continue reading

Vote Yes on Books for Ukraine!

The United States has a superfluous abundance of Christian books, churches, seminars, retreats, conferences, breakfasts, videos, and nick-nacks. Do we need more? Or should we just use what we have? What if we were to merely work on applying 20% of what we have already learned the first half of our lives, instead of continuing … Continue reading

Odessa Prayer Needs

    Prayer Needs Odessa, Ukraine           Pray for the salvation of souls and spiritual awakening. Pray for sound doctrine and solid resources in the churches. Pray for corrupt and godless denominations to fall. Pray against the major abortion problem. Pray against corruption in the businesses, police force, politics, teachers, and … Continue reading

A Few Ukrainian Traditions, Foods, & Superstitions

  Recently my wife and I moved into a new flat in Odessa. There is a tradition here when you buy a new flat to have people over for dinner. Well, we didn’t buy the place but decided to celebrate the tradition anyhow, especially since both my wife’s parents had treated us to dinner. Since … Continue reading

Lock the Doors

Shortly after moving into our new flat, I decided to put new locks on our door.  The old lock and handle were made of plastic.  Although I was informed later it was probably very sturdy, because it was from the Soviet era and they made everything strong back then.  Most doors in Ukraine are very … Continue reading

A Day of Rest

As we are instructed in Scripture to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (Ex. 20:8). We are also taught in Hebrews 4 that Jesus is our Sabbath.  Knowing that the law was fulfilled in Jesus and pointing to the coming of the Christ, we find our rest from works in Him. By faith … Continue reading