So apparently it has been forever since we posted a blog but honestly, we’ve just been really busy. Busy is how we like it. We like the constant travel. We like meeting with people. We like all the parts of PHA’s ministry that fill our time (well most of them at least lol).
But here lately we certainly feel less busy. We’ve been canceling trips, staying home and postponing events. At first the “rest” was nice but now we mostly feel the overwhelming desire to be with people. We miss in-person visits, we miss sharing meals with others and we miss hugs.
It already seems like a lifetime ago that we returned from our last trip to Ukraine, but it was only a month ago. Thankfully we returned five days short of the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine orders. One thing that really struck us about that trip was the hugs from the kids. As we visited PHA’s Domik Day Center activities, we were greeted by each kid as they entered with a hug. Some of the kids we knew and some of them we were meeting for the first time but still they all gave us a hug. It’s always like that. No matter if we are in Zap, Poltava or Kamenskoye, as the kids come into Domik we get a hug from each and everyone of them.
We aren’t sure why this trip a new thought hit but it did. Our kids need hugs more than we can ever know. They need that positive touch and affirmation that we are happy to see them. Of course, they always hug PHA’s Ukrainian ministry partners as well and their faces light up when Andrey, Marina, Fedya or any of the others hug them. When we think of what their lives are like without PHA we think there are a lot less hugs. A lot less smiles. A lot less love.
Right now, in Ukraine it’s a lot like it is here. We talk and communicate in new ways and we stay in touch, but we don’t hug. We know our kids must miss this even more than we do! We don’t know about you but when all the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it’s safe again we plan to spend a lot of time hugging others, touching our faces 😊, and eating Mexican food- in a restaurant- with friends and family!
Prayers over your lives, we hope to see you all again super soon!
-Chris and Christy