Return To Ukraine

We arrived back in Hungary and Ukraine on March 28.  It is very good to be back.  Stepping off the plane in Budapest felt like we had arrived in Florida or a tropical destination.  We left Michigan covered in snow with temperatures still falling below zero some nights and were greeted in Budapest with sunshine and 70 degrees.  After such a long cold winter, the warm temperatures and spring weather has felt amazing.  It has been an abnormal year here in both Hungary and Ukraine.  Last year we had snow into April, this year winter was nonexistent.  It snowed only a few times and spring came early.  By the end of March, temperatures were already hitting 70 degrees; flowers, blossoms, and leaves are everywhere.  Hungary and Transcarpthia are well-known for an abundance of fruit trees.  Fruit trees in blossom make this time of the year one of the most beautiful times of year.  A warm March has been followed by a cooler more typical April; nevertheless, we have been enjoying spring.

Following the conclusion of my radiation treatments, we traveled back to Hungary and Ukraine.  We are thankful to be done with the treatments and we are very thankful for the prayers and support we received during that difficult time.  Last summer our van’s engine went out.  Our first task upon returning was to look for a new van.  We spent a week in Budapest searching for, buying and making the papers on a new van.  Following the purchase of the van we traveled to Ukraine.  It has been good to get moved and settled in here and to begin teaching English and organizing our Bible Study and other programs.  It should be a busy spring and summer.  We recently heard about the tornado that affected our home area in North Carolina.  Our prayers are with those who were affected.

About Eric Hoeksema

Stacey, my wife, and I are located in western Ukraine, living with and working among a Hungarian population in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

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