Safe Arrival


Early January we returned to Ukraine after a longer than usual stay in the U.S. due to the birth of our son, Hans.  What a blessing Hans has been to us!  As his name suggests, he has been a gift from God and an answer to prayer.  Hans is a Dutch/German name and short for Johannes.  Johannes is Dutch/German for John, in Hungarian Janos, and in Ukrainian, Ivan.

It has been an exciting return to Transcarpathia Ukraine with the whole family.  We have been warmly received and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and neighbors here.  It has been a busy month of January settling in and getting organized.  We have enjoyed beginning English lessons and English clubs.  We are already busy planning for summer camps and we are looking forward to more upcoming programs, activities, and Bible studies once the University semester begins in the middle of February.  Currently, college and university students are in the middle of a month-long exam period.

We were thankful that Hans traveled very well coming here.  He slept and watched all the activity on the air plane.  He had difficulty adjusting to the time change and for the first weeks had difficulty sleeping at night.  But now we can report that he has completely adjusted to the time change and life here.  We have not been so active with our blog or website in the past year with the pregnancy and birth of Hans, but we hope this year to be much more active in blogging, so we hope you will continue to follow along with what is happening here.  God Bless.


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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