Opera ad extra


Go labor on; spend, and be spent; Thy joy to do the Father’s will; It is the way the Master went; Should not the servant tread it still?

Opera ad extra  – latin for ‘works on the outside.’ As you have undoubtedly seen, I have many opportunities outside of Kyiv Christian Academy in which to be used. Apart from working with special education at KCA, I help lead a Bible study for Ukrainian English students, assist with an English club, and speak at conferences as the occasions come. Continue reading


Language Obstacle


The majestic Matterhorn straddling Italy and Switzerland.

It isn’t said without precedent.

Language learning for adults is difficult for one simple, yet pervasive reason: pride.

I hate looking like a fool. I hate showing that I don’t know what I am doing. Some of this no doubt stems to the bullying I endured in middle school. The rest can be attributed to taking great pleasure in doing something well, being proficient and, to be crass, being a know-it-all. Continue reading

Quick Update – 10/30/2017

IMG_3400It has been a wild three months in Kyiv, Ukraine. I have been sick twice, lost power twice, lost hot water 4 times, lost cold water once, and fallen flat on my face getting on the metro once. I am involved in two English club ministries outside of school, and have had the opportunity to speak at a conference for Ukrainian college students. I love it here and am so thankful for your support. Without it, I wouldn’t be here to help Continue reading