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AGTS Student Judi Ballweber Comments On Her Experience Studying in Kiev, Ukraine

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Why Ukraine?

“Why did you come to Ukraine?” I was asked this question many times. Five years ago I experienced a distinct call to missions and felt God calling me to Russia and the former USSR, now called the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). At that time I had a thriving midwifery practice in Alaska with a private obstetrician/gynecologist. After going on my first trip to Russia, I started language classes and went on a second trip. By the next year I had a strong sense that God was calling me to full-time, long-term missions and experienced another distinct call to come to AGTS. I enrolled full time in the M. Div program starting in the fall of 1999 and am now coming to the completion of my program.

After hearing about the opportunity to do a Global Missions track practicum, I knew I wanted to do it. At that time, Evangel Theological Seminary in Kiev was just being constructed. By the next fall, it was open, and I realized this was an opportunity to study abroad and gain a rich cross-cultural experience while working on my program.

Many people supported my trip by lots of prayer, financial help, and encouragement. Friends and family kept in touch through e-mail. AGTS faculty, specifically Dr. Barbara Cavaness, provided the mentoring and contact that really made this trip sing. I could not have gone without the help and participation of so many.

Being in Kiev has been a wonderful experience for me. It was more than great food and fun times however. God confirmed his call in my life for missions while I was there and now I am planning to return to Ukraine long term. I have started the process to obtain credentials with the Assemblies of God and am planning on returning to Ukraine as an MIT (Missionary in Training). God has placed in me a desire to teach and preach. I also have years of experience as a healthcare provider. AGTS has been an incredible place of transformation and learning. So, “why Ukraine?”, because God has called me.

Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2003 2:33 PM


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