14 YEARS LATER...This summer I was able to return to Cherkassy, Ukraine (about 12 hours north of here) for a wedding. Cherkassy is the city I came to as a 16-year-old on a missions trip. During our visit this summer, our family visited an Independent, Baptist Church. After the church services, several people came to me and asked if I was Jolene! They remembered me! When I came to Ukraine, I knew absolutely NO Russian. This time, I was able to speak freely with them, and, oh, what a precious time we had reminiscing about my 11-day trip to Ukraine!
By the time I got around to think about taking a picture, time had passed and some of my "old friends" had gone home already. However, I was able to get this picture with four young ladies who remained quite late after the services.
At the time of my trip, two of these young ladies were 11 years old; one was 14; and the other was 17.
I dedicate this picture to those who made that special trip with me in 1995: Bro. Robert A. Ross, Bro. Bill Marshall, Laura (VanManen) Consford, Molly (Nelson) Lynch, Jennifer (Jackson) Duren, and Tina Cooper. Thanks for the unforgettable memories!!!