Amazing Race #2


Koshice. Slovakia.

It seems we spent more than a week here. It was one of the most eventful days. As a team, we had a lot of tasks to do: to learn a Slovakian worship song, to find a particular church and spend some time praying about the country we will serve in this summer, crossing the street, in which we could only use small pieces of cardboard to step on, remembering flags of countries where JV serves, and for sure FOOD CHALLENGE.

Now, after a long, long day, we are on the way to the High Tatry in a nice train, while resting.



Yesterday afternoon we went hiking! The High Tatry are very similar to the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine and this hike was a beautiful reminder of home for me. The evening was more spiritual we were collecting Bible-verses at the different stations and were tested by Rachel for some information about Josiah Venture: the vision statement, mission statement, core values etc.

As I serve Josiah Venture this summer with you, my dear partners, I want to share some of my experience, because I totally agree with JV’s vision and mission.


A movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.


To equip young leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church.


Bold faith
Dynamic community
God-honoring excellence
Deep integrity
Indigenous empowerment

You can read more about it here:

We spent one more day in a small town in Slovakia. Then, after finding plenty of princesses in the park, we took a bus to Malenovice, Czech Republic. Tomorrow, Intern Training starts and there we will have a wider view of the ministry we will be a part of. I cannot wait for it.

Lastly, our team did not win the Amazing Race. Team Estonia did it for us 🙂 Anyway, our team spent a great time together working on relationships and getting to know one another better, taking care of other members of our team, and enjoying time in a group. That is a thing I LOVE about our team; we are ready to encourage each other and to be flexible.

Amazing Race #1


Leaving my youth group was one of the most difficult moments (after bag-packing – my STRUGGLE #1). I saw these people almost every day the past three years. My friends came to the railway station to give me two notebooks, as they know I love writing! Tears, hugs, goodbyes and here I am in the “elektrychka” (Ukrainian train) travelling towards new adventures. I am officially out of my comfort zone.


We took a train from Lviv to Budapest. There we will meet interns serving for JV in many different countries. Our team arrived early, so we had a night walk through beautiful Budapest. Fresh wind and bright lights at the bridges, which connects two parts of the city – Buda and Pest.

One thing I was praying for this summer: for God to put me out of my comfort zone and to help me survive out there, emotionally and spiritually.


The Amazing Race has started! We were so excited to meet the “American” part of our team at the airport – Hayley, Joe and.. unknown (for us. for that time) Andrew! Andrew is a hipster. Our task for the Amazing Race was to find and save a Slovakian princess from kidnappers (Don’t worry. It was only pretend). Actually, at the end of the AR it has been found that there were several princesses – each for every team for them not to feel outcast ._.

Actually, the real goal of this “rescue mission” was team-building and challenging yourself. We were playing “giant” people-chess and running over the Budapest looking for a bronze eagle, trying not to be caught by race helpers. The streets of Budapest are narrow, there are a lot of flowers behind the windows and cobblestone roads. We also had team-money for three days and a fat envelope with questions for us to learn new things about each other. My first question was “What is the biggest fear that you have?” Just remember this, you’ll hear the answer later.

I already knew Lena from my team – she is one of the youth-leaders in “Philadephia” church, in Ternopil. Hayley stayed in my house in Rivne two years ago, when some JV-interns came to visit our town. I also saw Joe in that team.

By the way from Budapest, Hungary to Koshice, Slovakia I talked with Andrew. He was studying film and recently graduated. He takes great Instagram pictures and has a good taste in movies. Learning more about our team is one of the best parts of building relationships. And now, I can say that our team is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.

We get to the Koshice late, LATE at night and walked to our five-stars-hotel. Just in case – five stars out of the starry night, not 5 of 5 stars.

In any case we were too tired to even care about such little things. Too tired and too excited about the next day!