I’M IN UKRAIINNEEE

Arrival at Dnepropetrovsk Airport (notice pic in front of bush... pics of all things Ukraine prohibited on social venues)

Arrival at Dnepropetrovsk Airport (notice pic in front of bush… pics of all things Ukraine prohibited on social venues)

Dear Kane Family,

You’re sweet daughter arrived this afternoon. I’ve attached several photos but will send more tomorrow after she is well rested and refreshed. Know that she’s happy and that her 3 packages have arrived.
We’re so happy she is here, we already love her!!!
Love,
Sister Sullivan

2016 Oct 10
HI MY CUTE FAM BAM. I’M IN UKRAIINNEEE. Also I only have like 15 minutes to do this email so that will be fun…sos. haha. First, thank you all for your emails fam bam. I love you all so much. I am working on letters, bear with me! i love you alll way so much more than i could even begin to explain. ohh my, what a CRAZY week!! So, traveling alone wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be. I talked to you a bit about that on the phone. sorry i couldn’t call in Vienna, I didn’t have time with passport control and security and such. but then I met a girl on the plane and became friends with her and gave her a book of mormon and such, so that was way good.

“Worried mama of cute daughter traveling alone and didn’t know if she made her connection in Austria” was able to text with the mission secretary several hours after her arrival, before Sister Sullivan had a chance to sit and email… yeah i was that mama for just a few minutes. 

Oh yes she arrived safely and happy and even alert!  She is glad for the packages opened the first some cardigans. They were going out street contacting and it was raining so we loaned the sisters umbrellas. They left for supper with Pres and Sister Sullivan as we left the office. She seemed very happy to be here.

okay, Ukraine. It is so good to be back home in my beloved Ukraine.<3 I didn’t realize how much I missed it. It’s so good to be back on these nasty old buses, and hearing a language I do not understand! haha. weirdly enough, it’s definitely my second home.

so i arrived on wednesday (i think? jet lag has me all confused. i still don’t know what day it is), and president and sister sullivan picked me up. they’re incredible, i love them. and we went to the mission office where i met my cute companion Sister Broadhead! She’s from Bountiful, and she rules. I love her so much! within just an hour or two they had us out contacting, it was crazy. I felt pretty good about how much I understood actually. The “this is not the language they taught me in the MTC” moment came later. no, it was good.

Here are the photos of a well rested, refreshed Sister Kane. We held a new missionary orientation this morning, fed them a little lunch and now she’s on her way to her new area. She’s very excited.
We’re so happy she is here.
Love,
Sister Sullian
a well rested Sister Kane

a well rested Sister Kane

I found out that my first area will be KRIVIY ROG, AND, that Sister Broadhead and I would be the first sisters EVER to serve there.
This is a newly opened area, and they just barely had their first baptisms, in a river!  We’re able to see pictures of it on a private blog, and wish I could share publicly but can’t… here is a portion shared by Sister Sullivan on the blog (Mission President’s wife)…  
After years and months of waiting on the Lord, permission to proselyte, was given to open the city of Krivoy Rog in March of this year. Two missionaries were added to the two already present, preparing the way. Krivoy Rog is a city of 655,000+, the 8th largest city in Ukraine. In the early morning hours on Saturday, the first baptism took place in a beautiful quarry pond. Nine people were in attendance, 6 missionaries, 2 investigators and Igor who was baptized. It was serene, beautifully spirit-filled, historical day of great joy.
Sister Kane and Sister Broadhead

Sister Kane and Sister Broadhead

oh goodness time is going quick. we slept at a sisters’ apartment in Dnepr, and then the next day our mission driver, Alex, drove us to Kriviy Rog, and we brought our stuff to our apartment. But then the apartment didn’t quite work out, and we had to find a new one. so we went back to Dnepr with Alex, and left our stuff there. we slept there again, and then went to Poltava (my companion’s previous area) the next day to go tot a baptism! It was so cool to see a baptism in ukraine, and it got me way excited for the work here. Then on saturday, we took a bus back to kriviy rog, and the elder’s just let us take their apartment. they moved our stuff over and they are living in the other apartment we first went to until they can find a new place. 🙂 so sunday was our first full day in Kriviy Rog. Oh, so there’s four elders, and us two sisters in the area. There are 4 members, and a few investigators and less actives. They do contacting and such a little differently here and I am so so exciting. We call it “making friends” instead of “contacting” because we don’t really go looking for street lessons. instead we make friends, invite them to english practice (we have that twice a week, haven’t done it yet, but we just speak english with them for an hour and then for the second hour some people will go and some will stay, and we share a gospel message in russian) then usually from there we find people who are actually interested in the gospel. they’ve found it’s way more effective here and i am so excited to do it. we have church in a room on the first floor of a hotel. it’s like a chapel, just an open room with a podium, sacrament table, and chairs we set up. its’ so fun. we had two members and one investigator there yesterday, and then 6 misisonaries. i bore my testimony, it was scary…haha. way different than being in the MTC for me. even though the words are the same. it was good though. then we watched general conference. in russian. that was my “this is not the language i learned in the MTC” moment i think. haha. SOS. i already love the members and investigators so much. the elders have a couple investigators they’ve been wanting to pass off to us, so we will start meeting with two people this week. i’m really excited. we went “friend making” or contacting last night, and that was really fun. it was so scary, at first i did not want to talk to anyone. but then i realized, that’s why i’m here. and if i don’t talk to anyone with poor russian, i probably won’t with perfect russian either, or at least i won’t have perfect russian if i don’t first have poor russian. so i just got over it, and ended up talking to some people. it was good. i didn’t really bring up the church, but i figure it’s good practice to just get used to approaching people first and then i can introduce the church better. i love these people so much. i love this work. i’m so grateful for all i’ve been given here and the many opportunities i’ve had to see the Lord’s hand in all things. I need to hurry and attach pictures and i might not have time to explain what they are, so sorry if i dont! but i love you, my family. so so so much. your support keeps me going, and keeps me motivated to do all i can in Ukraine for God’s children. have a wonderful week. I’m praying for you, I’m thinking of you. I love you! ….i just found out we have to have a card reader to do pictures on here, whatever that means….so i can’t send pictures this week, but next week for sure! I LOVE YOU. hopefully i can get some letters off soon. bear with me on that. LOVE YOU. live the dream. read your scriptures. and always be praying in your heart.

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