Thursday, November 11, 2004

Big D Kickin' It In Sebastopol

My little brother Big D is on a mission for our church in the Ukraine. He recently sent a letter to my mom telling her how he is doing in Sebastopol.

My dad's side of the family is of Eastern European/Russian origin, and some of our ancestors are from what is now Ukraine, with others from just the other side of the border with Moldova. Big D says he fits right in-- he looks like he belongs there. He sent home a black-and-white picture of him wearing Ukrainian traditional costume, and it was like he had stepped out of the pages of a history book. He had already studied Russian in high school, so he had a leg up on many of his fellow missionaries when it came to learning the language. Just recently, people thought he was a native translator accompanying his (obviously American) companion, until they noticed that his accent was a bit off.