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Secret Life of a Missionary Kid | Season 3 Episode 4

What’s it like to live more than half of your growing up years in a foreign country? In this episode of “Now Is the Time” I talk with Naomi Suko, my daughter and missionary kid who has lived in Ukraine for the past 10 years. She shares some of the shocks of moving to a foreign country when she was only 8 years old. Also she talks about what her life is like in Ukraine.

In case you missed it

Check out the two part article on how husbands can minister to their wives who have lost spiritual interest and no longer want to come to church.

“Yes, it would be good if your wife was more supportive, if she had deeper spiritual interests, if she didn’t complain so much, and so on. However, her weaknesses, her struggles, and her problems are not holding you back from what God wants from you. In fact, if anything they are giving you …” Read More

You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Ministry prayer requests

  • Pray for our training seminar on how to minister to people with PTSD in Eastern Ukraine on March 14-16.
  • Pray for upcoming youth conference on sexual purity March 18th
  • Pray for special conference on how to share the gospel with family on March 25th

You can join our prayer newsletter here.

Naomi’s prayer requests

  1. Pray for Naomi to successfully graduate this year.
  2. Pray for her Sunday School ministry.
  3. Pray for Killiya orphanage.

You can read about the summer camps for orphans that Naomi is involved in here. 

Below is a short video of Naomi’s Sunday School class at our church “Hope for People.”

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • First, your daughter is very beautiful and she sounds lovely…very responsible and caring.

    It’s interesting to hear about the activities she’s involved in. My children are small so I have little experience with youth, but from the teens I know, Naomi is inspiring. I don’t know many teens who donate so much of their time actively DOING ministry. Like she mentioned, many American youth groups focus on different things than Ukraine. But American culture is different. The reason my husband and I are members at our church is because of the kids and youth programs. Both have heavy emphasis on raising the next generation of leaders in the church. Even the kids do service projects and sponsor missions.

    Thank you for sharing.

    God bless you all!

    • Naomi Suko

      Thank you for your kind comment. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the podcast! It was fun to record. I agree, American culture is very different, but that’s not a bad thing. 🙂 Your church sounds amazing!

  • What a blessing to have a daughter with the heart of God that shows through her in all ways! I’m proud for you, Caleb. Praying for Naomi as God begins to use her to influence the world He’s given her.

    • Naomi Suko

      Thank you so much. 🙂 I appreciate it.

  • George Esler

    Hey Naomi , do you have a specific Bible College in mind? If not I can throw in a recommendation for consideration

    I just graduated with my Bachelors at SUM Theological Bible and Seminary school and it has a lot of cohorts around the country that vary with there ministry opportunities. I believe they have a list that shows what makes each cohort different.

    Aside from the Bible seminary each year the students go to Mari Gras down to New Orleans to talk with people on the streets about the Gospel as well as attend a convention for the students. Safety is a high priority with all of the professors when the students are on the street.

    If your interested more info can be found here. http://sum.edu/

    Though, I would add that the schools value has a Pentecostal leaning based off of its missions statement but from my experience they have done a great job at providing other possible alternatives to give a balanced view of theology so that the students can reflect and decide for themselves during those years. I know some seminaries have a theological agenda which isn’t necessarily bad but might be worth considering if you want the same values. Some seminaries have a focus on missions, producing pastors, ministry leadership, worship etc. It depends really. Hope this helps! Good luck with the search.