Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Amerikanskaya Barbie

I remember when I first came to Ukraine 4 years ago, my Dad's cousin Steve (the director of our mission) had this great idea that I could be a part of our concert team that travels around the country performing shows for children and adults. Ha, I thought! As soon as I was here I realized that me acting in Russian would not be an option.
Well maybe Steve was prophetic in his idea...as this past weekend I traveld with our concert team to Kherson and performed in 2 children's concerts! One of our actresses recently resigned so they needed a quick fill in. I had a week to memorize my part (don't worry it wasn't very big!) and then we did one performance of each play this past weekend during a tent evangelization in Kherson. So what was my role? I was Barbie! I guess I was the first blonde Barbie they have had-- go figure! So anyway, the most memorable moment was when a little girl came up to me after the concert and asked, "are you a real Barbie?" How do you answer that question!?? I said yes...to humor her...and possibly myself. I guess I was living a little girl's childhood dream. I got to sign a few "Barbie" autographs in Russian too!
In addition to performing children's concerts we also got to stop by the Kherson Orphanage, where my team has worked a lot and the kids there are some of the ones we brought to the US last year. Below is a photo of Zina and Rimma, two girls that are very close to my heart that some friends are planning on adopting, prayerfully this will happen soon.

6 comments:

Debbie said...

Congratulations on being a beautiful blonde Barbie. :-) I'm so glad you got to see Zina and Rimma. They look well; I love to see them in pictures, and I can't wait to meet them in person when they are finally home for good!

Annie said...

What fun! You look like a perfect Barbie!

Makarenko's Adoption said...

You make an awesome barbie!!!! That role fix you well!

Heidi and Felix said...

Hey Barbie! Hope to see you soon. Thanks for all you are doing for us and on R & Z's behalf.

Felix & Heidi

Kelly said...

You can't tell Hannah! =) Oh what fun! I'm proud of you!

Jeri said...

Karen,
Is it possible for you to find out which of the kids at camp are available for adoption? I mean, that they've been in the database for thirteen months plus? I realize that as missionaries, you walk a fine line. Wondering if there is a way to get certain children like Vitalik or Natasha into hosting programs? Just wondering, thank you for the work you do touching these young lives that have seen so much badness.