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This week at our iCaf, we had a cooking demonstration for Ukraine’s national dish – Borscht soup. As Luda, Marta and others made the soup, I taught some cooking verbs and nouns, before we tucked into to amazing bowls of soup and black bread with lard and garlic!

Cooking and eating something so precious to a culture was amazing – everyone was relaxed and happy. The previous week had been marred by the attack on a shopping mall close to where many of our refugees lived and they had used regularly. The trauma of what so many of them have gone through was evident in the tears and first hand stories of bombed schools, hospitals and theatres. So it was so nice to enjoy a precious time together. There’s a wonderful atmosphere of kindness in the iCaf – God is at work

Borscht is a beetroot and vegetable soup with bacon in this case.

The lard is nothing like English lard! More like an Italian lardo – absolutely delicious with garlic on black bread.

At the end of our time I told the story of Elisha and the poison in the pot – explaining the miracle and how God cares for every details of our lives and intervenes as we pray!



Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin