|Josh and the residents from one of his floors sit down to feast on the pizzas they made together.|
|Alisha leads a panel of LCC student leaders as they share their experiences.|
The situation in the region, at the political level, changes hourly. It could be a full-time job to keep up with the news media regarding Ukraine and its neighbors. In the news, it seemed just a few weeks ago to be a relatively peaceful protest movement in Independence Square in Kiev related to alignment with the EU or Russia (with the Winter Olympics the center of attention in Sochi).
It then quickly changed with a government overthrow and almost 100 deaths, to now a situation related to the autonomy vs. foreign occupation of Crimea, and it bleeds into Lithuanian uncertainty with Russian naval exercises in the Baltic Sea and on and on...any description of the situation is rendered simplistic because of the layers of history and regional relations involved. The point here is not to describe the political context.
As a small university in Lithuania, LCC International University’s primary impact is not at the political level. But we believe we do play a very important role.
|The LCC pond isn't frozen now, but broomball/hockey was a great|
success this winter while it was.
As a community, LCC states, “We celebrate diversity of cultures and traditions, personalities and opinions.” (Core Value #5) Living in community means that we work on what unites us, and not what divides us. We are people interacting with people, not representatives of a government interacting with representatives of a government.
|The orphanage is still a big part of our lives. And orphans still|
love Josh's beard.
Especially when it feels like peace is being threatened, we must continue to carry a message of peace and reconciliation.
|Alisha is, at times, the mature mama bird the Study Abroad|
students need, as the picture above illustrates.
When God models justice, it is never modest or polite or understated. Justice is bold. But it is accompanied by a love of mercy. We must live and speak accordingly and we teach from this perspective.
|Viktorija, who attends the Klaipeda Vineyard Church with us,|
shows off her painting after a community event that combined
art and faith.
We are people of prayer. Above all, we must demonstrate our faith in the One who holds the future. We pray for each other, for national leaders, for safety and security, for the church everywhere, for peace. We encourage each other by praying for each other.
And we go on. We've just had mid-term exams, spring break, underground potlucks, and chapel. Our lives cannot be defined by politics. But sometimes political situations help us clarify our message and provide new opportunities for demonstrating who we are.