We first saw this man from a distance, out for an early morning walk with his goat at his side. It was quite the sight to see, the goat appeared to be more of a friend and less as livestock as he followed his master down the path. Awhile later he stopped by to chat. He has a son who lives in Toronto and he shared with us all about his brief visit to Canada many years ago. The conversation went on for quite awhile as he shared more about his life and we got to listen through our faithful translator Oksana.
Interactions like this were common during our time in Ukraine and are a large part of what makes this country so special. The people are so open and approachable. If you are willing to listen Ukrainians are willing to share. You learn of their lives, their passions and their prayers. We might not remember his name but we’ll never forget the man who took his goat for a walk one cool fall morning in the Ukraine.