Finally came the text message from Sasha that I'd been waiting for: the truck had left Kyiv and was headed in our direction. The trip took most of the day to complete, and after several delays, it finally arrived around 9:30 in the evening. When it did, our crew of six men and two ladies were waiting.
We don't have a warehouse, and so the shipment had to be divided up amongst a couple of apartments. This meant placing the pallets in the parking lot, and then passing the boxes man to man into the building and eventually up the stairs.
After unloading the first few pallets at one location and stashing them just inside the first floor stairwell, we immediately departed with the truck driver to deliver the remaining pallets at a second location. Denise and Sasha's wife, Alla, stayed behind to guard the first group of books until we could return and finish taking them up the stairs to their final storage area.
Upon arriving at the second location, the truck driver unloaded the remaining pallets near the curb (as close as his truck could get) and we began the long and arduous task of passing the boxes one-by-one up the stairs to their storage area on the sixth floor!
Over an hour later, the task was complete and we headed back to the first location where the ladies were waiting for us. We formed up our bucket brigade for the final time and passed all the remaining books up the stairs and into their places.
A Word of Gratefulness
We'd like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has been involved in this project. Many people gave generously of their time and finances to help us bring this vision into reality.
We would also like thank No Greater Joy for producing this fantastic ministry tool, and for supporting our efforts to translate it into Ukrainian.