May the Lord bless you

We enjoyed a wonderful visit with the folks at the retirement home St. Luke’s church today and we’re delighted that one of the ladies who is 91 was back for her first time since she broke her leg.

Several of the people told their life stories and it was good to see familiar faces and new friends. We sang and prayed together.

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Retreat

16 people gathered for a retreat on Tuesday Jan. 2 – Wednesday Jan. 3
 
We ranged in age from 6 to 70’s. The scripture basis for the retreat was the story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids in Matthew 25:1-13. We had several intense times of study and sharing. It was great to hear how people wanted to be ready for God to come into their lives and were daily preparing for His coming. We considered what spiritual gifts we have and those we would like to cultivate and grow. We also enjoyed a wonderful marinated chicken dinner grilled outside our cabin by Pastor Nadya ‘s husband Stas. Several of the women had brought food and we really had a feast.
 
We walked in the snow and looked at the stars.  Our evening prayer service…

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Camping in Russia

Today the group was able to go to a Russian Mall to do a little shopping, then they were off to a overnight camp with members from the church. Without wifi and a busy schedule we have not heard much more about their trip today other than they are having fun. Hopefully we will get a full report and post it soon.

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New Day

Today started out by with new year fireworks at midnight all over town. After arriving at our hosts home and sleeping late, we all are having separate experiences today with our hosts family and their friends. It is a good day to rest and reflect on the past and the year ahead.

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Christmas and New Years in one day

Worship today was wonderful with candlelight service and Pastor Nadya gave a message about the wonderful gift that God gives us everyday not just on Christmas. Jesus came for each of us and we should think about how we return that gift and how we share God’s love. She told about how that people in […]

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Busy Day

We arrived at 10 a.m. local time Ulyanovsk Sunday morning on Dec.31. We will have a busy day today. Plan to meet at church by 2:30 p.m. and then have church Christmas service together, have party to greet everyone, go to concert at the Lenin Memorial Hall, then to Pastor Nadya’s to see in the […]

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Touring Moscow

  As usual, we have been cared for along the way – in Moscow at the train station, an elderly woman helped us grab seats in the waiting area as they became available. There was a sweet lady on the plane that talked to us in Russian and then saw how tired we were on […]

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The Journey

Today I launched on a journey with 4 old/new friends – Lauranne, Odetta, Bonnie, and Lori! We left OKC headed for Ulyanovsk, Russia at 10:30 a.m. We arrived at Atlanta airport and ate a bite at TGIFridays and then had a little devotion together. Lori shared how our journey made her think of Moses call to go to the Israelites.

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Safely in Moscow

We arrived safely in Moscow about 24 real hours after we met at the OKC airport too begin our adventure. Before we even left on our first flight, several in our group were able to minister to a dear woman whose husband had died recently and she was going on a familiar trip that they […]

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My First Mission Trip

This was my first mission trip and I was going to Houston, TX to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. After spending a night in Dallas, we arrived in Houston and teamed up with Samaritan’s Purse and traveled to our worksite.

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