We arrived on our first day of work and immediately began tearing off the old, rusty metal roof from Mrs. Elva’s laundry shed – this consisted of three people thrusting a wooden pillar into the roof from below and a couple of guys on top and along the side removing what nails […]
Sunday morning, we attended Bethesda Methodist church in Flower’s Bay. Some of the first-timers on the trip were a little concerned after hearing that the service could last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the church didn’t have an air conditioner; however, the church is located right along the beach and had all […]
Travel day – day one started with a 4 a.m. airport arrival time and a prank call from a team member informing me that he was stuck in Guthrie – he was not, but he managed to initiate a little bit of panic. Other than that, our flights were all on time and all 10 […]
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.
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…
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]