Thoughts on Easter Experience in Russia:

Thoughts on Easter Experience in Russia: Although we have been travelling to Russia since 1992, this year was the first time that we could be present on Easter Sunday in Ulyanovsk. The United Methodist churches in Russia celebrate this on the Orthodox calendar, so since it fell on a different day from western calendar for […]

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Together At Camp

From Dr. Lauranne Harris (5/4/16): Our camp was at a wonderful forest retreat with tall pines and log houses. We stayed together in our own 2 story cabin with beautiful views and nice rooms to share.  We had a kitchen and the first night we made chicken barbeque outside.  The weather may have been cool […]

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May 2016 – Ulyanovsk, Russia

 From Dr. Lauranne Harris: I arrived in Ulyanovsk by train on Saturday April 30 – Pastor Nadya, her husband Stas and Sveta met me at the train with beautiful flowers.  We went home and began getting ready for Easter Sunday- we painted and decorated eggs and made a special Easter dessert which is kind of […]

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Visiting a nursing home – Saying goodbye

Hi again everyone.  We didn’t have an internet connection last night on the train back to Moscow, but we’re now in the hotel and able to share our final day in Ulyanovsk. It began with a trip to a local nursing home.  Old friendships were, once again, renewed.               […]

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Sunday at Ulyanovsk UMC

Sunday at Ulyanovsk UMC  What a picture-perfect Sunday for worship at Ulyanovsk UMC.  It’s a vintage church.  A timeless building that radiates tradition. Inside, Pastor Nadya gave a heartfelt sermon.  She speaks with passion and is very animated.  It makes you feel like you can understand what she’s saying – without knowing how to speak […]

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The First Day in Ulyanovsk

The First Day in Ulyanovsk  Hello again everyone!  What a first day in Ulyanovsk, Russia.  But first, here’s the dawn of a new day at the airport in Amsterdam.  The aircraft walkway sign sums up our excitement, as we get ready to fly to Moscow. The Netherlands has wind turbines everywhere.  Think of the Weatherford […]

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Finally In Ulyanovsk

Finally In Ulyanovsk Hello everyone from Ulyanovsk! We took planes, trains and automobiles… through Minneapolis, Amsterdam and Moscow… and we are finally in the beautiful city of Ulyanovsk, Russia. There are no words to describe how well we are being treated by Pastor Nadya and her husband, Stas.  They picked us up at the train […]

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Here we go!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 We’re at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City… getting ready to go to the other side of the world! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to wish us well.  Thank you Rev. Wendy Lambert and Rev. Thomas Hoffmann for your wonderful prayers – as we stood in a circle, holding hands. What a […]

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