Nursing Home Church

We had a wonderful time at the retirement home. One man who’s 98 shared the difficult story of his life. He has no more family living.  If you know something of the history of 20th century Russia, you can imagine what happened to him in his life from the time of birth in 1920 and […]

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Special Sunday in Ulyanovsk

Today I arrived in Ulyanovsk by overnight train from Moscow.   I was met by my dear friend Sasha and Pastor Nadya and her husband Stas. Pastor Dena Berlyand retired at this year’s Annual conference as she had reached the mandatory age at 71. She was recognized at the meeting of the Annual Conference in Moscow […]

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Travel to Moscow

We ask for prayers as Nancy Hoffmann had a family emergency at the last minute that cancelled her participation the trip. Lauranne has had an amazing series of flights from OKC to Atlanta to Amsterdam and then Moscow. All the flight got in about 30-40 minutes early.  Amazing!!! In Moscow Lauranne connected with her dear […]

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Luggage Delays

There are 18 people traveling to Honduras this year. After some travel delays and luggage delays (we didn’t receive luggage until yesterday-4 days after we arrived), But we have started to work.  We are working in a school building picnic tables, desks, bookshelves, and painting. It is so overwhelming the needs at this school. We’ve also replaced or installed ceiling fans in classrooms. Many rooms do not have working light fixtures and there are exposed wires.

The teachers are on strike here as the government is trying to pass a law to privatize public schools by charging a tuition. Most families here live in extreme poverty so additional fees for tuition would not be possible. They already have to pay for uniforms for the children.

Even though the teachers are on strike, they have been at the school every day helping us. They are planning something special for us today.The team has worked so hard and formed such a beautiful bond. We’ve laughed and cried, sang songs, and watched sunsets like no other.

Words cannot describe this place where people who have nothing and I mean nothing are so full of joy.

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Wasilla, Alaska Day 5 of 2018 Trip

Our last work day has arrived. So long blue tape and scaffolding! We are thrilled to see what a difference a fresh coat of paint will do. Oh, and the nursery! One of our members painted a few birch trees on the new, mint green walls complete with some bright colored birds. We pray the […]

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Wasilla, Alaska Day 4 of 2018 Trip

Today’s hard work is brought to you by black, hot coffee. But really, we needed a few pots of coffee to face all the walls left to paint. There was a lot of work ahead of us, but we are a determined bunch that likes a good challenge. We continued with the nursery, kitchen and […]

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Wasilla, Alaska – Day 3, 2018

Early Monday morning, our team of 12 joined a few local church members to continue our various tasks. God has blessed our team with lots of talent to knock out different works. From the tops of the walls to the base boards, no inch went untouched. A much needed break, our lunch was paired with […]

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Wasilla, Alaska – Day 2 of 2018 Trip

The heart warming congregation of Christ First UMC welcomed our team during their worship service. We all enjoyed a potluck dinner and fellowship time with the congregation afterwards. After much needed rest we accepted the invitation to a cookout at a friend and member of Willow UMC.

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Wasilla, Alaska – Day 1 of 2018 trip

Early Saturday morning our team arrived in the magnificent land of the midnight Sun This is not just a saying as it was still daylight when we landed in Anchorage after midnight. As we made our way to Christ 1st United Methodist Church in Wasilla, we saw majestic mountains and gorgeous birch and pine tree […]

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Bitter Sweet

Saturday is bitter sweet. We are all exhausted and ready for our own bed and a nice long shower, but we are also sad to leave this place that has become so familiar and so much like a second home for so many of us. We circled up with our host and his staff to […]

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