It was hard to say goodbye at the train. Had a great 11 hr train ride overnight from Ulyanovsk leaving at almost 9 pm Thursday night and waking to a very hot and sunny Moscow with temps in the upper 80’s . Got to Moscow Friday morning about 9 AM and will be leaving the […]
We looked at today’s verse which was so appropriate. First Thessalonians 5:11 We shared the thing we found on the beach trade shows our relation to God. Nadya showed a large Rick that is God and a smaller rock that is the person. When the small rock sits in just the right spot on top […]
On Tuesday we traveled across the Volga River to a beautiful place with cabins and lots of space for walking and playing games and swimming. We made lunch together and then divided into discussion groups for Bible study. We talked about the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery ( John 8:1-11) also […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.