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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.