Christmas and New Years in one day

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 […]

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Busy Day

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 […]

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Touring Moscow

  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 […]

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The Journey

Today I launched on a journey with 4 old/new friends – Lauranne, Odetta, Bonnie, and Lori! We left OKC headed for Ulyanovsk, Russia at 10:30 a.m. We arrived at Atlanta airport and ate a bite at TGIFridays and then had a little devotion together. Lori shared how our journey made her think of Moses call to go to the Israelites.

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Safely in Moscow

We arrived safely in Moscow about 24 real hours after we met at the OKC airport too begin our adventure. Before we even left on our first flight, several in our group were able to minister to a dear woman whose husband had died recently and she was going on a familiar trip that they […]

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Mission Movement Continues – Summer of 2017

Excerpts from the Eurasia Newsletter. Bishop Eduard writes… MISSION MOVEMENT was our 2017 theme for our annual conferences. Four annual conferences gathered together in Moscow in May 2017. This was a joint conference since our episcopal area was divided from one annual conference into four in 2004. Mission movement is one of our five strategic priorities […]

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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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