Archive for July, 2010

The last couple of days have been great.  We’re really making a lot of connections with these kids.  Our favorite part of the day is when we arrive and they scream “Americantsy, Americantsy” and throw their arms around us to greet us.  There is a bit of sadness each day as we say “paka” (bye) or “dasvidania” to them.  It is hard to believe that tomorrow is our last day of this.

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We’ve had a busy couple of days.

Tuesday, we did a bit of sightseeing around this beautiful city.  We went to Spilled Blood Cathedral, with its gorgeous mosaics, and Kazansky’s Cathedral, down the street.  Our plan was to include the Hermitage, but due to the lengthy line, we chose to go to St. Isaac’s Cathedral instead, choosing to do the museum Sunday.  It was incredible.  The weather has been warm and clear, so we were able to go all the way up to the top and get some great shots of the city. (more…)

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Sunday we spent a full day with the transit center talking about the house built on the rock.  All the kids loved making houses out of toothpicks and marshmallows!  Especially when they licked their fingers and realized the marshmallows were not cotton.  We also sang lots of songs which were also a big hit. (more…)

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With each new day the team is building stronger relationships with the kids and teens.  This is evident in the screams and hugs as we enter the building! 🙂

It has been great to see the kids wanting to play games, do crafts and hear stories about long ago heroes. (more…)

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Tully – After spending the first day exploring this very beautiful and very different city in unusually warm weather, we spent today at the transit center for the first time.

I was profoundly moved by some of the stories we heard.

The kids’ smiles and laughter while playing belied the unspeakable things some had endured, but seemed showed the healing that is possible. (more…)

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Learning what to do and not to do in Russia, along with some Russian words — that is what the FFMC team spent doing today. 🙂

It is amazing how fast they are picking up the words — soon to be fluent in Russian.

Getting over jet lag is hard, but they are being good sports and not taking any naps, but sleeping only when it’s night time.  Even though it gets dark after midnight in St Petersburg. 🙂 (more…)

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The team from First Free Methodist Church has arrived safely!  After a long day of flying they are finally settled in their apartment.  Had some dinner, unpacked their clothes and going to the park to stay awake.  🙂

Tomorrow we will do one day of training and sightseeing, then on Thursday we start our 2 week camp.  Please pray for the team as they get ready for their ministry with the kids.

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