Dear friends and family,
This week has been simply amazing at the HIV baby orphanage! When we first arrived at the orphanage, we were greeted with many hugs and smiles from some of the children but many took more time to warm up to our group.
But we stood the test and have bonded with the children deeply, knowing they will remain in our hearts forever. Every morning, we have been chasing the children and have been blessed with seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter as they play.
During an intriguing tour of the facility, our whole team was blown away by the amount of room the children have to play, and that these kids have the opportunity to play in a swimming pool, and breathe deeply in a salt room as well as a sauna.
This facility has been truly a blessing to all the children and we are grateful for the opportunity to lend a hand, even if shortly.
In the afternoons, we have been visiting many places throughout the city including: the Hermitage, where we were grateful to see such a variety of art in one building (including some pieces by Rembrandt, Picasso and DaVinci); Orthodox churches, part of an assignment in pairs; and on a prayer walk around the city in groups of three.
Today, we will be seeing Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and view the city from above as well as some slight roaming around the city. Each day has been full of activities and we’ve become pretty exhausted. Prayers to keep up our energy levels are greatly appreciated.
Also, please pray for allergies, as some of us are experiencing a little. Please pray for our continued health, and for the health of the children we are working with.
And please pray for these beautiful and bouncy children as we prepare to part ways and journey to Novgorod.
Thank you SO MUCH for all of your comments! We love hearing them so much, and they really lift our spirits!
Peace to you all,
The Russian journeyers!