To all our supporters,
It has been a wonderful and long week at the TB center. We are filled with the joy that has been radiating from these wonderful children as we play games, sing songs, and make crafts. They love our silly songs like Aroostasha, the Hokey Pokey, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, and many others. But most importantly, they love showing us all they have learned including songs, crafts, and games. In the mornings we spend three hours with them, simply loving them, and then are able to take a break for lunch and a quick nap, only to return in the afternoons for another two hours of smiles, laughter and hugs.
We have been learning more Russian phrases and traditions little by little and the kids enjoy trying to communicate with us. Luckily we have been blessed with the presence of two translators who have made our instructions clear and direct. With their help, we have also been able to meet with a small group of older youth and share deeper thoughts and conversations about life’s struggles. Each day that group has opened up further and shared more of their personal struggles as we remind them that they are not alone.
Unfortunately, today is our last full day with our fantastic fellow volunteers Alex and Megan who have become two fabulous members of our team. As they venture back to their homes in California, we lift them up in prayers for their safety and in hope we will all stay in touch. They have become two more voices of wisdom and inspiration and will be missed. However, although they are returning home, we know that we still have more time to bond and learn with these beloved children at the TB center, and that we need to focus on the youth with our thoughts and hearts.
We ask for prayers that our team stays strong and energized, and that all sicknesses (and stomachaches from too much food) will cease. And, Rachel and Brittany are doing great! Thank you so much for all your prayers and thoughts as we love on these kids! And please continue your comments, for they are such an inspiration to all of us.
With hearts full of love,
The Russian Voyagers