Archive for April, 2011

Today, we went to the transit center in the morning. Amy, Danny, Jazmine, Kierney and Lina started the day off with “The Redeemer” skit. We then split off into our groups. The teenage girls decorated journals and then decorated shirts and signed each shirt. The teenage guys did crafts and the boys at the transit center opened up and shared some of their stories. The little kids also did crafts.  All of the kids had big smiles on their faces when we gave them each some new shirts and gift bags. All of us were very sad to have to say goodbye. 😦  We have made friends and it was sad to leave, knowing that at will never see them again. We pray that God will protect them from harm. Too many of them have already experienced hate, abuse and abandonment.

After eating lunch, we came back home and debriefed our week. We also made a song/skit that basically summarized up our whole trip to the tune of twelve days of Christmas. Here are the twelve days:

On the first day of Russia, Kathy counted off. (We constantly have to count to make sure we haven’t lost a team member).

On the second day of Russia, Aaron broke the bed. (He jumped on Mrs. Warren’s or “Kathy’s” bed and the wood split in the middle).

On the third day of Russia, we ate some “yummy” fish.

On the fourth day of Russia, we met some crazy kids.

On the fifth day of Russia, Helle made a noise. Beeeell Dehhhhh!!

On the sixth day of Russia, Karen met a friend. (On the metro).

On the seventh day of Russia, we bought some souvenirs.

On the eighth day of Russia, no pockets in the Church. (Some of us put our hands in our pockets when we visited the Orthodox Church and apparently, that’s not allowed).

On the ninth day of Russia, Christian found true love. (The girls at the transit center loved him).

On the tenth day of Russia, we saw some dolphin tricks.

On the eleventh day of Russia, we made a stupid skit.

On the twelfth day of Russia, EVERYBODY’S RUSSIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then, unfortunately, we had to pack. We got to go out to a nice Italian dinner to celebrate our amazing trip together. Some of us chose to go to bed and others of us are deciding to stay up since we have to leave for the airport at 3 in the morning! We will see you all soon!

King’s High School Team (written by Jazmine, Helle and Karleigh)

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Greetings, from Russia at 10:48 pm, as we finish packing all the presents for the kids.

Today was amazing in the transit center! It started off with a mimed skit called “King of Hearts” showing the masks each of us wear and the ability Jesus has to take away those masks. A lot of the kids enjoyed the skit as they could identify themselves with those characters.

In the teenage boys group, Randall gave his personal testimony. They all shared about their home life and talked about the future, making meaningful connections within the group. Amongst the teenage girls, a few of the girls opened up to some of us with heartbreaking stories. Tomorrow, I, (Jazmine) will be sharing a personal testimony with a few of the girls as well and I’m really excited/slightly nervous about it.

As for the adorable little kids, they did face painting and all the kids were transformed into  butterflies and super heroes!

Please keep the team in your prayers, especially for tomorrow as it is the last day with the kids. 😦  Thank you all for the support and prayer. Your support and constant prayer is very much appreciated. This has been a successful mission trip that created lasting relationships.

King’s High School Team (written by Jazmine)

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Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is tall. And when I say tall, I mean, 261 stairs tall. What a lovely view of the entire city greeted us when we finally reached the top! In the cathedral itself, we were met with the same impressive architecture that greeted Russian monarchy for centuries. A Russian Orthodox service that was going on in part of the cathedral reminded all of us how shallow religion can be when it is ritually driven and not faith driven.

After Saint Isaac’s, we had lunch at Pizza Hut. Russian pizza is extremely different from American pizza and, let me tell you, we were thankful for that American pizza!

Finally, we picked up the kids from the Transit Center and, together, we went to see dolphins. Yes, dolphins. (Think Sea World on a somewhat smaller scale.) Although we couldn’t understand a single thing the MC was saying, it did our hearts good to see those children and teens smiling and laughing as the dolphins went through their routines.

We may be sleep-deprived, but we are having a marvelous time seeing all that God is doing here with us and in spite of us. Thank you for all of the prayer support you keep sending our way!

Sad to think of leaving, but looking forward to seeing you in a few days,

The King’s High School Russia Team  (written by Amy)

Hi Marlie, Thanks for the message. We love you! Mom and Kat

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