Hello Family and Friends!!
On Tuesday was the first day that we got to work at the TB center, and as a team we have already fallen in love with the kids. As excited as we were to finally see them, beforehand we were a little apprehensive about how we would interact with them, especially considering the language barrier. However, as always, God’s hand was already on the situation. When we saw the children gathered around the windows awaiting our arrival, the nerves left and were replaced by an overwhelming sense of joy and excitement.
Today was focused on getting to know the kids through attempting to learn their names (let’s just say Russian names aren’t the easiest to pronounce) and playing various games and activities. Almost every kid wasn’t shy towards us, and immediately ran up and grabbed our hands and gave us hugs as they welcomed us to their home. We couldn’t have gotten through the day without our wonderful translators Marina and Art who dealt with constant questions from both us and the kids. However, some of the kids knew a little bit of English and are eager to learn more, which is a blessing. When it was time to leave, we already had a difficult time saying goodbye even though we will be seeing them tomorrow. The kids are just as attached as we are, many of them blocking our way out of the center, and hanging on to us so we would not leave. We are excited to start our VBS lessons tomorrow, and we know that the next 12 days are going to be a life-changing experience.
Tonight we got to experience our first “shower” since arriving to Novgorod. We were all expecting to not shower until the end of the week, however God had different plans and blessed us with a LARGE amount of rain. So we threw on our bathing suits, grabbed our soap and shampoo, and took a much-needed shower in the pouring rain. After a few strange looks and many laughs, we are smelling fresh and feeling refreshed. It’s amazing how God provides through the little things.
We love and miss you all, and please keep us and the kids in prayer as we dive into God’s mission.
Lots of love from Team Novgorod,
Sam and Adrienne