Sunday in Russia and it is still early. I am up as the floor is hard and the “mattress” thin… It is another cool day – yesterday was a very warm day and the first since I arrived. Back to overcast, cool, and rain it seems. I prefer cool as they heat their homes and buildings up to 26C+ and I just die. You open a window and everyone puts on a sweater or their coat. Hopefully the church building (see pictures) today will be a bit cooler.
They added one new event to the day. So, my day looks like:
10:00 breakfast meeting
11:00 Service until 2:00
2:00 meeting with the youth
3:30 lunch at a local restaurant (soup)
5:00 second service
8:00 late supper and meeting
Somewhat normal. The youth meeting was added and I am glad. The Church of Jesus Christ that I am working with here until tomorrow at noon has a few youth. The majority of people are 50+. So, I wanted to encourage the youth and minister to them for a few minutes. It makes a really busy day but Gof’s grace is sufficient as always (picture of a youth named Max).
Monday I head to Taigil where I was a week ago for four days. it is a stop over for the night on my way to Yekenterinburg. I arrive in the latter on Tuesday morning and minister Tuesday and Wednesday to a house church before heading to the airport on Thursday at 4:00a. The trip is coming to a close – the end is in sight.
Please pray for Pastor Dima, Leo (rehab leader), Regina, and the other leaders here in the local church. pray for the youth – several of whom have just returned from compulsory military service (2 years) and are having some major adjustments – especially Timothy. Pray for Max as he is a young man just called out to be an apostle (in training) and he is a bit overwhelmed and reaching out for information, encouragement and support. I want to be a help when I can. Please pray for our safe travel on Monday (driving and roads here are seriously different than back home). We have a 4 hour trip – Sergei, Marina, Alexei, and myself (that has been my team for this entire trip).
Could you also pray for Faraz – he and his wife are from Iran and they have been living in Armenia for about two years. They are now at a decision point. They can’t stay much longer in Armenia as foreigners and they can’t return to Iran because they are born again believers. They have asked that we pray … I promised them that we would.
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