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28 August 2006

Pioneers and Greece

You know the risk of being a pioneer? It seems so worth the challenge and the adventures when it is evident that you are being called to strike forth!

Tomorrow is the big day for the first modern Russian short term missions trip - and I am priviledged to be a part of the team! We head to Athens, Greece to serve with faithful ministers who work fulfilling daily needs of the poor and enslaved. What a challenge and blessing!

Our team is 6 strong - and we are expecting God to change and use us as we are open to His molding and shaping. If you are interested in keeping up with us - check out the site at http://g6russia.blogspot.com for the latest photos and stories from Athens!

I can hardly wait, even though I am honestly nervous and just waiting on Him for guidance!

Greece and other such adventures


You know the feeling of being a pioneer? It is rather risky and yet exhilerating!

Tomorrow is a new day for me, as I will be priviledged to participate in a short term Russian missions trip. We are headed to Athens, Greece to help those in poverty and slavery - both refugees and slaves. We are all holding tight to His calling, and looking ahead with anticipation to what will indeed happen!

If you want to be connected please check out the blog and we will attempt to add photos and stories so that you are with us throughout the trip. Thank you to each one that participated with us in making this a reality!

26 August 2006

Potholes and Dirt


For those of you who were part of the amazing car purchase of a few years ago, I'd like to brag to you that my little VW is part tank! This past camp not only was in the middle of a forest, but was also along one of the most impassable roads that I have yet to come upon. And no joke that the potholes were as big as the car, and the muddy waters came up to the windows! There were times that I thought that my little car would not make it through. I am here to say that even though it is a bit worse for wear, it is still alive and running.

25 August 2006

Surprise Woodland Experience






Remember back in childhood when you went to camp and it was like being cut off from civilization? Did you ever feel like it was just you against the elements?

Well I have to say that the most recent Russian camp experience for me was similar to that childhood experience. And it was rather cool actually!

My Russian home church just finished its yearly summer outreach camp for teens - Natisk Camp.

My role is general helper, driver, translator and photographer. So I get to run around and take funny photos, and enjoy a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get a camp running.
This year we tried to include many new games, as well as old favorites like Safari - which you see above two of the 'wild elephants' from that game. Each year I am amazed by the energy and creativity of the team. I think they almost enjoy it more than the teens!

This year the team's focus was even more on reaching these teens with the wonderfully freeing story of God's love. We invited DJ Elf to preform his Christian hip hop daily and tell his testimony. Others daily shared about their lives with Christ, and talked about removing masks from their heart. During group time teens were invited to dialogue on probing questions about life, God and the true purpose of creation.

We were priviledged to see God's miracle among the lives of four teens - Serak, Olga, Andelina and Nastya. What an amazing thing to see - the change of a heart from death to life! Amazing and so wonderful that I can't even begin to discribe it! Praise Him!! As each of these new family members joined our team, we had the priviledge to pray for them and welcome them into a new life. God blessed us and gave us the joy of seeing immediate fruit from this camp ministry.