Third From Russia

Lori’s email about Russia to us back at home.

Sorry I didn’t get around to writing last night. We’ve been getting to bed very late at night and getting up early in the mornings. We’ve had two great days.

Yesterday the team did a super job of getting invitations delivered to mailboxes. Our guess is that we gave out 3 to 4 thousand. The team has some neat stories of how God opened doors for them to be able to get into buildings that were locked. I’ll let them share more when they get back. We also had a party for the elderly ladies in our church. They were thrilled to get gift bags full of goodies and also letters that Christian friends in America wrote to them. Thanks to all who had a part in this. Bonnie shared a testimony about her grandmother which was very appropriate. Two Russian ladies also shared. We sang hymns together and just had lots of good fellowship. I’ll attach a few photos.

Today was our sightseeing day. We visited Red Square and the Kremlin. Then we went to Christ the Savior Cathedral. We also did a little souvenir shopping. It was a good day. We had a tour guide at the Kremlin named Luba. Please pray for Luba. She told me clearly that she does not believe in God. She respects religion, but has no use for it in her own life. I was able to share the Gospel with her and tell her how Christ has changed my life. She listened politely, but did not respond. I’ll attach a photo. Please pray for this lady. Pray that God would reveal himself to her and that her eyes would be opened to the Truth.

Tomorrow we’ll continue passing out invitations. We need to get out about 11, 000 more in the next 3 days. Please pray for open doors. Pray for chances to witness through our words and actions. Pray for strength and energy for the team. They’re tired. Pray for protection from the cold. It was 14*F when we woke up this a.m. and only got up to about 26*F. On Thursday evening, several men will speak to some students at an English school. Please pray for their witness. The ladies will have a baby shower for Vica, the wife of one of our church planters. Actually, on Monday we got a call that she was having some problems with the pregnancy. We haven’t heard an update yet. Please pray for Vica and for her baby. She is only 7 months and there is not good care for premature babies here in Russia.

I’ll fill you in on plans for the rest of the week in my next letter. Please do remember us in prayer. We depend on your support through prayer.