From Lori Stamey in Russia
Hello again. Sorry that I haven’t written in a few days. I’ve been leaving home by 9:00 a.m. and getting back in after 11:00 p.m. each day, so I just have not been able to write. I’m home with the children tonight so I have a few minutes.
The team has had a great trip. They have been a super team to work with. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty! We had planned for them to pass out 15,000 invitations to receive free Bibles and participate in a correspondence course. They ended up passing all of them out by Wednesday evening. On Thursday, they helped another team in another region pass out invitations and Brad had 5000 more printed for their region. They passed that 5000 out today. So altogehter, they passed out 20,000 invitations in the Goluvinsky region.
Wednesday night we saw a Russian ballet. Thursday night the ladies had a baby shower for Vica, Genady’s wife. Genady is the church planter working the region this team has adopted. Vica prepared a typical Russian meal for us and we sat around their table sharing stories for hours. She opened her presents and said that she received more gifts that night than she had in all of her birthdays put together. She really appreciated everything she received. Please pray for Vica and her baby. She is only 7 months along and has shown some signs of possible premature delivery. Several guys spoke at a Russian school that has an English department. The rest of the guys stuffed envelopes and got things ready for us to pass out today. This evening half the team had a Russian meal in the home of one of our church members. The rest helped one of our team members with a Friday night Bible study and English club. We’ve got just 2 more days together. Pray for the team to finish well and to enjoy these last few days. Pray for energy and strength. Pray for protection and safety. I think all but about 3 of the team members have fallen on the ice. It’s pretty slippery still.
Please also pray for the team’s trip home. Pray that there will not be any problems with their registration documents. Pray for a safe flight. Pray for chances to witness on the plane.
Pray for responses to come in from these invitations that have been passed out. Pray for us as we follow up after the team leaves. Pray that many will have a desire to receive God’s Word and study it. Pray for wisdom for Brad and Genady to know how to draw those who resond together to begin a new church.
Thanks so much for your support though prayer, your gifts, and this team. We have been blessed this week. The team has lots of neat stories to tell of how they have seen God work. Be ready to listen. They are excited.