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.
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.
At Justin’s request, this is Lori’s email to be posted on his blog.
Hello and Happy Easter. We’re actually not celebrating today. In Russia, Easter will be celebrated on May 1 this year. We’ve had a very good but very busy day. It’s 12:15 and I haven’t been home long. I won’t write much today except to say that it was a good day. Everyone is doing well. We’re ready to begin distributing invitations in the a.m. Please pray for people to be open and to respond. Please pray for energy and strength for us and our team members as well as for all of the volunteers. This will be a very intense week for all of us.
Justin sent me an email requesting that I post this entry. -Helix
Hello everyone. Just a quick note from myself and Bonnie to let you know how things are going. The trip over was a breeze and believe it or not, I think I’m actually looking forward to the flight back. The food on the flight was decent too.
We’ve already begun our work and visted the region in which we will be working later this week. Earlier this morning, we split up into three groups and traveled to the Golovinski area and spent some time praying there. I hope that you will all do the same, and not only pray for us and the rest of our team, but for the mailboxes which will be receiving these invitations.
It was snowing when we arrived in Moscow on Friday morning and snowed mostly all day, but it’s been great weather today. As I write this, it’s 7:15 pm here in Moscow (which translates to 11:15 am EST) The food has been good so far, Sbarro yesterday and a place called Rostix today, which is a chicken place (actually was better than KFC if you ask me).
I doubt I’ll have a chance until next Sunday to have access to email again (Thanks Brandon for posting this) so until then, keep praying for us, our work, and safe travel back home on April 4th.