Update by 2 team members! Today we took the metro to the Hermitage Museum. The metro was extremely crowded and we literally could not move inside. One of the team members made a new friend on the metro. The Hermitage was amazing and we even got to see The Prodigal Son (Mrs. Warren was sitting on the floor staring at it forever). As most of you already know, we got to go on Facebook and/or email; which made everyone very excited!! All of the children at the transit center were very thrilled to see all of us return again today. … Continue reading
Day 2 with the kids! Fred: God has blessed, is blessing. High points mentioned in our evening devotions as a team, have included working/playing with the orphans, and some of the sights we have seen along the way. King’s kids (and adults) and SunErgos kids are starting to connect, starting to communicate even without a translator, starting to want more time together to just talk; the initial reserve and awkwardness is melting (unlike the weather outside!) to smiles more and more. What a blessing to give hope and hugs and laughter—to show each one is valued; and what a blessing … Continue reading
Dear family and friends, We met the kids! What a joy and an experience! Quinn, Danny, Kierney, Lina, Katya: The younger children surprised us; they abound in energy, and their moods change upon a whim. They are far less trusting, as they did not warm up to us nearly as quickly as we thought they would. Our crafts and games were fun to some, but others were unsure. The good news is that each child found his or her place in one of the choices we planned. Two of these little guys have been in the center for over two … Continue reading
Today we experienced Russia! The snow, the ice, the wind, the drivers, the underground metro and the beauty of St Petersburg! We started with learning about the Russian culture, which will help us to relate to the kids a little better. Then we found out what to do and what not do! Being told that pedestrians do not have the right of way is one thing, but experiencing it first hand was another! Learning about the underground metro and then riding it for the first time! Amazing and fun! And a bit scary. We went to see Peter and Paul … Continue reading
The first team has arrived! A team of 22 from King’s High School has come to spend their Spring break with the street kids of Russia! Amazingly all of their 40 bags made it safely! They brought some amazing things to share with the kids! Tomorrow we start with a little bit of an orientation, then we will do some sightseeing, starting at Peter and Paul Fortress, the founding site of the city in 1703. Please keep the team in your prayers. You can leave a comment and we will make sure that the team member will receive it!