Interns: Two new interns arrived!

Two Interns arrived yesterday to spend the summer serving the disabled, the sick and the orphaned. We are excited to have Shannon Orr and Savannah Seiple join us in Russia! After spending a month with us last summer as part of a ministry team from Seattle Pacific University, they decided to come for an extended length of time to serve with SunErgos. After getting some much needed rest, they will have two days to do some Russian language training and sightseeing. Then they will be off to the Gulf of Finland to minister to the physically and mentally disabled youth. … Continue reading

Intern: Last update before departing tomorrow

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 It’s like, no matter what, sometimes there are places that you are just supposed to be. Coming into this summer I had a lot of different opportunities that came my way, and a lot of things that threatened to keep me from traveling to Russia. There was the difficulty in raising funds, the worry about not having a job when I return, and the fact that I had a … Continue reading

CBU: Sharing Jesus with the kids!

Wednesday began as kind of a rough day with the kids but thankfully Lauren had the right words to say to get the children back to their normal selves. We continued with the character trait of respect so our talk with the children tied in with the theme for the day. In small group we discussed the importance of respecting each other through our words and our actions. Thursday Noah’s Ark was the example we used to teach about excellence. It showed the kids that without courage, caring, diligence, and respect you cannot be excellent. Carley had the opportunity to … Continue reading

Vanguard: Saying goodbye

What an amazing journey it has been! For the entire team, the past three days have been a time full of both joy and sadness; laughter and tears. In only two weeks, the young souls at the TB center have openly embraced us as family and our time with them has been precious. On Wednesday morning, the team and the kids took a walk through the Kremlin (the Novgorod Kremlin, Dad), where we took a team picture in front of the memorial. We then proceeded through the other end, where a ferry awaited in the river on the outskirts. Upon … Continue reading

Intern: Finishing up the two months of serving

So it has been quite a while since I last updated you all about how things are going here in Russia–two and a half weeks to be exact–I have been quite busy here, but the following is just a bit about what I have been doing since you last heard from me! The week after my last update I spent helping to prepare the church here in Novgorod for the new teams that would be arriving. Beds needed to be set up, furniture moved, and just preparation in general needed to be done. Marina and I headed to St. Petersburg … Continue reading