FFMC: On their way home.

What a week full of love, laughter, acceptance, friendship, hugs and tears.  The First Free Methodist Team is on their way home. Right now they are flying over the Atlantic Ocean; sad to leave Russia, but excited to see their family and friends.  It was a blessing to have each team member be a part of SunErgos’ ministry and to pour God’s love upon the children at the orphanage.  The seeds planted will have a ripple effect in the future months and years. Please pray for safety as the team flies home and adjusts to the 11 hour time difference.  … Continue reading

FFMC: Last day with the kids…

Day 5. Our last day at the orphanage. What a day. Last night as we were preparing for our final day, we struggled between the happiness the kids gave us and the sad feeling from realizing we may not see them again once we leave. We quickly agreed to focus the next day on loving the kids and enjoying the little bit of time left with them. That decision soon became a huge blessing to us all. After our morning skit about the importance of listening to God as our coach in life; the little kids left and the fun … Continue reading

FFMC: Day2!

Heavy rain during the night brought cooler temperatures-and more energy! Day 2 at the orphanage began with the day’s theme of kindness and a good Samaritan skit enjoyed by all (how can you go wrong with a rich businessman, a police officer and a Chechen on a Harley?) Some of the big kids helped with the parachute in the gym, and the little kids had a blast doing parachute games. After the first day we felt like we were better able to communicate with the younger children, and the activities and games flowed more easily. So, although things felt a … Continue reading

FFMC: Being Flexible

Our first day at the center was an emotional roller-coaster. We were excited because of all the planning and efforts put into the skit, games and crafts. The anticipation was palpable. There were many unknowns going into this week (How many kids will be there? What will be their ages?), but we thought we had all our bases covered…Boy were we wrong. This day was not going to follow a simple schedule on an excel spreadsheet. We were going to have to think on our (very jet-lagged) toes! Upon meeting all 23 of the kids, we quickly realized our anxieties … Continue reading