I have a lot of exciting things to report for the Novgorod team. We are still very busy and time is flying by. On Sunday our team had the privilege of attending and participating in a service at the church where we are being housed. On behalf of our team, Megan, Sean, and I lead the church in worship. It was truly beautiful to hear everyone worshiping even though we didn’t speak the same language. After worship, three of us had the opportunity to open up to the congregation by sharing with them our testimonies. Needless to say it was a great Sunday morning.
In the afternoon some of us got to walk through the beautiful park here in Novgorod. The pictures that we will bring back for you will do it no justice. After a great time in the park the girls got to relax and watch a movie. As for me I experienced my first taxi ride, and went grocery shopping with Sean and our wonderful translator Ksusha. No one should be worried about us starving because they feed us very well here. After a very long busy week Sunday was a much needed day of rest.
On Monday after a morning of shopping, we showed up at the orphanage to find all of the kids gone. However, God worked it out in an amazing way. We got to prayer walk around the area and see a little more where the kids live. When we got back we had the opportunity to spend time with the two older boys, German and Stepa, and had some much needed conversations. As for Monday night the team spent time in worship and encouragement. Today we spent our usual Tuesday, Thursday time at the preschool orphanage. They of course kept us moving, but not fast enough for the mosquitoes. We were sad to leave them but happy to get away from the swarm.
This afternoon seemed to be rough for our team. Although my lesson for the kids seemed to go well, a couple girls are fighting a cold and others are struggling with emotional and spiritual warfare.
As we go into our last few days here in Novgorod I ask you to pray even more fervently. We thank you for the prayers you have already been sending our way, they have been much needed. Right now some of us our enjoying some comfort mac and cheese that we made from scratch. Seriously we navigated like pros through the Russian market getting our ingredients. It’s like we’ve been living here for years.
~Russia B (written by Lindsey Reynolds)
p.s. Happy Birthday Matt on Russia A