Day 3 at the orphanage began with 2 skits with the theme of having a relationship with God. The first skit focusing on heroes- Jesus being our true superhero. The second skit titled “Labels…Nothing But the Blood of Jesus” was shown without narration. Our main message was that we have all been called names, we all have burdens, and we’ve all been hurt, but Jesus takes these away and we are clean. Parachute time followed the skits as the day before which is always a hit with the little kids, and extra fun when the teen boys help out! The … Continue reading
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
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
It was a long day for the team today, with training, sightseeing and getting ready for the first day of ministry. Everyone is very tired so a more lengthy update will come tomorrow. Please pray for the team as they get some rest and start their day-camp with the kids and teens in the morning.
After long travels, the First Free Methodist Church team from Seattle, WA has arrived and getting some long awaited sleep! Thank you everyone for your prayers! Please continue to pray for the team as they go through some training tomorrow, learning about what it means to live in the Russian culture and memorizing some Russian words! Since the FFMC team is here for only 9 days, they have gone through much of the training in the US before their departure. The training empowers teams to serve even better throughout their time of ministry in Russia. It is amazing the impact … Continue reading