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

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

Intern update: a week of rest and new friendships

This week, since the first 2 teams left, has gone by quickly, but has been pretty full as well! Throughout the week I have been staying with a friend, Vanya, and have been so blessed to get to know his family. During down time I study up more on my Russian (though I am learning a lot simply by living here!), or just use the time to have quiet time and refill. Tuesday was spent by, first, getting some sleep as we did not get back to Novgorod till 6am. Following the sleep, I went and helped the SunErgos staff … Continue reading

Intern: An update from Sean, on his adventures in Russia

Been a long time coming, but here is an update from the intern! First off I just want to say thank you to everyone that has been praying for me on my trip out here, I know that I am only here thanks to all of your love and support. So much has happened since the last time that I wrote you all, and I am not really sure where to start. Last time I wrote was just halfway through the first week of camp, and now I sit here as the first team that I am helping out with … Continue reading

CBU – Novgorod: Second week of camp

Hello friends and family! 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 … Continue reading