Team 3: A day of sightseeing

Our 3rd team has arrived! Today we spent the day learning some Russian and cultural norms. Then we were off to see one of the largest Cathedrals in the city: St Isaac’s! So beautiful and grand is the architecture and art. We climbed the 200 steps to the top and saw the views of the city. The afternoon was spent strolling along the Petergoff Fountains, at the Summer Palace outside the city. We took a boat both ways, making it the fastest way to get to the gardens. We barely stayed awake to plan for tomorrow and debrief the day. … Continue reading

Team A: Time to say goodbye

Hey Everyone! The team is currently packing up and planning an all nighter for the flight tomorrow. We will be departing at 3 am and taking off for home. But before our long journey begins we wanted to let you know what has happened for the last couple of days. Friday was a special day for the teen group. We started off the day doing our usual morning routine with the kids, but we returned that evening after dinner for a dance party! We got some music playing, brought nail polish, and took polaroid photos of the kids that they … Continue reading

Team-A: Our 1st week

Hey Everyone! Kylee (teens) and Ben (kids) here to fill you in on what’s been happening over here in Eastern Europe! Life has been full speed ahead the past few days. The teens have become much more comfortable with us as well as more vulnerable and open with us. We are learning a lot more Russian and they have learned some English. Still most of our communication is through animated facial expressions, gestures, and awkward laughter. We have covered a variety of topics over the past couple days including: kindness, patience, and making good choices. It has brought about a … Continue reading

CBU: St Petersburg – the power of prayer

Last update from the team in St Petersburg: It is hard to believe our last day in country is tomorrow! This week has been one of incredible breakthroughs with teams, the power of prayer in action. Our team had the opportunity to share their story of faith multiple times with the teens and children. Knowing that we might not see an individual the next day spurred our urgency to share truth, and God was faithful to give us the opportunity to share! Our week of ministry ended with celebrations at the Transit Center. We had planned a Discoteca, but instead, … Continue reading

CBU: The last days of training

An update from CBU Russia Team A: Incredible as it may seem, we have already been in St. Petersburg for 4 days! Our journey to Russia was uneventful! We were blessed to spend an afternoon in Heidelberg, Germany-tasting the local German food and enjoying the beautiful sights of the college town. We landed late at night in St. Petersburg, with most of our luggage! Kayla’s guitar however, did not arrive. We spent the next two hours filing paperwork to try to locate the lost guitar. We were able to sleep in a bit before getting up the next morning. Our … Continue reading