Thursday, September 4, 2008

Day 4

A beautiful day today in Moscow. Blue skies. Temperature in the upper 70's. And another full day of classes. More on key elements of ministering to people. Dealing with Idols of the heart. Case studies. And a biblical view of self image. A lively class with good interaction. It has been a real joy to participate in the training along with Wayne. It stirs my heart to be here and see how God is raising up people who are motivated to serve Christ effectively through the daily ministry of the Word in a variety of church and para-church contexts. I love the privilege of partnering with precious brothers and sisters with a common goal. I enjoy practicing Russian in my conversations as I am able to. So I thank God for letting me come here and using this trip as a further confirmation for our eventual move to Ukraine to serve in the Russian-speaking world.

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is our last day in Moscow. Tomorrow night, we fly from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia--a trip of over 2,000 miles east of Moscow across 4 time zones. We leave at 9:00 PM tomorrow night and arrive in Krasnoyarsk at 6:30 AM, Saturday. I am not sure what Sunday will look like. We may preach, but won't be sure until we get there. On Monday, we take a breather and do a little rock climbing. Then back to teaching on Tuesday through Friday with pastors and leaders from the eastern side of Russia. And then we return to Detroit a week from this Saturday.

Thank you for your continued prayers. As you do, please pray for strength and the ability to deal withe the jet lag. Especially on Saturday morning.

God's promise for today: Psalm 62:5: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

With appreciation for your prayers and interest in what God is doing in this part of His vineyard,


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