Published: June 2nd 2012June 2nd 2012
Good evening. It is 12:00 am on Sunday the 3rd but it is still Saturday where you are. We have had a splendid week so far.
Our team of Holly Shoaf, Caleb Jack, Cindy Jack and Glenn Hanna joined the team that was already here. We had left Pittsburgh on Friday the 9th and traveled 36 hours to our destination at the Ministry Center in Ulyanovsk. We were dead tired upon arrival and found warm and accomodating servants willing to greet us at the airport at 11:00 p.m.local time on Saturday the 10th.
There is a Wycliff Bible Translators class taking place at the center with 28 students from accross Russia and the Far East so the accomodations were tight but warmly received. We had the opportunity to meet several of the translators including one from Warren PA who has been in Russia for about 30 years working as a missionary. This was just the begining of our meetings with great and devoted Giants in the Christian Faith.
We attended the Ulysnovsk Chrch on Sunday a little tired. Glenn had been asked to preach and so with partially closed eyelids he mounted the platform believing that God would make up for his lack of sleep. It seems that God answered his prayers and enabled him to bring a message that was said by many to have been inspiring. God is good.
It was a wonderful church service where we saw several new deacons dedicated and commissioned and two new Pastors ordained. This was a very moving time of sincere prayer and deep reverance. Inspiring to take part in a service wherein two young men dedicate themselves and their families to serve Christ as missionaries and church planters here in this underreached part of the world. Sunday we returned to Pastor Sergei Guts and Lylia's home for a wonderful time of fellowship and great food. Lylia is a great cook who went out of her way to kindly serve us even though she had led praise and worship at church with two of their children. Robert and Angelina.
By Sunday late in the evening we met the rest of the team at the Rainbow Camp. Pastor Gutts and Lylia drove us the 50 miles to camp and then back home, what a generous and warm couple.
On Monday we