Published: June 3rd 2012June 3rd 2012
Hello everyone. I'm on line in Pastor Sergei Gutz' house in the city of Ulyanovsk, Russia. Pastor Glenn Hanna just finished cleaning some walleye that Sergei's friends caught in the Volga River earlier today. Then he cooked them up using his special recipe. Very, very good! We took a break this weekend, from working with the Russians on the construction work at the Christian Youth Camp, (the Rainbow Camp[Raduga]), site to attend Church in Ulyanovsk and to look around the town for a few hours.
So what do you know about the Holy Spirit? I never understood, nor heard, how the Holy Spirit is present in everyone and how to allow Him to work in my life. Maybe I forgot the lesson on the Holy Spirit or maybe I just wasn't paying attention the day(s), when I was supposed to learn about the Holy Spirit. So; I guess I had to come all the way to Russia, under the pretense of a mission trip to help the Russians renovate part of a big old building, to learn about the Holy Spirit during our daily devotions! I never before knew that it is simply not enough to believe in God and Jesus and to try to lead a good life. I never before knew that I should always be seeking the power and help of the Holy Spirit to hear direction from God. Pastor Robert Douglas' devotions included this topic. Later he Prayed with me to help me forgive those who I was angry with and to rid myself of the anger and grudges that I had been harboring for many, many years and then to ask the Holy Spirit to fill my life. I must tell you that today I now feel free of the anger and grudges and resentment that I had been holding against several people for a very long time. This trip has opened my eyes and mind to the power of the Holy Spirit. I hope that everyone can learn about the Holy Spirit through teaching from their Pastor and then be reminded frequently thereafter.
I think the constuction work alongside the Russian Church groups is going well too.
Will see you back in Pittsburgh soon.