As you know, we serve here in a supportive role. Our teammates have shared some great praises that we thought might interest you and let you see a glimpse of how our helping with the children frees them to minister.
The Christian Resource Center, a project that will provide Christian reading material to believers and provide materials for theological and leadership development in our region, has finally been opened after many challenges and setbacks. Dave and Martina are encouraged by the excitement from individuals making use of the resources both for group and personal study.
While the boys are at school, Martina is able to do some discipleship and English practice with young ladies from her church. As in North America the college age students need mentors to come along side them during a time when they are trying to figure out the “adult” world. For International Women’s Day, Martina had a special outreach to encourage the women, the topic was live a life of joy through Christ.
Leif and Jami, parents to our youngest students, have compassionately reached out to several neighbors opening opportunities for sharing God’s Word individually and in their home group.
Both Dave and Leif have been asked to be involved in a program beginning to be utilized by the church leadership in this area called Training National Trainers. They want to develop and help train current and future church leaders, pastors, and missionaries.
Recently the Lord has also been bringing many new people to English club which Leif and Dave direct and Art and I help with. The Christmas holiday opened opportunities for discussions about the birth of Christ; we hope that Easter will allow opportunity to speak of His death and resurrection. Please pray for the Holy Spirit’s working in hearts and that the unbelievers would not be intimidated by our meeting in a “church.”
We have opportunities to minister to several other missionary families also serving in this area. Lisa is teaching English to Cristina twice a week. Her parents are working with our team on a church plant. Two other missionary families asked us to consider working with their high school students. The one mom came over to borrow curriculum from our school resources. Repeatedly saying while she was there what a blessing it was to have them.
Please pray for wisdom for Art and I to know how to use our time wisely, to be able to teach effectively, and to balance providing education for so many different grade levels.
The Lord is at work at this critical time in Russian history. While we are allowed to live and share in this spiritually needy place, we want to be effective. We also are facing a need to find additional support at this time as we have recently communicated. If you can help at this time it is appreciated, likewise your prayers for this need are requested.