What a Day!

We had an exhausting but wonderful day. We met at UBI as usual and rode out to the orphanage at Novoshenolone. The director there was so excited to see us that he put his classes on hold for us to teach our VBS material. Can you imagine that? He let us have 11:00 - 1:00, prime teaching hours right before their lunch to teach Bible lessons to 43 children. Much of his kindness is due to the work of other brothers and sisters in the area. Various members of the church have helped him secure mattresses, shoes, and medicine for the children over the past few years. He has such a positive view of the Church of Christ that he is putting classes on hold for us. This group behaved wonderfully, and they were excited to see us. There is great potential with this orphanage, especially for future work with the church at Krasnoarmeysk.

After that, we made our way to Krasnoarmeysk. We ate a quick sack lunch and then rode to the Mayor's office. The City Councilwoman (our main contact) met us there, and we presented her with flowers. The Mayor was called out of town, but we met with the Deputy Mayor. We presented him with a nice pen, as well as a few Goo-Goo bars (a Middle Tennessee touch). The former mayor (the one who met with Steve Hale when Krasnoarmeysk was named Mt. Juliet's sister city) also came, which was a wonderful surprise. They presented us with a few crafts made by Krasnoarmeysk children and a book on the history of the city. Sasha, the new preacher, introduced himself to all of them, and we feel like good connections were made. This could prove helpful in the future.

The City Councilwoman took us to a small orphanage in Krasnoarmeysk. There are 17 children there, and they performed poetry and skits for us! After a tour of the facility, we enjoyed hot tea and cookies with the director. We presented Bibles to both orphanages that we visited, and we handed out puppets which were donated by 21st Century Christian to all the kids in the Krasnoarmeysk orphanage. Again, Sasha was able to introduce himself, which was important.

By that time we were almost ready for our evening Bible Class. Sasha made a list of questions he would like us to discuss in a Bible Class for the congregation. 8 members were present (which really represents the core of this group), and we discussed male spiritual leadership as it relates to the role of women, suggestions for women's classes/events/ministry ideas, and possible evangelism strategies for the congregation. While there is only a small group of us during these meetings, these are rich discussions, and they mean the world to the Christians here.

We made our way back to the city for some evening borscht (always a good way to top off the day), and we are getting ready to do it again tomorrow! The Councilwoman will not be taking us anywhere tomorrow, but she plans on taking us to another area for children on Wednesday. As Roma said, "It may seem small to you, but this is a big thing for the church here." We hope and pray that is true.

We love you and miss you. Thank you for all of your prayers and comments!






Comments:
I am so glad that you all have had such good experiences in your meetings with City Officials and have been able to touch the lives of so many different children. We are praying for you and hope you continue to have a great trip.

Daddy,
Phillip made it safely to Texas today and will come back Friday. If nothing happens we are planning to spend Tuesday and Wednesday nights with Momma. I figure that might make the week go better for both of us.
We love you!
Teresa
 
Hi Daddy!!! and all of the MJ bunch! It sounded like today was a wonderfully successful day!

Sarah and David said to tell you Happy Grandparents Day (yesterday)! A couple of funnies....

David told me the other day, "Momma, I'm getting lots of freckles aren't I?" He was so proud of his two or three that he has. He wants them like Momma and sister have. Did my heart good! : )

Momma told me about the lawn mower...that she had a neighbor come and pull the push mower. I told her that she had forgotten that you are supposed to put it in the drive way...pull the rope...and run...... She said, "I forgot all about that".

Thought you might get a kick out of those!

We are hanging in there and are keeping you in our prayers. Love you,

Tina
 
I am very glade that the blogspot was set up. It helps me feel like a part of the team. I ,and I am sure many of us back home, would really like to be there with you. We are with in our prayers.

We love you all. Tell Mrs. McCulloch that Mr. McCulloch misses her but is very proud of her and her (your) work and the house isn't destroyed, the bills are being paid, and the dogs haven't made too big a mess.

Continue your good work.
All glory is to GOD

Your Brother, husband and friend,

PD
 
Dear Missionary Team:



I found the below quote and thought of you. Today, we remember the 5th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. Many would consider this a bad time to be out of the country. Thank you for traveling to reach the lost. We deeply appreciate your efforts and sacrifices. You are doing so much to touch the lives of many in the name of Christ. Many souls will be saved because of your efforts. We look forward to your safe return.



"My own experience has taught me this: if you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won or lasting happiness achieved."

Shannon Buckner
 
Hey Dad,
I just figured out how to do this and just now found time. Josh is getting better, except last week he missed school Thurs. and Fri. because of a stomach virus like Alyssa had. Better yet, he got the stomach virus the day I called Dr. Smith and Dr. Smith changed his medicine. He put him on a stronger antibiotic and a decongesant. Needless to say, Josh couldn't start on the meds until he got over the stomach virus, which only lasted 24 hours. He is doing a lot better now. Alyssa is doing good. They have to go up to Indiana this weekend. Boo!! Everyone else is doing good. Hope everything is going well and you all have a great trip back to the states. Miss you and Love you. Lisa
 
Hey Dad,
I just figured out how to do this and just now found time. Josh is getting better, except last week he missed school Thurs. and Fri. because of a stomach virus like Alyssa had. Better yet, he got the stomach virus the day I called Dr. Smith and Dr. Smith changed his medicine. He put him on a stronger antibiotic and a decongesant. Needless to say, Josh couldn't start on the meds until he got over the stomach virus, which only lasted 24 hours. He is doing a lot better now. Alyssa is doing good. They have to go up to Indiana this weekend. Boo!! Everyone else is doing good. Hope everything is going well and you all have a great trip back to the states. Miss you and Love you. Lisa
 
Hey Granddaddy (David) and Everyone,
It a very rainy Tuesday here. A vote for riding the train! All is well here as far as I know. Seth has already started packing his trains to come spend the night at our house. So it should be fun. I love you and miss all of you. Take care, I'm looking forward to you being back home, but it is very touching to read about the good things that are happening there.
Love,
Grandmomma (Melva)
 
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