We are pleased to share that for our one year anniversary, we would like to remember our marriage by service. God has called us to lay down our lives for Him and also for each other. After our first year of marriage, we are excited as to what the Lord has already worked within us and through us. Lord willing, we are excited that this is only a beautiful beginning to what the He has for us. Because of the love Jesus poured out for us, we desire earnestly to pour out His love onto those around us.
Therefore, on this note, July 2nd, we will have a great opportunity to spend seventeen days in Russia ministering to Russian children at a Christian Camp. The pictures are from when Sandra served there in 2007. Above is the river that the camp sits near. From July 2 through July 18, a small team of three will be in Russia helping Mark Piester of Far Reaching Ministries, who will be leading our team. Our team will help assist the local church in Rybinsk (located 180 miles north of Moscow) with their ministry to children at their annual summer camp.
This summer camp will minister to 90 children between the ages of 7-14. Children come from many different family backgrounds; some have attended Sunday school, and some are fortunate to be brought up in Christian homes. Most are invited by friends and grandparents and come from broken homes and/or have alcoholic parents. One thing that they all have in common is that their families cannot afford to send their children to camp. The cost to send a child to camp is $90.00. If you would be interested in providing a scholarship please contact us for additional information. Below are some of the kids from the camp that Sandra got to know when she was there a couple years ago.
Above all please keep us in prayer. Pray that God will give us a willing heart to follow Him in all that He has called us to do. Also pray that out of our life, God will receive all the glory. Thanks for taking part in what God is doing in our life.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Well, I know everyone says they want to blog more, but this time I mean it! The last few months have seen a change of residence, foreign travel plans, and more scheduled events than we thought possible.
Sometimes the Lord has to take away something good before we will look and be blessed with something better. Although we loved our little house in Los Osos, being forced to move allowed us to find the blessing of things we didn't really realize were lacking. We found a cozy house within walking distance of church, which yields relaxed weekends and great fellowship with our friends who live in the neighborhood. We get to stroll around Morro Bay for almost-daily walks, sauntering through the quiet streets and to the peaceful beaches by the Rock. We also have a yard - and this time it even has grass!
We have also been preparing for our trip to Russia - filling out applications, writing prayer letters, and shopping for odds and ends. It is amazing that the trip is almost here - I guess you can never feel fully prepared. I know the Lord has prepared this trip for us as we get to serve together - as He has called us, so He will also equip and provide.