It has been SO long since my last post that I don't think it's possible for me to remember everything that has taken place. I had some pictures ready to be posted every Wednesday a few other blogs, but then our computer decided to stop working. We were told "3 days and it'll be fixed"...this went on for 3 to 4 weeks. Praise the Lord we finally got it back!
Since my last posting on Sveta, I have seen her 3 or 4 times. The first time I saw her she was walking. She said she was still interested in Bible lessons and said that she had been sick and that is why she never showed up. Since then, she has attended church 2 times, a Bible study at Yuri's once, and come over to our house once. She said she is too busy now to take Bible lessons. Please be praying for her. Every time we see her she smells like achohol and Yuri says the reason she doesn't come is because she is usually too drunk. What a testimony to this village it would be if she got saved!
During this time, Lina had started Bible lessons with an older lady named Feodosia. She came to church 3 times and always said "I don't understand anything." She did two lessons with Lina. After the first one she still did not seem to understand, but we could see God starting to open her eyes after the second. After that, she gave her Bible back and said "Don't come see me." This village is very small and the babooshkas (gramdmas) are against us. They all started harrassing her for coming to our church and convinced her that we were trying to steal her house. We pray that people can see past the village gossip and come to know Christ.
Tamara has had a very hard time as well. For one, she was a well known witch here. Even after her salvation someone came to her and wanted her "help." Tamara pulled out her Bible and said, "This is the help you need." The person of course did not want that kind of help. She is also getting harrassed by the village babooshkas and her mom. Please be praying for her. At times she is very discouraged.
If the Lord allows our computer and internet to work tomorrow, I will post a picture (or pictures :)) of the girls. They are growing SO fast! Also, be sure to check out our ministry blog to read about the newest answer to prayer.