We had planned a Family Day on Saturday for people in our church and for their friends and families who are not saved, but Eric was called over to Yuri and Christina's on Friday morning. Christina, under the influence of her neighbor and probably her sister, was drinking by the river on Thursday night. After which, she got in a fight and punched her sister, Ina. We love this couple dearly and just ask that you pray for them. We also ask your prayers for Ina and Valodia, as we have no way of contacting them now that they are no longer living at Yuri's (they have no phone). They seemed very interested in the Bible lessons...though some are saying that they, and Yuri and Christina, were just trying to use us. To us, we are willing to be used a little in order that they hear the Gospel. This has been the biggest thing on our hearts and minds this week. Any time we have problems like this in the church, God always uses it to strengthen the group of believers which stays. And Sunday some might leave, as Eric has a strong message addressing the hypocrisy in our church. Some of our "older" christians have allowed things in their lives that are casting stumbling blocks for the baby Christians and may be even hindering the salvation of others. We are praying that God's will be done and if we stand alone...
"...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
The church isn't the only place that needed some weed pulling. The whole yard was covered in weeds/grass taller than me! This particular one (ambrosia, I think) was quite a bit taller than Eric and thicker than my wrist! Not only does the yard look better, but, with a little siding, the house is looking GREAT! (Soon a new room for the kids...which means I might actually get a "dining" room table!)
|The new addition!|
I invited the neighbor, Sveta, and her daughters over for tea on Thursday. She and the youngest were not able to make it because the baby didn't sleep well that night and had just fallen a sleep about the time of the tea party, but her daughter Nastia came. I was a little disappointed at first, but I'll try again later. I don't know if it will be a weekly thing or not, but I'm planning on having "tea parties", inviting different neighbors at different times. This last time, Valentina had just gotten back from 1 week to the sea and 4 weeks to Russia (BOY were we glad to see her!), and I had her here too.
|Nastia and Anna...and NO it was not cold. |
Nastia wanted to go back inside and
said that it was too cold outside.
For the past few months, I've been going around taking pictures of EVERYTHING and working on the computer to put verses on some of the pictures. Eric and I have really wanted to have scripture around the house, but we also wanted it in Russian. Just yesterday we got back the first of the prints and I'm pretty excited at how they turned out. (The verse is John 15:5)
And this is what I did with my copy...
|(The wall is actually green...that is how|
bad of a photo this is.)
Lasty, a picture of our "Sammy Boy". He is growing so fast and is becoming more handsome each day.